Apartheid lawsuit gets a green light

Ford, GM allegedly sold vehicles used by the apartheid regime


Apartheid lawsuit gets a green lightA New York judge has given the green light to sue multinationals such as Ford and General Motors for their alleged role in the segregation, torture and killing of blacks in South Africa.

Class action suits have been cleared to proceed against Ford, GM and Daimler for allegedly “aiding and abetting” torture and extrajudicial killing by supplying military vehicles used in the persecution of blacks during South Africa’s apartheid regime. IBM faces similar charges for allegedly providing computers for the surveillance of rebels, and Germany-based defence giant Rheinmetall may face a suit for its alleged role in arms dealing. “One who substantially assists a violator of the law of nations is equally liable if he desires the crime to occur or if he knows it will occur and simply does not care,” wrote Judge Shira Scheindlin in her April 8 ruling.

The battle for reparations has been a long one for the plaintiffs, who first filed in 2002. Due in part to warnings from the U.S. and South Africa about negative foreign policy implications, the cases were initially thrown out. (The Court of Appeals partially overturned the ruling in 2007.) But Scheindlin, who narrowed the scope of claims and the number of companies named, calls the international relations fears “speculative at best.”

The corporations involved have so far been largely silent on the ruling. However, in an email, a GM spokesman told Maclean’s that his company “adamantly opposed apartheid,” and has “asked the court to reconsider key parts of its ruling or, in the alternative, to certify those issues for appeal.”

But Michael Hausfeld, attorney for the plaintiffs, is optimistic, saying the ruling throws open the doors to similar cases worldwide. “It sets a new standard with regard to obligations concerning fundamental human rights abuses on a global level,” he says.


Apartheid lawsuit gets a green light

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    No, this is REAL APARTHEID, this is not the usual buzz word of that “ficticious” apartheid slur on pluralistic democratic Israel, where its 20-25% Arabs are not only equal citizents but are often treated in preferencial treatment OVER Israeli Jws, such as in: court cases, in Hebron land issues and standards in the universities as “affirmative action”, not to mention the unfairness of Israeli Arabs NOT serving in the military yet having the same rights as Israeli Jews…

    And those racist Arabs dare to shout “apartheid”???

    • Your comment has nothing to do with Israel and Arabs , You did not even read it! Israel and its supporters are not satisfied even after killing scores of Arabs ,now you must offer unsolicited hate comments with no relevance to south African apartheid. Please read before you show your colors ,
      and by the way one does not have to be perfect in order to criticize Israel for criminal, inhumane and extremist savagery . you should spend more time crying for what Hitler did . you must run after any one who fails to cry for it . Run like a maniac with a dagger after any one who does not cry for your fate . That is your favourite pastime when you get tired of killing Arabs.Focus on that and all will be well.

  2. To Tim, No, Arabs are not satisfied with tricking in (human shields, humn bombs, etc.) their civilins in order to die for "damning Israel" Islamic -fascism cult, they BLOOD-HIRSTY want more.

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