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27 Jul 2018

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights

LPHR Q&A: What’s happened to the UN Business and Human Rights Database for companies involved in settlement-related activities?

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Following on from our briefing in January 2018 on the UK Government’s position on the UN Business and Human Rights Database (UN Database) that will list companies involved in settlement-related activities, we have set out the latest updates on the UN Database below... The inextricable link between settlements and negative human rights impacts was recently reaffirmed by OHCHR in its February 2018 update on the UN Database: “[T]he violations of human rights associated with the settlements are pervasive and devastating, reaching every facet of Palestinian life, owing to settlement development and infrastructure, Palestinians suffer from restrictions on freedom of religion, movement and education; their rights to land and water; access to livelihood and their right to an adequate standard of living; their rights to family life; and many other fundamental rights”... Originally, the UN Database had been aimed to be ready for publication in March 2017. It has, however, been delayed, with no amended date set for its publication. OHCHR published a report, on 1 February 2018, setting out their progress so far. The OHCHR noted in that report that it is behind schedule because of lack of resources, and that it needs additional resources if it is to complete its work on the UN Database. The UN High Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has recently suggested that there may be a further update by his office prior to September, which we expect may coincide with the end of his term in August...