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International complaint lodged over Australia’s failure to investigate abuses by Manus contractor

The Human Rights Law Centre and OECD Watch have today requested the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to investigate the Australian Government’s handling of a complaint against its former security contractor G4S in relation to alleged abuse of refugees on Manus Island... The OECD appeal centres around an earlier complaint brought in 2014 against G4S for its role in the violence on Manus... The Australian National Contact Point declined to investigate the complaint, stating that it was not its role to comment on Australian government policy... The appeal challenges these findings as a direct breach of Australia’s international responsibilities under the OECD’s Guidelines. It is the first time a country’s handling of a complaint of this kind has been appealed to the OECD... The appeal coincides with the start of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.