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full report: "Orange’s dangerous liaisons in the Occupied Palestinian Territory"

Author: AFPS, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, CGT, FIDH, LDH, Solidaires, Collectif national pour une paix juste et durable entre Palestiniens et Israéliens (CNPJDPI) , Published on: 1 May 2015

The United Nations, the European Union and the French government have all declared that the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) are illegal under international law. The creation and expansion of settlements have led to numerous violations of international humanitarian law and human rights violations of Palestinian people...Partner is an Israeli telecommunications company that operates and conducts business activities and make benefits in the Israeli settlements....This business relationship with Partner is based on a brand-licensing agreement signed in 1998, renewed in 2011 and amended in 20154. This agreement allows Partner to use the Orange brand and image in exchange of royalties, and is the basis for Partner’s marketing and competition strategy. The relationship between Orange and Partner is thus contractual and commercial, and constitute a ‘business relationship’ as defined both by the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises6 and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights. According to these international instruments, such a business relationship entails responsibilities for Orange to ensure respect for human rights and other international law including by undertaking appropriate due diligence. The authors of this report have demanded that Orange end its business relationship with Partner numerous times...

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