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

Deadly dam collapse in Brazil: Are German companies responsible?

discussion

22.10.2019, 19:00 Uhr

Tagungswerk
Lindenstraße 85, 10969 Berlin

In January 2019, a dam burst at an iron ore mine near Brumadinho, Brazil, killing more than 270 people. The toxic sludge polluted large sections of the Paraopeba River, poisoning thousands of people's...

Berlin

Colonial Repercussions V: The Case of Namibia

Symposium

29.11.2019, 14:00 Uhr

Akademie der Künste (AdK)

The issue of (post-)colonial injustice is more present than ever before in German and European legal and cultural policy debates. Still, this development towards addressing the past has not had much...

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