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Online portal profiling human rights lawsuits against companies

Nov 21

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A unique tool for advocates, victims of abuses, NGOs, business people and others.


The non-profit Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has launched a free online portal profiling human rights lawsuits against companies – the first to bring together and demystify lawsuits from across the world alleging human rights abuses by companies. The portal summarises in non-legal language over 35 cases and the positions of each side, with more cases to be added soon. It also presents special commentaries by experts.

Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of Ireland, said: "The Resource Centre’s portal is a unique tool for advocates, victims of abuses, NGOs, business people and others."

Cases profiled include:


  • AngloGold Ashanti: sued in South Africa over miners suffering from silicosis
  • BHP Billiton: sued in Australia and Papua New Guinea over pollution by its mine in Papua New Guinea
  • Chevron/Texaco: sued in Ecuador alleging extensive pollutiondamaging environment and health
  • Dow/Union Carbide: sued in India and US following the industrial disaster in Bhopal
  • ExxonMobil: sued in US over alleged complicity in abuses by Indonesian security forces in Aceh
  • Severstal: sued in Russia for severe pollution by its steel plant; government failed to provide the court-ordered relief; local residents took Russian Government to European Court of Human Rights and won
  • Shell: sued in US over alleged complicity in killings of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni activists in Nigeria Trafigura: legal action in UK, France, Netherlands & Côte d’Ivoire regarding dumping of toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire, allegedly leading to 17 deaths and the illness of hundreds
  • Yahoo!: sued in US for handing information to Chinese officials; led to detention & alleged torture of dissidents







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