By Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods – 5 Jan 2013
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G4S is up for the Public Eye People’s Award 2013, the ‘name and shame’ award no company wants to win. G4S, the world’s largest private military and security company, is complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestine and is profiting from conflict and insecurity around the world. War on Want and other European organisations have nominated G4S for the awards which help to “shine an international spotlight on corporate scandals.” The company has been shortlisted and is now up for the public vote.
Please take a minute to vote for G4S and then tell your friends to do the same.
Why vote for G4S?
G4S is complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestine through the supply of security equipment and services for use at checkpoints, illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. It also helps to maintain and profit from Israel’s prison system. In 2007, the Israeli subsidiary of G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority to provide security systems for major Israeli prisons.
G4S CEO Nick Buckles has said that high risk environments offer “big opportunities” and confirmed that G4S had recently conducted preparatory work with oil and gas companies for contracts in Iraq. G4S also extended its contract in Afghanistan just last month in a deal understood to be worth £72 million.
Despite its track record of complicity in human rights abuses in the UK and abroad, G4S continues to receive contracts for public services including policing, asylum housing and deportation oversight. G4S plays a direct role in running the UK’s immigrant detention centres and Home Office deportations. In October 2010 Jimmy Mubenga died during his forcible deportation by G4S to Angola. But in July 2012 the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute G4S or its security guards for his death. In response to the decision, Jimmy Mubenga’s wife stated: “We can’t understand why the officers and G4S are not answerable to the law as we or any other member of the public would be.”
It is time to pile on the international pressure on G4S and ensure that it joins the Hall of Shame of companies that have been voted the worst company of the year.