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2020 Oct
21

Complaint to the UN Human RIghts Council Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

We request the Working Group, in accordance with its mandate, to particularly invite the attention of the state of Israel to its obligation and the primary responsibility to promote, protect and fulfill human rights and fundamental freedoms and to reiterate that corporations and other business enterprises, particularly the ones run by the state, have the responsibility to respect all human rights. More specifically, we request the Working Group to demand from the state of Israel and business enterprises Israel Aerospace Industries and Elbit Systems to implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including through appropriate policy frameworks, regulations, and the development of national action plans on business and human rights.

In accordance with the mandate, we request the Working Group:

  • To conduct a thorough investigation of the level of exacerbation of human rights abuses in areas where Azerbaijan used the Israeli-made arms during the recent escalation of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict;
  • To intervene in the sale of drones and other weapons by the State of Israel and private companies to Azerbaijan that are being used against the civilian population and civilian objects in the ongoing war;
  • To ensure that the state of Israel has functional obligatory mechanisms compelling enterprises to respect the standards of international humanitarian law in situations of armed conflict;
  • To ensure that the state of Israel fulfills its obligation to “warn business enterprises of a heightened risk of being involved with gross abuses of human rights in conflict-affected areas”;
  • To ensure that the state of Israel employs compulsory guidance mechanism for state-owned and other enterprises in the defense industry to avoid contributing to human rights harm, preemptively curbing arms transfer to high risk conflict zones, as well as entities that have a well-documented record of human rights violations in their home countries;
  • To ensure that the Israel Government ceases all exports of weapons to Azerbaijan while the conflict is ongoing, but instead tries to play a role as a peace-seeking mediator.

Civil Society Authors:

Transparency International Anticorruption Center

Open Society Foundations – Armenia

Helsinki Citizens Assembly Vanadzor

Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation

Protection of Right Without Borders

Law Development and Protection Foundation

Journalists Club “Asparez”