Too often companies implicated in human rights abuses do not face actual consequences for their failure to respect human rights. As a result, unscrupulous companies continue their abuse with impunity, and those whose rights have been violated lack access to effective remedy. Binding legislation and liability regimes which create criminal, administrative or civil liability for a company in relation to its human rights impact, are critical in ensuring that rightsholders can exercise their human rights and have access to justice when abuses occur.
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March 2023 Quarterly Update on Cerrejón Coal in Colombia: Access to justice and reparation become a chimera
Abuses at the Cerrejón Coal mine in Colombia, owned by Glencore, Anglo American and BHP, have been highlighted by marginalised communities, Colombian courts and the UN. Despite legal rulings and voluntary mechanisms, corporate impunity persists.
Burmese workers at Thai garment factory bring "landmark" lawsuit against Tesco & social auditor over alleged "sweatshop conditions"
130 ex-workers at VK Garment Factory (VKG) are suing Tesco and social auditor Intertek for alleged negligence and unjust enrichment.
Africa Quarterly Update: African communities seek justice in court
This Update highlights both ongoing and concluded cases to demonstrate the use of strategic litigation is one of the avenues communities can explore to defend their rights and demand more respect for human rights by corporations in Africa.
Social Audit Liability
Read our latest Annual Briefing on holding social audit firms legally accountable for human rights harm.
SLAPPs in Latin America
Strategic lawsuits against public participation in the context of business and human rights
Explore our Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefings, Quarterly Updates and more.
Search through 200+ lawsuits against companies seeking to hold business accountable for human rights abuses.
Lawyers all over the world are defending the rights of victims of corporate abuse. Their work is critical in the quest for justice, but often not widely publicised. This hub is all about the lawyers who bring cases on behalf of victims, their insights on fighting for justice and the cases they bring.
Meet and contact lawyers helping victims seek justice for human rights abuses involving companies.
Read lawyers’ insights on the opportunities and challenges of driving corporate legal accountability.
Learn about the key facts and legal arguments of legal actions lawyers bring against companies to redress human rights abuses.
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