Monday, July 16, 2012

G4S Directors Include Ex-Home Secretary John Reid And Ex-Met Commissioner Paul Condon.

G4S provides equipment to prisons inside Israel to which Palestinian
political prisoners from occupied territory are transferred in violation
of the Geneva Conventions, tortured and subjected to arbitrary

Under Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel is forbidden to
transfer Palestinian prisoners from occupied territories to prisons inside
Israel. Despite this, thousands of Palestinian prisoners are unlawfully
held in prisons inside Israel that are supplied by G4S. Palestinian civil
society has condemned G4S' complicity with Israeli violations of
international law and called for action against the company.

The company provides equipment to the Kishon and Moskobiyyeh detention
facilities at which human rights organisations have documented systematic
torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child
prisoners. A recent UK government backed delegation found that Israel is
breaching at least six violations of the UN convention of the child in its
treatment of child detainees.

More than 1,600 Palestinian political prisoners went on a mass hunger
strike on 15th April this year. Mahmoud Sarsak ended his 92-day hunger
strike on June 18 and is due to be released on 10 July, but three others
remain on hunger strike in protest against their detention without
trial.[4] Akram Rikhawi today marks 82nd day of hunger strike. He already
suffers from multiple illnesses and is said to be at immediate risk of

G4S also provides equipment to Israeli in the West Bank that form part of
the route of Israel’s illegal Wall and to illegal settlements.

In the UK, G4S runs six private prisons at which 400 prisoners are forced
to work 40 hours a week for as little as £2 a day.

The company also runs three immigration detention centres, where detainees
have made repeated claims of abuse and assault.

Last year the company lost a multi-million contract with the UK Border
Agency to deport refused migrants after 773 complaints of abuse were made
against it and following the death of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan asylum
seeker who died as a result of G4S security guards applying illegal
restraint techniques.

Despite all this, G4S is being awarded a wide range of public service
contracts, from taking over police forces and providing controversial
workfare schemes and asylum accommodation on behalf of the government to
providing all security at the London Olympics.