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25 Nov 2015

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR)

LPHR statement on Labour’s executive decision to end their security contract with G4S

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Last week Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to end its security contract with the British multinational company G4S, reportedly on the grounds of the company’s non-compliance with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. G4S’ statement responding to this decision expressly refers to the complaint brought against the company by LPHR through the UK National Contact Point (UK NCP). The UK NCP made three adverse findings against the company in its Final Statement, published in June 2015. The NEC’s decision, and the reported influence that LPHR’s complaint had in its making, illustrates the weight of the UK NCP’s adverse findings against G4S. One attendee at the NEC meeting stated: “The decision to end the security contract with G4S was taken because of concerns that this company has acted unethically and has been found to be in breach of the human rights obligations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Companies.” In contrast to the NEC’s acknowledgement of the severity of the UK NCP’s findings, G4S continues to fail to acknowledge these adverse findings.