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Wednesday, 06 July 2005 04:12
Complaint about G8 web site being biased and that it should include legitimate alternatives such as sign-on Alternative G8 Edinburgh Declaration
Joan Russow



On Tuesday July 5, I filled out a questionnaire on the G8 website, and filed a complaint about the site being too biased. I then offered a copy of the Alternative G8 Edinburgh Declaration [see below] that I had been circulating for signatures. I just received a response Complaint about G8 web site being biased and that it should include legitimate alternatives





On Tuesday July 5, I filled out a questionnaire on the G8 website, and filed a complaint about the site being too biased. I then offered a copy of the Alternative G8 Edinburgh Declaration that I had been circulating for signatures. Undoubtedly, the Presidents and Prime Ministers would be eager to read the Declaration.



I just received a response. The Communications officer thanked me for my comments and assured me that "The Council website contains factual information relating to G8 related events organised by ourselves and partner organisations.





I responded by asking her for the names of their partner organizations.


I await her response. To be updated







SIGN-ON ALTERNATIVE G8 EDINBURGH DECLARATION OF COMMON SECURITY



G8 EDINBURGH DECLARATION OF COMMON SECURITY

OPEN FOR SIGNATURES



AWARE THAT solutions have never resided in the fragmentation

of issues and if real global change is to occur this change

will be found in a willingness to address the complexity and

interdependence of issues in particular the linking of

militarism, poverty, violation of human rights, and

destruction of the environment



Recognizing that true security- is not "collective security"

or "human security" which has been extended to "humanitarian

intervention" and used along with the "responsibility to

protect" notion to justify military intervention in other states.



True security is common security (extension of Olaf Palme's

notion of "common security")



and involves the following objectives:



* to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights

including labour rights, civil and political rights, social

and cultural

rights- right to food, right to housing, right to universally

accessible not for profit health care system , right to

education and social justice;

* to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound

employment, and ensure the right to development [as per Convention];

* to achieve a state of peace, social justice and

disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses, and

eradication of poverty

* to create a global structure that respects the rule of law ; and

* to ensure the preservation and protection of the

environment, respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human

purpose, reduce the ecological footprint and move away from

the current model of overconsumptive development.



CONSIDERING THAT for years, through conventions, treaties and

covenants, through Conference Action plans, and through UN

General Assembly resolutions, member states of the United

Nations have incurred obligations, made commitments and

created expectations related to the furtherance of Common Security.



AFFIRMING THAT Common security can only be achieved if there

is a concerted international effort to eliminate the

complexity and interdependence of the actions that have led to

global insecurity



WE THE G8 COUNTRIES, MEETING IN EDINBURGH HAVE AGREED TO THE FOLLOWING:



Article 1

we reaffirm our commitment to multilateralism and oppose

unilateral actions that undermine global common security



Article 2

We undertake to reduce our military budgets and reallocate

military expenses and transfer the savings into global social

justice as undertaken through numerous UN Conference Action

Plans and UN General Assembly Resolutions.



Article 3

We will no longer undermine the notion of democracy by

couching a plutocracy/theocracy in democratic notions of "freedom";



Article 4

We will abandon the policy of pre-emptive/preventive attack including

aggressively attacking sovereign states in

violation of the UN Charter article 2 and international law

and we recognize this policy as being the 'supreme' international crime of a war of aggression



Article 5

We will no longer perceive justice in terms of revenge through

military intervention we will instead seek justice through the

International Court of Justice,



Article 6

We will no longer misconstrue Art 51 (self defence) of the

Charter of the United Nations to justify premeditated non

provoked military aggression





Article 7

We will oppose any attempt to undermine the international

resolve to prevent the scourge of war; this would include not

engaging in intimidation or in offering economic incentives in

exchange for support for military intervention



Article 8

We undertake to respect the mandatory jurisdiction of

the International Court of Justice ,and will abide by its decisions



Article 9

We will convert to peaceful purposes military bases in

sovereign states around the world, and end the circulation of

nuclear powered or nuclear arms capable vessels throughout the world



Article 10

We will discontinue propping up and financing military dictators



Article 11

We will abandon the practice of targeting or assisting in

the assassination of leaders of other sovereign states, and

engaging in covert destabilization or democratically elected leaders of or any

leader of a sovereign state



Article 12

We will abide by the Nuclear Non Proliferation treaty and

immediately implement Article VI of the treaty, (Article VI:

commits all parties to pursue negotiations in good faith on

measures to end the nuclear arms race and to achieve

disarmament.) and we will end the production of all weapons

of mass destruction such as nuclear, chemical, and

biological, as agreed to in UNCHE in 1972, and in specific conventions



Article 13

We reaffirm the obligations under the 1967 the Outer space

Treaty to ensure that exploration and use of outer space,

including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be

carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all

countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or

scientific development, and shall be the province of all

mankind humanity....



