|Human rights due diligence in Italtel S.p.A agreement with the Telecommunications Company of Iran|
|Description||This complaint lodged by FIDH, REDRESS and JFI relates to whether risk-based human rights due diligence was conducted within the framework of an agreement between the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) and Italtel.|
|Theme(s)||Disclosure, General policies, Human rights|
|Date||13 Sep 2017|
|Host country(ies)||Islamic Republic of Iran|
|Industry sector||Information and communication|
Read the initial assessment issued by the NCP of Italy- 7 June 2018.
On the 13 September 2017, three NGOs: International Federation for Human Rights - FIDH; REDRESS; and Justice for Iran – JFI - submitted a specific instance concerning the Italtel S.p.A. (hereinafter “Italtel”) to the NCP of Italy.
The submitters alleged that by entering a MoU with Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI), Italtel would have equipped TCI with the means to enable the Iranian government to engage in censorship, surveillance, and Internet shutdowns of political dissidents and that Italtel had failed to conduct a risk-based human rights due diligence.
The arguments and evidence provided by Italtel and the information obtained by other Ministerial sources enabled the NCP to verify that:
In this respect, the NCP concluded that the submission was not material nor substantiated; that there seemed to be no link between the operations of Italtel and the future potential violations raised by the submitters and that the examination of the specific issues would not contribute to the purpose and effectiveness of the Guidelines. Therefore, it concluded that the issue raised did not merit further examination.