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Professor ANDREW J. BACEVICH’S FOREIGN AFFAIRS’ ADVICE TO CANADA AND TO THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Sunday, 21 June 2015 09:58

By Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

On CBC Sunday morning,  Andrew J. Bacevich Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History, made at least  two key points: one  was related to the role of a small state such as Canada. The other was, if  the US wants to influence the Middle East, the US should  have policies  worth emulating.

 

INDEPENDENT ROLE FOR CANADA

 Andrew J. Bacevich stated quite clearly that Canada should play an independent role.  It is quite obvious that the Harper Government, since its inception, has relinquished Canada’s role as an independent country. As early as 2006, the Harper government indicated its early support for Israel by refusing to adopt the Declaration of a nuclear Arms Free Middle East. The Harper government has continued to demonstrate, its one-sided support for Israel and its opposition to the Palestine. Alan Baker, a former ambassador, has pointed out that the Harper government’s strong support for Israel is even out of sync with Canada’ s official stated policy:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/israel-middle-east/harper-governments-strong-israel-stance-not-matched-by-offical-foreign-affairs-polices-former-israeli-ambassador-saysff

 

In 2014, Harper even referred to the attack on Gaza as being a measured response;

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2014/07/19/pms_reaction_to_gaza_comes_under_fire.html

 

The latest action was the Harper government’s indicating it would use hate crime laws against Canadian groups that engage in the “Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Campaign, against Israel, in Canada.  

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-cites-hate-crime-laws-when-asked-about-its-zero-tolerance-for-israel-boycotters-1.3067497

Professor Bacevich, unaware of the Harper government’s position on Climate Change, suggested that an aspect of Canada independence could be to lead on climate change. Throughout the conference of the parties on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Chang, the Harper government has been receiving the c fossil fuel award 

For withdrawing from the Kyoto protocol, obstructing the resolve of the conference and for having weak targets based not on reductions from 1990 levels.

 

 

THE US AND ITS ALLIES MIGHTS BEWORTH EMULATING. IF THEY WERE PREPARED TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

Redefine what constitutes Security

 

Currently security is associated with `militarized security, human or collective security: all of which have; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The World We Want is impeded by the continuation of the world we do not want been discredited.

 

Perhaps concept of true security could be an extension of Olaf Palme`s concept of common security to embody the following objectives:

*     to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses (As agreed in Article 18 e Chapter 33, Agenda 21, UNCED) and the delegitimization of war

·     to create a global structure that respects the rule of law and the International Court of Justice;

·     to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, and ensure the right to development and social justice;

·       to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including labour rights, women’s rights civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, right to housing, right to safe drinking water and sewage, right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system;

·       to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, the reduction of the ecological footprint moving away from the current model of unsustainable and excessive overconsumption and from furthering the cult of war

 

AT THE SAME TIME AS DOING THE FOLLOWING;

 


A. Prevent war and conflict

B Avert Environmental Devastation and Health Problems

C. Cease Exploitative Trade

D Stave off Corporatism and Financial Institutions

t.com/ellen-brown/new-g20-bailin-rules-now-_b_6244394.html

E. End social injustice and violation of Human Rights

F. Abandon the disregard for the rule of international law and legal precedents

 

A

 PREVENT WAR AND CONFLICT

 

1. Delegitimize war- Given the social, environmental, health, human rights, economic consequences of war, under no conditions or circumstance is war legal or just.

 

2. End any attempt to undermine the international resolve to prevent the scourge of war; this would include not engaging in intimidation, in cajoling or in offering economic incentives in exchange for support, at the UN Security Council, for military interventions.

 

3. End the practice of invoking Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations rather than invoking Chapter VI - the peaceful resolutions of disputes – and refusing  to be judged by the International Court of Justice.

 

4. End the misconstruing of Article 51 (self-defence) of the Charter of the United Nations to justify premeditated non-provoked military aggression, or to use various such pretexts for invading other sovereign states.

 

5. End  the guises for military intervention "human security" (Iraq 1991), "Humanitarian intervention" (Kosovo, 1999), " “self-defence” (Afghanistan 2001), "Pre-emptive/ preventive" attack (Iraq, 2003) "Responsibility to Protect  (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011) or "will to intervene" (Mali, 2013)  

 

6. End the practice of mollifying public opposition to war  by couching aggressive acts in euphemistic "operations" such as "Operation Just Cause", "Operation Iraqi Freedom", "Operation Enduring Freedom

 

7. Stop ignoring the commitment to Reallocate military spending as agreed to under Chapter 33 16e  of Agenda 21, UNCED and under many previous commitment under UNGA resolutions and Declarations

 

8. Abandon the guise of the pre-emptive/preventive attack policy that has resulted in aggressive attacks on sovereign states and that has been in violation of the Article 2 of United Nations and international law as being the 'supreme' international crime of a war of aggression.

 

9. End the disrespect for the jurisdiction and decisions of the International Court of Justice.

 

10. End  occupation of sovereign states. 

 

11. End the trumping of health, environment, civil and political and human rights for the sake of "militarized security, 

 

12. End the practice of targeting or assisting in the assassination of leaders of other sovereign states, and of engaging in "regime change". 

 

13. End the destabilization of states and regions through the sale of arms, including through the guise of "foreign aid’ or through infiltration of NGOs, such as USAID, NED, Freedom House or through fundamentalist Christians in groups such as Operation Rescue.

 

14. End the production of land mines, as required in the convention against landmines and end the procrastination, by those responsible, to remove land mines from all areas of the world where land mines are known to exist.

 

15.End the reluctance of nuclear arms states to comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by failing to 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.). 

 

16 .End the production of all weapons of mass destruction including nuclear,  chemical, and biological, as agreed to in UNCHE in 1972, and in specific conventions. And discontinue the gutting of the Treaty on Cluster bombs and other arms reduction treaties 

 

17.Suffocate the production of uranium, end importing and exporting of uranium, prohibit the use of weapons such as those with depleted uranium and cluster and end the continued profit-making from the sale of arms and trade in small arms.

 

18. End "War Games" or "Military Exercises" such as Exercise Trident Fury or Northwest Training Range complex.

Prohibit propaganda for war as per International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), including establishing military bases, engaging in war games, producing and selling of armaments, and holding arms exhibition. End government investment in weapons systems: 

 

19. No longer oppose the implementation of regional nuclear arms free areas around the world. 

 

20. End the production, circulation and berthing of nuclear powered or nuclear arms-capable vessels throughout the world.

 

21. End the disregard for the obligations under the 1967 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].

 

22. Repeal the Patriot Act and Anti-Terrorism Act because they violate civil and political rights, and results in racial profiling.

 

23 .End the practice of "rendering"- sending "persons of interests" to countries which are known to condone torture.

 

24. End the refusal to be judged by an international tribunal for any actions that might be deemed to violate international law related to crimes against the peace, to war crimes, or to genocide.

 

25. End the misuse of UN "peacekeeping" forces to clean up aggressive acts of destruction and occupation caused by other states.

 

26. End the discriminatory application of the ICC investigations “Some states are see to be more Equal than others”

 

27. Close and convert, to peaceful purposes, all foreign military bases in sovereign states around the world.

 

28. End the reluctance to abide by the 1975 Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of humanity.

 

29. End the use of weapons that are prohibited under Article 36, which reads. 

In the study, development, acquisition or adoption of a new weapons, means or method of warfare, states are under an obligation to determine whether its employment would, in some or all circumstances, be prohibited by this Protocol or by any other rule of international law (Art 36. New weapons provision) Also in the additional Geneva protocol there are imposed limitations on the development of new weapons.Determine whether drones are prohibited by the Geneva Protocol on prohibited weapons

 

 

30. Demilitarize the economy by reallocating resources presently committed to military purposes to provide for the needs of citizens to pass on the peace dividend to the developing countries as undertaken through numerous UN Conference Action Plans and UN General Assembly Resolutions and Declarations.

 

31. End misplaced spending priorities: on militarism, on adulterated unsafe food, on production of products and substances harmful to the environment and human health, and redirecting budgetary expenses to eradicate poverty.

 

32. Prohibit environmental modification techniques as per

Convention prohibiting environmental modification techniques (ENMOD), 1976

 

33. End the disregard for the UNESCO Declaration  that affirms that science and technology should be used in peace and for the benefit of humanity

 

AVERTING ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION AND HEALTH PROBLEMS

 

*End the reluctance to consider the fundamental question of whether there is really a need for proposals tat may be detrimental to the environment. For example, there is the presumption that we need more and more energy rather than questioning this need.

 

*abandon the failure to stress the necessity of conservation and preservation of nature such as the obligation to  conserve and sustainably use biological diversity for the benefit of present and future generations, (preamble, Convention of Biological Diversity, UNCED, 1992)

 

34. End the exploitation of Nature affirmed in 1982 World Charter of Nature: every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of its worth to humans, and to accord other organisms such recognition, humans must be guided by a moral code of action,

 

35 Eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, particularly in industrialized countries; this pattern has contributed to poverty, to theinequitable distribution of resources within countries and between countries, has increased the vulnerability to natural disasters and has threaten the well-being of future generations.

 

 

36.Reduce the ecological footprint, as required in Habitat II, that has contributed to a socially inequitable and environmentally unsound world; end the conversion of nature into a source of raw materials, and the practice of "built-in obsolescence"

 

37 .End the reluctance to invoke the precautionary principle - in the Rio Declaration, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and in the Law of the Seas- as a general and enforceable principle of law: where there is a threat of irreversible harm the lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing measure to prevent the threat.

