Lawsuits: Selected cases

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9 April 2020

Cambodia: Police & authorities arrest a popular journalist and revoke his media license after he reports direct words of PM responding to Covid-19 measures

Author: Reporters Without Borders

"Cambodian reporter jailed for quoting PM’s comment about Covid-19", 8 April 2020...

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30 March 2020

FIFA lawsuit (re migrant workers, Qatar)

Snapshot: In December 2016, two trade union organizations, and a Bangladeshi worker filed a lawsuit in Switzerland against FIFA. They allege FIFA’s complicity in the alleged abuse of migrant workers in Qatar. In January 2017, the Swiss courts dismisse...

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24 March 2020

Cambodia: HRW reports that authorities arrest 17 people related to spreading fake news on the Covid-19 & urges authorities to guarantee freedom of expression for Cambodians

Author: Human Rights Watch

"Cambodia: COVID-19 Clampdown on Free Speech", 24 March 2020...

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17 March 2020

Socfin lawsuits (re defamation by Green Scenery, Sierra Leone)

Snapshot: Since 2012, Socfin has filed several lawsuits against environmental NGO Green Scenery in Sierra Leone alleging defamation. The suits are in response to Green Scenery’s reporting of human rights abuses on Socfin’s palm oil plantation in Sahn ...

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16 March 2020

Total lawsuit (re failure to respect French duty of vigilance law in operations in Uganda)

Snapshot: In 2019, six civil society organisations filed a lawsuit in France against French mining company Total, for allegedly failing to comply with the duty of vigilance law in their mining project in Uganda. Total denies the allegations. The case...

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16 March 2020

Tourah Cement lawsuit (re workers’ prison charge for illegal protest, Egypt)

Snapshot: On 23 May 2017, 32 workers from Tourah Portland Cement Company, a subsidiary of HeidelbergCement in Egypt were arrested and brought to trial for assaulting a police captain, obstructing justice and using violence to resist authorities. This...

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6 March 2020

Commentary: Diverse actors build web of corporate accountability as market pressures continue to harm

Author: Joanne Bauer (Colombia University) for Open Global Rights

“Seeing business and human rights as a web of corporate accountability”, 5 March 2020...

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3 February 2020
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Author: El Ciudadano (México)

“Organizaciones indígenas consiguen detener construcción del Tren Maya en México”, 30 de enero de 2020...

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13 January 2020

Cambodia: Pailin Provincial Court charges a massage shop owner & an accomplice accused of sex trafficking & conspiracy to commit sex trafficking

Author: Sokhean Ben & Vida Taing, Khmer Times

"Vietnamese woman in Pailin accused of sex trafficking", 13 January 2020...

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13 January 2020
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Author: Colombia Informa

“Empresas y paramilitares: Alianza para asesinar a líderes y lideresas sociales” – 12 de enero de 2020  … La Universidad Javeriana elaboró una base de datos sobre las empresas colombianas y extranjeras que han sido mencionadas en las sentencias de J...

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