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Time For the World Bank Group to Take Human Rights Seriously

In News, NWO, Viral Videos on February 12, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Corporations can have an enormous negative impact on the rights of individuals and communities. Through its research, Amnesty International has exposed how these impacts can range from community livelihoods being threatened or destroyed to forced evictions carried out to make way for extractive operations.

The World Bank Group, among other functions, finances the activities of corporations in developing countries. This is done through an agency called the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The IFC frequently supports industries of a particularly invasive nature, such as oil, gas and mining projects. These industries are often associated with environmental damage and human rights harm.

The IFC must make sure it has strong safeguards to prevent human rights abuses as a result of its operations.

Unfortunately the World Bank Group is refusing to take human rights seriously. In May 2011 the IFC will adopt new policies to manage social and environmental risks associated with the activities it supports. Not only is the IFC proposing to adopt safeguards that are inadequate to prevent negative human rights impacts, but it is REFUSING to even make a commitment to respect human rights.

As an institution that claims to be committed to fighting poverty and improving people’s lives, and which is governed by member states that have international human rights obligations, this is entirely unacceptable.

You can find Amnesty International’s full analysis of the IFC policies here.

Corporate actors cannot be let off the hook for their negative impact on human rights. Take action and tell the head of IFC it is time to take human rights seriously now!


Time For the Word Bank Group to Take Human Rights Seriously

Dear Mr Thunnel,

I am writing to you to express my concern that the IFC has not made an explicit commitment in its revised Sustainability Framework not to provide funding to activities that could contribute to abuse of human rights.

As civil society organisations around the world have emphasised, the current draft of the IFC’s Sustainability Framework is entirely inadequate to ensure that IFC does not support activities that lead, or contribute, to human rights abuses.

As an institution that claims to be committed to fighting poverty and improving people’s lives, and which is governed by member states that have international human rights obligations, this is entirely unacceptable.

The IFC plays a key role in setting global standards on investments and financial transactions. Its safeguard policies are used widely as a standard for managing social and environmental risks, by both corporate actors and other financial institutions.

If the IFC does not make an explicit commitment that it will not support activities that have adverse human rights impacts, it will send the message that it is ok for foreign investment to go forward without considering potential risks to human rights.

We therefore call on the IFC and its member states to ensure that:

• There is a clearly stated commitment by the IFC that it will not support activities that are likely to cause, or contribute to, human rights abuses
• There is a clear requirement that the IFC and its clients undertake human rights due diligence – in particular by ensuring that potential impacts on human rights are assessed and addressed
• The revised Performance Standards reflect international human rights standards


Revolution Truth

In Viral Videos, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on February 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM

RevolutionTruth started out as an open letter to the US government about their undemocratic handling of journalist Julian Assange and the nonprofit organization Wikileaks. Deeply distressed by the implications of my country attempting to try Assange on espionage and what this means to a free press, my intent was to write a strong but moderate letter that a lot of people could stand behind. I then began to ask people around the world to speak this open letter on video. My goal is to show the world that, despite the plethora of deeply biased and negative press in the US, and despite the fact that this situation is not unambiguous, there are a lot of people who stand behind Wikileaks and Assange – and for good reason. This organization has given common people access to truths that are being systematically denied us. Truths that we need to restore and preserve our democratic freedoms.

Due to overwhelming response, RevolutionTruth has morphed into a short film (to be released soon), a website, and a growing global campaign. Citizens around the world need their voices to be heard. We hope to be a conduit for these voices. Please join us.

Open Letter to the United States Government Regarding WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and the Fundamental Tenets of Democracy and Open Societies

To President Obama, US Senators and Congressmen and women, Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice, and all of those involved in the attempt to prosecute Julian Assange, founder of the nonprofit news organization

We are a diverse group of people from around the world who have come together for a common purpose: to defend WikiLeaks, to ask the United States to cease its attempts to manufacture a case against Julian Assange, and to defend democratic principles and our fundamental rights guaranteed therein. We are professionals, homemakers, activists, students, and others who believe that government derives its power from the consent of the governed, as stipulated in the Declaration of Independence, but that citizens can only give meaningful consent if they are fully informed about their government’s actions. Nothing more violates American principles, which inspire both those of us who are and are not American citizens, than the idea that “government knows best” and has the right to deceive its own people.

The Wikileaks documents have revealed that the U.S. government has been keeping enormously important information secret from the American people, such as the fact that the U.S. government knew of the mass murder of civilians in Iraq even though it claimed it did not; that the U.S. government failed its legal responsibility as an occupying power by handing civilians over to Iraqi police units knowing they would be tortured and killed, even though it claimed it did not; that U.S. officials believe the Afghan government is corrupt and unpopular, even as they falsely claim to be fighting for democracy in Afghanistan; and that U.S. officials are extremely worried about the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear stockpile, a potential matter of life and death that they have kept from the people of the world.

When the N.Y. Times released the Wikileaks “Afghan Logs” on July 25, its headline read: “View Is Bleaker than Official Portrayal of War in Afghanistan.” This revealed, according to America’s “newspaper of record,” that the U.S. Government was hiding the truth from its own people. Is it really right that the proud citizens of America should need Wikileaks to discover vital truths denied them by their own government?

U.S. officials claim they have a right to deceive the American people, and prosecute WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, on the grounds of “national security”. But this information is clearly known to America’s enemies. It is the American people who have been denied it, information critical to their ability to make an informed decision as to whether or not to support their government’s war-making, including putting their sons and daughters at grave risk of death or crippling injuries.

The U.S. Government claim that Wikileaks has endangered national security has been invalidated by its own Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, who has stated “is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest.” The German Interior Minister has stated that “WikiLeaks is annoying, but not a threat”, and the BBC has reported that “Wikileaks: US allies unruffled by embassy cable leaks.”

The result of any U.S. government prosecution of Wikileaks and Julian Assange will be to restrict the truthful information American citizens receive about their government’s foreign policy. But the U.S. cannot promote democracy abroad by limiting it at home.

We urge you to halt your undemocratic prosecution of Wikileaks; and to instead learn from it by providing the public with the honest and truthful information upon which democracy depends.

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