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FIDH, JFI and Redress vs Italtel

Case overview

Date filed 13 September 2017
Current status Filed
Issue Adverse impact of Italtel business activities on HR in Iran
Summary of the case On 13 September 2017, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Justice for Iran (JFI) and Redress filed a complaint with the Italian NCP against Italtel Group S.p.A.. The Complainants allege that Italtel has breached multiple principles of the OECD Guidelines in relation to its business activities in Iran including a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) entered into by Italtel and the Telecommunications Company of Iran (“TCI”) on 13 April 2016.

The complainants argued that the advanced technologies and services offered by Italtel to TCI would risk contributing to Internet censorship and suppression of a wide range of fundamental freedoms and human rights in Iran. The agreement, they further argued, would also empower and equip Iranian authorities including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (“IRGC”) in further crushing political dissent and civil liberties throughout the country and in cyberspace.

The Complainants are asking the Italian NCP for their assistance in making an assessment of the facts and circumstances and resolving the issues or examining the complaint further and reaching findings on whether the company’s actions are consistent with the Guidelines. They have also called for an immediate moratorium on current negotiations and business engagements between Italtel and TCI until such time that the actual and potential breaches to the Guidelines are recognized and effectively mitigated.
Developments/Outcome The complainants are awaiting the initial assessment by the Italian NCP.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Human rights

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Italy
NCP address Via Molise 2 I-00187 Rome, Italy
NCP website
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Company Information

Company responsible Italtel
Company address
Company website
Company in violation Italtel
Country of operations Iran, Islamic Republic of
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Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
13 September 2017 Fédération International de Ligues de Droits de l’Homme file Complaint filed with Italian NCP  

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