The LaFarge case highlights two key issues: accountability of multinational actors operating in conflict areas for contributing financially to the commission of atrocities by terrorist groups or other entities; and the responsibility of parent companies for the illegal activities of their subsidiaries abroad. At present, the criminal case against LaFarge for complicity in crimes against humanity and other violations is before the French Supreme Court, with hearings continuing through 2021. In 2017, France introduced the first “duty of vigilance” law in Europe, which obligates companies to prevent human rights abuses in their supply chains worldwide, and requires them to pay damages if they fail to do so. Ahead of the curve in pioneering laws for protecting individuals from, and imposing accountability for, human rights abuses stemming from multinational companies’ activities, France offers a ripe environment to pursue what is, until now, an unprecedented criminal complaint.
LaFarge's Case Cemented: Holding Corporations Liable for Crimes Against Humanity,
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