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NGO analyses how companies buying pillaged resources can be held legally accountable

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11 January 2014

Prosecuting Corporate Pillage

Author: Hasan Dindjer, Rights Watch (UK)

Pillage is a war crime...[and] is both a serious breach of the laws of war...and, as resource-fuelled wars across the world attest, one that sustains some particularly brutal conflicts...[H]ow can corporations that buy pillaged resources themselves be held legally accountable?...[Recently] Swiss authorities launched a criminal investigation into the gold refiner Argor-Hareaus following a complaint [which alleges] that gold pillaged by the FNI, an armed group in the DRC, was sold...to Argor. [The company] vigorously denies the allegations...The complaint also alleges the “direct involvement” of Jersey-based Hussar Ltd...[and] Hussar Services Ltd...The results of the investigation [have been passed] on to the UK authorities and the Jersey authorities. [In the UK] pillage is incorporated as a domestic criminal offence by the International Criminal Court Act 2001, [but] the question remains whether corporations can be prosecuted under the ICC Act at all...

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Author: Centre de Ressources sur les Entreprises et les Droits de l'Homme

[Résumé de l'enquête contre Argor-Heraeus accusée d'avoir raffiné de l'or pillée par un groupe armé illégal (Front nationaliste et intégrationniste (FNI)) de la région du Nord-Est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC).]

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22 November 2013

Case profile: Argor-Heraeus investigation (re Dem. Rep. Congo)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for investigation filed in Switzerland against Argor-Heraeus. The plaintiff alleges Argor-Heraeus had refined gold which had been pillaged by an illegal armed group (Front nationaliste et intégrationniste (FNI)) from the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.]

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