The International Monsanto Tribunal : publication of the ensuing legal opinion

Le 21 August 2017

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The International Monsanto Tribunal is a unique “Opinion Tribunal” convened by civil society to clarify the legal obligations and consequences of some of the activities of the Monsanto Company. During the hearings that took place on October 15th and 16th in The Hague, judges heard testimonies related to the six questions posed to the Tribunal. The ensuing legal opinion delivered […]

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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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SLAPPs brought by VINCI against Sherpa: A New Victory

Le 4 July 2017

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Paris, 4 July 2017 On 28 June 2017, the Paris Cour of Appeal rejected VINCI’s suit alleging that Sherpa had violated its presumption of innocence, which had been brought according to Article 9-1 of the Civil Code, following Sherpa’s complaint filed in March 2015 and which alleged that VINCI CONSTRUCTION GRANDS PROJETS and the French […]

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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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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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