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

"La Border Curios" by Laura Fiorio

exhibition opening

08.11.2018, 18:00 Uhr

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Zossener Str. 55-58 (Staircase D), 10961 Berlin

6 PM Artist Talk

Before opening the exhibition, Laura Fiorio will discuss her work with Vincent Warren (Center for Constitutional Rights, New York) and Vera Wriedt (ECCHR).

7.30 PM Exhibition Opening

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Impunity through externalization? Interventions against human rights violations at sea and beyond

discussion

23.10.2018, 18:00 Uhr

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR)
Zossener Str. 55-58 (Staircase D), 10961 Berlin

The forceful closure of migratory routes leads to predictable and systematic human rights violations. It turns the Mediterranean Sea into a site of daily violence and deaths while European authorities...

Berlin

20 years after Pinochet's arrest: The past and present of transnational justice

discussion

17.10.2018, 16:30 Uhr

Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus
Niederkirchnerstraße 5, 10117 Berlin

The event can be followed via livestream.

Berlin's past and present reveal several links to severe human rights violations, as well as to efforts to address past atrocities. The International...

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