Quarterly Bulletin on Business and Children

Below are select introductory materials on abduction.  Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the “Abduction” section of our site.

Key reports & guidance

The Past and Present of Corporate Complicity: Financing the Argentinian Dictatorship, Juan Pablo Bahoslavsky & Veerle Opgenhaffen, Nov 2010.

Employing Private Military Companies (PMCs) – A Question of Responsibility, Advisory Council on International Affairs [Netherlands], Dec 2007 [includes chapter on “Political side-effects of the abduction of private personnel” and the role of PMCs].

Report of the Expert Legal Panel on Corporate Complicity in International Crimes, International Commission of Jurists, 2006 [includes references to corporate complicity in “disappearances”].

Concerns, company responses & non-responses

Below we give examples of concerns regarding companies and abduction.  In cases where the Resource Centre has invited companies to respond to allegations of misconduct, we indicate whether the company has responded.

Argentina: Ford statement regarding legal claims brought by former employees who say they were kidnapped and tortured on Ford Argentina premises during the 1976-83 military dictatorship, Mar 2007.

China: Children abducted to work in brickworks in Shanxi, Jun 2007.

Colombia: Rising number of oil companies in "previously off-limits rebel areas" has brought increase in kidnappings & killings of oil workers, Aug 2011.

Colombia: Executives, employees of oil company Ocensa under investigation for alleged kidnapping, torture of union leader, Dec 2010.

Dem. Rep. of Congo: Report & video document abduction of civilians for forced labour and sexual slavery connected to conflict minerals, Jul 2011.

India: 27 children found working for Great Prabhat Circus, allegedly “picked up from their respective houses when their parents were busy working”, Nov 2010.

International: Documents in court case in USA reportedly “illustrate in minute detail” how Richmor, Sportsflight & DynCorp (owned by CSC) assisted the US Govt. with its rendition programme, Aug 2011.  Responses from CSC, DynCorp & Sportsflight; Richmor comments included in article.

International: Amnesty Intl. report gives details of private airlines & front companies allegedly involved in USA's practice of rendition - transferring people by means that bypass judicial & administrative due process, to countries where they are held in secret & can face torture, ill-treatment, Apr 2006.

Sudan: Abduction of Chinese road builders shines spotlight on risks faced by China's overseas workforce, Jan 2012.

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30 January 2012

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Author: Ian Cobain & Ben Quinn, Guardian [UK]

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24 August 2011

Colombia sees surge in violent crime against oil workers

Author: Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times

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7 July 2011

The Congo Connection between Slavery and Conflict Minerals [article & video]

Author: Tracy Fehr, Enough, Free the Slaves [USA]

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9 December 2010

Oil company Ocensa investigated for paramilitary ties

Author: Manuela Kuehr, Colombia Reports

Several executives of the multinational oil company Ocensa are under investigation in connection with the kidnapping of a unionist and their alleged ties to paramilitaries, Noticias Uno reported Thursday. Unionist Gilberto Edgar Torres Martinez was...

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30 November 2010

27 children rescued from circus company [India]

Author: Times of India

Twenty seven children, including nine Nepali nationals were rescued at Chittoor from a circus company. All aged between nine and 14 years, the circus company, Great Prabhat Circus, has been booked under the Child Labour Act for discreetly trafficking...

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1 December 2007

[PDF] Employing Private Military Companies - A Question of Responsibility

Author: Advisory Council on International Affairs [Netherlands]

On 23 May 2007, the Dutch government asked the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) to prepare an advisory report on the employment of civilian [security] service providers in operational areas...Although it is not new, this practice has...

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Company response
8 March 2007

Response of Ford to allegations of involvement in abuses in Argentina during the military dictatorship (1976-1983)

Author: Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is aware of the criminal lawsuit filed against former officers at Ford Argentina related to human rights issues in the ‘70s. Ford Argentina will keep a collaborative and open attitude with authorities and will provide all available...

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5 April 2006

USA: Front companies used in secret flights to torture and "disappearance"

Author: Amnesty International

Amnesty International today released a new report which exposes a covert operation whereby people have been arrested or abducted, transferred and held in secret or handed over to countries where they have faced torture and other ill-treatment...The...

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