Ill-Gotten gains – Syria

Le 20 February 2014

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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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22 March 2014 | Conference “How to understand and put to good use the information provided by economic actors?” Marseille

Le 19 February 2014

Sherpa’s Director Sophia Lakhdar will give a talk on 22 March 2014 at the conference “How to understand and put to good use the information provided by economic actors?” organised by Ingénieurs Sans Frontières (Engineers Without Borders) at the École centrale de Marseille during the Rencontres de la Solidarité Internationale et de la Citoyenneté (RESIC […]

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10 March 2014 | Side-event “Indigenous peoples’ right to information on large dam projects in Brazil”, Geneva 

Le 13 February 2014

On 10 March 2014, Sophia Lakhdar, Director of Sherpa, will take part in an event on the theme of “indigenous peoples’ right to information on large dam projects in Brazil” at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. This side-event to the 25th session of the Human Rights Council is organised by France Libertés with the support […]

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Will CAC-40 get away with its activities in tax haven? – New study by Revue Projet in conjunction with the Tax and Legal Havens platform

Le 13 February 2014

New study by Revue Projet in conjunction with the “Tax and Legal Havens platform” (PPFJ) into the tax haven presence of French companies in the CAC-40 index Why would the companies in the CAC-40 index have 1548 offshore subsidiaries, listed by Revue Projet (1)? Tax evasion or promotion of “Made in France” abroad? In order […]

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28 February 2014 | AFDT meeting: “Southern workers, Northern justice: (finally) taking seriously corporate social responsibility”, Paris

Le 10 February 2014

William Bourdon, President of Sherpa, will speak at the French Association for Labour and Social Security Law (AFDT) meeting which will take place on Friday 28 February from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm at the Palais de Justice in Paris (Salle des Criées). The subject of this meeting will be “Southern workers, Northern justice: (finally) […]

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“Canfin” law: Will French government give up on regulating multinationals’ activities?

Le 10 February 2014

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Paris, 10 February 2014 – The French National Assembly will debate today on the orientation and programming Law on Development and International Solidarity policy. As such, this draft bill would allow significant progress regarding the regulation of multinational companies’ activities in Southern countries. However, the French government might reduce the impact of this bill by […]

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25 February 2014 | “Activist Lawyers” Conference in Brussels

Le 9 February 2014

William Bourdon, President of Sherpa, will speak at a conference entitled “Activist Lawyers” to be held on 25 February 2014 by the Free University of Brussels (ULB) as part of a lecture series dedicated to the new role of the lawyer. The role of the lawyer is changing beyond recognition. More and more often, lawyers […]

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The Islamic Development Bank postpones its decision to fund the extension project of the power plant in Nouakchott

Le 29 January 2014

Paris, 29 January 2014 – Sherpa wishes to express its surprise at the last press release issued by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) on 28 January 2014. The organisation recalls that the IDB contacted us a few months after receiving a memorandum, resulting from a survey carried out by Sherpa’s teams, concerning the strong presumptions […]

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The Islamic Development Bank drops funding for the expansion of the Nouakchott power plant in Mauritania

Le 15 January 2014

Paris, 15 January 2014 –The Sherpa association was pleased to be informed on Friday, 10 January 2014 that the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) had dropped its plan to fund the expansion of the power plant in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Sherpa favourably welcomed this decision, which had constituted an over-the-counter contract awarded by the Mauritanian company SOMELEC […]

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

Le 6 December 2013

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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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Bangladesh Tragedy: Government Passes Buck to EU

Le 4 December 2013

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Paris, 4 December 2013 The proposals put forward by the French Minister for Foreign Trade do not include binding CSR provisions, thus they will join a long list of proposals that will not see the light of day. Our organisations are disappointed that the French government did not take advantage of the opportunity to suggest […]

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African money laundering: Sherpa files a complaint against a BNP Paribas subsidiary in Monaco

Le 13 November 2013

Paris, on 13 November 2013 On 12 November 2013, Sherpa filed a complaint against BNP Paribas Wealth Management in Monaco with the Public Prosecutor in Paris on the charges of: aggravated fraud committed by an organised group, fraudulent handling, tax evasion and aggravated money laundering of the profits of criminal offence committed by an organised […]

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2013 Financial Secrecy Index: European Tax Havens blacklisted

Le 7 November 2013

7 November 2013 – The Tax Justice Network (TNJ), along with the Tax and judiciary haven platform (la Plateforme des paradis fiscaux et judiciaries) is publishing today its 2013 financial secrecy ranking. OECD countries, especially European countries, far from being winners in the struggle against tax havens, are directly concerned. The European Union which is […]

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Tax fraud laws: minimal advances

Le 6 November 2013

Paris, 6 November 2013 The draft law related to the fight against tax fraud and serious economic and financial crimes was adopted by the French Parliament. Some progress has been made: The associations fighting against corruption will be able to file civil suits. However, Sherpa regrets that this progress is tempered by the obligation for […]

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Sherpa supports Nigerien civil society for the renegotiation of the uranium mining agreement between Niger and the Areva group.

Le 16 October 2013

In the wake of warnings sent out by local Nigerien associations in 2003 and after assessing numerous violations of workers’ safety, Sherpa, Doctors of the World and CRIIRAD *(Commission for Independent Research and Information about Radiation) announce their intention to lodge a complaint against the Areva group.   Thereafter, Sherpa and its partners accept Areva’s […]

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