Areva lawsuit (re discrimination in Niger)

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In March of 2009 Alhak-n-Akal, an NGO based in Niger’s Tuareg region, and Menschenrechte 3000, a German human rights group, claimed in a lawsuit filed in Paris against Areva and its executive Thierry d'Arbonneau that public remarks made by d'Arbonneau were racist and encouraged discrimination against the Tuareg.

The comments allegedly made by d’Arbonneau, Areva’s Director of Protection of Assets and Personnel (Directeur de la Protection du Patrimoine et des Personnes), related to the rebellion of the Tuareg, a nomadic minority inhabiting northern Niger.  The Tuareg rebels launched an uprising in 2007 claiming the Niger Government had reneged on promises of greater rights for the Tuareg – a key element of a peace accord that ended an earlier rebellion.  The Tuareg rebels targeted Niger Armed Forces posts as well as Areva-operated uranium mines, which are located in the Tuareg region.  During a conference organised by the French Business Confederation (MEDEF) on 21 October 2008, in the presence of international business representatives and the French Minister of Interior Affairs, d'Arbonneau allegedly asked the French government to help “put down the Tuareg rebellion (in Niger), these men in blue who make men dream and women’s hearts break, but who are nothing but an illusion.” (“de mater la rébellion des Touaregs, ces hommes en bleu qui font rêver les hommes et chavirer le coeur des femmes mais ne sont qu'une illusion”)

The plaintiffs alleged that via his comments d'Arbonneau and Areva were inciting hatred and violence as well as discriminating against the Tuareg based on their belonging to a specific ethnicity, race, religion or nation, contrary to sections 23 and 24 of the French Law of the Press of 29 July 1881.  Plaintiffs further alleged that the statement’s denial of Tuaregs’ existence stripped them of all rights.  During the June 2009 court hearing, d'Arbonneau denied having asked the government to help “put down” the rebellion. 

On 15 September 2009, the court determined the complaint was inadmissible, stating that Alhak-n-Akal and Menschenrechte 3000 lacked standing to bring the suit.  The court said the suit was inadmissible because the plaintiffs had failed to file the lawsuit within a reasonable timeframe after d’Arbonneau’s alleged statement.  The plaintiffs did not appeal.

- “Paris court dismisses Tuareg suit against nuclear firm Areva”, Nuclear Power Daily, 15 Sep 2009
- [FR] “Les Touaregs du Niger déboutés face à Areva”, Yann Libessart, Libération, 15 Sep 2009
- “Groups bring civil suit against Areva”, Beyond Nuclear, 12 Jul 2009
- [FR] “Areva jugé à Paris pour provocation à la discrimination contre les Touareg”, Le Monde & AFP, 23 Jun 2009
- “Sarkozy in Africa to boost political, business ties”, Joe Bavier, Reuters, 26 Mar 2009

- [FR] L’Association Alhak-n-Akal: Communiqué de Presse [PDF], 26 Mar 2009
- [FR] Dossier n 0072 Touaregs – Alhak-n-Akal c/ Areva – d’Arbonneau: Citation Directe [PDF], Mar 2009 [Summons & complaint filed by plaintiffs]

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Welcome to the 9th issue of the Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin. To assist all those following corporate legal accountability issues, we send this bulletin to highlight key developments, new cases profiled on our site, updates to existing profiles, and other news. Our Corporate Legal Accountability Portal is an online information hub providing resources for non-lawyers as well as lawyers – including victims, advocates, NGOs, businesspeople, lawyers bringing lawsuits against companies and lawyers defending companies. The portal provides impartial, concise information about lawsuits against companies in which human rights abuses are alleged – its aim is to demystify these lawsuits. Each case profile includes materials from both the plaintiffs and defendants, to the extent they are available.[Refers to adidas, Agua Mineral Chusmiza, Alstom, Areva, BASF, BP, CACI, Chevron, Chiquita, Drummond, DynCorp, ExxonMobil, HudBay Minerals, Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin), Rio Tinto, Shell, Tate & Lyle, Texaco (part of Chevron), Titan (now L-3), Vedanta Resources, Veolia Transport (part of Veolia Environnement)]

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27 September 2012

Areva lawsuit (re discrimination in Niger)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Pour une version française de ce profil, cliquez ici.

