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9 Dec 2013

Carey L. Biron, MintPress News (USA)

Justice Increasingly Distant for Victims of Corporate Abuse

Victims of corporate human rights abuses are finding it more difficult to access justice or hold companies accountable for such crimes, according to new research released this week…[S]cholars and rights defenders are warning that governments have either failed to implement or gone backward on a key provision of…[the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights]…the ability of victims of corporate abuses to access justice…[A]report looks at seven countries in North America and Europe and tracks any legal or legislative changes that have been put in place following the 2011 agreement of the Guiding Principles. These countries are considered particularly important given that most of the world’s major multinational companies are headquartered in these states…Two of the most significant ongoing obstacles to justice for victims of corporate abuses are extremely basic: prohibitive cost and an often bewildering corporate structure…