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Exploitation of Natural Resources as a War Crime – New Campaign Including a Brilliant Video

Author: Nadia Bernaz (Middlesex University), on Rights as Usual, Published on: 5 November 2013

Three NGOs, the Open Society Justice Initiative, Conflict Awareness Project and TRIAL (Track Impunity Always) have joined forced to advance the fight against the looting of natural resources in conflict zones. The “Stop Pillage” Campaign…seeks to hold perpetrators and accomplices of pillage around the world accountable by gathering reports, conducting investigations, building cases for criminal complaints, and raising global public awareness…The difficulties in holding corporations and corporate leaders to account for this kind of behaviour are many. Often the crimes occur in areas of weak governance, where nothing can be expected from the local authorities. Another option is to initiate proceedings in the countries of incorporation of the parent companies…A final option is prosecution by the International Criminal Court…

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