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US court allows apartheid claims

Original post made by Sharon on Apr 8, 2009

"A United States judge has ruled that lawsuits can go ahead against several companies accused of helping South Africa's apartheid-era government.
The judge disagreed with IBM's argument that it was not the company's place to tell clients how to use its products.

"That level of wilful blindness in the face of crimes in violation of the law of nations cannot defeat an otherwise clear showing of knowledge that the assistance IBM provided would directly and substantially support apartheid," she said."Web Link

How will this apply to current governments who have a policy of apartheid? as Lieberman FM of Israel proposes.
The past prime minister warned against just this very consequence.

Comments (3)

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 9, 2009 at 3:03 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Was IBM a signatory to the Sullivan Principles?

Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 9, 2009 at 9:41 am

A strange ruling, does this mean that at some future point Google and Cisco etc can be sued by Tibetan freedom fighter because those firms aided the ChiComms in oppressing them?

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 9, 2009 at 11:53 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

The one error of the founding fathers was life tenure for judges. I believe any judicial act should be vetoable by the combined action of the other two branches.

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