Angela Davis to put G4S in dock

12 December 2013 - 12:00am
Press release

Civil rights activist will condemn firm over Palestine, UK, US, S Africa

The veteran US civil rights campaigner, Angela Davis, will tomorrow launch a scathing attack on the British multinational security corporation G4S over complicity in human rights violations.

The attack on the world's largest security company will come from Davis in a keynote address to a sellout London audience at a special public meeting organised by the anti-poverty charity War on Want.

She will denounce G4S for involvement with Israel's illegal Occupation of Palestinian Territory.

It provides security equipment and services at checkpoints and illegal settlements.

The firm provides security systems for the Ketziot and Megiddo prisons, which hold Palestinian political detainees from occupied Palestine inside Israel.

Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva convention bans the transfer of prisoners from occupied land into the occupier's territory.

The company also supplies equipment for Ofer prison, located in the occupied West Bank, and for Kishon and Moskobiyyeh detention facilities.

Human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill treatment of Palestinian prisoners at these facilities, including child prisoners.

Davis, a professor emerita in the history of consciousness and feminist studies in the University of California at Santa Cruz; will also hit out at the multinational profiting from alleged represssion in Britain, the US and Africa.

Besides Davis, the audience at the meeting will also hear from Gina Dent, her colleague at Santa Cruz, associate professor of feminist and legal studies and the history of consciousness.

She will speak on a free Palestine, feminism and prison abolition.

In addition, War on Want senior campaigns officer Rafeef Ziadah will address the meeting on race and the business of repression, as well as G4S in Palestine.

Ziadah said: “We are thrilled that such a legendary civil rights activist as Angela Davis has agreed to support our campaign against G4S complicity in human rights abuse.”

The meeting will take place from 6.00-8.00 pm in the Brunei Gallery at SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG.

NOTES TO EDITORS

•    In July an inquest jury found Angolan deportee Jimmy Mubenga's death on a plane at Heathrow airport was caused by G4S guards "using unreasonable force and acting in an unlawful manner."
•    In the US, the company's subsidiary, Wackenhut, now called G4S Secure Solutions, has faced court appearances on 62 occasions, largely resulting from prisoners' claims of human rights abuse.
•    And October this year saw accusations of dozens of inmates tortured at the G4S-run Mangaung prison in South Africa, the second biggest private jail anywhere, with almost 3,000 inmates.

CONTACT: War on Want media officer Paul Collins (+44) (0)20 7324 5054 or (+44) (0)7983 550728

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