Event Report: Protest against G4S complicity in the torture of Palestinian Children

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A report from the protest on Friday 12 October 2012

On Friday 12 October 2012, 30 human rights activists convened outside the G4S London Headquarters to protest G4S’s complicity in the torture and caging of Palestinian children.

G4S is a British-Danish security firm. Among some of the provisions made by G4S to the Israeli security apparatus include a perimeter defence system and command control centre for Ofer prison in occupied Palestine, and security systems for the al-Jalame interrogation centre in Israel.

Ofer and al-Jalame are notorious for having housed Palestinian children in solitary confinement. The internment of children in solitary confinement, as well as their interrogation and torture, is made possible by the technological and logistical support provided by G4S.

G4S have also provided support to illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, and have business interests in maintaining Israeli checkpoints and the Apartheid Wall.

Activists held placards and banners outside the G4S HQ despite the adverse weather conditions. Many passers-by were visibly shocked to hear of the torture of children by Israel and G4S's complicity towards Israel’s crime. Many of them were very disturbed on learning of the consequences of G4S’s involvement and some joined the protest and requested to be kept informed of forthcoming protests.

One activist entered the building and delivered a letter addressed to G4S chief executive Nick Buckles reminding him of his company’s involvement in numerous human rights abuses and demanding that he immediately discontinues business with Israel. (http://www.ihrc.org.uk/multimedia/video/10305-video-ihrc-hands-in-letter-to-g4s) IHRC also urged all its supporters to write to their local MPs urging them to pressure their Israeli counterparts into releasing all political prisoners, and provided a sample letter on their action alert page for guidance. (http://www.ihrc.org.uk/events/10296-event-alert-ukdenmarkpalestine-protest-in-london-against-g4s-profiting-from-the-occupation)

For more information please contact the Events Office of the IHRC at (+44) 208 904 4222 (EXT 1011), or via email at events@ihrc.org.

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