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Australia: Watchdog submits first-ever appeal to OECD over govt.'s failure to investigate abuses by G4S at Manus Island asylum centre

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27 November 2017

Civil society watchdog challenges Australian government’s handling of complaint about human rights abuses at Manus Island asylum centre

Author: OECD Watch

Today, the OECD Watch network has submitted the first-ever appeal to the OECD’s Investment Committee challenging the Australian National Contact Point’s (NCP) handling of a complaint filed against the security firm G4S Australia Pty Ltd, which ran the Australian asylum centre, Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea. OECD Watch criticizes the Australian NCP for not being accessible and impartial in this case. Australia has failed to fulfil its obligations under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (the Guidelines). This action marks the launch of OECD Watch’s campaign for effective NCPs so that victims of corporate violations can have effective access to remedy.

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27 November 2017

International complaint lodged over Australia’s failure to investigate abuses by Manus contractor

Author: Human Rights Law Centre

The Human Rights Law Centre and OECD Watch have today requested the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to investigate the Australian Government’s handling of a complaint against its former security contractor G4S in relation to alleged abuse of refugees on Manus Island... The OECD appeal centres around an earlier complaint brought in 2014 against G4S for its role in the violence on Manus... The Australian National Contact Point declined to investigate the complaint, stating that it was not its role to comment on Australian government policy... The appeal challenges these findings as a direct breach of Australia’s international responsibilities under the OECD’s Guidelines. It is the first time a country’s handling of a complaint of this kind has been appealed to the OECD... The appeal coincides with the start of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.

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