Amnesty Intl. warns leading companies they will be involved in human rights abuses if they do business in or with illegal Israeli settlements

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In March 2019, Amnesty International UK released a report analyzing the human rights risks of conducting business operations in the settlements. Think Twice: Can companies do business with the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories while respecting human rights? warns companies that they will be involved in human rights violations - including war crimes - if they do business in or with the illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

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13 March 2019

Full report: Think Twice: Can companies do business with the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories while respecting human rights?

Author: Amnesty Intl. UK

This briefing is intended to provide companies with a framework for examining their business interests and relationships with Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. It covers issues that are relevant to companies in all industry sectors and at all stages of their trade and investment relationships with these settlements. It reflects a growing trend of criminal and civil cases against businesses based on their alleged complicity in serious human rights violations, including war crimes.

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13 March 2019

Press Release: UK companies warned over involvement in Israeli war crimes - new report

Author: Amnesty Intl. UK

All FTSE 100 and 250 CEOs - along with leading corporate law firms, the Confederation of British Industry, the Institute of Directors and the Association of British Insurers - have been sent a copy of Amnesty’s new 50-page report - Think Twice: Can companies do business with the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories while respecting human rights? - which says that while a “thriving settlement economy” might appear to provide an attractive location for international businesses, no company can involve itself in this economy without contributing to - or being linked to - human rights abuses...[N]umerous...business sectors - including [tourism] banking, law firms, construction companies, and food and manufacturing companies - are...heavily implicated in the perpetuation and expansion of the settlements.Yet, under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, all companies have a responsibility to respect international humanitarian and human rights law wherever they operate in the world. Israel’s settlements breach the Geneva Conventions and amount to war crimes, and Amnesty is warning that no company - however it may seek to justify its involvement - can do business in or with the settlements in a way that is consistent with international humanitarian and human rights law.

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