Exportation of tear gas to Bahrain
Lead NCPKorea, Republic of (South)
Supporting NCP(s)None Selected
DescriptionSpecific instance notified by two NGOs regarding the activities of a Korean multinational enterprise exporting to Bahrain.
Theme(s)General policies, Human rights
Date27 Nov 2013
Host country(ies)Bahrain
Industry sectorManufacturing
StatusNot accepted

Read the initial assessment closing the specific instance – 19 December 2014

In November 2013, the Korean NCP received a request for review by two NGOs  (Bahrain Watch and Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)) alleging that Dae Kwang Chemical, a  South Korean enterprise had breached the general policies, and human rights provisions of the Guidelines by exporting tear gas to Bahrain.

Between December 2013 and January 2014, the two parties provided several written submissions to the NCP.

The NGOs alleged that tear gas produced by  the company was used in human rights violations and that the company did not seek ways to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impact associated with its products.

In its initial assessment published on 19 December 2014, the Korean NCP rejected the submission after deciding that the company was not a multinational enterprise and therefore that Guidelines did not apply.