Desmond Tutu leads protests against G4S
Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu is leading protests at G4S's annual general meeting today over the company's involvement with the illegal Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
An open letter written by a number of prominent individuals, including Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky and barrister Michael Mansfield, was released yesterday stating:
“G4S operates and maintains security systems at the Ofer prison, located in the occupied West Bank, and for the Kishon and Moskobiyyeh detention/interrogation facilities, at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners, held in solitary confinement.
G4S helps the Israeli prison service to run prisons inside Israel that hold prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory, despite the fourth Geneva convention prohibition of the transfer of prisoners from occupied territory into the territory of the occupier.
Through its involvement in Israel's prison system, G4S is complicit in violations of international law and participates in Israel's use of mass incarceration as a means by which to dissuade Palestinians from protesting against Israel's systematic human rights abuses.
G4S also provides equipment and services to the Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank that form part of the route of Israel's illegal wall and to the terminals isolating the occupied and besieged territory of Gaza. G4S's role in Israel's brutal occupation and abhorrent prison system is unacceptable and must end.”
Similar protests were held at G4S's annual conference last year, to which G4S responded by commissioning an independent human rights report.
The report, written by a research fellow (Hugo Slim), at the Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford concluded that G4S "had no causal or contributory role in human rights violations" and that "there were clearly human rights failings in some parts of Israel's security system, but G4S's role is far removed from their immediate causes and impact."
Find out more about the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and today's protest.
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