LPHR has today published a briefing to coincide with the pending publication by the United Nations of a database listing companies involved in settlement-related activities that adversely impact Palestinian human rights. The publication of the UN Database will be a landmark development in advancing corporate respect for human rights.
The UN Database is expected to be published by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in early 2018. It may include UK companies.
Our short briefing has a specific focus on the UK Government’s position of opposing the UN Database. It outlines why the UK Government should properly revise its position so as to establish coherence with its existing policy positions on recognising the illegality of settlements and support for the UN Guiding Principles and Business and Human Rights. Our briefing concludes with three suggested actions for the UK Government to carefully consider in regard to the UN Database.
Please do read our full briefing here.
LPHR’s expertise in business and human rights:
LPHR successfully pursued a significant business and human rights complaint under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises against the security services company, G4S Plc, for its involvement in human rights violations against Palestinians in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. In March 2016, and soon after the OECD UK National Contact Point agreed with our evidence-based assessment that G4S were in breach of its human rights responsibilities under the OECD Guidelines, the company announced that it had commenced a process to sell its subsidiary, G4S Israel. The UK multinational announced the completion of the sale of G4S Israel to FIMI Opportunity Funds (an Israel private equity fund) in June 2017.
In regard to the UN Database, LPHR made a submission in December 2016 to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights which focused on G4S and FIMI Opportunity Funds. We submitted an update following G4S’ announcement that it had completed the sale of G4S Israel to FIMI Opportunity Funds. Both are published on the publications page of our website.