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US top court rejects Colombia Chiquita human rights case

The US Supreme Court (pictured) declined Monday to take up a lawsuit filed against US fruit company Chiquita Brands over funding paramilitaries responsible for human rights violationsThe US Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a lawsuit filed against US fruit company Chiquita Brands over funding paramilitaries responsible for human rights violations. Chiquita, which employs about 20,000 people and operates in 70 countries, pleaded guilty in 2007 to having funded the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), a right-wing paramilitary group. The AUC emerged in Colombia in the early 1990s with the aim of combating leftist guerrillas, and received the support of political groups and businesses.

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