|Alleged human rights violations via satellite services provided to US|
|Supporting NCP(s)||Luxembourg, United States|
|Description||Specific instance notified by an NGO regarding the activities of a multinational enterprise headquartered in Luxembourg which provides satellite services to the US who used them in Yemen.|
|Date||13 Jan 2015|
|Industry sector||Information and communication|
Read the final statement issued by the German NCP concluding the specific instance - 11 May 2015
In January 2015 the German NCP received a request for review from an NGO alleging that a multinational enterprise had breached the human rights provisions of the Guidelines. More specifically the allegations relate to support services provided by the multinational enterprise to the US military service, which allegedly breached the human rights of persons affected by their military operations in Yemen.
In undertaking an initial assessment of the specific instance, the NCP examined whether it was the competent NCP to deal with the NGO's request according to the implementation procedures of the OECD Guidelines (see Implementation Procedures in the text and commentary of the Guidelines).
Due to the fact that the company was incorporated in Luxembourg and its main operations centre for satellite operations is located in the US, any issues relating to general due diligence would therefore have to be dealt from there. No assertion has been made that the company’s actions have had any adverse impacts in Germany and no sufficient assertion exists that the company itself conducts related activities in Germany.