South African Apartheid Litigation

In the South African Apartheid Litigation case, three groups of individuals have brought a class action lawsuit in the courts of the United States against three US (General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company and International Business Machines Corporation) and two German (Daimler A.G. and Rheinmetall Group A.G.) corporations.  The plaintiffs argue that these corporations aided and abetted the Apartheid regime in South Africa that carried out a range of human rights violations through the provision of goods and services such as computers, funds and vehicles. 

In December 2009, REDRESS was one of a group of NGOs to submit a joint amicus curiae brief before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  We argued that the case should be heard in the US courts in order to provide the plaintiffs with their right to an effective remedy and that the political question doctrine, comity and concerns about the impact of the litigation on international trade could not be used to deny the adjudication of cases concerning allegations of extrajudicial killings, torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.


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