Palestine: Over 40 Asian NGOs urge UN to release names of companies profiting from Israeli settlements

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42 NGOs from the East Asian, South East Asian, and South Asian regions have co-signed a statement urging the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Secretary General to make public the names of companies that are profiting from Israeli settlements. The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in 2016 requesting the High Commissioner to create a database of such companies, and the Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) published a preliminary report in late January 2018. However, none of the companies were named, and it has been widely reported that some states have been exerting strong pressure on the UN to stop this work.

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12 April 2018

Palestine: UN Database on Businesses Operating in Israeli Settlements Should be Published

Author: Palestine Forum Japan

None of the companies have been named, and while the report states that OHCHR 'expects' (page 8, para. 26) to provide the names of the relevant companies, it has been widely reported that strong pressure is being brought on the High Commissioner by some UN member States not to release company names, and even to discontinue altogether work on the database.

We therefore urge the following: 

  • The names of all companies identified by OHCHR, including those that have been excluded in the preliminary screening, should be published immediately.
  • OHCHR should continue to work closely with civil society and human rights defenders in full transparency, to ensure completion and continuous update of the database.
  • The UN Secretary General and UN member states should support fully OHCHR in the above, including through the provision of resources as necessary.

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Author: パレスチナの平和を考える会

いずれの企業も名前は公表されていないが、報告書は、OHCHRが関連企業の名前を提供することを「期待する」(8頁第26パラグラフ)としています。いくつかの国連加盟国が高等弁務官に対して、企業名を公表せず、データベース作成の作業そのものを中断するように圧力をかけていると広く報道されています。

したがって、私たちは、以下の項目について要請します。

  • 予備審査で除外された企業を含め、OHCHRによって特定された企業名をただちに公表すること。
  • OHCHRは、完全な透明性を伴うかたちで、市民社会および人権活動家との緊密な協力の下で作業を継続し、データベースの完成および継続的更新を確実にすること。
  • 国連事務総長と国連加盟国は必要な情報の提供を含め、上述のOHCHRの主張を全面的に支持すること。

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