In March of 2009 Alhak-n-Akal, an NGO based in Niger’s Tuareg region, and Menschenrechte 3000, a German human rights group, claimed in a lawsuit filed in Paris against Areva and its executive Thierry d'Arbonneau that public remarks made by d'Arbonneau were racist and encouraged discrimination against the Tuareg.

The comments allegedly made by d’Arbonneau, Areva’s Director of Protection of Assets and Personnel (Directeur de la Protection du Patrimoine et des Personnes), related to the rebellion of the Tuareg, a nomadic minority inhabiting northern Niger.  The Tuareg rebels launched an uprising in 2007 claiming the Niger Government had reneged on promises of greater rights for the Tuareg – a key element of a peace accord that ended an earlier rebellion.  The Tuareg rebels targeted Niger Armed Forces posts as well as Areva-operated uranium mines, which are located in the Tuareg region.  During a conference organised by the French Business Confederation (MEDEF) on 21 October 2008, in the presence of international business representatives and the French Minister of Interior Affairs, d'Arbonneau allegedly asked the French government to help “put down the Tuareg rebellion (in Niger), these men in blue who make men dream and women’s hearts break, but who are nothing but an illusion.” (“de mater la rébellion des Touaregs, ces hommes en bleu qui font rêver les hommes et chavirer le coeur des femmes mais ne sont qu'une illusion”)

The plaintiffs alleged that via his comments d'Arbonneau and Areva were inciting hatred and violence as well as discriminating against the Tuareg based on their belonging to a specific ethnicity, race, religion or nation, contrary to sections 23 and 24 of the French Law of the Press of 29 July 1881.  Plaintiffs further alleged that the statement’s denial of Tuaregs’ existence stripped them of all rights.  During the June 2009 court hearing, d'Arbonneau denied having asked the government to help “put down” the rebellion. 

On 15 September 2009, the court determined the complaint was inadmissible, stating that Alhak-n-Akal and Menschenrechte 3000 lacked standing to bring the suit.  The court said the suit was inadmissible because the plaintiffs had failed to file the lawsuit within a reasonable timeframe after d’Arbonneau’s alleged statement.  The plaintiffs did not appeal.

- “Paris court dismisses Tuareg suit against nuclear firm Areva”, Nuclear Power Daily, 15 Sep 2009
- [FR] “Les Touaregs du Niger déboutés face à Areva”, Yann Libessart, Libération, 15 Sep 2009
- “Groups bring civil suit against Areva”, Beyond Nuclear, 12 Jul 2009
- [FR] “Areva jugé à Paris pour provocation à la discrimination contre les Touareg”, Le Monde & AFP, 23 Jun 2009
- “Sarkozy in Africa to boost political, business ties”, Joe Bavier, Reuters, 26 Mar 2009

- [FR] L’Association Alhak-n-Akal: Communiqué de Presse [PDF], 26 Mar 2009
- [FR] Dossier n 0072 Touaregs – Alhak-n-Akal c/ Areva – d’Arbonneau: Citation Directe [PDF], Mar 2009 [Summons & complaint filed by plaintiffs]

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Author: Yann Libessart, Libération

Le tribunal correctionnel de Paris a jugé mardi irrecevable l'action engagée par les Touaregs du Niger contre le leader mondial de l'industrie nucléaire civile Areva.

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Author: Moussa Bilalan, Association Temoust

Une association allemande pour la défense des droits de l’homme et une association émanant de la société civile Touareg du Niger ont cité à comparaître la société Areva…[devant la justice française] pour provocation à la discrimination, à la haine ou à la violence à l’égard d’un groupe de personnes à raison de leur origine ou de leur appartenance à une ethnie, une nation, une race ou une religion déterminée…

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