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Access to justice for victims of human rights abuses needs to be strengthened

‘Closing the courtroom door: where can victims of human rights abuse by business find justice?’, 1 Dec 2014

…[M]any victims of business-related human rights abuse have no access to judicial remedy in their home country…The majority of cases of abuse we see at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre occur in weak governance zones, which often do not have an independent judiciary, and sometimes lack fully functioning courts…Of the 108 legal cases the Centre has profiled,…[54%] are related to extraterritorial claims…[but t]he effect [of Kiobel] has been a near-freeze on victims seeking justice through this…avenue. At the time of…Kiobel…, there were at least 19 corporate Alien Tort cases pending in US courts.  Since then, only one new…case has been filed…While the scope for remedy from US and English courts is narrowing…there have been three cases filed in Canadian courts addressing extraterritorial business-related human rights abuse...[and]…cases…have been filed in France, Switzerland and Germany…Concerted action is needed by governments and others to reverse the trend toward closing…avenues to justice…[Also refers to Occidental Petroleum, Cisco Systems, Drummond, Chiquita, Rio Tinto,  Daimler, ExxonMobil, Nestle, CACI, L-3 Titan, Nevsun, Hudbay Minerals and Tahoe Resources]

Part of the following stories

Abu Ghraib lawsuits against CACI, Titan (now L-3)

Apartheid reparations lawsuits (re So. Africa)

Perfil de las demandas judiciales contra Chiquita por actividades en Colombia

Perfil de las demandas judiciales contra la empresa Drummond

ExxonMobil lawsuit (re Aceh)

Perfil de demanda judicial contra Occidental por actividades en Colombia

Rio Tinto lawsuit (re Papua New Guinea)

Perfil de las demandas judiciales contra Shell por actividades en Nigeria

Perfil de las demandas judiciales contra Hudbay por actividades en Guatemala

Cisco Systems lawsuits (re China)

Perfil de las demandas judiciales contra Nestlé por actividades en Colombia

Perfil de demanda judicial contra Daimler por actividades en Argentina

Perfil de demanda judicial contra Tahoe Resources por actividades en Guatemala

Nevsun lawsuit (re Bisha mine, Eritrea)