French Case Filed Against Corporation for Complicity in Torture in Libya
Today FIDH and LDH filed a criminal complaint, together with an application to join the proceedings as a civil party against persons unknown before the Court in Paris concerning the responsibility of the company Amesys, a subsidiary of Bull, in relation to acts of torture perpetrated in Libya. This complaint concerns the provision, since 2007, of communication surveillance equipment to Gaddafi’s regime, intended to keep the Libyan population under surveillance.
Up until now, there has been very little activity in foreign courts seeking to sue or hold companies legally liable for violations of international law. I actually can’t tell from this report what the basis of the allegation is though, since it sounds like it is a claim that the company has violated French law criminalizing torture, and not a direct assertion of a violation of international law. Still, if anyone has access to the complaint, please post it in the comments or email it to me so I can post it (it should give me a chance to practice my French!)