Disinvestment campaign launched to pressure Gates Foundation
A new campaign has launched encouraging The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation do divest from G4S - the private security company that 'helps Israel run prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture'.
According to the boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) website, Bill Gates' charitable foundation invested $170m in G4S in June 2013, making The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation one of the biggest shareholders in the company. The Gates Foundation stated “it was guided by the belief that every life had equal value and that it uses its investments to fund projects that help all people lead healthy, productive lives”.
Sahar Francis, director of the Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, Adameer, stated: “It is completely unacceptable for a charitable foundation to be investing in a company that participates in gross human rights violations against Palestinian political prisoners. The Gates Foundation talks about every life having equal value, but what about the political prisoners, are their lives not of equal value?”
According to Adameer “through its holdings in G4S, the Gates Foundation was legitimising and profiting from Israel’s use of torture, mass incarceration and arbitrary arrest to discourage Palestinians from opposing Israel’s apartheid policies. By working so directly in support of Israel’s prison system, G4S is complicit in Israel’s violations of the Geneva Convention, Article 76 of which prohibits the transfer of prisoners from occupied territory into the territory of the occupier.”
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