Multinational indicted for crimes in Syria: The French Case against Company Lafarge

18:30pm-20:00pm | 22 February | Berlin

Marie-Laure GuislainSherpa (Paris)

Mark Taylor, University of Oslo and Fafo Research Foundation

Mazen DarwishSyrian Center for Media and Freedom of Speech (Paris/Berlin)

Dr.Miriam Saage-Maaß, ECCHR (Berlin)

Dear Sir or Madam, dear friends and supporters of ECCHR, 

In December 2017, six  former senior directors of world's leading supplier for cement and construction materials, Lafarge (now Lafarge-Holcim), and its subsidiary Lafarge Cement Syria, were indicted by French judges. This was the result of a criminal complaint filed by Paris-based NGO Sherpa and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in November 2016. Lafarge kept running its cement factory plant in northeast Syria until 2014 despite the region being conflict-ridden and controlled by various armed and terrorist groups.

The complaint, which was filed on behalf of 11 former Syrian Lafarge employees, argued that by doing business with the terrorist group ISIS – which Lafarge has by now acknowledged – the company may therefore be complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity, and of having endangered the plaintiffs’ lives. Since the heavily-evidenced case was filed: plaintiffs were heard, Lafarge’s headquarters were raided, and its directors indicted. 

At ECCHR, speakers will discuss how multinational companies, driven by economic interests, can fuel conflicts and engage in serious human rights violations. They will explore the importance of legal accountability of all actors involved in war crimes in Syria as a prerequisite for peace and stability in the region. The Lafarge case can be a game changer in a field desperate for precedents establishing corporate responsibility for international crimes. 

Learn more about the Lafarge/Syria case.

The event will be held in English. The venue is wheelchair accessible. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this event and kindly ask you to register at [email protected]  until 19 February 2018 (please note that no confirmation will be sent).  

ECCHR: Anabel Bermejo, E-Mail: [email protected]