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26 Jan 2015

Sif Thorgeirsson, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in openGlobalRights

Judicial remedies for victims of business human rights abuses narrowing & harassment of human rights defenders increasing, says Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

“Doors closing on judicial remedies for corporate human rights abuse,” 26 Jan 2015

…The right of ‘Access to Remedy’ is one of the three key pillars of the United Nations’ Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Yet, a review of the many lawsuits against companies regarding their human rights impacts around the world for over a decade, suggests little improvement for victims hoping to access justice. Indeed, it might be getting more, not less, difficult for them to do so. There are two key trends. Existing venues for extraterritorial claims are closing; governments of countries where multinationals are headquartered do not provide sufficient access to judicial remedy…Some new venues are emerging for raising complaints against companies, but it is still too early to tell what their impact will be. Second, legal harassment is increasing of those working to hold businesses accountable for human rights abuse… [Also refers to CACI, L-3 Communications, Shell]