Issue: Adverse impact of Italtel business activities on HR in Iran

Description On 13 September 2017, the International Federation of 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.

1 cases relating to 'Adverse impact of Italtel business activities on HR in Iran':

Title Issue Date filed Status
FIDH, JFI and Redress vs Italtel Adverse impact of Italtel business activities on HR in Iran 13 September 2017 Rejected

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