Did Shell’s lawyer really tell the Supreme Court that corporations can’t be sued for piracy? For any human rights abuses, including torture, rape & murder? Yes she did.
On October 1st, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will re-hear Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell), a human rights case accusing Shell of conspiring with the Nigerian military to violently suppress a peaceful movement opposed to Shell’s oil activities in the Niger Delta. The allegations include acts of rape, torture, murder, and crimes against humanity.
If the Supreme Court sides with Shell, corporations will literally be able to get away with murder, and a critical human rights law will be seriously weakened.