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[PDF] Deadly ventures? Multinational corporations and paramilitaries in Colombia

Author: Olga Martin-Ortega, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of East London [UK], Published on: 31 December 2008

One of [the Colombian conflict] characteristics is the participation of external actors...The activities and working methods of certain multinational corporations in Colombia have had a direct impact on the development of the conflict in certain areas, particularly through their relationship with the paramilitary groups...This article analyses these relationships and the legal consequences that they have brought for the companies allegedly implicated in the murder, torture and intimidation of trade unionists...Finally this article analyses the legal initiatives to make these companies accountable before the United States courts, with particular focus in the cases against Coca-Cola...Drummond...and Chiquita...under the Alien Torts Claims Act. [also refers to Fresh Del Monte, Dole, Nestle]

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Related companies: Chiquita Coca-Cola Del Monte Foods Dole Drummond Fresh Del Monte Produce Nestlé