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18 Nov 2009

Human Rights Lawyers Association

[PDF] Complicity with Apartheid

Apartheid was one of the vilest State-sponsored crimes of the last century. The regime that promulgated apartheid was able to stay in power for over 40 years because it infiltrated every aspect of daily life…To what extent can, or should, corporations be held responsible for crimes being perpetrated around them? Can they be considered as being complicit?...A number of US based corporations that worked in South Africa during apartheid are now being sued for reparations under a US Federal law. By focussing on this litigation, this seminar will explore the extent of corporate accountability for human rights violations.