Tuesday, 1 November 2011

UK Companies and Human Rights Abroad

From Amnesty International: http://action.amnesty.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1194&ea.campaign.id=11587&utm_source=aiuk&utm_medium=priorities&utm_
campaign=dignity&utm_content=legal_immunity_bill_priority

We are lobbying for amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

Our researchers have documented serious human rights infringements by UK companies overseas. This Bill proposed by the UK government would make it almost impossible for victims of these abuses to seek justice in UK courts.

Last year thousands of victims of illegal waste dumping in Ivory Coast successfully claimed compensation from British oil company Trafigura. Under the proposed legislation, such cases would be a thing of the past.

To deny these victims justice is to fuel a cycle of impunity. We want to bring about an amendment to the proposed Bill to ensure that where corporate abuses occur overseas, those affected can access justice in the UK.

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