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U.S.: Ashcroft Attacks Human Rights Law - Justice Dept. Undermining Key Precedent

On May 8, Attorney General John Ashcroft filed an amicus curiae brief for the defense in a civil case alleging that the oil company Unocal was complicit in forced labor and other abuses committed by the Burmese military during the construction of the Yadana gas pipeline...The Justice Department would deny victims the right to sue under the ATCA [Alien Tort Claims Act] for abuses committed abroad.

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Unocal lawsuit (re Myanmar)

Human Rights Watch attacks U.S. Justice Dept. for proposing that victims be denied the right to sue companies in U.S. courts for abuses committed abroad