Here is what the world is saying about the U.S. today.
No jurisdiction, no justice
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday unanimously dismissed a case against the oil company Shell for complicity in the human rights abuses of Nigeria’s military government between 1992 and 1995. The justices said they did not have jurisdiction in the matter and dismissed the suit, which had been brought by relatives of Nigerians summarily executed by the regime of General Sani Abacha.
Follow the link to the Nigerian newspaper This Day for the full report on whether foreigners have the right to sue American companies in U.S. courts for human rights violations.
U.S. sends troops to Jordan
The U.S. has deployed another 50 troops to Jordan in a bid to help the government there prepare for any spillover from the crisis in neighboring Syria, bringing the total number of American troops there to 200. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation writes that the decision comes one week after one of Syria’s leading rebel groups, the Al Nusra Front, pledged loyalty to Al Qaeda.
The U.S. has designated the group a terrorist organization. More than 70,000 people have died since an uprising against the government of Bashar al-Assad began in April of 2011.
Magnitsky list a “work in progress”
James McGovern, the Congressman from Massachusetts who helped author a controversial bill that punished various Russian officials for human rights violations, says his so-called Magnitsky list is “not complete.” In an interview with Radio Free Europe, McGovern said he is determined “to make sure that no one has to suffer the fate of Sergei Magnitsky ever again.” Magnitsky, a whistle-blowing lawyer, was allegedly beaten to death in a Moscow prison in 2009.
Russia has responded with anger to the list, which freezes the assets of officials involved in the Magnitsky case and prevents them from traveling to the U.S.