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Global Solutions Ltd, which runs Australia's immigration detention centres, agrees to operate under intl. human rights standards, following OECD Guidelines complaint - 5 NGOs welcome the outcome

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20 April 2006

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Author: Brotherhood of Saint Lawrence

As a result of our work with the OECD Guidelines, the BSL partnered with four other NGO’s to raise the first case in Australia using the OECD complaint mechanism. This case involved Global Solutions Limited Australia (part of GSL), the company responsible for the management and day to day operations of Australia’s immigration detention centres...the following documents provide further information on the GSL case...

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20 April 2006

Detention centres meet NGO demands [Australia]

Author: Brotherhood of St Laurence [Australia]

Five non-government organisations (NGOs) have announced their success today in encouraging British-owned [GSL Australia (part of GSL)], which runs Australia’s immigration detention centres, to implement significant changes to ensure they operate under international human rights standards. An international complaint to the OECD National Contact Points in the UK and Australia was made in June 2005 by the five NGOs...[which are] the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID), the Human Rights Council of Australia (HRCA), Children Out of Detention (ChilOut) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL).

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Article
1 April 2006

[PDF] Statement By The Australian National Contact Point 'GSL Australia Specific Instance'

Author: Australian National Contact Point (ANCP) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

GSL Australia (part of GSL) committed to upholding the human rights of those in its care. GSL Australia’s Managing Director, Mr Olszak, summed up the company’s position by pledging to always consider the question of ‘Is it right?’ within the framework of human rights and embedding this approach within the company’s policy and procedures, including training of its officers.

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1 January 2006

[PDF] Submission to the Australian National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises concerning Global Solutions Limited (Australia) Pty Ltd

Author: Rights & Accountability in Development (RAID), the Human Rights Council of Australia, Children Out of Detention (ChilOut), the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

The complainants allege that GSL Australia (part pf GSL) is in breach of the human rights provision of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises which states, “Enterprises should...respect the human rights of those affected by their activities consistent with the host government’s international obligations and commitments”...for the reasons explained below.

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