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Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights:: G4S and Israel’s military checkpoints

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9 June 2015

This blog reviews the UK National Contact Point’s conclusion that G4S has not fulfilled its responsibility under the OECD Guidelines to seek to address adverse human rights impacts associated with its activities in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It looks at how G4S’ provision of services and equipment to checkpoints in the West Bank and Gaza has led to this conclusion. For a basic introduction to LPHR’s complaint against G4S, see our Q&A blog here. For more information on the OECD Guidelines and its complaints mechanism, see our blog here.

A fundamental component of LPHR’s human rights complaint against G4S under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) relates to the provision of equipment and services to military checkpoints in the Separation Barrier (the Wall) constructed by Israel predominantly within the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and at the Erez Crossing located at the border between Gaza Strip and Israel.

As recognised by the International Court of Justice in 2004, the Wall was constructed by Israel in breach of its obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law. The existence and operation of the Wall gravely and without adequate justification infringes the rights of Palestinians residing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)...