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OECD complaint against Arrow International

Author: OECD Watch, Published on: 22 July 2014

"WeCAN vs. Arrow International", 17 June 2014

Current status: Filed - Issue: Damaged homes after 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in New-Zealand - Summary of the case: Concern the adequacy of the ongoing repair of homes damaged in the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. - Allege that the above company have not followed the OECD Guidelines for multi nationals, and in consequence, have caused or exacerbated peoples physical and mental health, and housing situation, in violation of their Human Rights. Allege violations include: Right to highest attainable health arts 11(1) and adequate housing art12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and; Prohibition against degrading treatment under Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Right to property under Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. - Developments/Outcome: Commencing 4 September 2010, 4 major earthquakes, along with an estimated 13,000 aftershocks, have had a devastating impact on the people of Canterbury region, including New Zealands second largest city, Christchurch. The earthquake resulted in 185 deaths and injured 11,432 with total estimated rebuilding costs equivalent to 20% of New Zealands GDP. Inadequate, incomplete, or non-started house repairs has meant for many people, a 4thrd winter living in a broken home, in a sub alpine climate, and with consequential negative physical and mental health outcomes.

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Related companies: Arrow International Group