USA: Lawsuit against Drummond for alleged involvement in killings of Colombia unionists goes to trial in federal court

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9 July 2007

Drummond Trial Is Set to Open [USA]

Author: Pui-Wing Tam, Wall-Street Journal

For the first time, a trial is scheduled to open in U.S. federal court this week over whether a U.S. company is accountable for alleged human-rights transgressions committed overseas. The case, in Birmingham, Ala., involves mining company Drummond Co. and its alleged collaboration with Colombian paramilitaries in 2001 to kill three mining-union leaders near a Drummond mine in La Loma, Colombia. Drummond has denied any role in the deaths of the union leaders. [also refers to ExxonMobil, Bridgestone-Firestone, Unocal]

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Author: Pui-Wing Tam, Wal Street Journal

El 9 de julio comenzará un juicio en un tribunal federal estadounidense —el primero de la historia—, en el que se decidirá si una empresa estadounidense es responsable por las violaciones a los derechos humanos cometidas en otro país. El caso, que irá a juicio en un tribunal del Distrito de Birmingham, Alabama, involucra a la minera Drummond Co. y su presunta colaboración con los paramilitares colombianos en 2001 para asesinar a tres líderes sindicales en La Loma. Drummond niega cualquier papel en las muertes de los sindicalistas.

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