Azadi Bachao Andolan
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Remember what the American leader Jesse Jackson says,`They no longer use rope and bullets. They now use World Bank, IMF and WTO.’
AND, SO JOIN US :
In our protest demonstration at the American Embassy, New Delhi, 15th March
Burn effigies of Clinton on the Holi Day, 19th March
on related topics, 21st and 22nd
Celebrating “Anti-Imperialist Day” on the occasion of the matyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, 23rd March, 2000
Joint appeal by Azadi Bachao Andolan, Sarva Sewa Sangh, Lokayan, NAPM, Gandhi Yuva Biradari, Loktantrik Samajwadi Party, Forward Block, Sewagram Pahal etc.
PEOPLE AGAINST GLOBALISATION: A SOLIDARITY CONVENTION
Saturday, 11th March 2000
9.00 A.M.Morning Session - Songs
12.30 P.M.Afternoon Session - Consequences of Globalisation since 1991
Unions - CITU, AITUC, HMS, BMS, INTUC
P.M.Evening Session - Beyond
Globalisation and Corporate Rule:Movement
CITIZENS' RESOLVE FOR A NEW SOLIDARITY
The democratic rights of citizens both in the North and the South are being undermined as corporate rule is established worldwide through the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the rich G7 countries. This dominant worldview puts global trade above all other economic activity, and places the market above society, and profits above people and the environment. Human lives are being rendered dispensable in the ruthless pursuit for limitless markets and limitless growth.
There is a growing sense among citizens of diverse countries and cultures that globalisation is Americanisation and US is using free trade treaties to establish a new global empire in which it is not land which is colonised but markets and knowledge. Land is no more the basis of wealth creation in this era of globalisation where wealth has been detached from any connection with real resources and can be multiplied limitlessly in the financial casinos that drive world markets. Patents and intellectual property have replaced land as property for collection of rents and generation of revenues.
The North-South inter-governmental relationships are being increasingly relationships between an empire and its colonies.
The sovereign space of national governments especially those in the South is being invaded by the WTO, this is manifest in the distancing of the people of those nations from the decisionmaking processes on economic issues that take place both at the intra-governmental level and the inter-governmental level. International trade treaties should not be allowed to undermine our ability as members of democratic societies to participate in economic democracy by having security of livelihoods and the guarantee that our socio-economic needs will be met in accordance with our priorities, our cultural preferences and the limits of ecological sustainability.
The WTO through its multiple agreements regulating international trade has only widened the gaps between the developing and developed countries.
Instead of enhancing the creation of global wealth and prosperity and promoting the wellbeing of all people in all member-states, the WTO has in reality in the past five years contributed to the concentration of wealth in the hands of the rich few; increasing poverty for the majority of the world's population; and globalising the unsustainable patterns of production and consumption of the rich industrialised countries.
The Uruguay Round Agreements have functioned principally to prise open national economies; workers, farmers and other peoples; and the environment. In addition, the WTO system, rules and procedures are undemocratic, non-transparent and non-accountable and have operated to marginalise the majority of the world's peoples that are in the countries of the South.
All this has taken place in the context of increasing global economic instability, the collapse of national economies, increasing inequity both between and within nations and increasing environmental and social degradation, as a result of the acceleration of the process of globalisation. The governments of the North, which dominate the WTO and the TNCs which have benefited from the WTO system have refused to recognise and address these problems. Instead they are pushing for further liberalisation through the introduction of new issues for adoption in the WTO. This will lead to the exacerbation of the crisis associated with the process of globalisation and the WTO.
It is a matter of a concern to us that the changing economic order under the WTO creates and heightens the divide between the people of the North and those of the South and between the rich and the poor within the North and the South.
We will no longer allow the protection of our rights and freedoms to be labeled as trade protectionism. Trade ought only to be a means for achieving the just and sustainable development for people of the North and South equally rather than perpetrating inequalities at all levels. We commit ourselves towards forging a new solidarity amongst the peoples of our countries with due respect to the cultural, social and political diversities.
Diverse Women for Diversity
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