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Monday, 27 July 2015

Ford, IBM defeat appeal over apartheid abuses -U.S. court | Reuters

Reuters reports that Ford (and IBM) have escaped liability for wrongs done to black South African workers from the 1970s to 1990s - the argument being, that the companies had responsibility for killings, torture and other abuses of human rights. The claimants had not shown that the companies engaged in enough wrongdoing to make them liable. Basically, their actions were limited to supplying equipment to the apartheid government and sharing information. The claim was brought under the Alien Tort Statute of 1879, which enables non-US citizens to claim damages in the US courts for human rights abuses committed abroad. From the reports, it seems that Frod's activity was much less obviously supportive of the regime than IBM's.

The latest judgment was an appeal court decision, and an appeal to the Supreme Court is under consideration.

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