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British security company G4S aids Israeli human rights violations, experts will allege at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) this weekend.
The company provides equipment for checkpoints, prisons and illegal settlements in the Israeli occupied West Bank, Israeli academic Dr Dalit Baum will testify.
Baum will be one of several experts to give evidence to the RToP against firms allegedly complicit in human right violations.
Waste management company Veolia will also be accused of aiding Israeli war crimes. Veolia has waste collection contracts with some UK councils.
In June, Swansea City Council banned Veolia from receiving any new contacts, due to its involvement in illegal Israeli colonies in the West Bank.
The citizens’ tribunal is this weekend (20-21 November). Amnesty International will host a press conference for the jury to present its verdict Monday 22nd.
The jury at the London event includes UK barristers Lord Anthony Gifford QC, Michael Mansfield QC and John Dugard, former special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The RToP is named after late philosopher Bertrand Russell, winner of the Nobel prize for literature. The Russell Tribunal on Vietnam took place in 1967.
The London session will follow the March Barcelona session on the complicity of European Union member states with the Israeli occupation and associated abuses.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
NOTE ON THE TRIBUNAL: The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is an international civil society initiative scrutinising the role of third parties in violations of international law with respect to the Palestinian people. Four sessions over a four year period look at the role of state and institutional actors including the European Union, corporations and the United Nations.
A detailed press briefing is available on request via email. The Russell Tribunal on Palestine will take place at: 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
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