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23 Jun 2015

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR)

LPHR statement responding to G4S' fundamental misrepresentation of adverse findings of human rights breaches of the OECD Guidelines

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LPHR notes with serious concern that G4S' response to our last statement fundamentally misrepresents the extent of the adverse findings of human rights breaches of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) made by the UK National Contact Point (NCP)....By clearly suggesting that a 'technical inconsistency' with the OECD Guidelines is the full extent of the NCP's adverse findings, G4S’ above sentence disturbingly suggests either a significant misunderstanding or wilful disregard of the NCP's finding of breaches...It is very worrying that a major British multinational company can substantially misrepresent the NCP's serious findings of breach of human rights obligations of the OECD Guidelines. It fundamentally undermines its later claim that it “takes its human rights obligations seriously”. In these circumstances, LPHR asks G4S to confirm it acknowledges and accepts that the NCP: 1. Has found that G4S is in breach of its obligation to address the human rights violations with which it is linked by its business relationships with relevant Israeli state agencies; and 2. Did not describe this adverse finding as a 'technical' breach.