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Palestinian NGO Al-Haq expresses concerns about Honda's involvement in Israeli settlements; Honda did not respond


The Palestinian NGO Al-Haq has approached Honda to express concern regarding its franchise agreement with Mayer Cars and Trucks, Honda's official distributor in Israel. Al-Haq point out that Mayer operates a garage in a settlement near Jerusalem, and is also involved in manufacturing armoured buses that are used to transport settlers to and from Israeli settlements. Honda did not respond, either to Al-Haq or to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Honda recently canceled a motorcycling event it had sponsored that had been initially planned to take place in a settlement, after concerns were raised by NGOs. 

All Israeli settlement activity in occupied Palestine is a violation of international law, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is currently creating a database of companies that are profiting from this illegal activity.

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30 May 2018

Honda did not respond regarding Al-Haq's letter on the company's involvement in Israeli settlements

30 May 2018

Palestine: Al-Haq Communicates with Honda Regarding its Operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

Author: Al-Haq

On 20 February 2018, Al-Haq delivered a letter of communication to Mr. Takahiro Hachigo, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. The letter highlighted Honda’s complicity in violations of international humanitarian law perpetrated by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) through its official Israeli affiliate ‘Mayer Cars and Trucks Co., Ltd.’ located in unlawful settlements in the West Bank. Al-Haq calls upon Honda Motor Co., Ltd. to act with due diligence and avoid cooperating with businesses and corporations such as ‘Mayer Cars and Trucks Co., Ltd.’ and to comply with International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law.

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