Strategic lawsuits against public participation increasingly used by companies to silence human rights defenders, says journalist

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28 November 2013

How about a SLAPP for your trouble?

Author: Sudeep Chakravarti, Livemint.com (India)

Strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPP, is one of several retaliatory mechanisms increasingly used against defenders of human rights…The Resource Centre discusses these and other matters and provides a global situation report in its 2013 annual briefing on corporate legal accountability…Its…list of case studies…contains recent and ongoing accusations and legal debates of various kinds of human rights violations…attributed to a total of 52 companies across the world. It is of little surprise that human rights lawyers and activists would get SLAPPed about, as it were, or face the legal weight of businesses that far outweigh their own. The stakes, both in perception and finance, are immense…[T]he briefing adds directional value by flagging issues that it expects will affect this space…This is happening, and will happen, in countries where infractions and crimes are perceived as being committed; and in countries where such businesses are headquartered or invested…[Refers to adidas, Anvil Mining (part of China Minmetals), BASF, China Minmetals, Daimler, Danzer, Dow Chemical, Ford, Lonmin, Shell, Tate & Lyle, Union Carbide (part of Dow), Vedanta Resources, Vinci]

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

Le Briefing Annuel sur la responsabilité juridique des entreprises du Centre de Ressources sur les Entreprises et les Droits de l’Homme donne un aperçu de la responsabilité juridique des entreprises en ce qui concerne les droits de l’homme, tout en faisant la synthèse des tendances et développements dans ce domaine depuis notre premier Briefing Annuel publié en juin 2012…Premièrement, il examine les tendances mondiales en matière de responsabilité juridique des entreprises telles que les barrières à l’accès aux voies de recours judiciaires, la juridiction extraterritoriale…les menaces subies par les défenseurs des droits de l’homme, et le rôle des avocats dans le domaine des entreprises et des droits de l’homme. Deuxièmement, [il] donne un aperçu des développements régionaux…Troisièmement, il examine l’état actuel des contentieux au titre de l’Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA)…Quatrièmement, [il] jette un regard sur les questions émergentes en matière de responsabilité juridique des entreprises. Cinquièmement, il conclut en donnant des recommandations…

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26 November 2013

[PDF] Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefing

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The goal of the Annual Briefing is to help a wide audience understand what has been happening in different parts of the world. First, it examines global trends in corporate legal accountability such as barriers to accessing judicial remedies; extraterritorial jurisdiction, i.e., whether courts in companies’ home countries can regulate the companies’ impacts abroad; threats faced by human rights advocates; and the role of lawyers in business and human rights. Second, the briefing provides an overview of regional developments in corporate legal accountability. Third, it reviews the current status of Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) litigation following the US Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Shell. Fourth, the briefing looks ahead at emerging issues in corporate legal accountability. Fifth, it concludes with recommendations for companies, governments, lawyers advising companies and victims’ advocates.

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Author: Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos

El Informe Anual de Responsabilidad Legal Empresarial del Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos ofrece un panorama de la responsabilidad legal de las empresas en derechos humanos, y resume las tendencias y e iniciativas en este campo, desde nuestro primer Informe Anual publicado en junio de 2012…Primero, examina las tendencias globales, en términos de responsabilidad legal empresarial, tales como las barreras existentes para acceder a los recursos judiciales; la jurisdicción extraterritorial…las amenazas que enfrentan los defensores de los derechos humanos; y el rol de los abogados en la cuestión de las empresas y los derechos humanos. Segundo…ofrece un panorama de las iniciativas a nivel regional…Tercero, revisa el estado actual de los litigios basados en la Ley de Agravios contra Extranjeros (ATCA)…Cuarto, el informe da un vistazo a los asuntos emergentes en temas de responsabilidad empresarial. Quinto, concluye con recomendaciones…

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"alliance de 180 entreprises multinationales destinée à soutenir leur engagement contre l'épidémie du SIDA"

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