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LPHR statement on G4S announcement of agreement to sell G4S Israel
Author: Lawyer for Palestinian Human Rights, London, Published on: 2 December 2016
On Friday 2 December, G4S announced that it had reached an agreement on the sale of G4S Israel to FIMI Opportunity Funds...LPHR notes that G4S makes no reference in its press release to the fact that this entity has been heavily implicated in a successful business and human rights complaint that was initiated by LPHR in 2013. Nor does it clearly set out the extent to which G4S will continue, post-sale, to be involved in the provision of services to Israeli state agencies that were the subject of that complaint.The culmination of this complaint last year saw the the UK NCP find that G4S was in breach of its business and human rights obligations under the OECD Guidelines...G4S' press release further omits reference to G4S Israel providing services and equipment in the occupied Palestinian territory...fails to provide any comfort that FIMI Opportunity Funds conducted any, or adequate, human rights due diligence prior to the purchase or that it will take appropriate steps to remedy the UK NCP’s findings that some of the activities that G4S Israel undertakes are in breach of fundamental business and human rights obligations...Although we welcome the decision to sell G4S Israel as being an act in accordance with its business and human rights responsibilities, we do remain seriously concerned that, up until now, G4S has still not publicly acknowledged the extent of its breach of its human rights obligations as determined by the UK NCP. This disturbing failure prompted the UK NCP to publicly reprimand G4S earlier this year for being 'selective and misleading' in its public response to the business watchdog's significant findings. LPHR will monitor the sale process of G4S Israel to FIMI Opportunity Funds...