In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, Charles Wiwa, 44, poses for a portrait in Chicago. Wiwa, fled Nigeria in 1996 following a crackdown on protests against Shell’s oil operations in the Niger Delta. He and other natives of the oil-rich Ogoni region claim Shell was eager to stop protests in the area and was complicit in Nigerian government actions that included fatal shootings, rapes, beatings, arrests and property destruction. U.S. Supreme Court justices will hear arguments Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, over the reach of the Alien Tort Statute and a 20-year-old law that allows victims of torture to pursue civil lawsuits against the responsible individuals. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Can Corporations Be Sued for International Human Rights Abuses?

(MintPress)—The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday to determine whether corporations can be held legally responsible for their involvement in international human rights abuses. The Court’s decision could have widespread implications on corporate person-hood and liability in regards to corporate complicity in violations of international law. The case in question, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch […]

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