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26 Nov 2013

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[PDF] Press release: Barriers worsen for victims seeking justice - New briefing highlights human rights lawsuits against companies over alleged abuses in over 25 countries

This briefing draws attention to the latest developments in lawsuits against companies for alleged human rights abuses around the world and looks ahead to emerging issues. It will help advocates learn about cases that shape their strategies, and companies and corporate lawyers better understand legal risks in connection with human rights abuses. It highlights issues and trends including: continuing concerns over steep and worsening barriers that prevent most victims of abuses involving companies from accessing justice; less availability of courts in countries where companies are headquartered, for claims by victims of abuses in other countries where the companies operate (extraterritoriality); and threats to lawyers bringing human rights cases against companies. [It] also reviews the developing expectations of how lawyers should integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into their advice to companies…