Victim Versus Multinational Corporation

Todays topic, business and human rights. This is a topic I became very familiar with after interning at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. When you spend all day researching human rights abuses committed by corporations, it makes you question all of humanity. At first I found it astounding that in the 21st century people still experience abuse at work. Not just sexual or racial discrimination, but brutality, beatings and death. Alas, it rapidly became apparent that this remains a pertinent issue in our modern society and the purpose of my internship was to raise awareness of the violations and challenges that victims are facing. With more awareness comes more accountability. By talking about these issues and cases there is more pressure on corporations to provide reparation for their victims, and to put in place regulations to prevent abuses from happening again.

Seems like a simple concept. Expose the corporations, pressure them to make reparations, get justice for the victims and prevent future abuses. If only it were that easy. The following post will demonstrate the real struggle that victims can face when they find themselves experiencing abuse at the hands of a multinational corporation (MNC). To highlight the challenge, we will briefly discuss one particular case, the story of Zakaria who was left paralysed after an encounter with security at Acacia’s North Mara Gold Mine in Tanzania.

““Zakaria’s Story” shows the extraordinary lengths to which a multinational company will go to deny victims justice and compensation.” – RAID

Acacia 

Acacia is a gold mining company registered in London and operating the North Mara Gold Mine site in Tanzania. Formerly known as African Barrick Gold, they have been Read More »

The Rohingya Crisis: Was it Genocide?

To continue on the very large theme that is the Rohingya Refugee Crisis, I bring you another post to discuss just one legal concept….genocide. A sombre concept but frighteningly applicable to the events leading up to the Rohingya refugee crisis (background of this in last post). As previously stated, UN officials have gone as far as to describe the actions of the Myanmarese military and their Buddhist counterparts towards the Rohingya as genocidal. Unarguably the violence directed at the Rohingya was grave, devastating and fatal in nature. It was horrific enough to undoubtedly violate many international human rights, humanitarian and criminal laws. Yet, however much we would like to penalise the guilty party for genocide, does it legally fit the bill?

Marcharmenians

Definition of Genocide

We may all have in our minds our own idea of genocide that I imagine resembles something like ‘an outstandingly vile and catastrophic event whereby mass amounts of humans are arbitrarily killed’. However, to hold someone/something accountable for Read More »