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Corporate Crimes (Myanmar, Indonesia and Nigeria)

    In Port Harcourt, Nigeria, activists, partner organizations and Amnesty International call on Shell to own up, pay up and clean up the Niger Delta

    Currently, corporate actors are not being investigated or prosecuted if they commit illegal acts that either are themselves or are linked to human rights abuses. These are called “corporate crimes.”

    While international standards and national laws recognize that companies should be investigated and/or prosecuted for these criminal acts, this rarely happens in practice. Implementation remains a problem, particularly when extra-territorial actions or consequences are involves. As a result, an accountability gap exists. Evidence based cases need to be brought to the attention of investigating bodies so that rogue companies that commit corporate crimes no longer enjoy a sense of immunity.

    The project aims to secure emblematic investigations and/or prosecutions of multinational companies for corporate crimes, and to increase the willingness of investigators and prosecutors to pursue corporate crimes by companies operating in multiple jurisdictions. The focus is on human rights abuses in conflict-affected or high-risk countries and corporations from key target Home States. Work on emblematic cases will be complemented by work with prosecutors from target countries to seek systemic change. Key cases for 2016 are Myanmar, Indonesia and Nigeria.

    This project builds on key pieces of research produced in 2015 uncovering corporate crimes. AI has demonstrated research capabilities, legal expertise, a global network and access to law enforcement and prosecutors, all of which is required to bring about change. Not intervening means that the status quo would continue to exist.

    Project Activities

    • Launch of AI UK advocacy and parliamentary strategy with event in Parliament
    • Evaluate case for violation of US sanctions/securities law in connection with the Myanmar report
    • Evaluate opportunity for state-based action in China regarding the Chinese companies covered in the Myanmar report
    • In-country mission to the Cote d’Ivoire to meet with victims, gather information on the ongoing impact of the dumping and build testimonies for the 10th anniversary
    • Final meeting of International Group of Experts
    • Presentation by OHCHR to the Human Rights Council of its Accountability and Remedy Project
    • Briefing based on a comparative analysis of action taken by key state authorities in the Myanmar case
    • Other targeted briefings/media outputs building on and strengthening investigation and research conducted in Myanmar

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