Berlin

Multinational indicted for crimes in Syria: The French Case against Company Lafarge

discussion

22.02.2018, 00:00 Uhr

with:
Marie-Laure GuislainSherpa (Paris)
Mark TaylorUniversity of Oslo and Fafo Research Foundation
Mazen DarwishSyrian Center for Media and Freedom of Speech (Paris/Berlin)
Dr.Miriam Saage-MaaßECCHR (Berlin) In December 2017, six  former senior directors of world's leading supplier for cement and construction materials, Lafarge (now Lafarge-Holcim), and its subsidiary Lafarge Cement Syria, were indicted by French judges. This was the result of a criminal complaint filed by Paris-based NGO Sherpa and the ECCHR in November 2016. Lafarge kept running its cement factory plant in northeast Syria until 2014 despite the region being conflict-ridden and controlled by various armed and terrorist groups.
 
The complaint, which was filed on behalf of 11 former Syrian Lafarge employees, argued that by doing business with the terrorist group ISIS – which Lafarge has by now acknowledged – the company may therefore be complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity, and of having endangered the plaintiffs’ lives. Since the heavily-evidenced case was filed: plaintiffs were heard, Lafarge’s headquarters were raided, and its directors indicted.
 
At ECCHR, speakers will discuss how multinational companies, driven by economic interests, can fuel conflicts and engage in serious human rights violations. They will explore the importance of legal accountability of all actors involved in war crimes in Syria as a prerequisite for peace and stability in the region. The Lafarge case can be a game changer in a field desperate for precedents establishing corporate responsibility for international crimes.

Berlin

"MANIPULAÇÕES" by Rafael Pagatini

exhibition opening

18.05.2019, 19:00 Uhr

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Zossener Str. 55-58 (Staircase A, front house, 4th Floor), 10961 Berlin

7 PM TALK

Rafael Pagatini in conversation with Renata Campos Motta (Freie Universität Berlin) and Wolfgang Kaleck (ECCHR)

8 PM OPENING

Rafael Pagatini goes through the archives, investigates and...

Nuremberg

International Summer Course: Human Rights Law in Context

summer class

22.07.2019, 10:00 Uhr

Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Lange Gasse 20, 90403 Nuremberg

ECCHR together with the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) will host a Summer School on human rights law in context. The focus area will be business and human rights including topics...

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