BP, Colombia, oil and ethics
Gilberto Torres (Colombian trade unionist) and others
Ten years ago, Gilberto Torres, a trade unionist working in the Colombian oil industry, was kidnapped by right-wing paramilitaries and brutally tortured. His lawyers have just lodged a claim for damages against BP in the British high court – a move which is regarded as a test case in corporate ethics.
Gilberto Torres, Colombian trade unionist; Francisco Ramirez Cuellar, trade unionist and lawyer with the Colombian Unified Trade Union Federation; Sue Willman, lawyer, partner at Deighton, Pierce and Glynn; Richard Howitt; Juan Sebastian Smart, Oil Justice; Peter Drury, Amnesty International.
Co-hosted with the Centre of Latin American Studies.