Perfil de las demandas judiciales contra Nestlé por actividades en Colombia

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El 5 de marzo de 2012, el European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) y el sindicato colombiano Sinaltrainal presentaron una demanda penal contra Nestlé y sus altos ejecutivos ante la fiscalía de  Zug, en Suiza. Se denunció que Nestlé fue cómplice en el asesinato del sindicalista Luciano Romero, un antiguo empleado de Cicolac (subsidiaria de Nestlé en Colombia), debido a que la empresa supuestamente omitió tomar medidas para prevenir el asesinato. Romero fue asesinado en Colombia por paramilitares en el año 2005. En la denuncia se asegura que Romero había empezado a recibir amenazas de muerte después de que Cicolac lo calificó falsamente como guerrillero. Nestlé negó las acusaciones.

El fiscal evaluó  la denuncia para determinar si las alegaciones eran accionables bajo el derecho penal suizo. En mayo del 2013 la fiscalía desestimó la denuncia porque fue presentada después del término legal previsto. Los demandantes apelaron esta decisión. El 21 de Julio de 2014, el Tribunal Federal Suizo rechazó la apelación y confirmó que la acción se encuentra prescripta.

En diciembre de 2014, la ONG ECCHR presentó una demanda contra Suiza ante la Corte Europea de Derechos Humanos, en nombre de la viuda de Luciano Romero.

En mayo de 2015 el Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos desestimó esta demanda, y con ello se agotaban todos los recursos legales en Europa. Sin embargo, el caso de Luciano Romero también es parte de una querella criminal ante la Corte Penal Internacional sobre la persecución sistemática de sindicalistas en Colombia. Este procedimiento todavía está en curso.

 - [EN] "Swiss prosecutors close Colombian widow's case against Nestle", AFP, 2 May 2013

- [EN] “Complaint against Nestlé over Colombian death”, Swissinfo.ch, 6 Mar 2012

Nestlé:
- [EN] Letter to Colombian Trade Union, 16 Mar 2012
- [EN] [DOC] Nestlé response re suit alleging its complicity in murder of Colombian trade unionist, 7 Mar 2012

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights:
- [EN] Nestlé Test Case: Charges filed on murder of Colombian Trade Unionist, 6 Mar 2012
Caso Nestlé: Querella por Homicidio de un sindicalista colombiano, 6 marzo 2012

 

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Autor(a): Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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On 5 March 2012, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights and Colombian trade union Sinaltrainal filed a criminal complaint against Nestlé and its senior management with the public prosecutor in Zug, Switzerland.  The complaint alleged that Nestlé was complicit in the murder of trade unionist Luciano Romero, a former employee of Nestlé’s Colombian subsidiary, Cicolac, for failing to take precautionary measures to prevent the murder.  Romero was murdered in Colombia by paramilitaries in 2005.  The complaint claimed that Romero began receiving death threats after Cicolac falsely branded him a guerilla fighter.  Nestlé denied these  allegations.

The public prosecutor assessed the complaint to determine whether the allegations were actionable under Swiss criminal law.  In May 2013 the prosecutor's office dismissed the complaint because it was filed after the expiration of the statute of limitations.  The plaintiffs have appealed the dismissal.

- "Swiss prosecutors close Colombian widow's case against Nestle", AFP, 2 May 2013
- “Complaint against Nestlé over Colombian death”, Swissinfo.ch, 6 Mar 2012

Nestlé:
- Letter to Colombian Trade Union, 16 Mar 2012
- [DOC] Nestlé response re suit alleging its complicity in murder of Colombian trade unionist, 7 Mar 2012

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights:
- Nestlé Test Case: Charges filed on murder of Colombian Trade Unionist, 6 Mar 2012
- [ES] Caso Nestlé: Querella por Homicidio de un sindicalista colombiano, 6 marzo 2012

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Autor(a): Basler Zeitung [Switzerland]

[Unofficial translation from the German original by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre] [H]uman rights advocates accuse the food group of being complicit in the violent death of a trade unionist in Colombia. A Berlin-based legal group has filed a criminal complaint with the Prosecutor against...Nestlé...and several of its managers...They are accused of being responsible for the murder of a Colombian trade unionist. The move to hold Nestlé accountable comes approximately six and a half years after the murder of trade unionist Luciano Romero by paramilitaries in Valledupar, northeastern Colombia...In the complaint the suspects are accused of having caused the death of the trade unionist by failing to take protective steps...Nestle denies all allegations in connection with the murder of Romero and will "vigorously defend its self," the company said. SINALTRAINAL and ECCHR have no evidence to support the allegations.

