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30 July 2013

S.Korea court rules against Mitsubishi Heavy on forced labour

Author: Reuters

A South Korean court ordered...Mitsubishi Heavy Industries...to pay...$360,200...in compensation to five South Koreans for forced labour during Japan's colonial rule in the second such ruling...Mitsubishi said it would appeal the decision. [refers to...

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5 July 2013

Case profile: SNCF lawsuits (re Holocaust)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for lawsuits against Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français (SNCF) to hold it accountable over transporting 76,000 civilians to Nazi death camps during World War II.]

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3 July 2013

Case profile: Nishimatsu lawsuit (re World War II forced labour)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for lawsuit filed in Japan against Nishimatsu Construction over allegations that the it forcibly brought Chinese individuals to Hiroshima Prefecture during World War II and used them as forced...

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25 June 2013

Case profile: IBM lawsuit (Holocaust claim by Gypsies)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for lawsuit against IBM on behalf of five Roma (Gypsy) plaintiffs orphaned in the Holocaust. They alleged that IBM assisted the Nazis in Holocaust killings during World War II by providing...

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11 June 2012

[PDF] Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum - Supplement brief of Volker Beck and Christoph Strässer, Members of Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, amici curiae in support of Petitioners

Author: Judith Brown Chomsky, counsel for amici

Given Germany’s history, it is particularly troubling that the Federal Government [of Germany] has chosen to intervene in support of cutting off an important avenue of accountability for human rights abuses involving corporate activity. In particular,...

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24 April 2012

SNCF lawsuits (re Holocaust)

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1 June 2011

[DOC] Commentary: Re-Righting Business: John Ruggie and the Struggle to develop International Human Rights Standards for Transnational Firms

Author: Susan Ariel Aaronson, Associate Research Professor, Elliott School of Intl. Affairs, George Washington Univ., and Research Fellow, World Trade Institute; Ian Higham, George Washington Univ.

Executives clearly need guidance as to how to ensure that they don’t undermine the human rights of their stakeholders...Human rights violations by firms stem from a gap in national and international governance. But in June 2011, the UN Human Rights...

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1 February 2011

Better Safe than Sorry

Author: Susan Aaronson, Professor & Ian Higham, Research Assistant - Elliott School of Intl. Affairs, George Washington Univ in Policy Innovations

...Building on years of research and multi-stakeholder dialogue, [UN Special Representative on business & human rights John] Ruggie outlined a framework and Guiding Principles to help firms “operationalize” their human rights responsibilities.....

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12 November 2010

France: National Railway Apologizes for Its Role in Deporting Jews in War

Author: Maia de la Baume, New York Times

France’s national railway, the S.N.C.F., has issued its first public apology for its involvement in the deportation of tens of thousands of Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II. Guillaume Pepy…, the railway’s director, expressed the company’s ...

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25 October 2010

Open Society Justice Initiative publishes manual - "Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting Pillage of Natural Resources"

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