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19 Aug 2010

[opinion] Michael Hausfeld, Ralph Bunche, Mail & Guardian [So. Africa]

Human Rights Human wrongs [So. Africa]

Victims of extrajudicial murder, torture, rape, and prolonged arbitrary detention filed a lawsuit in the United States in 2002 against multinational corporations alleging they aided and abetted the apartheid regime in the commission of gross human rights abuses...Reflecting frustration over the more than seven years the litigation has been stalled by the defendant corporations, the mounted a national publicity campaign during the 2010 Soccer World Cup highlighting the alleged complicity of those corporations-including those sponsoring their national teams in the South African-hosted games...The defendant companies -- General Motors, Ford, Daimler, IBM and Rheinmettal -- are alleged to have provided the means by which security forces of the apartheid regime brutally and physically enforced the system of racial repression through the commission of gross human rights violations.