 

38. End the failure to comply with Art. 2 of the UNFCCC to stabilize greenhouse gases below a level of dangerous anthropogenic emissions.

 

 39...Phase out the use of fossil fuels, especially those from the unconventional sources such as the tar sands, reduce other greenhouse gas producing activities, ban fracking and end the substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions caused by methane gas resulting from the dependency on animal protein.

 

40. Discontinue the promoting of false "solutions" to climate change such as biofuels, large hydro projects, and nuclear energy which are not socially equitable and environmentally safe and sound renewable energy sources. Abandon the market based proposal of the so-called Green Economy that commodities nature

 

41. End the failure of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to investigate and estimate the full impact of greenhouse gas emissions by the military, and to demand that each state release information related to the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of all militarism, from military exercises, war games, weapons testing, military aviation troop transfer, military operations, and waste generation, to reconstruction after acts of violent interventions etc.

 

42.End the practice of member states relying not on the emerging scientific data, but on the IPCC 2007 report which was based on 2004 and 2005 data The emerging data now indicates the urgency of keeping the rise in temperature below the dangerous level of 1°C, [which is the point at which global systems on land, water and air will be so affected as to create vicious feedback cycles and destabilise many ecosystems and human societies]; whereas the IPCC 2007 Report had indicated that 2 degrees was the safe threshold. The emerging scientific data also indicates that there are more serious climate-induced events than anticipated in the 2007 IPCC Report.

 

43. End the climate injustice of using the atmospheric space of developing countries, and refusing to pay compensation

 

44. End the misappropriation of agricultural land for the growing of biofuel and contributing to food insecurity, and prohibit the purchase and use of land for biofuels to serve foreign markets and undermine food security.

 

45. End the strategy of substituting proposals of adaption to or offsetting of climate change rather than seriously addressing the issue of preventing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

46. Prevent Natec’s- natural disasters caused by technology or technological disasters caused by natural disasters and not rely on after-the fact attempts to reduce or mitigate disasters.

 

47. Ban, through the invoking the precautionary principle, the

production and distribution of genetically engineered food and crops,

the practice of biopiracy of genes of indigenous peoples, the dumping of GE food and adventitious materials [living modified organisms] on developing countries. And remove off the shelves all processed foods containing genetically engineered material.

 

48. Ban Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which are 

bio- accumulative and toxic, and are capable of traveling long distances from their original source.

 

49. End the violating the transboundary principle that holds that states shall be held legally responsible for any pollution, in other states, caused by activities under their own jurisdiction. The transboundary principle is in the Rio Declaration, and in the Laws of the Seas:

Under Art 194 2 of the Law of the Sea is the obligation

To  take all measures necessary to ensure that activities under their jurisdiction or control are so conducted as not to cause damage by pollution to other States and their environment, and that pollution arising from incidents or activities under their jurisdiction or control does not spread beyond the areas where they exercise sovereign rights in accordance with this Convention. (Art. 194. 2., Law of the Seas, 1982) 

 

 

-Prohibit Seabed mining.

 

 

50. End the practice of causing environmental devastation and then relying on restorative or clean-up technologies to remediate the environmental destruction rather than taking the preventive approach so as to avoid costly and inadequate subsequent measures to "rehabilitate" the site.

 

51. End unsustainable forest management, the conversion of forests into agricultural land and the expansion of large-scale agro-industrial monocultures for food, fibre and, increasingly, energy. End the land grab of land, by developed states, in developing states

 

52. End land degradation, soil erosion, salinization, water logging, and soil pollution, which contribute to loss of soil fertility and food security.and prevent desertification

 

 

 

 

53. Prohibit the practice, by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in violating the principle that a regulator must not be a promoter, of promoting civil nuclear energy.

 

54. Phase out the use of civil nuclear energy, and refuse to accept nuclear energy as the solution to climate change and delete Article IV of the NPT which bestows the inalienable right of states to access so-called "peaceful` use of nuclear energy.

 

55...Prevent the relocation and transfer to other States of any activities and substances that cause severe environmental degradation or are found to be harmful to human health. (Principle 14 Rio Declaration, 1992)

 

56. End the defiance by industrialized states, of principle 7 of the 1992 Rio Declaration which was adopted by all states at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). This principle states that:

``States shall cooperate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth's ecosystem. In view of the different contributions to global environmental degradation, States have common but differentiated responsibilities. (Principle 7, Rio Declaration)

 

57. End environmentally induced diseases, address the social determinant of health problems- such as poverty, and provide universal access to a publicly-funded not-for-profit health non-two tier health care system.

 

58 End the lack of commitment to ensure, as agreed in Habitat II, that Corporations, including transnational corporations, comply with international law, including international environmental law

 

59. End the use of the notion of ‘prior consent" to persuade the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable countries or communities within developed countries to accept the dumping of products and substances that are potentially harmful to the environment and human health. End the ruse of using extraterritorialism. -what right do we have to impose our higher standards on a developing country with lower standards. the dumping of mine tailing in lakes and other waterways. 

 

60. Prevent Pharmaceutical collusion between university and Pharmaceutical corporations. And end the policy of permitting Universities to sell products of research to corporations

 

61.End practice of the Pharmaceutical industry in creating new health problems to create market potential for new drugs

 

62.Prohibit the patenting of genes under the WTO TRIPS provision

 

63.End the misguided dependency on drugs when doctors fail to offer the possibility that change in life style could effectively address the health problem

 

64.Oppose the continued production and export of products that have been banned... or withdrawn

65.Prevent import of products banned or not yet approved in country of origin

 

C.

CEASING EXPLOITATIVE TRADE

 

66. End the undermining, by International Trade agreements, such as GATT, and the subsequent WTO, TPP, of measures which would advance and promote fossil fuel energy and which would promote socially inequitable environmentally unsafe and unsound energy, renewable energy, transportation, agriculture, forestry etc.

 

67 Dismantle or abrogate trade institutions and agreements, such as WTO and NAFTA, 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 and from environmental destruction.

 

68. End all proposals which will result, through the practice of harmonization of standards and regulations, in arriving at the lowest common denominator for health and environmental standards.

 

9. End the requirement of) "testing once" and (ii) "reliance on testing by the private sector". That if the private sector has already tested the substance or product, Environmental agencies would have to justify before congress if they want to test again.

(i) "Testing once" to eliminate redundancy by testing once so that if a product is tested in one of the three countries it does not have to be tested in the other two. This practice would undermine the ability of states to carry out their own tests and ban substances such as the banning by Canada of RBST or Bovine Growth Hormone in milk.

 

70. Abandon the IMF Structural Adjustment Program which has led to the violation of human rights, has exploited citizens in the developing world, which has resulted in years of privatization, and elimination of essential services throughout the world and has adversely impacted on vulnerable and indigenous peoples around the world.

 

D. 

STAVING OFFCORPORATISM AND 

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

 

D Stave off Corporatism and Financial Institutions

 

 

 

 

71. End the privatization, including Public Private Partnerships, of public services such as water, sewage and health care, and end the opposition to the affirmation that the access to water is a human right.

 

72. End corporate funding of education, including the corporate direction of research, and opposing end the opposition to the principle that research must be arms-length and not tied to corporations.

 

73. Enforce the international commitment made to ensure that corporations, including transnational corporations, comply with international law including international environmental law. 

And oppose corporate "voluntary compliance",

 

74. End the subsidizing and investing, of public funds, in corporations that have developed weapons of mass destruction and "conventional arms" that have violated human rights that have denied social justice, that have exploited workers, and that have destroyed the environment.

 

75. Revoke charters of corporations, including transnational

corporations, which have engaged in activities that impact on health

and environment, including on the right to food, and right to water; end the legal fiction that the corporate form has constitutional rights as a person and prohibit corporate funding of political parties.

 

76. Phase out sunset industries-ones that are harmful to human health and the environment and institute a fair and just transition for workers and communities affected by the phase out, and end the lucrative profits made on money trading...

 

77.End the egregious practice of derivatives and other banking schemes, and end the support of non-cooperative and non-community banks

 

78.End the bail-out of corporations and banks under the guise of their being "too big to fail", and end the reclassifying of function, by financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs in order to take advantage of the bail -out

 

79.Prohibit the centralization of banks and the egregious funny money banking systems and abandon the capitalist, exploitative, competitive economic model, and prohibit corporate funding of politicians,

 

*renounce support for the g20  egregious “bail-in” banking scheme to take deposits and pensions

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-brown/new-g20-bailin-rules-now-_b_6244394.html

 

80. End shifting, by corporations, of their addresses offshore to lower their taxes, and end the evading, by corporations, of criminal charges by spinning off their companies.

 

E.

END SOCIAL INJUSTICE AND VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

 

81 Eliminate the widening gap between the developed and the developing countries and ensure steadily accelerating economic and social development and peace and justice for present and future generation... (Preamble, Declaration on the Establishment of a new international economic order, 1974)

 

82. Cancel Third World debt. And end the reluctance to implement the long-standing international commitment to transfer .7% of the GDP for overseas development aid (ODA) 

 

83 End the practice of send arms as ODA and end the extension of active assistance to developing countries tied, political or military conditions. and cancel third world debt

 

84.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.

 

85.End the violation of human rights including labour rights, civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing, right to water right to sewage treatment, right to a universally accessible, not-for-profit health care system, right to education and social justice.

