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New Amnesty Intl. publication highlights obstacles faced by victims of corporate human rights abuses to access remedies; includes company statements

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Author: Amnesty International

Amnesty International a publié…Injustice Incorporated: Corporate Abuses and the Human Right to Remedy afin de faire progresser le droit à un recours pour les victimes de violations des droits humains commises par des entreprises…Les victimes de violations des droits humains se heurtent souvent à des obstacles lorsqu’elles cherchent à obtenir un recours. Ces difficultés sont d’autant plus importantes lorsque ces violations ont été commises par des entreprises transnationales…Injustice Incorporated décrit le combat pour la justice de communautés pauvres confrontées à de puissantes entreprises transnationales…[C]ette publication démontre comment…les entreprises parviennent à échapper à leurs responsabilités et à bafouer, ou saper considérablement, le droit des victimes à un recours…Les quatre cas développés sont les suivants : Bhopal…Omaï…Ok Tedi…Trafigura…Injustice Incorporated avance des propositions pour le changement dans trois domaines clés : les freins juridiques aux procédures extraterritoriales, le manque d’informations et les relations entre entreprises et États…

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28 February 2014

[PDF] Injustice Incorporated: Corporate Abuses and the Human Right to Remedy

Author: Amnesty International

This book seeks to ground the debate on the human right to remedy in cases of corporate-related abuse in the lived experiences of victims…[It]… focuses on four emblematic cases and exposes how corporate political and financial power intertwined with specific legal obstacles to allow companies to evade accountability and deny, or severely curtail, remedy…The cases are…[the] 1984 Bhopal gas leak in India…[the] case of Omai gold in Guyana...[the] Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea…[and the] dumping of toxic waste in Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire…[Trafigura responded that] it is simply wrong to suggest that the issues have not had the right judicial scrutiny...[Union Carbide responded that] [a]ll of the victims’ claims…were resolved a quarter-century ago by a comprehensive settlement…[Includes full responses from Arcelor Mittal, Dow Chemical, Tata Group, Trafigura Beheer, Union Carbide (part of Dow)] [Also refers to BHP Billiton, BP, Shell, Vedanta Resources]

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