On May 27, 2021, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution calling to establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes. The language of the resolution is nearly identical to the recommendations from an April 2021 report published by Human Rights Watch
JCB (J.C Bamford Excavators), a UK-based manufacturer of construction equipment, has become a target of BDS campaigns due to its sale of equipment to the State of Israel. These campaigns, primarily from British NGOs, intensified in 2020 after JCB was included on the discriminatory UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) “blacklist” of companies operating in Israel, published in February 2020.
Al-Haq and GLAN’s Not-So-Subtle BDS Agenda: Analysis of Submission on “Business and Human Rights in Occupied Territory”
On April 27, 2020, Al-Haq and Global Legal Action Network (GLAN, Ireland) published, “Business and Human Rights in Occupied Territory: A Guidance for Upholding Human Rights" that attempted to mainstream BDS against Israel in a UN framework
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- Irish BDS bill
- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
- Richard Falk
Since the publication of the UN BDS blacklist, and in spite of the current global COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic turmoil, NGO activists have been targeting companies with using the list.
NGO Monitor Submission to the Committee to review the Guidelines for Observation and Exclusion of Companies from the Government Pension Fund Global
The Institute for NGO Research presents this submission to the Committee in advance of its review of the Guidelines for Observation and Exclusion of Companies from the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG).
HRW has played a central role in lobbying UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet and providing information to her office for use in compiling the list.
Since 2016, NGOs, including a number of groups with ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), have been actively lobbying the UN by signing multiple letters and statements calling for the database to be implemented without further delay.
The UN Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have joined the ranks of leading BDS groups by issuing a defamatory blacklist of 112 Israeli and foreign companies, falsely accusing them of committing human rights violations.