 

86.End the denial of the labour right to strike, of the right to have collective bargaining, 

 

87 End the denial of the requirement of equal pay for work of equal value

 

85. End the redefinition of Torture and thus the violating of the Convention against Torture through Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 

 

86 End the practice of rendition of citizens and failure to abide by the Geneva Conventions.

 

87. End cruel and inhumane punishment such as capital punishment, which violates accepted international norms.

 

89. End the discrimination against immigrants, and refugees and against Migrant Workers and their Families; and to revoke the Secure Fence Act and end the unconscionable wall between the United States and Mexico. Tear down walls and the wall in Israel/

 

90. Abandon the no-fly`` list, and no-cross boarder lists.

 

91Oppose Strategic Law suits Against Public Participation (“SLAPP) suits" against public participation. 

 

92 End the targeting, intimidating and discriminating against activists on the grounds of political and other opinion (a listed ground in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).

 

93. End 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", and condemn dispensationalist "end times" scenario which has serious irreversible consequences. And has led to the undermining of other established beliefs and practices

 

94. End the practice of ending speeches with the invocation of God Bless a country

F

ABIDIING BY INTERNATIONAL LAW. 

 

95 End the defiance of the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of civilians, and respect international human rights and humanitarian law.

96. End unilateralism and affirm a commitment to multilateralism and oppose unilateral actions that undermine global common security.

97. End current irreversible practices that will violate the rights of future generation intergenerational equity includes the rights of future generations to their cultural, natural heritage and to a safe environment.

98. End the US position of refusing to respect the jurisdiction of the international Court of Justice in terms of revenge through military intervention and to instead seek justice through the International Court of Justice.

99. End US reluctance to do the following: 

I to ratify the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

2 to ratify the international Convention for the Elimination of all Forms 

of Discrimination Against Women and its protocol

3. To ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity

4 to ratify the Kyoto Protocol

5 to ratify the Convention on the rights of migrant Workers and their families

6. to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child 

7. to ratify the International Covenant of Social economic, and Cultural Rights

8. to ratify the Optional Protocols of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 

9. to abide by the Convention Against Torture

10. to abide by the Geneva protocols on prohibited weapons

11. and to sign and ratify the Convention for the Banning of Landmines,

11to sign and ratify all Geneva Protocols, including Protocol V, which requires the removal of remnants of war

12 to invoke the precautionary principle, which appears in the Rio Declaration, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, as a general and enforceable principle of law

 

 

 

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Joan Russow Global Compliance research Project

 

The theme of Rio+20 was" the future we Want" . In 2015  the United Nations is linking the MDGS and SDGs in Conferences that will continue the theme of "the future we want."  The question arises can we have the future we want without proscribing the future we do not want. Is it possible to have sustainability within a world of predominantly unsustainable institutes and practices without concurrently eliminating these practices? To achieve the future we want we must 

 

A. Prevent war and conflict

B Avert Environmental Devastation and Health Problems

C. Cease Exploitative Trade

D Stave off Corporatism and Financial Institutions

E. Guarantee social Justice and Human Rights

F Abide by International Law

 

 

 

.A

PREVENTING WAR AND CONFLICT

 

1..Delegitimize war- Given the social, environmental, health, human rights, economic consequences of war, under no conditions or circumstance is war legal or just.

 

2.End any attempt to undermine the international resolve to prevent the scourge of war; this would include not engaging in intimidation, in cajoling or in offering economic incentives in exchange for support for military interventions.

 

3.End the reluctance to abide by the 1975 Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of humanity.

 

4.Reallocate military spending as agreed to under Chapter 33 16e  of Agenda 21, UNCED

 

5.End the misconstruing of Article 51 (self-defence) of the Charter of the United Nations to justify premeditated non-provoked military aggression, or to use various such pretexts for invading other sovereign states.

 

6.Abandon the guise of the pre-emptive/preventive attack policy that has resulted in aggressive attacks on sovereign states and that has been in violation of the Article 2 of United Nations and international law as being the 'supreme' international crime of a war of aggression.

 

7.End the practice of invoking Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations rather than invoking Chapter VI - the peaceful resolutions of disputes - and be prepared to be judged by the International Court of Justice.

 

8.End the practice of disrespecting of the jurisdiction and decisions of the International Court of Justice.

9. Withdraw immediately from any military involvement and occupation of sovereign states. 

 

10.End the trumping of health, environment, civil and political and human rights for the sake of "security, power and profit.

 

11.End the use of "human security" which has been extended to "humanitarian intervention", and used along with the "responsibility to protect" or with right to intervene with a view to justifying military intervention in other states. 

 

12. End the failure to embrace "common security" as defined in the 1982  report on prepared by Olof Palme, and which entrench peremptory norms related to the preventing war and conflict, guaranteeing human rights, protecting the environment, and ensuring social justice.

 

13 .Discontinue the propping up and financing of military dictators and abandon the long standing policy enunciated against Somoza "he’s a bastard but he is our bastard".

 

 

14.End the practice of targeting or assisting in the assassination of leaders of other sovereign states, and of engaging in "regime change". 

 

15. End the practice of mollifying public opposition by couching aggressive acts in euphemistic "operations" such as "Operation Just Cause", "Operation Iraqi Freedom", "Operation Enduring Freedom",

 

15.End the destabilization of states and regions through the sale of arms, including through the guise of "foreign aid’ or through infiltration of NGOs, such as USAID, NED, Freedom House or through fundamentalist Christians in groups such as Operation Rescue.

 

16.End the production of land mines, as required in the convention against landmine and end the procrastination, by those responsible, to remove land mines from all areas of the world where land mines are known to exist.

 

17.End the reluctance of nuclear arms states to comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by failing to 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.). 

 

18 .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. And discontinue the gutting of the Treaty on Cluster bombs

 

19.Suffocate the production of uranium, end importing and exporting of uranium, prohibit the use of weapons such as those with depleted uranium and cluster and end the continued profit-making from the sale of arms and trade in small arms.

 

20.Disband NATO for its disregard of the international rule of law, including the objective of the Charter of the United Nations, and the Convention against Torture.

 

21.Prohibit propaganda for war (ICCPR), including establishing military bases, engaging in war games, producing and selling of armaments, and holding arms exhibunequal treatment of the states itions. End government investment in weapons systems

 

22.End the that possess nuclear weapons or nuclear weapon capabilities such as the destabilizing impact of the Middle East as a result of the possession of nuclear weapons by Israel.

 

3.End the disregard for the obligations under the 1967 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].

 

24 Repeal the Patriot Act and Anti-Terrorism Act because they violate civil and political rights, and results in racial profiling.

 

25 .End the practice of "rendering"- sending "persons of interests" to countries which are known to condone torture.

 

26.End the refusal to be judged by an international tribunal for any actions that might be deemed to violate international law related to crimes against the peace, to war crimes, or to genocide.

 

27.End the misuse of UN "peacekeeping" forces to clean up aggressive acts of destruction and occupation caused by other states.

 

28 Close and convert, to peaceful purposes, all foreign military bases in sovereign states around the world.

 

29.End the production, circulation and berthing of nuclear powered or nuclear arms-capable vessels throughout the world.

 

30. End "War Games" or "Military Exercises" such as Exercise Trident Fury or Northwest Training Range complex.

 

31 .Discontinue the propping up and financing of military dictators and abandon the long standing policy enunciated against Somoza "he’s a bastard but he is our bastard".

 

32 .Demilitarize the economy by reallocating resources presently committed to military purposes to provide for the needs of citizens to pass on the peace dividend to the developing countries as undertaken through numerous UN Conference Action Plans and UN General Assembly Resolutions and Declarations.

 

33.End misplaced spending priorities: on militarism, on adulterated unsafe food, on production of products and substances harmful to the environment and human health, and redirecting budgetary expenses to eradicate poverty.

 

AVERTING ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION AND HEALTH PROBLEMS

 

34.End the exploitation of Nature  and recognize rights of nature  in 1982 World Charter of Nature; every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of its worth to humans, and to accord other organisms such recognition's, humans must be guided by a moral code of action,

 

35 Eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, particularly in industrialized countries; this pattern has contributed to poverty, to the inequitable distribution of resources within countries and between countries, has increased the vulnerability to natural disasters and has threaten the well-being of future generations.

 

36. Reduce  the ecological footprint, as required in Habitat II, that has contributed to a socially inequitable and environmentally unsound world; end the conversion of nature into a source of raw materials, and the practice of "built-in obsolescence"

 

37 .End the reluctance to invoke the precautionary principle - in the Rio Declaration, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Framework Convention on Climate Change- as a general and enforceable principle of law: where there is a threat of irreversible harm the lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing measure to prevent the threat. End the misapplication of the precautionary principle by stating; we do not have to wai until there is scientific  certainty of SAFETY to make a decision

 

38.End the application of the reverse onus strategy which places the onus not on the proponent of an intervention to prove safety but on the opponent, to demonstrate harm.

 

39. Prevent Natechs- natural disasters caused by technology or technological disasters caused by natural disasters and not rely on after-the fact attempts to reduce or mitigate disasters.

 

40. Ban, through the invoking the precautionary principle, the

production and distribution of genetically engineered food and crops,

the practice of biopiracy of genes of indigenous peoples, the dumping of GE food and adventitious materials [living modified organisms] on developing countries. And remove off the shelves all processed foods containing genetically engineered material.

 

41 End the destruction of biodiversity and the disregard for obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity to invoke the precautionary principle and not have to wait until there is scientific certainty of loss of biodiversity to prevent the loss

 

42.Ban Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which are bioaccumulative and toxic, and are capable of traveling .long distances from their original source.

