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UK NCP releases follow up on complaint against G4S alleging involvement in Israeli abuses against Palestinians

NCP findings

The NCP found that G4S had not met the specific obligation to seek to address impacts of its business relationships [with the Israeli Government], and that this caused their actions to be technically inconsistent with two other provisions obliging them to respect human rights. However, the NCP also stated that it does not find any broad failure by G4S to respect the human rights of people on whose behalf the complaint is made.

The statement went on to make recommendations to G4S.  The full Final Statement can be accessed below.

Background

In November 2013 Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights submitted a complaint to the UK OECD National Contact Point (NCP) which alleged the involvement of G4S in serious human rights abuses carried out by the Israeli Government against Palestinians.  In May 2014 the NCP accepted some aspects of this complaint for further examination.  Further details about this can be found here.  On 9 June the UK NCP released its final statement.  

Below you can access the press release & commentary released by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights as well as the statement released by G4S.  

Shortly after the NCP statement was published we received a rejoinder from Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights which criticised G4S's public statement regarding the NCP statement.  We invited G4S to respond which it did.  Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights then sent us a 2nd rejoinder raising further concerns about G4S's response.  Again we invited G4S to respond which it did.  You can access the two rejoinders and responses below.

In July 2016, the UK NCP released a follow up statement which stated its disappointment with G4S’s public response to the NCP’s findings and recommendations. This statement also re-iterates its findings and highlights the need for G4S to communicate publicly on the actions it is taking to address its impacts.

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