Most recently, the Alien Tort Claims Act has been used to file suits against
multinational corporations complicit in egregious human rights abuses. For
Although none of these cases has yet arrived at final adjudication, the
corporate defendants are worried they will no longer enjoy immunity for their
behavior abroad. Many influential business associations have sought to repeal,
amend, or otherwise eviscerate the act. In addition, the administration of
President George W. Bush has opposed the application of the Alien Tort Claims
Act in numerous cases and has called for the law’s immediate repeal. Attorney
General John Ashcroft has recently asked the United States Supreme Court to
overturn this centuries-old law.
Our call for justice, equity, and compassion in human relations demands our
support for the Alien Tort Claims Act. We must speak out for the oppressed, the
victims of torture, and the exploited and against the abuses of multinational
corporations. We must stand for human rights and oppose overturning the Alien
Tort Claims Act.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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