Ill-Gotten Gains: The Trial of Teodoro Nguema Obiang, Son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, Finally Starts

Le 19 June 2017

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Paris, 19 June 2017 : After ten years of proceedings, the first trial in the « Ill-Gotten Gains » case will start on Monday, 19 June, at 1:30 pm.   From that date and for three weeks, the son of the President of Equatorial Guinea President, Teodoro Nguema Obiang, will be tried before the Paris Criminal court […]

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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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Public Response by Sherpa to the National Action Plan for the Implementation of UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Le 9 May 2017

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Paris, 9 May 2017 Sherpa welcomes the publication, on April 26th 2017, of a National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We now call upon the next government to take the steps set out in the NAP, and remain attentive to the expectations of civil […]

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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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The close interdependance between transnational corporations criminality and human rights and environmental international law violations: Bhopal case lessons

Le 13 April 2017

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By José Elias Esteve Molto, Associate professor of public international law and international relations, and secretary of Valencia University’s Human Rights Institute. Analysis developed within the framework of the « New Challenges of International Law » project of the Ministry of Economics and Innovation, Redes de Excelencia DER2015-69273-REDT. The author wishes to thank author Javier Moro for […]

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LafargeHolcim’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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Lafarge admits having provided funds to armed groups in Syria

Le 2 March 2017

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Paris – March 2nd, 2017 Following our complaint for financing terrorism and complicity in war crimes and crimes against humanity on November 15th 2016, LafargeHolcim admits it “provided funds to third parties to work out arrangements with a number of these armed groups, including sanctioned parties, in order to maintain operations and ensure safe passage […]

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Lafarge admits having provided funds to armed groups in Syria

Le 2 March 2017

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Published on France 24 on March 2nd 2017 Marie-Laure Guislain, head of litigation at Sherpa, answers on France 24 about Lafarge’s confessions.  

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LafargeHolcim admits to ‘unacceptable’ activity in Syria

Le 2 March 2017

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Publié dans le Financial Times, le 2 mars 2017, par Ralph Atkins, Michael Stothard et Harriet Agnew Cement group paid third parties for help with armed groups around plant LafargeHolcim, the Swiss-French cement company, on Thursday admitted “unacceptable” measures had been taken to keep its Syrian plant open, following allegations staff had dealt with armed […]

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France adopts corporate duty of vigilance law: a first historic step towards better human rights and environmental protection

Le 21 February 2017

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22 February 2017: The French Parliament adopted a much-awaited law establishing a duty of vigilance obligation for parent and subcontracting companies. The law marks an historic step towards improving corporate respect for human rights and the environment. We call on European countries, the EU institutions, and the international community to develop similar legislation. 5 years ago, […]

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OPEN DATA : the extractive industries case-study

Le 8 December 2016

A spate of scandals hit the headlines in 2016, revealing the way in which some major companies have been involved in corruption, money laundering or tax evasion. The lack of corporate transparency that enables these practices needs to be tackled urgently. The huge amount lost by developing countries – essential to their development – could be used to fund basic services […]

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Multinational Corporations’ Duty of Care: One Step Closer to the Final Adoption of the Bill

Le 6 December 2016

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Wednesday, 30th November 2016 – Yesterday, the Members of the French National Assembly passed the Bill on the duty of care of parent companies and commissioning companies on third reading. Although stakeholders were hoping for a more ambitious statute, this Bill – which has gone through an eventful legislative process for the last three years – […]

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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

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Paris, 15th 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 […]

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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

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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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Dying for Fashion

Le 14 October 2016

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