Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Goodman: Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

by Amy Goodman

A landmark class action case is under way in a New York federal court, with victims of apartheid in South Africa suing corporations that they say helped the pre-1994 regime. Among the multinational corporations are IBM, Fujitsu, Ford, GM and banking giants UBS and Barclays. The lawsuit accuses the corporations of "knowing participation in and/or aiding and abetting of the crimes of apartheid; extrajudicial killing; torture; prolonged unlawful detention; and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment." Attorneys are seeking up to $400 billion in damages.

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/01/13-0


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