Article 14

We make a full commitment to disarmament and oppose the

continued profit making from the sale of arms, will implement

obligations to reduce the trade in small arms and in

collaboration with the ILO will fund a fair and just

transition program for worker currently working in the arms trade



Article 15

We will end the production of land mines and sign and ratify

the Convention for the Banning of Landmines, and affirm a

commitment of

funds and continuous effort to remove land mines from all areas of

the world where they are known to exist



Article 16

We will suffocate the production of uranium, phase out the use

of civil nuclear energy, and prohibit the use of weapons such

as Depleted Uranium and cluster bombs that would be prohibited

under the Geneva Protocol II



Article 17

We oppose NATO'S first strike policy, and support the

disbanding of NATO



Article 18

We will abide by the Geneva conventions on the treatment of

civilians, and respect international human rights and humanitarian law



Article 19

We will discharge obligations incurred through conventions,

treaties, and covenants; and act on commitments through

conference action plans related to Common security - peace,

environment, human rights and social justice;



Article 20

We will sign, ratify, and enact the necessary legislation

to ensure compliance with, or respect for Common Security

international Conventions, Covenants and Treaties;



Article 21

We will abide by the Convention against Torture, Cruel,

Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and end the

practice of rendition of citizens and will abide by the Geneva

conventions,



Article 22

We will eliminate cruel and inhumane punishment such as

capital punishment, which violates accepted international norms



Article 23

We will abandon institutions and agreements which promulgate

globalization, deregulation and privatization; these

institutions and agreements undermine the rule of

international public trust law, and condone and actively

facilitate corporations benefiting and profiting from war;



Article 24

we oppose the promulgation, globalization, deregulation and

privatization through trade agreements, such as the

WTO/FTAA/NAFTA etc that undermine the rule of international

public trust law;



Article 25

We abandon the IMF structural adjustment program which has

led to the violation of human rights, has exploited citizens

in the developing world and has adversely impacted on

vulnerable and indigenous peoples around the world;



Article 26

We oppose the privatization of public services such as water

and health care, we will increase funding to Universities to

counter the corporate funding of education including the

corporate direction of research and declare that education be the

responsibility of governments



Article 27

We will finally implement the long standing international

commitment to transfer .7% of the GDP for overseas aid, and to

cancel third world debt;



Article 28

We will no longer subsidize and invest in companies that have

developed weapons of mass destruction, that have violated

human rights, that have denied social justice, that have

exploited workers, and that have destroyed the environment;



Article 29

we will implement the commitment made to ensure that

corporations, including transnational corporations comply ..

with international

law, and that they pay compensation for any previous health and

environmental consequences of their actions



Article 30

We will revoke charters and licences of corporations that have

violated human rights, including labour rights, that have

contributed to war and violence, and that have led to the

destruction of the environment;



Article 31

We support Mandatory International Ethical Normative (MIEN)

standards and enforceable regulations to drive industry to

conform to international law, and oppose corporate "voluntary

compliance";



Article 32

We will ban practices that contribute to environmentally

induced diseases and we will address poverty related health

problems and ensure universal access, to publicly funded not

for profit health care system;



Article 33

We will end the production of toxic, hazardous, atomic waste,

and we will prevent the transfer to other states of

substances and activities that are harmful to human health or

the environment as agreed at the UN Conferences on the

Environment and Development, 1992;



Article 34

We will ban the production, approval and promotion of

genetically engineered foods and crops which have led to a

deterioration of the food supply, and to loss of heritage seeds;



Article 35

We will protect Biodiversity by signing and ratifying the

Convention on Biological Diversity and oppose "megadiversity"

--resulting from genetic engineering



Article 36

We will be forthright in acknowledging that the Biosafety

Protocol is a disguised trade agreement, and serves to promote

the acceptance of Genetically modified living organisms



Article 37

We will accept the warnings of the Intergovernmental panel on

Climate change, and no longer disregard obligations under the

Framework Convention on Climate Change and its protocol to

reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to preserve carbon

sinks.. We will oppose any suggestion that civil nuclear

energy is the solution to climate change



Article 38

We will rescind anti-terrorism legislation because it violates

civil and political rights, and results in racial profiling



Article 39

We will no longer target, intimidate and discriminate against

activists on the grounds of political and other opinion (a

listed ground in the International Covenant of Civil and

Political Rights}



Article 40

We will clearly distinguish legitimate dissent from criminal

acts of subversion;



Article 41

We will end all discrimination on the following grounds:

- race, tribe, or culture;

- colour, ethnicity, national ethnic or social origin, or

language; nationality, place of birth, or nature of residence

(refugee or immigrant, migrant worker);

- gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital

status, or form of family, [including same-sex marriage]

- disability or age;

- religion or conviction, political or other opinion, or -

class, economic position, or other status;



Article 42

We will end the discrimination against immigrants, and

refugees and we sign and ratify the Convention for the

Protection of Migrant Workers and their Families; and the

Convention on Refugees



Article 43

We will respect women's reproductive rights, and abide by

commitments made under the International Conference on

Population and Development, and the Beijing Platform;



Article 44

We oppose religious extremism and proselytizing INCLUDING the

spread of Evangelical Christianity around the world, which has

undermined local indigenous cultures, instilled fear through

the dangerous, belief in the "rapture", "Armageddon" and "left

behind", has promulgated dispensationalist "end times"

scenario which has serious irreversible consequences. and has

led to the denigrating other established beliefs and practices-



Article 45

We support the institution of an International Court of

Compliance linked to the International Court of Justice; The

Court of Compliance will hear evidence from citizens of state

non compliance



Proposed by the Global Compliance Research Project

contact: Joan Russow



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