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Re: [freeburma] Hold US Corporations Accountable

Dan Beeton wrote:
> This is also a campaign that EarthRights International/ERI (Birmanie)
> is working on, FYI:
> Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001 14:10:34 -0500
> From: "Lisa Archer" <>
> Intnl. Right to Know!
> Hold US Corporations Accountable
> Endorse International Right to Know Campaign
> Dear Friends,
> On behalf of a coalition of environmental, labor,
> social justice and human rights organizations, we're
> writing to ask for your support for important new
> legislation to hold U.S. multinational corporations
> accountable.
> Recent protests at meetings of the World Trade
> Organization, World Bank and International Monetary
> Fund illustrate a growing concern about globalization
> and the actions of corporations. The public is
> increasingly aware that trade and investment
> agreements enable big business to move from country to
> country around the globe, but place no requirements on
> corporations to operate responsibly.
> US corporations should be held accountable for their
> impacts on the environment, human rights and workers
> around the world. A recent survey by the University of
> Maryland's Program on International Public Attitudes
> showed that nearly 90 percent of the American public
> expect US companies to follow US environmental and
> safety standards overseas.
> A coalition of environmental, labor, social justice
> and human rights organizations has joined together to
> ensure that at a minimum, basic US right-to-know laws
> are applied to the overseas operations of US-owned
> companies. Groups working on this initiative include
> Friends of the Earth, Amnesty International, American
> Lands Alliance, AFL-CIO, Global Exchange, Sierra Club,
> Oxfam America, Student Environmental Action Coalition,
> People of Faith Network, Rainforest Action Network,
> and the Center of Concern. We believe that the public
> here and abroad has a right to know how US-owned
> corporations are treating their workers, local
> communities, and the environment.
> The coalition has developed a right-to-know
> legislative proposal that would require US
> corporations to report on their operations in foreign
> countries. This proposal would extend key domestic
> right-to-know laws in the environmental, labor, and
> human rights areas to the overseas operations of
> US-owned companies.
> The outline of this legislative proposal is attached
> below. We are seeking the endorsement of your
> organization for this proposal, and we believe that
> together we can convince members of Congress to
> sponsor and pass international right to know laws.
> Please join us in our effort to require US companies
> to disclose how they are operating around the globe by
> endorsing the proposal and by forwarding it to others
> whom may wish to endorse it.
> Please return your endorsement as soon as possible to
> If you have any questions regarding
> the right-to-know proposal and the coalition effort,
> please contact David Waskow at Friends of the Earth at
> Please help us spread the word about this legislative
> proposal by forwarding the appeal for endorsements to
> other organizations, especially through listserves. We
> will also be launching an International Right to Know
> campaign web site and sending out action packets in
> the next month. If you are interested in taking action
> on this campaign, please indicate that on your reply.
> Thank you for your participation in this important
> effort for global accountability.
> Sincerely,
> Lisa Archer
> National Field Organizer
> Friends of the Earth
> 202-783-7400 x111
> PURPOSE: Right-to-know laws in the United States *
> such as the Emergency Planning and Community Right to
> Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 that requires toxic release
> reporting * have provided communities and workers with
> essential information about the conditions they face.
> Moreover, many businesses have voluntarily improved
> their practices in response to right-to-know laws; for
> example, industries have reduced their toxic releases
> by almost 50% si-ce the EPCRA program began.
> Given the critical role played by such disclosure
> requirements, right-to-know principles should be
> extended to the international operations of U.S.
> companies. Communities and workers throughout the
> world have the right to important information about
> corporate practices that will have significant impacts
> on their lives. In addition, the American public
> expects that our international economic policy will
> reflect our country's best values, and not just
> commercial interests. The time has therefore come to
> export our values by ensuring that U.S. firms
> operating abroad report on their practices in the
> critical areas of environment, labor and human rights.
> Toxic Release Inventory. Apply current domestic toxic
> release inventory legislation to U.S. businesses
> operating abroad; this would require reports to the
> U.S. EPA on toxic pollutants released into the air,
> land and water.
> Resource Extraction Disclosure. Require U.S.
> businesses to report the amount of natural resources *
> such as timber, minerals, etc. * that the company has
> extracted, processed, purchased, or bid to purchase
> abroad.
> Emissions Permit Reports. Require U.S. businesses to
> report when they have applied to a foreign government
> for the right to increase pollutant emissions from an
> overseas facility.
> Occupational Safety and Health Reports. Apply current
> domestic OSHA reporting requirements to U.S.
> businesses operating abroad by requiring that they
> report serious work-related injuries and deaths.
> Hazardous Chemicals Disclosure. As under current U.S.
> domestic law, require U.S. businesses operating abroad
> to inform workers about hazardous chemicals in the
> workplace.
> Core Labor Standards. Require U.S. businesses to
> report on their labor rights policies and any
> complaints received against them, and require them to
> post the ILO Declaration of Fundamental Principles and
> Rights at Work in every domestic and foreign facility.
> Security Arrangements Disclosure. Require U.S.
> companies operating abroad to disclose the existence
> of their security arrangements with state police and
> military forces or with third party military or
> paramilitary forces.
> Human Rights Policy Reports. Require U.S. companies
> operating abroad to report on their human rights
> policy, any complaints received from local
> communities, and any human rights lawsuits filed
> against them.
> Disclosure of Facilities, Subsidiaries and
> Contractors. Because the reporting requirements above
> rely on having a clear picture of where U.S. companies
> are operating abroad, require U.S. businesses to
> disclose the name and location of all their facilities
> abroad and all facilities maintained by their
> subsidiaries or contractors abroad. Such a reporting
> requirement builds on the current SEC disclosure
> requirement for the principal facilities of a
> corporation.
> Disclosure by Facilities, Subsidiaries and
> Contractors. U.S. corporations would be required to
> provide certain information concerning the
> environmental, labor and human rights practices of
> their subsidiaries and contractors abroad.
> Accounting Requirements. Require covered businesses to
> maintain detailed records of the information reported.
> Criminal/Civil Penalties for Non-Compliance. Allow
> government prosecution of businesses or individuals
> that fail to comply with the reporting provisions.
> Citizen Suits. Allow private citizens and
> organizations to sue violators and collect damages.
> Lisa Archer
> International Program, National Grassroots Field
> Organizer
> Friends of the Earth-United States
> 1025 Vermont Ave, NW
> Washington, DC 20005-6303
> 202-783-7400 ext. 111
> 202-783-0444 (fax)
> Note my new email address!:
> Dan Beeton
> Free Burma Coalition
> Washington Office
> 1101 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, #204
> Washington, DC 20003 USA
> (202) 547-5985 (ph)
> (202) 544-6118 (fax)

et ca? apres la merde de MOBUTU plutot proche aux francais et aux

Arrivé au pouvoir en mai 1997 suite à 32 ans de pillage du pays par le
kleptomane maréchal Mobutu, Laurent-Désiré Kabila représentait un espoir
pour la démocratisation et la reconstruction du pays, espoir qu'il s'est
acharné à détruire, installant un régime dictatorial, irrespectueux des
droits de l'homme, interdisant les partis politiques, multipliant
et exécutions. Arrivé au pouvoir avec le soutien du Rwanda et de
plutôt proches des USA,

=Communiqué à la presse du 17 janvier 2001 des Verts

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