International crimes

French court narrows charges against Lafarge

Le 7 November 2019

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PRESS RELEASE French court narrows charges against Lafarge Paris, 7 November 2019 – Today, the Investigation Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeals revoked the indictment of French company Lafarge for complicity in crimes against humanity committed in Syria and Iraq – in particular by the “Islamic State” (IS). However, the judges upheld the indictment […]

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French court rejects ECCHR and SHERPA’s admissibility in the Lafarge/Syria case : Organizations to appeal decision at French Supreme Court

Le 24 October 2019

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Press release French court rejects ECCHR and SHERPA’s admissibility in the Lafarge/Syria case. Organizations to appeal decision at French Supreme Court. Paris, 24 October 2019 – Today, the Investigation Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeals rejected the nonprofit organizations Sherpa and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights’ (ECCHR) admissibility as civil parties in […]

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Indictment of Lafarge : New York Times & The Guardian

Le 17 July 2018

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French Cement Giant Lafarge Indicted on Terror Financing Charge in Syria, New York Times, 28 juin 2018 Lafarge charged with complicity in Syria crimes against humanity, The Guardian, 28 juin 2018

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Landmark decision: company Lafarge indicted – complicity in crimes against humanity included

Le 28 June 2018

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LANDMARK DECISION: COMPANY LAFARGE INDICTED – COMPLICITY IN CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY INCLUDED Paris, June 28, 2018 – Today, cement company Lafarge was indicted by investigative judges on charges of complicity in crimes against humanity, financing of a terrorist enterprise, and endangerment of people’s lives. The indictment of the company itself comes after eight Lafarge former […]

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Submission from SHERPA and ECCHR on an indictment of Lafarge for complicity in crimes against humanity

Le 15 May 2018

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SUBMISSION FROM SHERPA AND ECCHR ON AN INDICTMENT OF LAFARGE FOR COMPLICITY IN CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY Paris, May 15, 2018 Sherpa and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), initiators of a criminal complaint against the cement-manufacturer Lafarge filed in conjunction with 11 former employees, argue, in a Memorandum to the investigative judges, that […]

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Investigation resumes in the case of concealment of Liberian blood timber v. DLH: an important step forward in the defense of Human Rights

Le 3 April 2018

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Press release – 29 March 2018 Investigation resumes in the case of concealment of Liberian blood timber v. DLH: an important step forward in the defense of Human Rights On March 22, the Investigation Chamber of the Montpellier’s Court of Appeal overruled the decision made by the examining magistrate in December 2017 to discontinue criminal proceedings, […]

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Involvement of the BNP Paribas in the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda : Opening of the legal inquiry and nomination of an investigation judge

Le 26 September 2017

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 Involvement of the BNP Paribas in the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda : Opening of the legal inquiry and nomination of an investigation judge   Paris, 26th of September 2017 : Following the complaint Sherpa, the Collectif des parties civiles pour le Rwanda (CPRC or coalition of civil parties for Rwanda) and IBUKA France lodge against BNP Paribas […]

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Petition on BNP Paribas and the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi : We have Already Obtained Almost 150 000 signatures!

Le 6 July 2017

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Paris, 6 July 2017 On 29 June 2017, while Sherpa, the SCRC and Ibuka France brought a suit against BNP Paribas for complicity in genocide, in war crimes and in crimes against humanity, these NGOS joined SumOfUs in launching an international petition (available in French, English and German) calling for financial institutions to be held […]

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Rwandan Genocide: Sherpa, the CPCR and Ibuka France initiate a legal proceeding against BNP Paribas on the basis of complicity with a genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Le 29 June 2017

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The associations Sherpa, the Collective of Rwandan Civil Parties (CPCR) and Ibuka France launched a complaint against BNP Paribas on the basis of complicity in genocide, crime against humanity and war crimes. The bank would have agreed to transfer in June 1994, one month after the UN had voted an arms’ embargo and during the […]

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Rwandan Genocide: Sherpa, the CPCR and Ibuka France launched a complaint against BNP Paribas on the basis of complicity in a genocide, in crimes against humanity and in war crimes.

Le 29 June 2017

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Rwandan Genocide: Sherpa, the CPCR and Ibuka France launched a complaint against BNP Paribas on the basis of complicity in a genocide, in crimes against humanity and in war crimes.   Paris, the 29th of June 2017 The associations Sherpa, the Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda (CPCR) and Ibuka France launched a complaint […]

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Important step in the « Lafarge in Syria » case: Nomination of three investigative judges

Le 13 June 2017

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Paris, 13 June 2017: The association Sherpa and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) welcome the nomination of three investigative judges by the Paris High Court (Tribunal de Grande Instance) – Charlotte Bilger and Renaud Van Ruymbeke, of the financial division, and David De Pas, of the anti-terrorism division – to address […]

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[PLAINTIVES’ PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT] Lafarge in Syria: the conclusion of their internal report admitted the implication of the parent company

Le 24 April 2017

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Paris – April 24th 2017 Successive departures of Bruno Lafont and Eric Olsen from Lafarge are the first significant steps of the company towards the recognition of its liability’s. They may try to reinsure the shareholders but the company will still have to answer about its conducts in Syria before the investigating judge soon to […]

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Lafarge Scandal Points to Difficulty for Businesses in War Zones

Le 24 April 2017

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Published by The New-York Times, by Liz Adlerman As Syria began to descend into a bloody civil war, a cement plant in the embattled northeast run by one of France’s largest industrial companies was operating at full speed. While fighting among Syrian rebels, the Syrian army and the Islamic State drove other foreign companies out of […]

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Lafarge Holcim’s reputation at risk over alleged links with Isis

Le 19 March 2017

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Publish in Financial Times, March 19th Company rejects ‘concept’ of terrorist financing and says employee safety ‘priority’ Business partner of Isis and financier of terrorism. It is not an accusation a leading European industrial group would welcome. But it is one that has been used to describe LafargeHolcim, the Swiss-listed cement company as it faces allegations […]

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