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23 Jul 2018

UK appeals court dismisses lawsuit against Unilever over 2007 post-election attacks at tea plantation in Kenya; includes co's statement

On 4 July 2018, the UK Court of Appeal dismissed a case against Unilever brought by the survivors of 2007 post-election attacks at a tea plantation in Kenya.  The lawsuit alleged that UK-registered parent company and its Kenyan-registered subsidiary were each liable to Kenyan employees and their families for failure to adopt adequate standards to protect them from ethnic violence.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Unilever to respond to the CORE blog post commenting on the lawsuit: "Unilever: time for real leadership on human rights".   Unilever provided a statement. In response to the company statement, a Victim's Committee, consisting of both former and current workers on Kericho tea plantation, decided to publish an open letter to Unilever's CEO Paul Polman, challenging the claims made by the company in its statement. The CORE post, the company response and the Victims' Committee letter are linked below.

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