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German cement company linked to human rights abuses through its activities in Occupied Palestinian Territory, report alleges

"German cement giant involved in serious violations against Palestinians", 4 Feb 2020

The German multinational HeidelbergCement is complicit in the pillaging of natural resources from the Nahal Raba quarry in the occupied West Bank, with serious human and environmental rights violations against Palestinians, a new report by SOMO and Al-Haq shows. Palestinian communities are affected by land grabbing, stealing of natural resources, and dust pollution as a resulted of HeidelbergCement’s activities. The company is breaching international law in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territory, while avoiding responsibility for the violations it has been involved in...

HeidelbergCement has seemingly deployed a number of strategies to avoid responsibility for its involvement in these human rights violations and grave breaches of international law. The company denies that its operations are on unlawfully confiscated land and hides behind policies and measures imposed by the Occupying Power for the confiscation and exploitation of Palestinian land and natural resources.

The company has [...] carried out its operations through an Israeli subsidiary which separates a corporation from its owner, thus insulating the parent company from liability...

[NoteHeidelbergCement was given the opportunity to review and comment on the draft report ahead of publication. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has previously invited HeidelbergCement to comment on its activities in OPT; their response is available here.]