 

43 .Prosecute countries for violating the transboundary principle that holds that states shall be held legally responsible for any pollution, in other states, caused by activities under their own jurisdiction.

 

44. End the practice of causing environmental devastation and then relying on restorative or clean-up technologies to remediate the environmental destruction rather than taking the preventive approach so as to avoid costly and inadequate subsequent measures to "rehabilitate" the site.

 

45.End the unsustainable forest management, the conversion of forests into agricultural land and the expansion of large-scale agro-industrial monocultures for food, fibre and, increasingly, energy. End the land grab of land, for biofuel,   by developed states, in developing states

 

* End deforestation

 

46.End land degradation, soil erosion, salinization, water logging, and soil pollution, which contribute to loss of soil fertility.

 

47. End the strategy of substituting proposals of adaption to or offsetting of climate change rather than seriously addressing the issue of preventing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

48. Phase out the use of fossil fuels, especially those from the unconventional sources such as the tar sands, reduce other greenhouse gas producing activities, ban fracking and end the substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions caused by methane gas resulting from the dependency on animal protein.

 

49. Discontinue the promoting of false "solutions" to climate change such as biofuels, large hydro projects, and nuclear energy which are not socially equitable and environmentally safe and sound renewable energy sources. Abandon the market based proposal of the so-called Green Economy that could lead to the  commodifying  nature

 

50. End the failure of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to investigate and estimate the full impact of greenhouse gas emissions by the military, and to demand that each state release information related to the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of all militarism, from military exercises, war games, weapons testing, military aviation troop transfer, military operations, and waste generation, to reconstruction after acts of violent interventions etc.

 

51. End the practice of member states relying not on the emerging scientific data, but on the IPCC 2007 report which was based on 2004 and 2005 data The emerging data now indicates the urgency of keeping the rise in temperature below the dangerous level of 1°C, [which is the point at which global systems on land, water and air will be so affected as to create vicious feedback cycles and destabilise many ecosystems and human societies]; whereas the IPCC 2007 Report had indicated that 2 degrees was the safe threshold. The emerging scientific data also indicates that there are more serious climate-induced events than anticipated in the 2007 IPCC Report.

 

52. End the climate injustice of using the atmospheric space of developing countries, and refusing to pay compensation

 

53. End the misappropriation of agricultural land for the growing of biofuel and contributing to food insecurity, and prohibit the purchase and use of land for biofuels to serve foreign markets and undermine food security.

 

54. Prohibit the practice, by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in violating the principle that a regulator must not be a promoter, of promoting civil nuclear energy.

 

55. Abandon the use of civil nuclear energy, and refuse to accept nuclear energy as the solution to climate change and delete Article IV of the NPT which bestows the inalienable right of states to access so-called "peaceful` use of nuclear energy.

 

56. Prevent the relocation and transfer to other States of any activities and substances that cause severe environmental degradation or are found to be harmful to human health. (Principle 14 Rio Declaration, 1992)

 

57. End the defiance by industrialized states, of principle 7 of the 1992 Rio Declaration which was adopted by all states at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). This principle states that:

``States shall cooperate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth's ecosystem. In view of the different contributions to global environmental degradation, States have common but differentiated responsibilities. (Principle 7, Rio Declaration)

 

58. Prevent  environmentally induced diseases, stop ignoring the social determinants of health problems- such as poverty/ environmentally  induced diseases, etc and end the denigration universal access to a publicly-funded not-for-profit health non-two tier health care system.

 

59 End the lack of commitment to ensure, as agreed in Habitat II, that Corporations, including transnational corporations, comply with international law, including international environmental law

 

60. End the use of the notion of ‘prior consent" to persuade the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities within developed countries  and in  developing countries to accept the dumping of products and substances that are potentially harmful to the environment and human health. End the ruse of using extraterritorialism. -what right do we have to impose our higher standards on a developing country with lower standards

And end the disregard for indigenous peoples by abiding by  Article 19 in UNDRIP   which requires  free prior consent  of indigenous people for use of their territories and end the claim that consent does not really mean consent.

 

61. End  collusion between universities and Pharmaceutical corporations. And end the policy of permitting Universities to sell products of research to corporations

 

62. End the practice used by the Pharmaceutical aided by  public relation firms  industries of inventing new health problems to create market potential for new drugs

 

62.Prohibit the patenting of genes under the WTO TRIPS provision

 

63.End the misguided dependency on drugs when doctors fail to offer the possibility that change in life style could effectively address the health problem

 

64.Oppose the continued production and export of products that have been banned... or withdrawn in country of origin being dumped  on other countries

 

C

CEASING EXPLOITATIVE TRADE

 

66.End the undermining, by International Trade agreements, such as GATT, and the subsequent WTO, of measures which would advance and promote socially equitable environmentally safe and sound renewable energy, transportation, agriculture, forestry etc.

 

67 Dismantle or abrogate trade institutions and agreements, such as WTO and NAFTA, 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 profor fiting from war and from environmental destruction. End the negotiations of TTP, CETA and other emerging trade agreements ; All of which should be declared null and void for violating international peremptory norms

 

68.End all proposals which will result, through the practice of harmonization of standards and regulations, in arriving at the lowest common denominator for health and environmental standards.

 

69.End the requirement of) "testing once" and (ii) "reliance on testing by the private sector". That if the private sector has already tested the substance or product, Environmental agencies would have to justify before congress if they want to test again.

(i) "Testing once" to eliminate redundancy by testing once so that if a product is tested in one of the three countries it does not have to be tested in the other two. This practice would undermine the ability of states to carry out their own tests and ban substances such as the banning by Canada of RBST or Bovine Growth Hormone in milk.

 

70.Abandon the IMF Structural Adjustment Program which has led to the violation of human rights, has exploited citizens in the developing world, which has resulted in years of privatization, and elimination of essential services throughout the world and has adversely impacted on vulnerable and indigenous peoples around the world.

 

D. 

STAVING OFFCORPORATISM AND 

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

 

 71.End the privatization, including Public Private Partnerships, of public services such as water, sewage and health care, and end the opposition to the affirmation that the access to water is a human right.

 

72.End corporate funding of education, including the corporate direction of research, and end the opposition to the principle that research must be arms-length and not tied to corporations.

 

73. ¬¬¬¬¬¬End the reluctance to enforce the international commitment made to ensure that corporations, including transnational corporations, comply with international law 

And oppose corporate "voluntary compliance",

 

74. End the subsidizing and investing, of public funds, in corporations that have developed weapons of mass destruction and "conventional arms" that have violated human rights that have denied social justice, that have exploited workers, and that have destroyed the environment.

 

75. Revoke charters of corporations, including transnational

corporations, which have engaged in activities that impact on health

and environment, including on the right to food, and right to water; end the legal fiction that the corporate form has constitutional rights as a person and prohibit corporate funding of political parties.

 

76.Phase out sunset industries-ones that are harmful to human health and the environment and institute a fair and just transition for workers and communities affected by the phase out, and end the lucrative profits made on money trading..

 

77.End the egregious practice of derivatives and other banking schemes, and end the support of non-cooperative and non-community banks

 

78.End the bail-out of corporations and banks under the guise of their being "too big to fail", and end the reclassifying of function, by financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs in order to take advantage of the bail -out

 

79.Prohibit the centralization of banks and the egregious funny money banking systems and abandon the capitalist, exploitative, competitive economic model, and prohibit corporate funding of politicians,

 

80. End the shifting, by corporations, of their addresses offshore to lower their taxes, and end the evading, by corporations, of criminal charges by spinning off their companies.

 

E. 

GUARANTEEING SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

 

81 Eliminate the widening gap between the developed and the developing countries and ensure steadily accelerating economic and social development and peace and justice for present and future generation... (Preamble, Declaration on the Establishment of a new international economic order, 1974)

 

82.Cancel Third World debt. And end the reluctance to implement the long-standing international commitment to transfer .7% of the GDP for overseas development aid (ODA) 

 

83 End the practice of sending arms as ODA and end the extension of active assistance to developing countries tied, political or military conditions. 

 

84.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.

 

85.End the violation of human rights including labour rights, civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing, right to water right to sewage treatment, right to a universally accessible, not-for-profit health care system, right to education and social justice.

 

86.End the denial of the labour right to strike, and  of the right to have collective bargaining, 

 

87 End the denial of the requirement of equal pay for work of equal value

 

85.End the redefinition of Torture and thus the violating of the Convention against Torture through Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, And include in “state terrorism” in the definition of terrorism

 

86 End the practice of rendition of citizens and failure to abide by the Geneva Conventions.

 

87.End cruel and inhumane punishment such as capital punishment, which violates accepted international norms.

 

89. End the discrimination against immigrants, and refugees and against Migrant Workers and their Families; and to revoke the Secure Fence Act and end the unconscionable wall between the United States and Mexico. Tear down walls and the wall in Israel/

 

90.Abandon the no-fly`` list, and no-cross boarder lists.

 

91. Oppose Strategic Law suits Against Public Participation ( "SLAPP) suits" against public participation. 

 

92.  End the targeting, intimidating and discriminating against activists on the grounds of political and other opinion (a listed ground in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).

 

93. End all 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", and condemn dispensationalist "end times" scenario which has serious irreversible consequences. And has led to the undermining of other established beliefs and practices

 

94. End the practice of ending speeches with the invocation of God BLess a country

 

F.

ABANDON THE DISREGARD FOR THE RULE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND LEGAL PRECEDENTS

 

 

95. End the defiance of the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of civilians, and respect international human rights and humanitarian law.

