UK:G4S cleared after probe into activities in Israel

A UK government watchdog has found that G4S violates its human rights obligations through its contracts with the Israeli Prison Service and other government bodies

UK:G4S cleared after probe into activities in Israel

World Bulletin / News Desk

G4S, the world's biggest security company  has been cleared of causing "adverse human rights impacts" through its contracts in Israel by a body that investigates possible guideline breaches by multi-national companies.

The UK National Contact Point for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was investigating a human rights complaint made by the charity, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, about a number of locations in Israel, where G4S provided services.

The UK NCP investigates any potential breaches of OECD guidelines for companies operating around the world.

In a report by the Financial times, the complaint included equipment and services provided by G4S in a few locations that included the West Bank, and also at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The services, carried out under contract for Israeli government agencies and other customers, included responbsibilites such as maintaining and servicing baggage scanning equipment and metal detectors used at checkpoints.

Following a 17-month investigation, the UK NCP said although the information it reviewed "establishes that there are adverse human rights impacts associated with the facilities and locations referred to in the complaint", none of the information suggested that G4S staff or equipment "play a direct part in these impacts".

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Haziran 2015, 17:44