By Sofia Lotto Persio in Britain:
Traffic brought to a halt after G4S gets helpline gig
Saturday 17th September 2016
The group wants the government to reverse its decision to let G4S run the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) for three years.
EASS is a national helpline offering support on discrimination and human rights abuse, previously run by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The activists want the commission to be in the hands of specialised services with expertise in dealing with abuse and discrimination.
Sisters Uncut’s Laura Jeffers said: “G4S has a terrible record on human rights and it is inappropriate that they take the service.”
A report from human rights group Liberty this month collated G4S’s failings, including an epileptic man who died in his cell at a G4S-run prison in Wales and whistleblowers alleging routine racist and sexist abuse among staff.
Another 40 human rights organisations joined Liberty in demanding a parliamentary inquiry into why G4S was handed the contract.
The government has outsourced several security services to the company, including the management of prison facilities and immigration centres.
Campaigners demand investigation into G4S discrimination helpline contract. Liberty, Tell Mama and Inquest among groups to express concern over decision to entrust security firm with running Equality Advisory and Support Service: here. And here.