19 Sep '12, 4am

Corporations Shouldn’t Have to Pay For Torturing People

Corporations Shouldn’t Have to Pay For Torturing People

NOTE: This is a guest post from Katie Redford, Co-founder and U.S. Director of EarthRights International. EarthRights International (ERI) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment. Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Citizens United v. FEC that, because they are “legal persons,” corporations have free speech rights, opening the floodgates to corporate and SuperPac spending on our elections. Earlier this year, in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell) , Shell asked the Supreme Court to make an even more absurd decision: that corporations, and corporations alone, should get a special exemption from lawsuits over human rights abuses abroad. Kiobel returns to the Supreme Court on October 1st, with the future of a critical human rights tool hanging in the bala...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/corporations-shouldnt-have-to...

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