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Sound off For Justice social media campaign backed by Oxfam, Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth


By The Drum Team, Editorial

March 23, 2012 | 2 min read

A social media campaign that begins today, aiming to protect the rights of corporate victims in developing countries, has been backed by charities such as Amnesty International, Oxfam, Friends of the Earth and CAFOD.

The CourtShort campaign aims to protect those affected by multinationals, and help them to find justice within UK courts and is being led by the Sound Off For Justice group.

Sound Off For Justice is campaigning against the proposal to impose £350 million of legal aid cuts and changes to No Win No Fee legislation.

The campaign includes a Facebook page created by the group, which is calling on the government to stop passing legislation that could see foreign workers taken advantage of by large corporations. An online poll has been added to the page asking users to vote as to whether they believe the LASPO bill, being discussed in Parliament on Tuesday 27 March, is fair.

Twitter users are also being called upon to voice their disapproval using the #CourtShort hashtag.

Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International UK, explained: “We are calling on the public to tweet and sign the Facebook poll today. If the government pushes this bill through, it will be a dark day for access to justice in Britain. The message will be sent out that this government is prepared to go out of its way to protect big business at the expense of their victims of human rights abuse, who will have the door to legal recourse slammed shut on them.”

Kathleen Spencer Chapman, head of government relations at Oxfam added: “Poor people around the world who have suffered human rights abuses at the hands of UK companies must not become innocent victims of a bill which would strip away their ability to seek redress in UK courts. The Government's plan offers zero financial gain for the British taxpayer - while reducing protection for the world’s poorest people".

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