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30 Jun 2004

Linda Greenhouse, New York Times

Human Rights Abuses Worldwide Are Held to Fall Under U.S. Courts

A Supreme Court decision on Tuesday kept federal courts open to lawsuits by foreigners who allege that they were victims of serious human rights violations anywhere in the world...[T]he result was a sharp disappointment to international business interests, which have been alarmed by increasing use of the law to sue multinational corporations for human rights violations and had looked to the Supreme Court to curb the trend. [refers to Unocal]

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Alien Tort Claims Act lawsuits in USA by foreigners alleging they were victims of serious human rights abuses abroad

Apartheid Entschädigungsklagen (bez. Südafrika)

Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)