ANDREW J. BACEVICH’S  FOREIGN AFFAIRS’ ADVICE TO CANADA AND TO THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES

BY Joan Russow PhD

Global Compliance Research Project

On CBC Sunday morning,  Andrew J. Bacevich Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History, made at least  two key points: one  was related to the role of a small state such as Canada. The other was, if  the US wants to influence the Middle East, the US should be a  have policies  worth emulating.

 

INDEPENDENT ROLE FOR CANADA

 Andrew J. Bacevich stated quite clearly that Canada should play an independent role.  It is quite obvious that the Harper Government, since its inception, has relinquished Canada’s role as an independent country. As early as 2006, the Harper government indicated its early support for Israel by refusing to adopt the Declaration of a nuclear Arms Free Middle East. The Harper government has continued to demonstrate, its one-sided support for Israel and its opposition to the Palestine. Alan Baker, a former ambassador, has pointed out that the Harper government’s strong support for Israel is even out of sync with Canada’ s official stated policy:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/israel-middle-east/harper-governments-strong-israel-stance-not-matched-by-offical-foreign-affairs-polices-former-israeli-ambassador-saysff

 

 In 2014, Harper even referred to the attack on Gaza as being a measured response;

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2014/07/19/pms_reaction_to_gaza_comes_under_fire.html

 

The latest action was the Harper government’s indicating it would use hate crime laws against Canadian groups that engage in the “Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Campaign, against Israel, in Canada.  

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-cites-hate-crime-laws-when-asked-about-its-zero-tolerance-for-israel-boycotters-1.3067497

Professor Bacevich, unaware of the Harper government’s position on Climate Change, suggested that an aspect of Canada independence could be to lead on climate change. Throughout the conference of the parties on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Chang, the Harper government has been receiving the c fossil fuel award 

For withdrawing from the Kyoto protocol, obstructing the resolve of the conference and for having weak targets based not on reductions from 1990 levels.

 

 

THE US AND ITS ALLIES MIGHTS BEWORTH EMULATING. IF THEY WERE PREPARED TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

Redefine what constitutes Security

 

Currently security is associated with `militarized security, human or collective security: all of which have; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The World We Want is impeded by the continuation of the world we do not want been discredited.

 

Perhaps concept of true security could be an extension of Olaf Palme`s concept of common security to embody the following objectives:

*     to achieve a state of peace, and disarmament; through reallocation of military expenses (As agreed in Article 18 e Chapter 33, Agenda 21, UNCED) and the delegitimization of war

·     to create a global structure that respects the rule of law and the International Court of Justice;

·     to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment, and ensure the right to development and social justice;

·       to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including labour rights, women’s rights civil and political rights, indigenous rights, social and cultural rights – right to food, right to housing, right to safe drinking water and sewage, right to education and right to universally accessible not for profit health care system;

·       to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment, the respect for the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, the reduction of the ecological footprint moving away from the current model of unsustainable and excessive overconsumption and from furthering the cult of war

 

AT THE SAME TIME AS DOING THE FOLLOWING;

 


A. Prevent war and conflict

B Avert Environmental Devastation and Health Problems

C. Cease Exploitative Trade

D Stave off Corporatism and Financial Institutions

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E. End social injustice and violation of Human Rights

F. Abandon the disregard for the rule of international law and legal precedents

 

A

 PREVENT WAR AND CONFLICT

 

1. Delegitimize war- Given the social, environmental, health, human rights, economic consequences of war, under no conditions or circumstance is war legal or just.

 

2. End any attempt to undermine the international resolve to prevent the scourge of war; this would include not engaging in intimidation, in cajoling or in offering economic incentives in exchange for support, at the UN Security Council, for military interventions.

 

3. End the practice of invoking Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations rather than invoking Chapter VI - the peaceful resolutions of disputes – and refusing  to be judged by the International Court of Justice.

 

4. End the misconstruing of Article 51 (self-defence) of the Charter of the United Nations to justify premeditated non-provoked military aggression, or to use various such pretexts for invading other sovereign states.

 

5. End  the guises for military intervention "human security" (Iraq 1991), "Humanitarian intervention" (Kosovo, 1999), " “self-defence” (Afghanistan 2001), "Pre-emptive/ preventive" attack (Iraq, 2003) "Responsibility to Protect  (Haiti, 2004, Libya, 2011) or "will to intervene" (Mali, 2013)  

 

6. End the practice of mollifying public opposition to war  by couching aggressive acts in euphemistic "operations" such as "Operation Just Cause", "Operation Iraqi Freedom", "Operation Enduring Freedom

 

7. Stop ignoring the commitment to Reallocate military spending as agreed to under Chapter 33 16e  of Agenda 21, UNCED and under many previous commitment under UNGA resolutions and Declarations

 

8. Abandon the guise of the pre-emptive/preventive attack policy that has resulted in aggressive attacks on sovereign states and that has been in violation of the Article 2 of United Nations and international law as being the 'supreme' international crime of a war of aggression.

 

9. End the disrespect for the jurisdiction and decisions of the International Court of Justice.

 

10. End  occupation of sovereign states. 

 

11. End the trumping of health, environment, civil and political and human rights for the sake of "militarized security, 

 

12. End the practice of targeting or assisting in the assassination of leaders of other sovereign states, and of engaging in "regime change". 

 

13. End the destabilization of states and regions through the sale of arms, including through the guise of "foreign aid’ or through infiltration of NGOs, such as USAID, NED, Freedom House or through fundamentalist Christians in groups such as Operation Rescue.

 

14. End the production of land mines, as required in the convention against landmines and end the procrastination, by those responsible, to remove land mines from all areas of the world where land mines are known to exist.

 

15.End the reluctance of nuclear arms states to comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by failing to 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.). 

 

16 .End the production of all weapons of mass destruction including nuclear,  chemical, and biological, as agreed to in UNCHE in 1972, and in specific conventions. And discontinue the gutting of the Treaty on Cluster bombs and other arms reduction treaties 

 

17.Suffocate the production of uranium, end importing and exporting of uranium, prohibit the use of weapons such as those with depleted uranium and cluster and end the continued profit-making from the sale of arms and trade in small arms.

 

18. End "War Games" or "Military Exercises" such as Exercise Trident Fury or Northwest Training Range complex.

Prohibit propaganda for war as per International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), including establishing military bases, engaging in war games, producing and selling of armaments, and holding arms exhibition. End government investment in weapons systems: 

 

19. No longer oppose the implementation of regional nuclear arms free areas around the world. 

 

20. End the production, circulation and berthing of nuclear powered or nuclear arms-capable vessels throughout the world.

 

21. End the disregard for the obligations under the 1967 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].

 

22. Repeal the Patriot Act and Anti-Terrorism Act because they violate civil and political rights, and results in racial profiling.

 

23 .End the practice of "rendering"- sending "persons of interests" to countries which are known to condone torture.

 

24. End the refusal to be judged by an international tribunal for any actions that might be deemed to violate international law related to crimes against the peace, to war crimes, or to genocide.

 

25. End the misuse of UN "peacekeeping" forces to clean up aggressive acts of destruction and occupation caused by other states.

 

26. End the discriminatory application of the ICC investigations “Some states are see to be more Equal than others”

 

27. Close and convert, to peaceful purposes, all foreign military bases in sovereign states around the world.

 

28. End the reluctance to abide by the 1975 Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of humanity.

 

29. End the use of weapons that are prohibited under Article 36, which reads. 

In the study, development, acquisition or adoption of a new weapons, means or method of warfare, states are under an obligation to determine whether its employment would, in some or all circumstances, be prohibited by this Protocol or by any other rule of international law (Art 36. New weapons provision) Also in the additional Geneva protocol there are imposed limitations on the development of new weapons.Determine whether drones are prohibited by the Geneva Protocol on prohibited weapons

 

 

30. Demilitarize the economy by reallocating resources presently committed to military purposes to provide for the needs of citizens to pass on the peace dividend to the developing countries as undertaken through numerous UN Conference Action Plans and UN General Assembly Resolutions and Declarations.

 

31. End misplaced spending priorities: on militarism, on adulterated unsafe food, on production of products and substances harmful to the environment and human health, and redirecting budgetary expenses to eradicate poverty.

 

32. Prohibit environmental modification techniques as per

Convention prohibiting environmental modification techniques (ENMOD), 1976

 

33. End the disregard for the UNESCO Declaration  that affirms that science and technology should be used in peace and for the benefit of humanity

 

AVERTING ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION AND HEALTH PROBLEMS

 

*End the reluctance to consider the fundamental question of whether there is really a need for proposals tat may be detrimental to the environment. For example, there is the presumption that we need more and more energy rather than questioning this need.

 

*abandon the failure to stress the necessity of conservation and preservation of nature such as the obligation to  conserve and sustainably use biological diversity for the benefit of present and future generations, (preamble, Convention of Biological Diversity, UNCED, 1992)

 

34. End the exploitation of Nature affirmed in 1982 World Charter of Nature: every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of its worth to humans, and to accord other organisms such recognition, humans must be guided by a moral code of action,

 

35 Eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, particularly in industrialized countries; this pattern has contributed to poverty, to theinequitable distribution of resources within countries and between countries, has increased the vulnerability to natural disasters and has threaten the well-being of future generations.

