Dealings by Irish companies in repressive countries raise concerns about business and human rights, says Dr Shane Darcy

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Company response
28 March 2012

Response by Cellusys: Dealings by companies in repressive countries raise concerns about business and human rights.

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Company response
28 March 2012

Response by CRH (Cement Roadstone Holdings): Dealings by companies in repressive countries raise concerns about business and human rights.

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Article
28 March 2012

[DOC] Cellusys responds

Author: Cellusys

Cellusys software is designed to protect assist mobile operators manage their roaming subscribers both inbound and outbound, provide subscribers with the ability to send SMS when roaming as well prevent SMS fraud within the network. In the case outlined the software is specifically designed to deal with the SMS fraud requirement that is specified by the worlds GSM Association in IR70 and IR71, nothing more and nothing less...All people of all nations should be allowed have these technologies to facilitate roaming abroad as well as prevent messaging fraud against them.

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Company response
27 March 2012

Response by Adaptive Mobile: Dealings by companies in repressive countries raise concerns about business and human rights.

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Article
27 March 2012

[DOC] CRH responds

Author: CRH

CRH is a 25% minority shareholder in Mashav, an investment company that owns Nesher Cement. CRH has no input in the day to day management of either Mashav or Nesher...Nesher sells cement through distributors, concrete products manufacturers and ready mix concrete producers. It is not involved in concrete manufacturing nor in contracting and, as such, it carries out no construction work in Israel, in the Palestinian Territories or anywhere else. Nesher is precluded, as a matter of law, from discriminating between any customer of whatever commercial, religious or political affiliation. Nesher’s cement is sold throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories...CRH takes its corporate responsibilities very seriously and is fully aware of its legal obligations. It abides by the law in every jurisdiction in which it operates and CRH is satisfied that it is fully compliant with Human Rights Law.

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Article
22 March 2012

[DOC] AdaptiveMobile responds

Author: AdaptiveMobile

AdaptiveMobile does not and has not at any point sold software to government bodies or intelligence ministries directly or through third parties...Whilst AdaptiveMobile systems will process every SMS in order to block spam it is not designed to monitor individual communications or users and the Company has no evidence of it being used to do so, or being used in court proceedings...AdaptiveMobile provided MTN Syria with a standard SMS spam and MMS Anti-virus solution in 2008. No upgrades or new releases have been provided to the product since 2008 and the support agreement expired in 2011. Given the changing political situation in the region, AdaptiveMobile took the independent decision not to renew this contract...At no point has AdaptiveMobile had a relationship, provided services or ever engaged with, the Syrian or Iranian governments or associated organisations...AdaptiveMobile does not condone the unlawful use or abuse of any software and/or technology and condemns any abuse of telecommunications networks to abridge human rights...

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Article
13 March 2012

Dealings by Irish companies in repressive countries raise concerns about business and human rights

Author: Dr Shane Darcy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway

Software sold in Syria by…Cellusys and AdaptiveMobile has been reported as being used by the Syrian government to censor text messages by protestors challenging President Assad’s rule…This is not the first instance of involvement by Irish companies in the suppression of human rights outside of Ireland….Cement Roadstone Holdings [CRH] has been criticised for its 25% shareholding of Israeli company Mashav, which controls Nesher Cement, supplier of concrete for the construction of settlements and the ‘separation wall’, declared to be unlawful by the International Court of Justice…The United Nations has paid considerable attention over the past decade to the issue of business involvement in human rights violations. This culminated in 2011 with the endorsement by the Human Rights Council of a United Nations Framework and Guiding Principles on business and human rights…[T]he [Irish] State has not adequately addressed the recommendation in the…framework that home States “set out clearly the expectation that businesses respect human rights abroad…[also refers to GAMA, Shell, Statoil, IRMS Security, Tullow Oil]

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