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14 Jun 2012

Marco Simons, Legal Director, EarthRights

US government sides with Shell over victims of crimes against humanity

Earlier this year, the US government argued on the side of victims of human rights abuses at the US Supreme Court. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell), the government argued that corporations should not be exempt from responsibility for committing human rights abuses...[T]he Supreme Court ordered a rehearing in the case, and asked whether human rights lawsuits could be brought when the abuses happened outside the US...Today, the government submitted its brief (below) - and it's on the wrong side. I have rarely been so disappointed in my government.