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Switzerland's highest court rejects case against Nestlé over alleged indirect responsibility in death of Colombian trade unionist

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Author: ats (Agence télégraphique suisse)

« Plainte d'un syndicat colombien contre Nestlé rejetée », 1er août 2014

Le Tribunal fédéral (TF) a rejeté le recours de la veuve d'un syndicaliste et travailleur de Nestlé en Colombie. Elle accusait la multinationale d'être coresponsable par négligence du meurtre de son époux. Le TF confirme ainsi la non-entrée matière déjà prononcée par le Ministère public vaudois et le Tribunal cantonal vaudois…Le TF confirme que le délai de prescription de l'action pénale contre Nestlé était dépassé…Nestlé a toujours réfuté catégoriquement les accusations portées contre elle.

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2 August 2014

Swiss court clears Nestlé in Colombia widow case

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Switzerland's highest court…rejected an appeal by the widow of a Colombian trade unionist who had accused...Nestlé of indirect responsibility for her husband's death...[T]he court had agreed with the previous ruling that the statute of limitations had been exceeded in the case...Nestlé had been accused of failing to take the necessary measures to protect Romero, a former employee of one of their subsidiaries, Cicolac. He had worked for the company for many years when he was accused of collaborating with guerilla fighters, and received a number of death threats before being killed…[P]aramilitaries were jailed for the assassination, but one former commander testified that the group had been financed by several companies, including Cicolac. Nestlé has always denied the allegations...

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Author: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

Le Tribunal fédéral suisse a rejeté le recours de la veuve du syndicaliste de Sinaltrainal et travailleur de Nestlé en Colombie...Le Tribunal fédéral a confirmé la décision du Ministère public et du Tribunal cantonal que le délai de prescription de l'action pénale contre l'entreprise Nestlé avait été acquis. Il s'est ainsi prononcé contre l'avis du Conseil fédéral et d'une grande partie de la doctrine, selon lequel la responsabilité de l'entreprise est une infraction continue- et n'était alors pas prescrite...La question centrale de la responsabilité pénale de l'entreprise Nestlé dans l'assassinat de son employé reste ainsi non résolue...« Le résultat démontre que le système suisse ne garantit toujours pas l'accès à la justice pour les victimes des violations graves des droits de l'homme commises par des entreprises. Si le système judiciaire ne peut le garantir, alors il est nécessaire de le réviser », avance l'avocat suisse de la veuve, Marcel Bosonnet...

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1 August 2014

Swiss Judiciary declines access to justice

Author: European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the...widow of the assassinated Colombian...trade unionist and Nestlé-worker Luciano Romero...She had appealed against the closing of the investigations into the responsibility of Nestlé for the murder...The...Court confirmed...that the investigations were statute-barred. It thereby departed from the interpretation...that it is a continuing offence – which, hence, would not be statute-barred...The real issue of the responsibility of the company...for the assassination of one of its workers remains unexamined...With the restrictive interpretation of the Federal Supreme Court there is now a need to reform the statute of limitations...In conflict zones such as Colombia, Nestlé must guarantee the security of its workers and may not aggravate the hazardous situation of trade unionists...In Colombian criminal proceedings, the murder was qualified as a crime against humanity.

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Author: Tribunal fédéral suisse

[Texte intégral de la décision du Tribunal fédéral rejetant le recours contre Nestlé]

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Author: Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos

[Perfil de demanda penal contra Nestlé en Suiza. Se denunció que Nestlé fue cómplice en el asesinato del sindicalista Luciano Romero, un antiguo empleado de Cicolac (subsidiaria de Nestlé en Colombia), debido a que la empresa supuestamente omitió tomar medidas para prevenir el asesinato.]

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

[Résumé du procès contre Nestlé pour complicité présumée dans le meurtre du syndicaliste Luciano Romero, un ancien employé de la filiale colombienne de Nestlé, Cicolac, en ne parvenant pas à prendre des mesures préventives pour empêcher son meurtre.]

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8 May 2013

Case profile: Nestlé lawsuit (re Colombia)

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The complaint alleged that Nestlé was complicit in the murder of trade unionist Luciano Romero, a former employee of Nestlé’s Colombian subsidiary, Cicolac, for failing to take precautionary measures to prevent the murder. Romero was murdered by in Colombia by paramilitaries in 2005. The complaint claimed that Romero began receiving death threats after Cicolac falsely branded him a guerilla fighter. Nestlé refutes all allegations.

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