 

 

36.Reduce the ecological footprint, as required in Habitat II, that has contributed to a socially inequitable and environmentally unsound world; end the conversion of nature into a source of raw materials, and the practice of "built-in obsolescence"

 

37 .End the reluctance to invoke the precautionary principle - in the Rio Declaration, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and in the Law of the Seas- as a general and enforceable principle of law: where there is a threat of irreversible harm the lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing measure to prevent the threat.

 

38. End the failure to comply with Art. 2 of the UNFCCC to stabilize greenhouse gases below a level of dangerous anthropogenic emissions.

 

 39...Phase out the use of fossil fuels, especially those from the unconventional sources such as the tar sands, reduce other greenhouse gas producing activities, ban fracking and end the substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions caused by methane gas resulting from the dependency on animal protein.

 

40. Discontinue the promoting of false "solutions" to climate change such as biofuels, large hydro projects, and nuclear energy which are not socially equitable and environmentally safe and sound renewable energy sources. Abandon the market based proposal of the so-called Green Economy that commodities nature

 

41. End the failure of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to investigate and estimate the full impact of greenhouse gas emissions by the military, and to demand that each state release information related to the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of all militarism, from military exercises, war games, weapons testing, military aviation troop transfer, military operations, and waste generation, to reconstruction after acts of violent interventions etc.

 

42.End the practice of member states relying not on the emerging scientific data, but on the IPCC 2007 report which was based on 2004 and 2005 data The emerging data now indicates the urgency of keeping the rise in temperature below the dangerous level of 1°C, [which is the point at which global systems on land, water and air will be so affected as to create vicious feedback cycles and destabilise many ecosystems and human societies]; whereas the IPCC 2007 Report had indicated that 2 degrees was the safe threshold. The emerging scientific data also indicates that there are more serious climate-induced events than anticipated in the 2007 IPCC Report.

 

43. End the climate injustice of using the atmospheric space of developing countries, and refusing to pay compensation

 

44. End the misappropriation of agricultural land for the growing of biofuel and contributing to food insecurity, and prohibit the purchase and use of land for biofuels to serve foreign markets and undermine food security.

 

45. End the strategy of substituting proposals of adaption to or offsetting of climate change rather than seriously addressing the issue of preventing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

46. Prevent Natec’s- natural disasters caused by technology or technological disasters caused by natural disasters and not rely on after-the fact attempts to reduce or mitigate disasters.

 

47. Ban, through the invoking the precautionary principle, the

production and distribution of genetically engineered food and crops,

the practice of biopiracy of genes of indigenous peoples, the dumping of GE food and adventitious materials [living modified organisms] on developing countries. And remove off the shelves all processed foods containing genetically engineered material.

 

48. Ban Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which are 

bio- accumulative and toxic, and are capable of traveling long distances from their original source.

 

49. End the violating the transboundary principle that holds that states shall be held legally responsible for any pollution, in other states, caused by activities under their own jurisdiction. The transboundary principle is in the Rio Declaration, and in the Laws of the Seas:

Under Art 194 2 of the Law of the Sea is the obligation

To  take all measures necessary to ensure that activities under their jurisdiction or control are so conducted as not to cause damage by pollution to other States and their environment, and that pollution arising from incidents or activities under their jurisdiction or control does not spread beyond the areas where they exercise sovereign rights in accordance with this Convention. (Art. 194. 2., Law of the Seas, 1982) 

 

 

-Prohibit Seabed mining.

 

 

50. End the practice of causing environmental devastation and then relying on restorative or clean-up technologies to remediate the environmental destruction rather than taking the preventive approach so as to avoid costly and inadequate subsequent measures to "rehabilitate" the site.

 

51. End unsustainable forest management, the conversion of forests into agricultural land and the expansion of large-scale agro-industrial monocultures for food, fibre and, increasingly, energy. End the land grab of land, by developed states, in developing states

 

52. End land degradation, soil erosion, salinization, water logging, and soil pollution, which contribute to loss of soil fertility and food security.and prevent desertification

 

 

 

 

53. Prohibit the practice, by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in violating the principle that a regulator must not be a promoter, of promoting civil nuclear energy.

 

54. Phase out the use of civil nuclear energy, and refuse to accept nuclear energy as the solution to climate change and delete Article IV of the NPT which bestows the inalienable right of states to access so-called "peaceful` use of nuclear energy.

 

55...Prevent the relocation and transfer to other States of any activities and substances that cause severe environmental degradation or are found to be harmful to human health. (Principle 14 Rio Declaration, 1992)

 

56. End the defiance by industrialized states, of principle 7 of the 1992 Rio Declaration which was adopted by all states at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). This principle states that:

``States shall cooperate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth's ecosystem. In view of the different contributions to global environmental degradation, States have common but differentiated responsibilities. (Principle 7, Rio Declaration)

 

57. End environmentally induced diseases, address the social determinant of health problems- such as poverty, and provide universal access to a publicly-funded not-for-profit health non-two tier health care system.

 

58 End the lack of commitment to ensure, as agreed in Habitat II, that Corporations, including transnational corporations, comply with international law, including international environmental law

 

59. End the use of the notion of ‘prior consent" to persuade the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable countries or communities within developed countries to accept the dumping of products and substances that are potentially harmful to the environment and human health. End the ruse of using extraterritorialism. -what right do we have to impose our higher standards on a developing country with lower standards. the dumping of mine tailing in lakes and other waterways. 

 

60. Prevent Pharmaceutical collusion between university and Pharmaceutical corporations. And end the policy of permitting Universities to sell products of research to corporations

 

61.End practice of the Pharmaceutical industry in creating new health problems to create market potential for new drugs

 

62.Prohibit the patenting of genes under the WTO TRIPS provision

 

63.End the misguided dependency on drugs when doctors fail to offer the possibility that change in life style could effectively address the health problem

 

64.Oppose the continued production and export of products that have been banned... or withdrawn

65.Prevent import of products banned or not yet approved in country of origin

 

C.

CEASING EXPLOITATIVE TRADE

 

66. End the undermining, by International Trade agreements, such as GATT, and the subsequent WTO, TPP, of measures which would advance and promote fossil fuel energy and which would promote socially inequitable environmentally unsafe and unsound energy, renewable energy, transportation, agriculture, forestry etc.

 

67 Dismantle or abrogate trade institutions and agreements, such as WTO and NAFTA, 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 and from environmental destruction.

 

68. End all proposals which will result, through the practice of harmonization of standards and regulations, in arriving at the lowest common denominator for health and environmental standards.

 

9. End the requirement of) "testing once" and (ii) "reliance on testing by the private sector". That if the private sector has already tested the substance or product, Environmental agencies would have to justify before congress if they want to test again.

(i) "Testing once" to eliminate redundancy by testing once so that if a product is tested in one of the three countries it does not have to be tested in the other two. This practice would undermine the ability of states to carry out their own tests and ban substances such as the banning by Canada of RBST or Bovine Growth Hormone in milk.

 

70. Abandon the IMF Structural Adjustment Program which has led to the violation of human rights, has exploited citizens in the developing world, which has resulted in years of privatization, and elimination of essential services throughout the world and has adversely impacted on vulnerable and indigenous peoples around the world.

 

D. 

STAVING OFFCORPORATISM AND 

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

 

D Stave off Corporatism and Financial Institutions

 

 

 

 

71. End the privatization, including Public Private Partnerships, of public services such as water, sewage and health care, and end the opposition to the affirmation that the access to water is a human right.

 

72. End corporate funding of education, including the corporate direction of research, and opposing end the opposition to the principle that research must be arms-length and not tied to corporations.

 

73. Enforce the international commitment made to ensure that corporations, including transnational corporations, comply with international law including international environmental law. 

And oppose corporate "voluntary compliance",

 

74. End the subsidizing and investing, of public funds, in corporations that have developed weapons of mass destruction and "conventional arms" that have violated human rights that have denied social justice, that have exploited workers, and that have destroyed the environment.

 

75. Revoke charters of corporations, including transnational

corporations, which have engaged in activities that impact on health

and environment, including on the right to food, and right to water; end the legal fiction that the corporate form has constitutional rights as a person and prohibit corporate funding of political parties.

 

76. Phase out sunset industries-ones that are harmful to human health and the environment and institute a fair and just transition for workers and communities affected by the phase out, and end the lucrative profits made on money trading...

 

77.End the egregious practice of derivatives and other banking schemes, and end the support of non-cooperative and non-community banks

 

78.End the bail-out of corporations and banks under the guise of their being "too big to fail", and end the reclassifying of function, by financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs in order to take advantage of the bail -out

 

79.Prohibit the centralization of banks and the egregious funny money banking systems and abandon the capitalist, exploitative, competitive economic model, and prohibit corporate funding of politicians,

 

*renounce support for the g20  egregious “bail-in” banking scheme to take deposits and pensions

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-brown/new-g20-bailin-rules-now-_b_6244394.html

 

80. End shifting, by corporations, of their addresses offshore to lower their taxes, and end the evading, by corporations, of criminal charges by spinning off their companies.

 

E.

END SOCIAL INJUSTICE AND VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

 

81 Eliminate the widening gap between the developed and the developing countries and ensure steadily accelerating economic and social development and peace and justice for present and future generation... (Preamble, Declaration on the Establishment of a new international economic order, 1974)

 

82. Cancel Third World debt. And end the reluctance to implement the long-standing international commitment to transfer .7% of the GDP for overseas development aid (ODA) 

 

83 End the practice of send arms as ODA and end the extension of active assistance to developing countries tied, political or military conditions. and cancel third world debt

 

84.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.

