France: Cement company Lafarge indicted by investigative judges over its Syria activities
On 28 June 2018, cement company Lafarge was indicted by investigative judges on charges of complicity in crimes against humanity, financing of a terrorist enterprise, and endangerment of people's lives.
This follows the submission in May 2018 of a memorandum written by Sherpa, the ECCHR, and former employees of the company. They argued that it was necessary at this stage of the proceedings to indict the company for complicity in crimes against humanity ; several former executives were already under official investigation.
This is the first time a parent company is indicted on the ground of complicity in crimes against humanity, and the first time that a multinational parent company in France is indicted for the activities of one of its subsidiaries.
Sherpa and ECCHR have requested that Lafarge open a compensation fund for all former employees and families of Lafarge's subsidiary in Syria.