14 Jun '12, 1am

US government sides with Shell over victims of crimes against humanity

Earlier this year, the US government argued on the side of victims of human rights abuses at the US Supreme Court. In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell) , the government argued that corporations should not be exempt from responsibility for committing human rights abuses. But when the Supreme Court ordered a rehearing in the case, and asked whether human rights lawsuits could be brought when the abuses happened outside the US, we wondered whether the Obama administration would continue to side with the victims. Today, the government submitted its brief (below) - and it's on the wrong side. I have rarely been so disappointed in my government. In this case, which involves victims of crimes against humanity in Nigeria who allege that Shell was complicit in the violent suppression of a nonviolent movement, the Obama administration argues that courts should not allow the hu...

Full article: http://www.earthrights.org/blog/us-government-sides-shell...

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