Non-governmental conference on genocide, Montreal, explores challenges of holding corporations accountable for complicity

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11 October 2007

Global Conference on the Prevention of Genocide, Thurs 11 Oct - Sat 13 Oct, Montreal

Author: McGill Centre for Human Rights & Legal Pluralism

[see Friday, October 12, 4 – 5:30 pm - Economics and Genocide: Reconciling Profit and Prevention] Genocidal regimes are often sustained by economic relations including foreign trade and investment. What is the role of governments and corporations in ensuring that they are not complicit in genocide? What should be the criteria for determining whether economic sanctions or divestment are necessary and desirable? What are the institutions that can facilitate such policies? This panel brings together perspectives from government, business, and academia, focusing in particular on the situation in Darfur.

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10 October 2007

Ottawa should stop firms from working in genocide zones

Author: Janet Bagnall, Gazette [Canada]

Let's look at a single piece of the puzzle: corporate complicity in genocide. The complicity of transnational corporations looks, on the surface, as though it would be one of the simplest issues to resolve. The government of the state in which a corporation is based could, in theory, order that corporation to stop going along with, or actively participating in, genocidal acts in its operations abroad. But the reality is anything but simple...[refers to Talisman, Unocal (now part of Chevron)]

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