JCB failed to do human rights checks over destruction of Palestinian homes

UK government watchdog finds lack of due diligence over potential use of equipment in occupied territories

The Guardian reports today (12 Nov 2021) …

JCB, the British tractor firm, has been found by a UK government watchdog to have failed to carry out due diligence human rights checks over the potential use of its equipment to demolish homes in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT).

The watchdog ruled: “It is unfortunate that JCB, which is a leading British manufacturer of world-class products, did not take any steps to conduct human rights due diligence of any kind despite being aware of alleged adverse human rights impacts and that its products are potentially contributing to those impacts.”

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights have published a commentary on the decision that can be read here.