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25 Jul 2016

Ben Doherty & Patrick Kingsley, Guardian (UK)

Ferrovial could be liable for crimes against humanity over conditions in Australia’s refugee camps in Papua New Guinea; incl. company comments

"Refugee camp company in Australia 'liable for crimes against humanity'", 25 Jul 2016

The company that has taken over the management of Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime has been warned by international law experts that its employees could be liable for crimes against humanity. Spanish infrastructure corporation Ferrovial, which is owned by one of the world’s richest families and the major stakeholder in Heathrow airport, has been warned...that its directors and employees risk prosecution under international law for supplying services to Australia’s camps on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. “...[I]t is possible that individual officers at Ferrovial might be exposed to criminal liability for crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute,” said Diala Shamas, a clinical supervising attorney at the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic...Ferrovial acquired responsibility for the offshore detention contract in May after buying more than 90% of Broadspectrum, the company managing the camps. Ferrovial has said it will not bid for a new contract after the current one expires in February 2017. But campaigners accuse Ferrovial of acting too slowly to end its relationship with the camps...Ferrovial said: “Respectfully, but strongly, we rejected the factual and juridic allegations contained in [the report].”...[Also refers to Banca IMI (part of Intesa Sanpaolo), Banco Popular Español, Banco Sabadell, Bank of America, Bankinter, Barclays, BNP Paribas, BBVA, Citigroup, Crédit Agricole, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, JPMorgan Chase, Mediobanca, Mizuho (part of Mizuho Financial Group), Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Société Générale]