Harsher sentence in appeal for Teodoro Obiang Jr: “France is no longer a welcoming country for the proceeds of laundered and dirty money”

Le 10 February 2020

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Paris, 10.02.2020 – The Paris Court of Appeal rendered its decision in the trial of Teodoro Obiang Jr, Vice-President of Equatorial Guinea. It confirmed the three-year suspended imprisonment sentence and the confiscation of its assets on the French territory worth an estimated 150 million euros. The fine was transformed from a 30 million-euro conditional one in first […]

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First climate change litigation against TOTAL in France: 14 local authorities and 5 NGOs take Total to court

Le 28 January 2020

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First climate change litigation against a company in France: 14 local authorities and 5 NGOs take Total to court Paris, January 28, 2020 – Fourteen local authorities [1], together with the NGOs Notre Affaire à Tous, Sherpa, France Nature Environnement, Eco Maires and ZEA, are taking the oil giant Total to court, requesting that Total […]

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Feedbacks on the Rifaat Al Assad trial, a landmark step against ill-gotten gains

Le 20 December 2019

Prosecution against Rifaat Al Assad started after a complaint filed by Sherpa in 2013 leading to a historic trial making the suppression of money laundering at the heart of discussions. From December 9 to 17, the trial against Rifaat Al Assad, Hafez Al Assad’s brother and current Syrian ruler Bachar Al Assad’s uncle, was held. […]

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CSO Open Letter to global investors and financial service providers

Le 18 December 2019

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TO GLOBAL INVESTORS AND FINANCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS: CSO OPEN LETTER ON THE RISK OF EXPOSURE TO AMAZON DEFORESTATION IN REPORTED SALE BY THE BRAZILIAN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BANK OF SHARES IN JBS AND MARFRIG Find the PDF Version here  

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Rejection of the law on the duty of care: the Senate votes for upholding the impunity of multinationals

Le 17 December 2019

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On 18 November 2015, the senators have rejected, in a tense atmosphere, the proposed law relating to the duty of care of parent companies and contracting companies, an essential law for preventing future human or environmental dramas related to the activities of multinational companies. This proposed law must be entered with immediate effect onto the […]

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Open letter on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)

Le 9 December 2019

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Open letter on the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) Dear Ministers, Commissioners, Members of Parliament and of the European Parliament, We are writing to you as concerned civil society groups and trade unions from member states of the Energy Charter Conference, which will hold its annual meeting in Brussels over the next two days (10-11 December […]

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« Ill-Gotten Gains » Riffat al-Assad, uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, will stand trial in France for money laundering allegedly using funds to the detriment of the Syrian people

Le 6 December 2019

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Press Release – December 6, 2019 « Ill-Gotten Gains » Riffat al-Assad, uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, will stand trial in France for money laundering allegedly using funds to the detriment of the Syrian people On December 9, 2019, opens the trial of Rifaat al-Assad, the first and only member of the Al Assad dynasty […]

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Departure of William Bourdon

Le 17 November 2019

 Sherpa Departure of William BOURDON Paris, November 17, 2019 – Sherpa announces the departure of William Bourdon from the Board of Directors. He remains Founding President of the association.  A lawyer at the Paris Bar, he founded Sherpa in 2001, accompanying its development as President until 2017. For many years, he was Sherpa’s voice and […]

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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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Blog Post – Key legal obstacles around jurisdiction for victims seeking justice remain in the Revised Draft treaty

Le 4 November 2019

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Sandra Cossart and Lucie Chatelain wrote a blog post on the Revised Draft treaty, “Key legal obstacles around jurisdiction for victims seeking justice remain in the Revised Draft treaty”, published on November 4, 2019 on the Business and Human Right Ressource Center blog as part of its symposium on the revised draft of a binding treaty on business […]

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Samsung’s indictment: Fighting transnational corporation’s human right’s violations through consumer law

Le 4 November 2019

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Clara Gonzalez and Marie-Laure Guislain, litigation officers at Sherpa published a blog post ” Samsung’s indictment in France : Fighting transnational corporation’s human right’s violations trhough consumer law” on August 30, 2019 on the Freedom Fund blog. “One of the most ethical companies in the world” versus the dramatic reality in the factories With consumers increasingly […]

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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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The Balkany scandal lifts the veil on offshore mecanisms unknown to the public

Le 24 October 2019

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The Balkany trial must not hide the role played by bank and financial intermediaries in the proliferation of illicit financial flows, antimoney laundering experts Chanez Mensous and Laura Rousseau say in the opinion pages of Le Monde newspaper. Convicted for tax fraud after a blaring trial, Levallois-Perret mayor Patrick Balkany was sentenced to four years […]

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Time for constructive engagement from the EU and Member States on the content of the Revised Draft of the UN Binding Treaty

Le 14 October 2019

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Paris, October 14, 2019. More than ever, citizens are mobilizing for action to stop climate change and corporate activities damaging our shared environment, health and future. Fires in the Amazon point to complicity of mining, agribusiness and the food industry in demand and supply of products and materials causing deforestation and violence against human rights […]

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