 

85.End the violation of human rights including labour rights, civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing, right to water right to sewage treatment, right to a universally accessible, not-for-profit health care system, right to education and social justice.

 

86.End the denial of the labour right to strike, of the right to have collective bargaining, 

 

87 End the denial of the requirement of equal pay for work of equal value

 

85. End the redefinition of Torture and thus the violating of the Convention against Torture through Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 

 

86 End the practice of rendition of citizens and failure to abide by the Geneva Conventions.

 

87. End cruel and inhumane punishment such as capital punishment, which violates accepted international norms.

 

89. End the discrimination against immigrants, and refugees and against Migrant Workers and their Families; and to revoke the Secure Fence Act and end the unconscionable wall between the United States and Mexico. Tear down walls and the wall in Israel/

 

90. Abandon the no-fly`` list, and no-cross boarder lists.

 

91Oppose Strategic Law suits Against Public Participation (“SLAPP) suits" against public participation. 

 

92 End the targeting, intimidating and discriminating against activists on the grounds of political and other opinion (a listed ground in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).

 

93. End 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", and condemn dispensationalist "end times" scenario which has serious irreversible consequences. And has led to the undermining of other established beliefs and practices

 

94. End the practice of ending speeches with the invocation of God Bless a country

F

ABIDIING BY INTERNATIONAL LAW. 

 

95 End the defiance of the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of civilians, and respect international human rights and humanitarian law.

96. End unilateralism and affirm a commitment to multilateralism and oppose unilateral actions that undermine global common security.

97. End current irreversible practices that will violate the rights of future generation intergenerational equity includes the rights of future generations to their cultural, natural heritage and to a safe environment.

98. End the US position of refusing to respect the jurisdiction of the international Court of Justice in terms of revenge through military intervention and to instead seek justice through the International Court of Justice.

99. End US reluctance to do the following: 

I to ratify the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

2 to ratify the international Convention for the Elimination of all Forms 

of Discrimination Against Women and its protocol

3. To ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity

4 to ratify the Kyoto Protocol

5 to ratify the Convention on the rights of migrant Workers and their families

6. to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child 

7. to ratify the International Covenant of Social economic, and Cultural Rights

8. to ratify the Optional Protocols of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 

9. to abide by the Convention Against Torture

10. to abide by the Geneva protocols on prohibited weapons

11. and to sign and ratify the Convention for the Banning of Landmines,

11to sign and ratify all Geneva Protocols, including Protocol V, which requires the removal of remnants of war

12 to invoke the precautionary principle, which appears in the Rio Declaration, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, as a general and enforceable principle of law

 

 

 

Justice News

 

Joan Russow Global Compliance research Project

 

The theme of Rio+20 was" the future we Want" . In 2015  the United Nations is linking the MDGS and SDGs in Conferences that will continue the theme of "the future we want."  The question arises can we have the future we want without proscribing the future we do not want. Is it possible to have sustainability within a world of predominantly unsustainable institutes and practices without concurrently eliminating these practices? To achieve the future we want we must 

 

A. Prevent war and conflict

B Avert Environmental Devastation and Health Problems

C. Cease Exploitative Trade

D Stave off Corporatism and Financial Institutions

E. Guarantee social Justice and Human Rights

F Abide by International Law

 

 

 

.A

PREVENTING WAR AND CONFLICT

 

1..Delegitimize war- Given the social, environmental, health, human rights, economic consequences of war, under no conditions or circumstance is war legal or just.

 

2.End any attempt to undermine the international resolve to prevent the scourge of war; this would include not engaging in intimidation, in cajoling or in offering economic incentives in exchange for support for military interventions.

 

3.End the reluctance to abide by the 1975 Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of humanity.

 

4.Reallocate military spending as agreed to under Chapter 33 16e  of Agenda 21, UNCED

 

5.End the misconstruing of Article 51 (self-defence) of the Charter of the United Nations to justify premeditated non-provoked military aggression, or to use various such pretexts for invading other sovereign states.

 

6.Abandon the guise of the pre-emptive/preventive attack policy that has resulted in aggressive attacks on sovereign states and that has been in violation of the Article 2 of United Nations and international law as being the 'supreme' international crime of a war of aggression.

 

7.End the practice of invoking Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations rather than invoking Chapter VI - the peaceful resolutions of disputes - and be prepared to be judged by the International Court of Justice.

 

8.End the practice of disrespecting of the jurisdiction and decisions of the International Court of Justice.

9. Withdraw immediately from any military involvement and occupation of sovereign states. 

 

10.End the trumping of health, environment, civil and political and human rights for the sake of "security, power and profit.

 

11.End the use of "human security" which has been extended to "humanitarian intervention", and used along with the "responsibility to protect" or with right to intervene with a view to justifying military intervention in other states. 

 

12. End the failure to embrace "common security" as defined in the 1982  report on prepared by Olof Palme, and which entrench peremptory norms related to the preventing war and conflict, guaranteeing human rights, protecting the environment, and ensuring social justice.

 

13 .Discontinue the propping up and financing of military dictators and abandon the long standing policy enunciated against Somoza "he’s a bastard but he is our bastard".

 

 

14.End the practice of targeting or assisting in the assassination of leaders of other sovereign states, and of engaging in "regime change". 

 

15. End the practice of mollifying public opposition by couching aggressive acts in euphemistic "operations" such as "Operation Just Cause", "Operation Iraqi Freedom", "Operation Enduring Freedom",

 

15.End the destabilization of states and regions through the sale of arms, including through the guise of "foreign aid’ or through infiltration of NGOs, such as USAID, NED, Freedom House or through fundamentalist Christians in groups such as Operation Rescue.

 

16.End the production of land mines, as required in the convention against landmine and end the procrastination, by those responsible, to remove land mines from all areas of the world where land mines are known to exist.

 

17.End the reluctance of nuclear arms states to comply with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty by failing to 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.). 

 

18 .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. And discontinue the gutting of the Treaty on Cluster bombs

 

19.Suffocate the production of uranium, end importing and exporting of uranium, prohibit the use of weapons such as those with depleted uranium and cluster and end the continued profit-making from the sale of arms and trade in small arms.

 

20.Disband NATO for its disregard of the international rule of law, including the objective of the Charter of the United Nations, and the Convention against Torture.

 

21.Prohibit propaganda for war (ICCPR), including establishing military bases, engaging in war games, producing and selling of armaments, and holding arms exhibunequal treatment of the states itions. End government investment in weapons systems

 

22.End the that possess nuclear weapons or nuclear weapon capabilities such as the destabilizing impact of the Middle East as a result of the possession of nuclear weapons by Israel.

 

3.End the disregard for the obligations under the 1967 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].

 

24 Repeal the Patriot Act and Anti-Terrorism Act because they violate civil and political rights, and results in racial profiling.

 

25 .End the practice of "rendering"- sending "persons of interests" to countries which are known to condone torture.

 

26.End the refusal to be judged by an international tribunal for any actions that might be deemed to violate international law related to crimes against the peace, to war crimes, or to genocide.

 

27.End the misuse of UN "peacekeeping" forces to clean up aggressive acts of destruction and occupation caused by other states.

 

28 Close and convert, to peaceful purposes, all foreign military bases in sovereign states around the world.

 

29.End the production, circulation and berthing of nuclear powered or nuclear arms-capable vessels throughout the world.

 

30. End "War Games" or "Military Exercises" such as Exercise Trident Fury or Northwest Training Range complex.

 

31 .Discontinue the propping up and financing of military dictators and abandon the long standing policy enunciated against Somoza "he’s a bastard but he is our bastard".

 

32 .Demilitarize the economy by reallocating resources presently committed to military purposes to provide for the needs of citizens to pass on the peace dividend to the developing countries as undertaken through numerous UN Conference Action Plans and UN General Assembly Resolutions and Declarations.

 

33.End misplaced spending priorities: on militarism, on adulterated unsafe food, on production of products and substances harmful to the environment and human health, and redirecting budgetary expenses to eradicate poverty.

 

AVERTING ENVIRONMENTAL DEVASTATION AND HEALTH PROBLEMS

 

34.End the exploitation of Nature  and recognize rights of nature  in 1982 World Charter of Nature; every form of life is unique, warranting respect regardless of its worth to humans, and to accord other organisms such recognition's, humans must be guided by a moral code of action,

 

35 Eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, particularly in industrialized countries; this pattern has contributed to poverty, to the inequitable distribution of resources within countries and between countries, has increased the vulnerability to natural disasters and has threaten the well-being of future generations.

 

36. Reduce  the ecological footprint, as required in Habitat II, that has contributed to a socially inequitable and environmentally unsound world; end the conversion of nature into a source of raw materials, and the practice of "built-in obsolescence"

 

37 .End the reluctance to invoke the precautionary principle - in the Rio Declaration, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Framework Convention on Climate Change- as a general and enforceable principle of law: where there is a threat of irreversible harm the lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing measure to prevent the threat. End the misapplication of the precautionary principle by stating; we do not have to wai until there is scientific  certainty of SAFETY to make a decision

 

38.End the application of the reverse onus strategy which places the onus not on the proponent of an intervention to prove safety but on the opponent, to demonstrate harm.

 

39. Prevent Natechs- natural disasters caused by technology or technological disasters caused by natural disasters and not rely on after-the fact attempts to reduce or mitigate disasters.

 

40. Ban, through the invoking the precautionary principle, the

production and distribution of genetically engineered food and crops,

the practice of biopiracy of genes of indigenous peoples, the dumping of GE food and adventitious materials [living modified organisms] on developing countries. And remove off the shelves all processed foods containing genetically engineered material.

