Report links financial sector to human rights abuses of asylum-seekers in Australia's offshore detention centres

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26 July 2016

Full report: "Association with Abuse: The financial sector’s association with gross human rights abuses of people seeking asylum in Australia"

Author: Get Up! No Business in Abuse, Human Rights Law Centre

Spanish stock exchange-listed company Ferrovial SA...operates the ODCs [overseas detention centre] through its subsidiary Broadspectrum, exposing Ferrovial to complicity in gross human rights abuses and attendant material legal, financial and reputational risk. As of May 2016 around 847 people are being held in Manus Island ODC (in northern Papua New Guinea) and 466 people in Nauru ODC...The ODCs have...been decisively and repeatedly condemned by expert human rights bodies and by the international community...Given the severity of the impacts and the impossibility of meaningful mitigation of the abuses, Ferrovial must cease and remediate abuses within the ODCs, by: a. Immediately releasing all people held in the ODCs to humane conditions in Australia or, with their consent, an equivalent situation with adequate support and services in accordance with UNHCR’s recommendation; and b. Immediately ending all involvement in the ODCs...Ferrovial’s financial backers must take immediate action to end the business relationships that associate them with the gross human rights abuses being  perpetrated at the ODCs...Ferrovial’s activities in providing services is essential to maintaining a system that violates human rights standards and constitutes a breach of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights contained in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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26 July 2016

Press release: " Human rights groups call out the financial sector’s association with abuse"

Author: Get Up! No Business in Abuse, Human Rights Law Centre

Australia’s abusive offshore detention centres are sustained by a vast network of global banks and investment funds that are failing to meet their responsibility to respect human rights. Today the campaign against the Australian government’s offshore detention centres (ODCs) moved further into the corporate sphere, exposing the links between Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial and its financial backers, and gross human rights abuses in the ODCs.

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25 July 2016

Ferrovial could be liable for crimes against humanity over conditions in Australia’s refugee camps in Papua New Guinea; incl. company comments

Author: Ben Doherty & Patrick Kingsley, Guardian (UK)

"Refugee camp company in Australia 'liable for crimes against humanity'", 25 Jul 2016

The company that has taken over the management of Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime has been warned by international law experts that its employees could be liable for crimes against humanity. Spanish infrastructure corporation Ferrovial, which is owned by one of the world’s richest families and the major stakeholder in Heathrow airport, has been warned...that its directors and employees risk prosecution under international law for supplying services to Australia’s camps on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. “...[I]t is possible that individual officers at Ferrovial might be exposed to criminal liability for crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute,” said Diala Shamas, a clinical supervising attorney at the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic...Ferrovial acquired responsibility for the offshore detention contract in May after buying more than 90% of Broadspectrum, the company managing the camps. Ferrovial has said it will not bid for a new contract after the current one expires in February 2017. But campaigners accuse Ferrovial of acting too slowly to end its relationship with the camps...Ferrovial said: “Respectfully, but strongly, we rejected the factual and juridic allegations contained in [the report].”...[Also refers to Banca IMI (part of Intesa Sanpaolo), Banco Popular Español, Banco Sabadell, Bank of America, Bankinter, Barclays, BNP Paribas, BBVA, Citigroup, Crédit Agricole, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, JPMorgan Chase, Mediobanca, Mizuho (part of Mizuho Financial Group), Morgan Stanley, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Société Générale]

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