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13 Oct 2016

War on Want (UK)

Colombia: High Court ends trade unionist’s case against BP

On the 19 September 2016 the High Court ordered that his [Gilberto Torres] case against BP and six other related oil companies, should end with no payment of costs.  It was the latest stage in Gilberto’s battle against violations of human rights and destruction of the environment linked to oil extraction in Colombia.  Gilberto, in his own words…Despite the tireless work of the team of lawyers and researchers in the UK and Colombia, we faced overwhelming obstacles...I faced the inequality of the tiny resources which I and a small law firm had against a huge wealthy multinational and 2 corporate law firms...Until the law is reformed, and until the US and the UK take responsibility for the intended or unintended consequences of oil extraction by companies like BP, people like me from communities like mine will not be able to access justice.  This is not the end of the story. Through the legal work of the past 4 years in the UK and Colombia, we have achieved many things...So although I have ended my international legal case in the UK with the deepest regret and sorrow, we will continue our search for justice, knocking on doors and holding on to hope...