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26 Jan 2015

Global Legal Post (UK)

Human rights comes under corporate attack

Research from the Business and Human Rights Centre has revealed that there are less venues available to pursue human rights cases…[and] that campaigners are increasingly…targeted in a number of ways such as defamation and libel claims, tax investigations and efforts to deregister the defenders’ organisations. US and English courts are narrowing their scope on human rights but other potential venues for extraterritorial claims are emerging with cases recently filed in Canada, France, Switzerland and Germany over alleged human rights abuses by companies outside those countries. Commenting on the findings, Greg Regaignon, Research Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, said: 'The use of legal proceedings to intimidate and silence victims of corporate abuses and those who speak out for them is a worrying development…Of course governments should not allow their legal systems to be abused in these ways, but businesses also need to speak out against such harassment.'...