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RAID vs. Avient

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 28 June 2004
Statut actuel Concluded
Thème UK companies & illegal resource exploitation in DRC
Résumé de la plainte In October 2002, a United Nations Panel of Experts accused 85 OECD-based companies of violating the Guidelines for their direct or indirect roles in the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Panel alleged that “elite networks” of political and military elites and businesspersons fueled the conflict in order to retain their control over the country’s vast natural resources.

Avient was cited by the Panel, because of its involvement in military activities, including bombings. The Panel alleged that Avient provided military supplies to both the Congolese Army and the Zimbabwe Defence Force. Also, Avient provided crews for Antonov26 aeroplanes and MI 24 helicopters, which were used in offensive bombings at the time Avient was contracted by the DRC Government. Avient is also alleged to have brokered the sale of six military helicopters to the DRC Government.

Développements/Résultat Although the case was accepted as a specific instance, RAID was locked out of the process. In September 2004, the UK NCP issued a weak statement accepting Avient’s contention that it was working within a contractual arrangement with the officially recognized governments in the area. The NCP’s recommendations merely highlight the existence of a few provisions of the Guidelines, but did not declare breaches or offer specific actions a company is expected to take to remedy the breaches.

Following a September 2006 exposé in the UK’s Sunday Times, RAID called on the UK NCP to reopen the case. RAID had gathered extensive documentation to show that Avient was engaged in mercenary operations in the DRC, including bombing missions. However, given the gravity of the allegations against Avient, the NCP encouraged RAID to contact the UK Attorney General to investigate Avient for complicity in war crimes.
Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Les droits de l'homme, Procédures judiciaires parallèles, Organisation des Nations Unies, Les conflits violents

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point United Kingdom
Coordonnées du PCN 1-19 Victoria Street SW1H 0ET London, United Kingdom
Site web du PCN
Autres PCN impliqués



Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable Avient Air
Coordonnées de l'entreprise Minton Distribution Park Unit 7
SP4 7RT London
United Kingdom
Site web de l'entreprise
Entreprise en violation Avient Air
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Congo, La République Démocratique du
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Date Acteur Action Description Document
15 September 2006 Rights and Accountability in Development RAID calls on the UK NCP to re-open the case. RAID submits extensive documentation to show that Avient was engaged in mercenary operations in the DRC, including bombing missions.  
10 September 2006 Rights and Accountability in Development Press coverage Expose in the UK Sunday Times about Grahem Pelhem’s under cover work for the UN and his discoveries about Avient’s activities during the war. téléchargez le document pdf (775Kb)  
1 February 2005 Rights and Accountability in Development file RAID and Congolese NGOs ACIDH, NDS and CENADEP submit a request to the UK NCP to open a specific instance concerning Avient. téléchargez le document pdf (163Kb)  
8 September 2004 National Contact Point United Kingdom statement The NCP issued a statement in a separate, self-executing process "because" they claim, "of the need to protect the information released by the UN which is 'restricted' but non confidential". téléchargez le document pdf (25Kb)  
28 June 2004 Rights and Accountability in Development file Complaint filed with UK NCP. téléchargez le document pdf (49Kb)  

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