The Congo-Océan case - complaint from the CRAN

In 2014, the le Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires (CRAN) lodged a complaint against the State and several French companies Spie, Spie Batignolles and SPIES’ Clayax Acquisition holding) for crimes against humanity in the "Congo-Ocean" case.

All of these companies are from the Batignolles Society, which received a grant from the State in 1920, and used forced labour to dig the railway connecting Brazzaville to Pointe Noire in the 1920s. According to official figures, 17,000 people lost their life there, but the death toll probably amounts to more than 100,000 people.

Source: website of the CRAN

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Start date: 
2014CE Feb 25th
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Ongoing