Labour Boycott G4S
Party cites human rights issues
The Labour Party has voted to boycott security firm G4S over its human rights record.
In a 12-4 vote in the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) last week, Labour voted to sever ties with the company.
The firm had provided guards for the party’s conferences for more than a decade. Jenny Formby who was present at the meeting said in a statement:
"The decision to end the security contract with G4S was taken because of concerns that this company has acted unethically and has been found to be in breach of the human rights obligations of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Companies."
"The Labour Party was founded to advance justice and fairness at home and abroad. Members from across the party had consistently expressed concerns that G4S's conduct is not consistent with those fundamental values, and so the NEC responded accordingly."
The G4S contracts in Israel include servicing and maintaining baggage scanning equipment and metal detectors used at checkpoints, and installing and maintaining CCTV and public address systems in Israeli jails.
G4S operates security systems at the Ofer prison in the West Bank, as well as the Kishon Moskobiyyeh detention facilities, where human rights groups have reported systematic torture of prisoners, including children as young as 12 held in solitary confinement.
Human Rights groups estimate that some 200 Palestinian children are being held in Israeli prisons.
G4S says its workers do not operate the equipment, play any part in prison regimes, or interact with prisoners or those travelling through checkpoints separating Israel from the Palestinian territories.
A G4S spokesman said: " In its final assessment of these Israeli contracts, the OECD made clear that it did not find any general failure by G4S to respect the human rights of Palestinians, or any failure to respect human rights in our own operations."
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