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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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French company Lafarge sued for Financing ISIS and Complicity in War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Syria

Le 15 November 2016

Sherpa and the ECCHR (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights), as well as 11 complainants who are former Syrian employees, represented by maître Marie Dosé and maître Jean-Christophe Ménard, are filing suit against cement-manufacturer Lafarge and its subsidiary Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS) for its actions in Syria. By having business relations with the terrorist […]

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FIFA World cup 2022 : modern slavery in Qatar

Le 23 June 2016

Country: Qatar Company targeted: Vinci An overview of the facts and proceedings…  In recent years, Qatar has undertaken a vast program of modernization of its infrastructures and it is expected that the pace will accelerate and expenditure will multiply as we approach the soccer World Cup. It is in this context that the Vinci company has been attributed major projects amounting to billions […]

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Bribery of foreign public officials

Le 18 June 2015

Country: South Africa, Namibia, The Central African Republic Company targeted: Areva   An overview of the facts and proceedings…  In 2007, AREVA bought UraMin, a company holding operating licenses in South Africa, Namibia, and the Central African Republic, for an amount of 1.8 billion euros, in spite of the fact that it had been estimated between 600 and 800 million euros […]

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Auchan and the Rana Plaza, deceptive business practices?

Le 22 August 2014

Rana Plaza Collapse: Death of A Thousand Dreams:
Country: Bangladesh Company targeted: Auchan   An overview of the facts and proceedings…  The Rana Plaza collapsed on 24 April 2013. The building, which was occupied by several textile workshops involved in the manufacture of clothes for European and American brands, caused more than 1,100 deaths in Bangladesh. This drama is one of the worst industrial disasters […]

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SOCAPALM – Cameroon: a plan of action to remedy violations

Le 12 June 2014

Socapalm-unité de kienke
Country: Cameroun Company targeted: Socapalm   An overview of the facts and proceedings…  SOCAPALM (Société Camerounaise de Palmeraies) is the most important producer of palm oil in Cameroon. Formerly a state company, SOCAPALM was privatized in 2000 in the context of structural adjustment measures spurred by the World Bank and the IMF. PALMCAM (Palmeraies du Cameroun) became the majority shareholder with nearly 70% of […]

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MERCURY – French Guiana: A failure of the French government

Le 23 April 2014

The Facts… For the past several decades, French Guiana has been the victim of illegal gold mining practices. The use of environmentally unsafe processes, particularly excessive mercury use, is a veritable catastrophe with regards to the environment (e.g., contaminated water and soil), public health (e.g., cardiovascular problems) and society (e.g., violence stemming from illegal miners). […]

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DLH – Liberia : a dismissal without further action or explanation

Le 6 April 2014

Bois liberia-DLH HQ
Country: Liberia Company targeted: DLH   An overview of the facts and proceedings…  Between 2001 and 2003, DLH bought, imported into France, and distributed in Europe timber from Liberian logging companies that directly served the interests of the regime of President/Warlord Charles Taylor. During this period of civil war, DLH sourced its materials from companies specifically identified by several UN reports as being […]

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Ill-Gotten gains – Syria

Le 20 February 2014

Rifaat al-Assad c AP
The facts… In 1970, Hafez Al-Assad led a coup d’état to seize power and remained in power until his death in 2000. He was succeeded by his son Bachar Al-Assad who continued the authoritarian regime, based on a system combining corruption and nepotism, which had been in place for many years. While in terms of […]

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Samsung in China: an attack on the fundamental rights of workers

Le 6 December 2013

Samsung-chine-travail-enfant-AFP Jung Yeon-Je
Country: China, South Korea and Vietnam Company targeted: Samsung France and Samsung Electronics Ltd in Korea Facts The unprecedented expansion of telecommunications, the Internet and social networks is accompanied by a real boom in equipment and electronic gadgets. However, the conditions of production of this equipment, from one end to the other of the «value chains» and the fate of the workers […]

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Michelin in India: the civil society is heard ?

Le 9 October 2013

Michelin under construction
The Facts… The Michelin enterprise’s work lies across 69 production sites in 18 countries, particularly in India. There, the enterprise is constructing its largest tire factory on land made available by the State of Tamil Nadu, without the inhabitants of the area, mainly from the untouchable caste, having been consulted. The development work for this […]

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The Mopani Affair: Tax Evasion in the Copper Mines of Zambia

Le 7 August 2013

The Facts… Mopani Copper Mines is the largest copper and cobalt mining company in Zambia. In 2009, the Zambian government conducted an audit of the mine, the results of which revealed several anomalies, including an unexplained increase of 380 million dollars in production costs in 2007, as well as shockingly poor official production volumes in […]

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The Financing of Nicolas Sarkozy’s campaign : Somewhere between corruption and influence peddling

Le 8 July 2013

The Facts… Shunned by the international community for two decades, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who came to power in Libya in 1969 through a coup d’état, returned to favor in the 2000s.   His country’s natural resources, particularly petroleum, played a key role in this policy reversal for certain countries, notably France, which signed a number of […]

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COMILOG Faces a Group of Former Employees

Le 23 June 2013

Train COMILOG - © Georges Dougueli
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo Company targeted: Comilog   An overview of the facts and proceedings…  The COMILOG company was incorporated in 1953 in order to exploit a deposit of manganese located near the town of Moanda in Gabon. Due to the distance between the mine and the Gabonese coast, a cable car linking the town of Moanda with the […]

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Ill-Gotten Gains – Congo Brazzaville

Le 15 June 2013

NEWS : Entretien Francois Hollande et Denis Sassou Nguesso - Paris - 08/04/2013
The Facts… Denis Sassou Nguesso became president of the Republic of the Congo in 1997 in the wake of a coup d’état and in a context of civil war that had taken its toll, with tens of thousands of lives lost or people displaced. Disputed election results, extravagant private spending, bank accounts abroad… For several […]

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