Alleged human rights violations in China
Lead NCPGermany
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by an NGO regarding the activities of a German multinational enterprise operating in China.
Theme(s)Human rights
Date28 Apr 2008
Host country(ies)China (People’s Republic of)
Industry sectorManufacturing
StatusNot accepted

In April 2008 the German NCP received a request for review from an NGO alleging that a German multinational enterprise had breached the human rights provisions of the Guidelines in China. Specifically it was alleged that the company contributed to human rights violations by sponsoring the Olympic torch relay at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The NCP concluded the initial assessment in June 2008, considering that the specific instance did not merit further consideration as the 2000 version of the Guidelines was applicable only to investments and corresponding supply chains. The financing of the Olympic torch relay, however, was not considered as an investment and could not contribute to human rights violations in itself.