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SOMO launches new website on non-judicial grievance mechanisms to support victims of corporate human rights abuses

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20 June 2013

Introduction - Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms

Author: Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

Multinational corporate activity may contribute to or cause environmental abuses and the violation of individuals, workers and communities’ human rights, particularly in the Global South. When taking legal action to hold companies accountable for their misconduct, victims are often confronted with weak governance, inadequate legal frameworks, and/or poor implementation of regulation and court decisions...This website is for individuals, workers, communities and civil society organisations who need information and tools to file complaints with one or more grievance mechanisms to address corporate human rights abuses, seek justice and/or obtain reparation. [Website includes a video introduction, a step-by-step guide to filing complaints, leaflets and other information on non-judicial grievance mechanisms]

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Article
1 June 2013

Step-By-Step Guide to Filing a Complaint with a Grievance Mechanism

Author: Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

The following step-by-step guide to filing a complaint with a grievance mechanism provides general advice for complainants to follow. Given the wide variety of grievance mechanisms, it is strongly advised you check the rules and procedures for each mechanism you are considering. This guidance aims to familiarise you with the types of issues you may need to consider, decisions you may need to make, activities you may need to carry out, and information you may need to document in order to file a complaint with a grievance mechanism.

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Article
23 May 2013

[video] Introduction to non-judicial grievance mechanisms

Author: Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

[Video transcript: Non-judicial grievance mechansms can be used as an avenue to seek remedy for victims of human rights abuses and other violations by companies...SOMO's programme focuses on assisting organizations and identifying whether and which grievance mechanism can be used to seek remedy and advocates for strengthening these mechanisms and increasing their effectiveness] [Includes examples of uses of grievance mechanisms from Argentina, Dem. Rep. of Congo, and the Philippines]

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