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22 Aug 2013

Khulumani Support Group

Joint press release: US Circuit Court dismisses apartheid litigation

On Tuesday, 21 August 2013, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal dismissed the South Africa Apartheid Lawsuit. The basis of the dismissal was the argument that "the Alien Tort Statute does not reach the extraterritorial conduct in this case", a judgement of the US Supreme Court of Appeals in the Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. case, handed down in April 2013…"Organised business has yet to account and take responsibility for their role during apartheid…" said Marjorie Jobson, national director of Khulumani Support Group. "Only General Motors made a small contribution to which we'll now use to set up an Apartheid Reparations and Rehabilitation Trust Fund for the benefit of the claimants," said…attorneys for the claimants…The latest decision highlights limitations in international law to hold transnational corporations accountable for complicity in the perpetration of gross human rights violations...[Refers to Barclays, Daimler, Ford, Fujitsu, General Motors, IBM, Rheinmetall, UBS]