In May 2013 King’s College London (KCL) announced a security contract put out for tender for which the British-Danish security giant ‘Group4Securicor’ (G4S) is bidding. G4S is already providing our University with its services through G4S Security Services UK LTD and G4S Technology LTD. There is also a potential £10 million contract with G4S in the pipeline to secure KCL residence halls.
G4S has repeatedly been accused of numerous human rights abuses. Most notable is its disregard for the Fourth Geneva Convention, through its provison of surveillance and running of prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are illegaly transferrered from the occupied West Bank to the occupying Israeli state. There's also compelling evidence of Palestinian children being tortured at these prisons. G4S were complicit in the death of the Angolan detainee, Jimmy Mubenga which led the coroner to conclude an institutionally “pervasive racism” within the company. Coupled with concerns that many of the security personnel are “not officially accredited to carry out removals”, meaning that they would have been acting illegally. Furthermore, several directors of G4S have employed questionable taxation practices which HMRC describes as "tax avoidance, pure and simple". These are stark reminders of G4S’s lack of concern for human rights and its failings as an organisation to protect the welfare of its clients.
The company awarded this £10 million security contract will be in direct contact with students. Our personal security cannot and should not be protected by a company that fails to uphold standards of ethical and commercial provision elsewhere.
KCLAP demands that KCL cancels all existing and future contracts with G4S, as well as deny the renewal of any existing contracts with G4S. KCLAP demands that the student body is involved in ensuring that KCL is a university that invests ethically in both its services and its research. We, the students, demand the university establish a more effective ethical investment policy, so that KCL cannot be complicit in acts of moral bankruptcy through its affiliation with companies that disregard international law. By investing in companies and institutions involved in violations of human rights we become complicit in its misconduct.
KCLAP Committee 2013-14