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Global Witness v. Afrimex Ltd.: Decision Applying OECD Guidelines on Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights

On August 28, 2008, the United Kingdom’s National Contact Point (UK-NCP) issued its decision in Global Witness v. Afrimex Ltd. In this case, Global Witness...alleged that Afrimex...violated the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation...by paying bribes to a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and purchasing minerals from mines in the DRC that employ child and forced labor. The UK-NCP agreed with the allegations of Global Witness and found Afrimex in violation of OECD Guidelines. This Insight analyzes this case and its importance for efforts to heighten corporate responsibility for the protection of human rights. [also refers to Societe Kotehca, SOCOMI (both part of Afrimex)]