Claire Bright, Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) write about the obstacles to justice for victims of corporate human rights abuses, and how they might be overcome.
50 people from NGOs, academia and law firms gathered at The Foundry in London on Wednesday 13th February for CORE’s annual partners’ meeting. Below is a brief summary of the very wide-ranging expert presentations given on the day.
Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer
This article was originally published by Africa is a Country.
In January 2019, a group of Zambian farmers brought their fight for justice to the UK Supreme Court, in a case with far-reaching implications for multinational companies.
Zambia’s economic development since the 1920s[…]
The UK Supreme Court considers whether parent company Vedanta may be held legally responsible for the harm caused by its Zambian subsidiaryThursday, January 31st, 2019
Carlos Lopez, Senior Legal Adviser at the International Commission of Jurists, and Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE.
This blog was originally published by OpinioJuris.
The United Kingdom Supreme Court is presently considering an interlocutory appeal by the company Vedanta Resources and its Zambian subsidiary KCM challenging a Court of[…]
Marilyn Croser, Director of CORE
CORE and the ICJ have been granted permission to intervene in an appeal before the United Kingdom Supreme Court (Vedanta Resources PLC and another v. Lungowe and others).
The two organizations’ submissions provide evidence on comparative law and international standards regarding the responsibilities of[…]
Louise Eldridge, CORE Policy and Communications Officer
Last week, CORE Coalition along with our partner organisations Amnesty International UK and RAID were interviewed as part of the peer review of the UK’s National Contact Point (NCP).
What is the UK NCP and why does it matter?
You’d be forgiven for not having heard of[…]
CORE and over 200 other civil society organisations from around the world have signed onto a letter endorsing the Nobel Peace Prize for the global community of Human Rights Defenders.
Since 1998, over 3000 human rights defenders have been killed for defending the fundamental values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[…]
This article was commissioned by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and originally published on their website
The UK is home to some of the largest multinational corporations in the world operating through integrated networks of subsidiary companies and complex supply chains. Through their global activities, UK companies are[…]
Tuesday, July 17th, 2018. Marilyn Croser, CORE Director
Unilever must provide remedy to the Kenyan workers and their families who suffered serious human rights abuses on the firm’s tea estate. In seeking to hide behind its corporate structure to avoid accountability, the company risks undermining the very principles that it claims to[…]
CORE, Sherpa, the European Coalition for Corporate Justice and the International Federation for Human Rights have written to the CEO of Boliden Mineral, a Swedish mining company, calling on Boliden not to block the Appeal Court in Sweden from hearing the case of Arica Victims v Boliden Mineral.
In 1984, Boliden dumped over 20,000 tons[…]
Campaigners Call on UK Supreme Court to Allow Nigerian Communities’ Appeal in Landmark Case Against Oil Giant ShellWednesday, May 2nd, 2018
CORE and 45 civil society organisations from around the world have called on the UK Supreme Court to allow 40,000 people from two Nigerian fishing communities to appeal against a ruling that oil giant Shell cannot be held responsible for pipeline spills that have devastated the environment in the Niger Delta.
The Ogale and Bille[…]
Last week, CORE and 45 civil society organisations from around the world wrote to urge the UK Supreme Court to allow two Nigerian fishing communities to appeal against a ruling that oil giant Shell cannot be held responsible for pipeline spills that have devastated the environment in the Niger Delta.
In February the Court of Appeal ruled[…]
As part of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017 (which took place in 28 November in Geneva, Switzerland), CORE was involved in a parallel session on effective remedy and women’s rights.
The session consisted of three panel discussions. CORE, along with Womankind Worldwide, UK Gender and Development Network, AWID, Landesa and[…]
Holding Multinational Corporations to Account: Barriers and Opportunities in the Current State of PlaySunday, December 10th, 2017
By William Meade
Multinational corporations headquartered in the UK operate via subsidiaries all over the world. When UK companies are linked to human rights abuses in the jurisdictions in which they operate it is essential that victims can still access judicial remedy, and that the UK-headquartered parent company is held to account.[…]
As a member of OECD Watch, CORE and other member organisations have launched a campaign calling for the improved effectiveness of OECD National Contact Points (NCPs) so that NCPs can provide access to remedy for victims of business related human rights abuses.
NCPs were established as a means to ensure business compliance with the OECD[…]
CORE, along with six leading human rights organisations, has signed a letter to the President of Tanzania, calling for an urgent investigation into human rights abuses at Acacia’s North Mara Gold mine.
The letter highlights the numerous detailed reports and complaints about violent attacks by police and security at the mine. One[…]
CORE has joined 169 human rights organisations in signing an open letter to Honduran Embassies across the globe, calling for an end to the attacks against women human rights defenders in Honduras.
The European Coalition for Corporate Justice, along with The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and Human Rights Watch have written an open letter to the Ecuadorian Mission to Geneva, calling for stronger remedy provisions for victims of corporate abuse.
CORE is among a coalition of 87 civil society groups, worker organisations, businesses and European Parliamentarians which have sent an open letter sent to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha regarding criminal defamation charges brought against Myanmar workers.
Early September marked the return of Parliament and saw peers scrutinise new proposals to strengthen support available for victims of modern slavery.
Lord McColl’s Modern Slavery Bill which received its 2nd Reading on Friday 8 September aims to enshrine in law victims’ entitlement to support during the reflection and recovery period, while the competent authorities are deciding whether there is evidence that they have been a victim of modern slavery. This would be accompanied by a statutory duty to provide confirmed victims of modern slavery with ongoing support and leave to remain for a period of 12 months.