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NGOs vs UK Defence Equipment Company

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 6 June 2016
Statut actuel Rejected
Thème Human impacts impacts by munitions supplied to Saudi Arabi
Résumé de la plainte On 6 June 2016, two NGOs (one from the USA and one from Germany) filed a complaint to the UK NCP against a UK defence equipment company that supplied munitions to the Saudi Arabian government. The complainants allege that the companys munitions were used in a raid in April 2015 on a village in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia that resulted in human rights violations. The complainants stated that the company breached the Guidelines by failing to address the human rights impacts of its operations and business relationships.

Between June and August 2016, the NCP communicated with the parties separately. The UK offered to meet with both parties to explain the process, but neither party accepted. In its response, the UK company stated the products referred to in the complaint were covered by a valid UK government export license, in which the UK government makes a human rights assessment when deciding whether or not to grant an export license.

In its 14 October 2016 Initial Assessment, the UK NCP does not accept the specific instance for further examination citing a lack of substantiation of the claims regarding the specific incident made by the NGOs (as the use of the products in the raid could not be verified as the complainants source was anonymous) and stated that the company approach to reply on the UK governments export licensing procedure as a human rights risk assessment was appropriate. The UK NCP also rejected the complaint stating that it would not serve the purpose and effectiveness of the Guidelines- nor be fair- to oblige one particular company to be held accountable for activities that other companies also undertake on the pretext of a specific link that cannot be verified.
Développements/Résultat
Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Les droits de l'homme, Les conflits violents

Données sur le PCN

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

Plaignant(e)

ONG

Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable UK Defence Equipment Company
Coordonnées de l'entreprise
Site web de l'entreprise
Entreprise en violation UK defense company supplying to Saudi Arabia
Pays où se déroulent les opérations Arabie Saoudite
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Date Acteur Action Description Document
14 October 2016 National Contact Point United Kingdom initial assessment The UK NCP publishes its finalized Initial Assessment after discussing with both parties and rejecting the complaint as being unsubstantiated and not furthering the effectiveness of the Guidelines. téléchargez le document pdf (305Kb)  
6 June 2016 Unknown NGO file Two NGOs (one from the USA and one from Germany) file a Specific Instance complaint to the UK NCP.  

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