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Fivas et. al vs Bresser

Aperçu de la plainte

Date de soumission 28 July 2017
Statut actuel Concluded
Thème Human rights impacts from moving Turkey's Zeynel Bey Tomb
Résumé de la plainte On 28 July 2017, Fivas/Association for International Water Studies, the Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive and Hasankeyf Matters filed a complaint with the Dutch NCP regarding Bresser’s role in the relocation of the historic monument, the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf, Turkey. Bresser’s subsidiary Bresser Eurasia was hired by the Turkish Company Er-Bu Insaat, which was contracted by the DSI (Turkey’s State Hydraulics Works) to relocate the Zeynel Bey Tomb, in order to make way for the reservoir of the proposed Illisu Dam. Bresser, and its subsidiary, is a company that performs various motor, renderings and foundation relocation projects. The complaint states that Bresser’s relocation of the culturally significant tomb in May 2017 caused adverse impacts and violated the human right to culture. Mainly, it alleges that Bresser failed to carry out meaningful consultation with the local population and that by relocating and encasing the tomb, the tomb’s value as cultural heritage has been degraded. The complainants request that the Dutch NCP facilitate mediation with the company, while also encouraging the company to halt all activity in Hasankeyf during the handling of the issue. The complainants would like the company to issue a statement acknowledging the human right to cultural heritage and take responsibility for the impacts of their operations. They also ask that the company cease all activity in Hasankeyf until there is a proper consultation with the local population and make sure their activities adhere to the OECD Guidelines, as well as international standards such as the CETS 121. Finally, they ask that Bresser develops a human rights policy that includes ensuring that adequate due diligence is carried out in its operations.
Développements/Résultat On 9 January 2018, the Dutch NCP issued its Initial Assessment stating that the case partly merits further consideration. The NCP states that as Turkey has an NCP, the Dutch NCP’s role is to only examine the role of Bresser, a small Dutch enterprise, a subcontractor of a Turkish contract, operating in Turkey and abroad. For this reason, the Dutch NCP will limit its handling of the case to consider Bresser’s due diligence obligations under the Guidelines in this specific case and will not provide any opinion over the Illisu Dam. The NCP also notes that this is the first specific instance filed on the subject of cultural rights as human rights and concludes that the right to culture and/or the right to cultural heritage and its conservation should be considered a human right under the OECD Guidelines. Furthermore, the NCP states that the handling of this case may help clarify the due diligence obligations of small subcontractor's like Bresser under the Guidelines.

Both parties accepted the NCP’s good offices.

On 20 August 2018, the Dutch NCP issued its final statement in the case. The final statement observes that the internationally-recognized human right to culture falls under protection in Chapter II General Policies, article 2 of the OECD Guidelines. The statement notes that even though Bresser is an SME, the size of an enterprise does not affect its responsibility to conduct due diligence. The statement determines Bresser has not fully satisfied the due diligence criteria of the OECD Guidelines. Finally, the statement offers numerous recommendations to help Bresser bring its activities into compliance with the Guidelines. The Dutch NCP commits to conducting follow-up a year after its issuance of the final statement to determine whether Bresser has implemented the recommendations.

Principes directeurs de l'OCDE concernés
Mots-clés concernant les plaintes Les droits de l'homme

Données sur le PCN

Nom du PCN National Contact Point Netherlands
Coordonnées du PCN Bezuidenhoutesweg 67 2594 AC The Hague, Netherlands
Site web du PCN
Autres PCN impliqués



Données sur l'entreprise

Entreprise responsable Bresser
Coordonnées de l'entreprise
Site web de l'entreprise
Entreprise en violation
Pays où se déroulent les opérations urquie
Autre entreprises impliquées

Calendrier des dévelopements

Date Acteur Action Description Document
20 August 2018 National Contact Point Netherlands statement Final statement issued by Dutch NCP téléchargez le document pdf (120Kb)  
9 January 2018 National Contact Point Netherlands accept Initial Assessment accepting the case by the Dutch NCP téléchargez le document pdf (166Kb)  
28 July 2017 Association for International Water Studies file Complaint filed with the Dutch NCP  

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