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22 Apr 2015


Vinci files defamation complaint against Sherpa & its employees after NGO sues company over alleged forced labour in Qatar

"Complaint against Vinci in Qatar: Vinci is suing for defamation and is claiming exorbitant compensatory damages from the Sherpa association and its employees", 22 Apr 2015

Following the complaint we filed on 23 March against Vinci Construction Grands Projets and its subsidiary Qatarie for forced labour and servitude, Vinci is not only suing the Sherpa association for defamation, but also certain Sherpa employees…multinationals often use this kind of costly procedure to discourage less wealthy claimants. We were expecting this kind of reaction which is called SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation…)…We remain confident because we have proof of what we are putting forward and we will not abandon our mandate which is to ensure that human rights are respected and to defend the victims of economic crimes in whichever country the multinationals are working in…Our actions have already produced results because Vinci’s spokesmen have been obliged to answer for their practices and above all have reported improvements to working conditions on their construction sites in Qatar…

Part of the following timelines

French builder Vinci accused of forced labour in Qatar; company denies claims

Vinci lawsuit (re forced labour in Qatar)