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25 July 2012

[video] US Secretary of State Clinton on Meeting the Challenge of Genocide [relevant section starts at 21:50]

Author: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at "Imagine the Unimaginable: Ending Genocide in the 21st Century," organised by US Holocaust Memorial Museum

We are expanding our connections with the private sector because companies that respect human rights foster an environment where atrocities are less likely to occur. And when they do, the private sector must send a strong message by refusing to do...

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8 July 2012

Government accused of double standards on Sudan [UK]

Author: Jane Merrick, Independent [UK]

The [UK] Government was accused of "immoral" double standards...[for] encouraging British businesses to do trade deals with Sudan...[whose] president who is wanted for war crimes. As aid agencies and the UN warned that the humanitarian crisis caused by...

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12 June 2012

[PDF] Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum - Brief Amici Curiae of Former UN Special Representative for Business & Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie; Professor Philip Alston; and The Global Justice Clinic at NYU School of Law in Support of Neither Party

Author: Vincent F. O'Rourke, counsel of record for amici

Respondents argue that there is no corporate liability under international law for the human rights violations alleged by Petitioners, including torture, extrajudicial executions, and crimes against humanity. In support of this argument, Respondents...

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5 May 2012

Peru: Oil Drilling Divides Community

Author: Barbara J. Fraser, Latinamerica Press

A case in which Achuar indigenous people accuse a Canadian petroleum company of attempted genocide, currently under investigation by a court in Peru, could set a legal precedent if it is allowed to go ahead. The case stems from an incident in May 2009,...

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29 April 2012

[see pg. 43] Board response to proposal 8

Author: JP Morgan

The Board of Directors recommends that shareholders vote AGAINST this proposal for the following reasons...

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24 April 2012

SNCF lawsuits (re Holocaust)

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22 April 2012

'They're killing us': world's most endangered tribe cries for help

Author: Gethin Chamberlain, Guardian [UK]

…[T]he Awá…are…on the edge of extinction…But it is not just the loss of the trees that has created a situation so serious that it led a Brazilian judge, José Carlos do Vale Madeira, to describe it as "a real genocide"…Hired gunmen…are…hunting Awá…in...

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19 March 2012

Use of ‘Conflict Minerals’ Gets More Scrutiny From U.S.

Author: Edward Wyatt, New York Times

The [Dodd-Frank regulation] aimed at cutting off the brutal militia groups that have often taken over the mining and sale of so-called conflict minerals to finance their military aims. Just about every company affected by the law says they support...

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28 February 2012

Corporate Rights and Human Rights

Author: Room for Debate, New York Times

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum over whether corporations can be sued for human rights violations overseas. The plaintiffs filed suit in the United States under the Alien Tort Statute, a law enacted by...

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23 February 2012

Circuit Sides With Insurer on Armenian Genocide Claims

Author: Ginny LaRoe, Recorder [USA]

After three rounds at the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, lawyers at Mayer Brown pulled off a full win for a German insurer fighting claims by survivors of the Armenian Genocide. A unanimous en banc opinion said the California law that allowed for...

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