Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin - Issue 17, June 2015

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 30 June 2015

Welcome to our Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin -- highlighting a specific topic each quarter, as well as key developments in corporate legal accountability.  The Corporate Legal Accountability hub on our website provides objective, concise information about lawsuits against companies in which human rights abuses are alleged...

Quarterly Highlight: Human Rights Defenders & Legal Harassment...Investigative journalist Rafael Marques’ book detailing human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond mining industry implicated army generals and their private security company.  Shedding light on these abuses resulted in conviction on nine criminal defamation charges against Marques in May 2015 and a suspended prison sentence aimed at silencing his work...[H]uman rights defenders (HRDs) all over the world face not only physical threats, but also legal threats as their opponents try to shut down their work. These legal threats are particularly severe for HRDs working on business and human rights because they face threats from pro-business governments as well as from businesses themselves... [Refers to Argor-Heraeus, Auchan, Blattner Group, BP, CACI, Curacao Drydock, Daimler, Danzer, Drummond, Gympanzee Nursery, Hidro Santa Cruz (part of Hidralia Energía), L-3 Titan (part of L-3 Communications), Lidl, Nestlé, Nokia, Qosmos, SIFORCO (part of Blattner Group), SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer), Villaggio Mall, Vinci, Yahoo!]

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Related companies: Argor-Heraeus Auchan Blattner Group BP CACI Curacao Drydock Daimler Danzer Drummond Ecoener-Hidralia Gympanzee Nursery Hidro Santa Cruz (part of Hidralia Energía) L-3 Titan (part of L-3 Communications) Lidl Nestlé Nokia Qosmos SIFORCO (part of Blattner Group) SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer) Villaggio Mall Vinci Yahoo! (part of Verizon)