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Autor(a): European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

ECCHR and the Colombian trade union SINALTRAINAL yesterday filed charges with the Swiss public prosecutor in Zug against the company Nestlé and members of its senior management. They are accused of being responsible, by failing to take precautionary measures, for the 2005 murder of Luciano Romero. The criminal complaint is a case of legal precedence as it could mark the first time a Swiss company is held liable in Switzerland for a crime committed abroad. Luciano Romero was murdered by paramilitaries on 10 September 2005 in Valledupar in north eastern Colombia. His body was found with 50 stab wounds. For years previously he had worked for the Colombian Nestlé subsidiary company Cicolac. The accused are said to have negligently failed to prevent the crime.

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Autor(a): European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

[The third part of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights’ annual report focuses on “Impunity in Colombia: Persecution of Trade Unionists and the Responsibility of Transnational Corporations”, and the fourth part addresses “Business and Human Rights: Human Rights Due Diligence for Corporations”. Refers to Chiquita, Nestlé]

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Autor(a): AFP

Swiss prosecutors…closed a lawsuit by a Colombian woman accusing Swiss food giant Nestle of indirect responsibility for the murder of her union-worker husband. The woman had filed her suit on March 5, 2012, charging that Nestle and its leadership were indirectly responsible for the murder of her husband, Luciano Romero, in September 2005 by paramilitary forces in Valledupar, Colombia. Romero, a trade unionist who had long worked for Cicolac, a subsidiary of Nestle in Colombia, had left the company several years before he was killed…Franz Moos, the deputy prosecutor in the canton, told AFP that the statute of limitation for such cases was seven years, and that the period in this case had therefore ended last September.

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Autor(a): European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

Fourteen months after receiving a criminal complaint, the office of public prosecution in the Swiss Canton of Waadt decided on 1 May 2013 not to investigate whether Nestlé and its managers were liable for negligently contributing to the death of Colombian Nestlé trade unionist Luciano Romero. In March 2012 ECCHR together with Colombian partner organizations lodged a complaint with the prosecution in the…Canton of Zug, who failed to initiate an investigation and instead handed the proceedings over to the Canton of Waadt. Rather than promptly beginning an investigation, the prosecution in Waadt made use of various formalities to delay the proceedings until they could declare that the matter had become time-barred. The victim’s widow…will appeal the decision. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Nestlé to respond – response provided]

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Autor(a): Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

This briefing highlights reports from a range of sources about how businesses have impacted human rights, positively and negatively, in Latin America & the Caribbean over the past two years. The briefing refers to most countries in Latin America. Amanda Romero, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s Latin America & the Caribbean Researcher based in Colombia and Julia Neiva, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking countries Researcher and Representative based in Brazil, provide our coverage of these countries. This is not a comprehensive overview. It flags some major issues, cases, developments and trends. For more details see our website, with sections on over 190 countries, more than 5000 companies, and 150 issues.

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Autor(a): Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos

Este informe destaca los reportes de un variado rango de fuentes sobre los impactos (negativos y positivos) de las empresas sobre los derechos humanos en América Latina y el Caribe, en los dos últimos años. El informe hace referencia a la mayoría de países de América Latina. Amanda Romero, investigadora y representante para América Latina y el Caribe, con sede en Colombia, y Julia Neiva, investigadora y representante para Brasil y los países de habla portuguesa, con sede en Brasil, del Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos, hacen un cubrimiento de estos países. El presente informe no es exhaustivo, pero sí destaca algunos de los asuntos, casos, iniciativas y tendencias más importantes. Para mayores detalles, visite nuestro sitio web, en donde encontrará información sobre más de 190 países, más de 5.000 empresas, y 150 temas.

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Autor(a): Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Welcome to the 10th issue of the Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin. To assist all those following corporate legal accountability issues, we send this bulletin to highlight key developments, new cases profiled on our site, updates to existing profiles, and other news. Our Corporate Legal Accountability Portal is an online information hub providing resources for non-lawyers as well as lawyers – including victims, advocates, NGOs, businesspeople, lawyers bringing lawsuits against companies and lawyers defending companies. The portal provides impartial, concise information about lawsuits against companies in which human rights abuses are alleged – its aim is to demystify these lawsuits. Each case profile includes materials from both the plaintiffs and defendants, to the extent they are available…This bulletin is now available in Spanish and French. [Refers to African Barrick Gold, Alstom, BP, CACI, Chevron, Coca-Cola, COMILOG (part of ERAMET), Daimler, Danzer, Dow Chemical, Drummond, ERAMET, Ford, HudBay Minerals, IBM, KBR, Ledesma, Mercedes-Benz (part of Daimler), Monterrico Metals, Nestlé, PA Child Care, Qosmos, Rio Tinto, Shell, Sinter Metal, SNCF, Texaco (part of Chevron), Thomson Safaris, Total, Union Carbide (part of Dow), Vedanta Resources, Veolia (part of Veolia Environnement), Veolia Environnement, Walmart]

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