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Murder of Nestlé worker Romero in Colombia: Complaint against Switzerland submitted to European Court of Human Rights

Author: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Published on: 18 December 2014

The Swiss judiciary has refused to investigate the role played by Nestlé in the murder of Colombian trade unionist and Nestlé worker Luciano Romero. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) has responded by submitting a complaint against Switzerland on behalf of Romero’s widow to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)...The ECCHR is basing its case on the right to life…and the right to an effective remedy…The ECtHR must now determine whether the Swiss judiciary has adequately examined Nestlé’s liability for Romero’s murder. According to figures from Colombian sources, almost 3,000 trade unionists have been murdered in Colombia over the past 30 years. 13 of these worked for Nestlé…The Swiss judiciary dismissed all claims against Nestlé in the Romero case. In July 2014 the Swiss Federal Supreme Court held that the crimes in question were now statute-barred…

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