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13 November 2007

Federal Judge Lets Abu Ghraib Suit Against Government Contractor Go Forward

Author: R. Robin McDonald, Fulton County Daily Report [USA]

A federal judge…is allowing a suit…to go forward against a government contractor that supplied interrogators at Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison. The Nov. 6 decision...places CACI International...in the legal hot seat with regard to the torture of...

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6 November 2007

US judge: contractor can face Iraqi torture suit

Author: Reuters

The lawsuit was filed in 2004 on behalf of Iraqi nationals who say they or their relatives had been tortured or mistreated while detained by the U.S. military at Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq. The plaintiffs sued CACI International...which...

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5 June 2007

A Bid to Litigate the Legality of U.S.-Sponsored Torture in Federal Court: Will It Succeed?

Author: Anthony J. Sebok, Professor, Brooklyn Law School, in FindLaw's Writ [USA]

...[T]he [American Civil Liberties Union] filed a suit that could provide human rights activists with an ingenious mechanism to allow a federal court to litigate whether torture sponsored by the U.S. is a tort….Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. is a private...

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21 March 2007

[DOC] Private security companies and human rights

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Presentation by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to public seminar “Privatization of security and warfare and impacts on human rights”, co-hosted by the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries and the Business & Human...

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9 March 2007

Mercenaries, Multinationals and Movies

Author: CorpWatch

There's...[many] films coming out about corporate malfeasance..."Shadow Company"...follows the tale of James Ashcroft...who...take[s] a job with a private security company in Baghdad, whom many human rights activists consider to be "mercenaries," or...

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29 October 2006

[PDF] full report: "Corporate Mercenaries - The threat of private military and security companies"

Author: War on Want

The following pages examine the rapid expansion of private military and security companies (PMSCs), particularly as a result of the occupation of Iraq. As well as providing information on the activities of these companies, the report urges all readers...

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11 October 2006

The Forgotten Conspiracy - Corporate Torture in Iraq

Author: Ali Eteraz, in CounterPunch

In 2004, a major Philadelphia law firm, the Center For Constitutional Rights, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago School of Law, and a handful of volunteers a group of lawyers in the United States brought a civil suit on behalf...

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25 September 2006

[PDF] The torture business: Buying impunity

Author: Nils Rosemann is based in Islamabad (Pakistan) and works as an Attorney of Law and as a Human Rights & Development Consultant in Islamabad and Geneva - Human Rights Features

The example of torture shows how governmentally granted impunity facilitates human rights violations by corporate actors. The example is not only chosen because torture is a core concept in the US-led global 'war on terror'. It also significantly...

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1 August 2006

Online Action Center - Investigate and prosecute military contractors who torture

Author: Amnesty International USA

The United States government is outsourcing key security and military support functions to private companies, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Government reports have implicated these private contractors in serious human rights violations –...

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1 December 2005

Institute for Corporate Culture Affairs launches handbook on corporate social responsibility -- includes chapters by Sir Geoffrey Chandler and about initiatives by Alcoa, Bertelsmann, Body Shop, BT, Calvert Group, Canon, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank,...

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