Ecuadorian community requests Intl. Criminal Court open investigation of Chevron's CEO over Amazonian oil pollution; includes company comments

Chevron in Ecuador By: Cancillería Ecuador, Creative Commons

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5 November 2014

Nadia Bernaz on how Intl. Criminal Court could provide remedy for victims of corporate abuse in light of complaint against Chevron CEO

Author: Nadia Bernaz, Rights as Usual (UK)

"Complaint to the International Criminal Court against the CEO of Chevron", 4 Nov 2014

At the end of October 2014, representatives of Ecuadorian victims sent a formal complaint against “the Chief Executive Officer of Chevron and any other corporate officer” of the company to…the International Criminal Court (ICC)…As far as I know this is the first time anyone tries to bring a business and human rights case before the International Criminal Court…While the complaint has objectively very little chance to lead to the prosecution of anyone…it sheds light on an interesting and often overlooked aspect of the current international criminal legal system, namely that business people can be prosecuted before the ICC irrespective of the fact that the ICC has no jurisdiction over corporations…[T]he current Statute of the ICC (Article 25) unambiguously grants…jurisdiction over natural persons (i.e. individuals) only…[However,] [b]usiness executives, as individuals, clearly fall under the ICC’s personal jurisdiction…One day the ICC could well provide an adequate remedy for victims of corporate abuse.

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« Plainte d'indiens d'Equateur contre Chevron devant la CPI », 23 octobre 2014

Des indiens d'Equateur ont présenté jeudi une plainte devant la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) de La Haye contre la compagnie pétrolière américaine Chevron, qui conteste le paiement d'une amende pour pollution…Les plaignants espèrent l'ouverture de poursuites contre le directeur général de Chevron, John Watson, pour des atteintes aux droits de l'homme induites, selon eux, par les dégâts environnementaux en Amazonie équatorienne…Quelque 30.000 indigènes et agriculteurs amazoniens…déplorent des cas de cancers et de maladies dus à la pollution de l'eau par du pétrole. La plainte dénonce un "crime contre l'humanité"…De son côté, Chevron a réagi en qualifiant cette plainte de manœuvre face à une "fraude sans précédent"…[Fait aussi référence à ExxonMobil]

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23 October 2014

Ecuadoreans Take Chevron To International Criminal Court [Subscription required]

Author: David Siegel, Law360

Rainforest communities in Ecuador have asked the International Criminal Court in the Hague to investigate alleged efforts by Chevron Corp. chief John Watson to obstruct court-ordered cleanup of toxic contamination in the Amazon...Chevron has fought the verdict...in both Ecuadorean and U.S. courts, claiming the decision was tainted by fraud that included an alleged bribe of the trial judge by plaintiffs' attorneys. The ICC complaint alleges that instead of complying with the Ecuadorean court order...Watson personally ordered the launching of “multiple collateral attacks” against the judgment and the lawyers who represented the affected communities...According to the complaint, an “attack” against a civilian population can be nonviolent in nature, and Chevron’s refusal to comply with court-ordered remediation efforts meet that standard because of the direct impact the pollution is having on the region’s inhabitants...Chevron spokesman Jim Craig characterized the ICC complaint as “another stunt” meant to distract attention from the merits of the underlying lawsuit in Ecuador...

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23 October 2014

Rainforest Communities Seek Criminal Investigation of Chevron CEO Watson Before International Court

Author: Amazon Watch

Rainforest communities in Ecuador today requested that an international court open a criminal investigation of Chevron CEO John Watson and other high-level officers of the company over their role in violating international humanitarian law by obstructing a court-mandated clean-up of toxic contamination in the Amazon, putting thousands of lives at risk. The complaint was submitted to the International Criminal Court in the Hague on behalf of approximately 80 indigenous and farmer communities…Expert evidence submitted by the communities, based on several peer-reviewed studies, concluded that upwards of 10,000 individuals in the affected area have either died or will contract cancer in the coming years due to Watson’s failure to clean up the company’s pollution…

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23 October 2014

[PDF] Ecuadorian claim before the International Criminal Court to investigate Chevron's CEO

Author: Eduardo Bernabé Toledo & Pablo Fajardo Mendoza, Legal representatives of victims

[Full text of the claim filed by Ecuadorians before the International Criminal Court]

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