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3 Dez 2011

Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada

Home demolitions in Beit Hanina executed with Volvo and Hyundai equipment [Israel & the Occupied Territories]

On 24 November, Israeli forces protected the Volvo and Hyundai equipment that was used to demolish three homes in Beit Hanina, occupied East Jerusalem...The destructive action left twenty people homeless, including six children....The impact of home demotions on children has been researched by the Palestinian Counseling Centre, Save the Children and the Welfare Association...Volvo has refused to take responsibility for the destructive use of its products by the Israeli forces...Volvo is a participant in the UN Global Compact...Participants in the Global Compact are supposed to be committed to supporting and respecting the protection of international human rights within their spheres of influence, and to ensuring that they are not complicit in human rights abuses...If Volvo lived up to its expressed commitment to human rights, the company would have tried to stop the use of its equipment in the Israeli destruction of Palestinian property.[also refers to Tadano. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Hyundai Heavy Industries to respond, but it did not respond.]