Intl. Criminal Court asked to investigate Chiquita executives over alleged crimes against humanity in Colombia

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19 May 2017

"What are the links between the executives of the multinational Chiquita and the paramilitaries in Colombia?"

Author: Fidh & Corporación Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo

Complicity of the Chiquita Multinational Executives  in crimes against humanity must be tried by the Intl. Criminal Court

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19 May 2017

Human Rights Groups Call for ICC to Investigate Chiquita Executives for Death Squad Payments

Author: teleSUR

A coalition of Colombian and international human rights groups called on the International Criminal Court on Thursday to investigate 14 former and current Chiquita executives and employees who had direct involvement in facilitating crimes against humanity by funding right-wing paramilitary organizations in Colombia between 1997 and 2004 in the midst of Colombia's bloody internal conflict…

The petition continues by accusing the suspects of being “involved in repeatedly making payments to the AUC despite their knowledge of the AUC’s involvement in murder, forced displacement, enforced disappearance, sexual violence, torture, and persecution of civilians.”

As a corporate entity, Chiquita pled guilty in a U.S. federal court in 2007 to making illegal payments totalling US$1.7 million to the AUC after a U.S. Department of Justice investigation. However, because the court only tried Chiquita as a corporate body, no individual executive or employee involved has been legally held accountable to date…

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18 May 2017

Human Rights Coalition Calls on ICC to Investigate Role of Chiquita Executives in Contributing to Crimes against Humanity

Author: International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) & Corporación Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo

Today, on behalf of affected Colombian communities, a coalition of human rights groups called on the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the complicity of executives at Chiquita Brands International in crimes against humanity. To date, no executive has been held to account despite the company's admission that it funneled millions of dollars to Colombian paramilitaries that killed, raped, and disappeared civilians...

...Chiquita...already pled guilty in a U.S. federal court in 2007 to illegally funding Colombian paramilitaries. But accountability for the executives who oversaw and authorized the payment scheme has been elusive: while civil litigation is pending in U.S. courts against Chiquita executives, no criminal prosecution is on the horizon. Colombia has not been able to get jurisdiction over them...

"We request that the ICC expands its current inquiry in Colombia to specifically include Chiquita's executives and officials," said Dimitris Christopoulos, the President of FIDH...

If Colombian authorities do not move ahead with this case, the submission asks the Prosecutor to request formal authorization from its Pre-Trial Chambers to open an investigation into Chiquita's corporate executives...

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18 May 2017

The contribution of Chiquita corporate officials to crimes against humanity in Colombia

Author: International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) & Corporación Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo

[Full text of the communication to the International Criminal Court]

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