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25 Jun 2011

Elisabeth Strohscheidt, Misereor & 14 other European & African NGOs

[PDF] African Regional Workshop on Transnational Corporations and their Responsibility for Human Rights - [Letter to UK Minister of Justice re: Concern at the Potential Impact of Proposed Cuts to Legal Aid and Changes to Lawyers’ Fees for Cases...

We write as a group of civil society organisations from the African region, involved in supporting community claims for redress for business-related human rights harms connected to the operations of multinational corporations within our communities. We are concerned that the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill…reform[ing] the rules and principles governing the costs of civil litigation in England and Wales, could make human rights litigation against multinationals unviable and could limit access to justice for victims of business-related human rights harms, particularly in the developing world.