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18 Sep 2018

Tareq Shrourou, Claire Jeffwitz and Natalie Sedacca, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights

LPHR urges JCB to ensure its products are not involved in the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

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... Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) is writing to you following the publication of images of a JCB excavator assisting in the levelling of access roads to Khan al-Ahmar on 4 July 2018, a village which the Israeli government is preparing to imminently demolish... United Nations human rights experts have urged the Israeli government not to proceed with this demolition, stating that it would lead to “the eviction of 181 inhabitants and constitutes an involuntary move that would likely amount to forcible transfer”... JCB may be in the process of committing the criminal offence of aiding and abetting the... Israeli authorities in perpetrating the forcible transfer of protected persons which is prohibited by Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. This could lead to the criminal liability of individuals within the company... On the basis of the above, we urge you to:

1. immediately implement all necessary measures to bring JCB into transparent compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises in regard to the use of JCB products by the Israeli authorities; and

2. take all available steps and use all available leverage to ensure that JCB's products are not used to contribute to the demolition process in Khan al-Ahmar or the prohibited forcible transfer of its residents and that no further equipment is supplied in relation to such purpose...