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25 October 2010

[PDF] Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting the Pillage of Natural Resources

Author: James G. Stewart of University of British Columbia, Open Society Justice Initiative

As part of [the] growing interest in resource wars, Corporate War Crimes: Prosecuting the Pillage of Natural Resources explores the elements of corporate liability for the war crime of pillage…By exploring these cases and the law governing pillage in...

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18 March 2010

Nishimatsu lawsuit (re World War II forced labour)

In 1998, five Chinese survivors of World War II brought legal action in Japan against Nishimatsu Construction.  The plaintiffs alleged that Nishimatsu forcibly brought Chinese individuals to the Hiroshima Prefecture during World War II and used them...

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11 February 2010

Holocaust Victims Sue Hungary Railway, Seek Damages [USA]

Author: Andrew M. Harris, Bloomberg

A group of Holocaust victims, their survivors and heirs sued the Hungarian state railway, claiming it aided the Nazi extermination of Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The plaintiffs seek $240 million in compensatory damages, plus an...

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23 October 2009

Assessing the Nishimatsu Corporate Approach to Redressing Chinese Forced Labor in Wartime Japan

Author: Kang Jian, Arimitsu Ken & William Underwood, Asia Pacific Journal

[I]n October 2009…Nishimatsu Construction…voluntarily agree[d] to compensate Chinese victims of wartime forced labor in Japan after resisting the redress claim for more than a decade…Nishimatsu…set up a trust fund of 250 million yen, or $2.5 million...

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23 October 2009

Japan's construction firm pays $2.74 mln to wartime Chinese laborers

Author: Xinhua

Nishimatsu Construction secured a reconciliation Friday with wartime Chinese laborers, agreeing to pay 250 million yen (2.74 million U.S. dollars) to the war victims. According the reconciliation agreement…Nishimatsu, which offered the reconciliation...

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9 August 2009

Memorial held for wartime Chinese forced laborers

Author: Kyodo News [Japan]

A memorial service was held in Tokyo on Saturday for 6,830 Chinese forced laborers who died in various parts of Japan during the war…the first to mourn all Chinese who perished in such circumstances…Many Chinese died of poor nutrition, overwork and...

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21 June 2009

Legal Redress for Corporate Participation in International Human Rights Abuses: A Progress Report

Author: Justice Ian Binnie, Supreme Court of Canada, in American Bar Association journal The Brief

In this article, ICJ [Intl. Commission of Jurists] Commissioner, Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada, describes the progress that has been made, and that which remains to be made, in developing an acceptable legal liability framework for...

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11 June 2009

A Win for Wiwa, a Win for Shell, a Win for Corporate Human Rights

Author: Michael Goldhaber, American Lawyer

Late Monday, on the eve of trial in New York, the parties settled in Wiwa v. Shell. For those with longer memories, it was reminiscent of March 2005, when another case hyped as the great breakthrough for corporate human rights, Doe v. Unocal, settled...

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22 December 2008

Deal with the reparations

Author: Kiroku Hanai, Japan Times

…The plaintiffs in the postwar compensation lawsuits were placed at a decisive disadvantage last April when the Supreme Court ruled that Chinese citizens forcibly taken to Japan to work for Nishimatsu Construction had no right to claim damages because...

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23 May 2008

Everybody's business

Author: Mark Taylor & Salil Tripathi, in Guardian [UK]

In his report last year, John Ruggie, the UN special representative on business and human rights noted that the complex interaction between UN tribunals and the ICC statute on one hand, and extension of responsibility for international crimes under...

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