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How about a SLAPP for your trouble?

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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Gold miner silicosis litigation (re So. Africa)

Anvil Mining lawsuit (re Dem. Rep. of Congo)

Union Carbide/Dow lawsuit (re Bhopal)

Perfil de demanda judicial contra Vedanta Resources por actividades en Orissa

Shell/BASF lawsuit (re Brazil)

Perfil de demanda judicial contra Ford por actividades en Argentina

Perfil de demanda judicial sobre Matanza Riachuelo por actividades en Argentina

Koh Kong sugar plantation lawsuits (re Cambodia)

Perfil de demanda judicial contra Daimler por actividades en Argentina

Danzer Group & SIFORCO lawsuits (re Dem. Rep. Congo)

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