Issue: Aker Kværner's involvement in Guantánamo Bay prisons

Description ForUM’s complaint alleges that Aker Kværner ASA, through its wholly owned subsidiary Kværner Process Services Inc. (KPSI), has breached the Guidelines’ human rights provision at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In 2001, KPSI’s activities were expanded to include the building and maintenance of facilities for the incarceration of captives taken during military operations in, among other places, Afghanistan.

The complainants contend that Aker Kværner and KPSI are contributing to a prison system that abuses international law and core human rights.
Developments/Outcome The NCP met jointly with the complainants and company in September and October 2005.

In November 2005, the NCP issued a final statement reprimanding the company and noting, “the activities that the company has carried out can be said, at least partly, to have affected the inmates of the prison”.

The NCP further concluded, “Aker Kværner could have delivered a great deal more documentation without compromising customer confidentiality” and “strongly encouraged” the company to draw up guidelines for ethical behaviour.

Aker Kværner has ceased its operations at Guantanamo Bay. The official reason given was the company lost its contract with the US Department of Defense.

The complainants were pleased with the outcome.

1 cases relating to 'Aker Kværner's involvement in Guantánamo Bay prisons':

Title Issue Date filed Status
ForUM vs Aker Kværner ASA Aker Kværner's involvement in Guantánamo Bay prisons 20 June 2005 Concluded

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