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Vote for G4S in the worst company of the year awards

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 (with allies) has 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 here and then tell your friends to do the same. Online voting runs until midday 23 January 2013.

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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. In 2007, G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority to provide security systems and other services for major Israeli prisons. G4S provides systems for the Ketziot and Megiddo prisons, which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel. Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits the transfer of prisoners from occupied territory into the territory of the occupier.

G4S also provides equipment for Ofer prison, located in the occupied West Bank, and for Kishon and Moskobiyyeh detention facilities, at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners. Defence for Children-Palestine (DCI-Palestine) has released an urgent appeal to end the practice of holding Palestinian children from the West Bank in solitary confinement in facilities in Israel. The organization has documented 53 such cases since 2008.

As Palestinian political prisoners began a mass hunger strike on 17 April 2012, Palestinian organisations called for action to be taken to hold G4S accountable for its involvement with Israel’s unlawful detention of Palestinians.

Beyond Israel's prison system, G4S also provides equipment and services to Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank that form part of the route of Israel’s illegal Wall and to the terminals isolating the occupied and besieged territory of Gaza. G4S signed contracts for equipment and services for the West Bank Israeli Police headquarters and to private businesses based in illegal Israeli settlements. A panel of legal experts concluded that G4S may be criminally liable for its activities in support of Israel’s illegal Wall and other violations of international law.

Global Insecurity

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.

Vote G4S Public Eye People’s Award 2013.

The Public Eye Awards are organised by Greenpeace Switzerland and the Berne Declaration.

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