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His former company is being sued for its alleged role in unprovoked shootings and arbitrary detention of Indonesian people.

News   01/11/2017

The former Exxon Mobile CEO spent his entire adult life working for a company that has left a trail of carnage - from human rights abuses to the destruction of the environment - in its ruthless pursuit of oil.

News   01/09/2017

Six men forced into slavery as boys to harvest cocoa pods have a second chance to go after some of the world's biggest chocolate companies in U.S. court, saying the companies should have known their suppliers used forced labor.

News   01/09/2017

Terry Collingsworth, Executive Director of International Rights Advocates and lawyer representing six alleged child slaves working in cocoa in a class action against Nestlé, ADM and Cargill says the ramifications of the case on the chocolate industry could be huge.

News   12/13/2016

On November 29, 2016, a federal court in Florida issued a long-awaited ruling denying Chiquita’s last effort to have the case dismissed brought by thousands of Colombian nationals who sued Chiquita for funding the AUC paramilitary units that murdered their family members.

Press Release   12/02/2016

Human rights defenders and families of victims are one step closer to justice for Colombian labor leaders and other activists murdered at the hands of right-wing paramilitaries paid by U.S. banana giant Chiquita Brands as a U.S. court gave the green light Wednesday for the trial to move forward against the company and its top executives.

Case Update   12/01/2016

Company's corporate affairs manager writes in response to NOW article that "child labour in our cocoa supply chain is a complex issue"

News   11/14/2016

On November 7, 2016, International Rights Advocates together with lead co-counsel filed their Memorandum in Opposition to Defendants' Motions to Dismiss in the Nestle case arguing plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged that all three of the corporate Defendants in the Nestle case aided and abetted slavery and forced labor in Côte d’Ivoire.

Case Update   11/08/2016

Two publicly-owned heating plants in north Jutland and Funen have been burning coal from the controversial US-owned mining company in Colombia, Drummond. Drummond has been accused of supporting paramilitary groups in Colombia and being behind thousands of murders and the displacement of some 60,000 people.

To read more, see this article from Christian W. posted on The Copenhagen Post Online on October 28, 2016 here:

News   10/28/2016

On September 27, 2016, in Melo et al. v. Drummond Company Inc. et al., Case No 16-10921, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed in part and affirmed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims brought by the heirs of 34 decedents they allege were murdered by members of the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (“AUC”) who were collaborating with Drummond. The case alleges that Drummond aided and abetted the AUC by providing it with significant financial support, logistical assistance, supplies and a safe haven so that the AUC would defeat FARC guerillas operating around Drummond’s coal mine and railroad line in Cesar Province, Colombia. The complaint alleges that Drummond in effect sided with the AUC in its violent war against the FARC and joined in the AUC’s war crimes and extrajudicial killings. The Colombian Plaintiffs welcome the renewed prospect of holding the Drummond Defendants accountable for their role in the brutal murders of Plaintiffs’ loved ones.

Case Update   09/27/2016