 

41 End the destruction of biodiversity and the disregard for obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity to invoke the precautionary principle and not have to wait until there is scientific certainty of loss of biodiversity to prevent the loss

 

42.Ban Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) which are bioaccumulative and toxic, and are capable of traveling .long distances from their original source.

 

43 .Prosecute countries for violating the transboundary principle that holds that states shall be held legally responsible for any pollution, in other states, caused by activities under their own jurisdiction.

 

44. End the practice of causing environmental devastation and then relying on restorative or clean-up technologies to remediate the environmental destruction rather than taking the preventive approach so as to avoid costly and inadequate subsequent measures to "rehabilitate" the site.

 

45.End the unsustainable forest management, the conversion of forests into agricultural land and the expansion of large-scale agro-industrial monocultures for food, fibre and, increasingly, energy. End the land grab of land, for biofuel,   by developed states, in developing states

 

* End deforestation

 

46.End land degradation, soil erosion, salinization, water logging, and soil pollution, which contribute to loss of soil fertility.

 

47. End the strategy of substituting proposals of adaption to or offsetting of climate change rather than seriously addressing the issue of preventing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

48. Phase out the use of fossil fuels, especially those from the unconventional sources such as the tar sands, reduce other greenhouse gas producing activities, ban fracking and end the substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions caused by methane gas resulting from the dependency on animal protein.

 

49. Discontinue the promoting of false "solutions" to climate change such as biofuels, large hydro projects, and nuclear energy which are not socially equitable and environmentally safe and sound renewable energy sources. Abandon the market based proposal of the so-called Green Economy that could lead to the  commodifying  nature

 

50. End the failure of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to investigate and estimate the full impact of greenhouse gas emissions by the military, and to demand that each state release information related to the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of all militarism, from military exercises, war games, weapons testing, military aviation troop transfer, military operations, and waste generation, to reconstruction after acts of violent interventions etc.

 

51. End the practice of member states relying not on the emerging scientific data, but on the IPCC 2007 report which was based on 2004 and 2005 data The emerging data now indicates the urgency of keeping the rise in temperature below the dangerous level of 1°C, [which is the point at which global systems on land, water and air will be so affected as to create vicious feedback cycles and destabilise many ecosystems and human societies]; whereas the IPCC 2007 Report had indicated that 2 degrees was the safe threshold. The emerging scientific data also indicates that there are more serious climate-induced events than anticipated in the 2007 IPCC Report.

 

52. End the climate injustice of using the atmospheric space of developing countries, and refusing to pay compensation

 

53. End the misappropriation of agricultural land for the growing of biofuel and contributing to food insecurity, and prohibit the purchase and use of land for biofuels to serve foreign markets and undermine food security.

 

54. Prohibit the practice, by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in violating the principle that a regulator must not be a promoter, of promoting civil nuclear energy.

 

55. Abandon the use of civil nuclear energy, and refuse to accept nuclear energy as the solution to climate change and delete Article IV of the NPT which bestows the inalienable right of states to access so-called "peaceful` use of nuclear energy.

 

56. Prevent the relocation and transfer to other States of any activities and substances that cause severe environmental degradation or are found to be harmful to human health. (Principle 14 Rio Declaration, 1992)

 

57. End the defiance by industrialized states, of principle 7 of the 1992 Rio Declaration which was adopted by all states at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). This principle states that:

``States shall cooperate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth's ecosystem. In view of the different contributions to global environmental degradation, States have common but differentiated responsibilities. (Principle 7, Rio Declaration)

 

58. Prevent  environmentally induced diseases, stop ignoring the social determinants of health problems- such as poverty/ environmentally  induced diseases, etc and end the denigration universal access to a publicly-funded not-for-profit health non-two tier health care system.

 

59 End the lack of commitment to ensure, as agreed in Habitat II, that Corporations, including transnational corporations, comply with international law, including international environmental law

 

60. End the use of the notion of ‘prior consent" to persuade the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable communities within developed countries  and in  developing countries to accept the dumping of products and substances that are potentially harmful to the environment and human health. End the ruse of using extraterritorialism. -what right do we have to impose our higher standards on a developing country with lower standards

And end the disregard for indigenous peoples by abiding by  Article 19 in UNDRIP   which requires  free prior consent  of indigenous people for use of their territories and end the claim that consent does not really mean consent.

 

61. End  collusion between universities and Pharmaceutical corporations. And end the policy of permitting Universities to sell products of research to corporations

 

62. End the practice used by the Pharmaceutical aided by  public relation firms  industries of inventing new health problems to create market potential for new drugs

 

62.Prohibit the patenting of genes under the WTO TRIPS provision

 

63.End the misguided dependency on drugs when doctors fail to offer the possibility that change in life style could effectively address the health problem

 

64.Oppose the continued production and export of products that have been banned... or withdrawn in country of origin being dumped  on other countries

 

C

CEASING EXPLOITATIVE TRADE

 

66.End the undermining, by International Trade agreements, such as GATT, and the subsequent WTO, of measures which would advance and promote socially equitable environmentally safe and sound renewable energy, transportation, agriculture, forestry etc.

 

67 Dismantle or abrogate trade institutions and agreements, such as WTO and NAFTA, 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 profor fiting from war and from environmental destruction. End the negotiations of TTP, CETA and other emerging trade agreements ; All of which should be declared null and void for violating international peremptory norms

 

68.End all proposals which will result, through the practice of harmonization of standards and regulations, in arriving at the lowest common denominator for health and environmental standards.

 

69.End the requirement of) "testing once" and (ii) "reliance on testing by the private sector". That if the private sector has already tested the substance or product, Environmental agencies would have to justify before congress if they want to test again.

(i) "Testing once" to eliminate redundancy by testing once so that if a product is tested in one of the three countries it does not have to be tested in the other two. This practice would undermine the ability of states to carry out their own tests and ban substances such as the banning by Canada of RBST or Bovine Growth Hormone in milk.

 

70.Abandon the IMF Structural Adjustment Program which has led to the violation of human rights, has exploited citizens in the developing world, which has resulted in years of privatization, and elimination of essential services throughout the world and has adversely impacted on vulnerable and indigenous peoples around the world.

 

D. 

STAVING OFFCORPORATISM AND 

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

 

 71.End the privatization, including Public Private Partnerships, of public services such as water, sewage and health care, and end the opposition to the affirmation that the access to water is a human right.

 

72.End corporate funding of education, including the corporate direction of research, and end the opposition to the principle that research must be arms-length and not tied to corporations.

 

73. ¬¬¬¬¬¬End the reluctance to enforce the international commitment made to ensure that corporations, including transnational corporations, comply with international law 

And oppose corporate "voluntary compliance",

 

74. End the subsidizing and investing, of public funds, in corporations that have developed weapons of mass destruction and "conventional arms" that have violated human rights that have denied social justice, that have exploited workers, and that have destroyed the environment.

 

75. Revoke charters of corporations, including transnational

corporations, which have engaged in activities that impact on health

and environment, including on the right to food, and right to water; end the legal fiction that the corporate form has constitutional rights as a person and prohibit corporate funding of political parties.

 

76.Phase out sunset industries-ones that are harmful to human health and the environment and institute a fair and just transition for workers and communities affected by the phase out, and end the lucrative profits made on money trading..

 

77.End the egregious practice of derivatives and other banking schemes, and end the support of non-cooperative and non-community banks

 

78.End the bail-out of corporations and banks under the guise of their being "too big to fail", and end the reclassifying of function, by financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs in order to take advantage of the bail -out

 

79.Prohibit the centralization of banks and the egregious funny money banking systems and abandon the capitalist, exploitative, competitive economic model, and prohibit corporate funding of politicians,

 

80. End the shifting, by corporations, of their addresses offshore to lower their taxes, and end the evading, by corporations, of criminal charges by spinning off their companies.

 

E. 

GUARANTEEING SOCIAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

 

81 Eliminate the widening gap between the developed and the developing countries and ensure steadily accelerating economic and social development and peace and justice for present and future generation... (Preamble, Declaration on the Establishment of a new international economic order, 1974)

 

82.Cancel Third World debt. And end the reluctance to implement the long-standing international commitment to transfer .7% of the GDP for overseas development aid (ODA) 

 

83 End the practice of sending arms as ODA and end the extension of active assistance to developing countries tied, political or military conditions. 

 

84.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.

 

85.End the violation of human rights including labour rights, civil and political rights, social and cultural rights- right to food, right to housing, right to water right to sewage treatment, right to a universally accessible, not-for-profit health care system, right to education and social justice.

 

86.End the denial of the labour right to strike, and  of the right to have collective bargaining, 

 

87 End the denial of the requirement of equal pay for work of equal value

 

85.End the redefinition of Torture and thus the violating of the Convention against Torture through Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, And include in “state terrorism” in the definition of terrorism

 

86 End the practice of rendition of citizens and failure to abide by the Geneva Conventions.

 

87.End cruel and inhumane punishment such as capital punishment, which violates accepted international norms.

 

89. End the discrimination against immigrants, and refugees and against Migrant Workers and their Families; and to revoke the Secure Fence Act and end the unconscionable wall between the United States and Mexico. Tear down walls and the wall in Israel/

 

90.Abandon the no-fly`` list, and no-cross boarder lists.

 

91. Oppose Strategic Law suits Against Public Participation ( "SLAPP) suits" against public participation. 

 

92.  End the targeting, intimidating and discriminating against activists on the grounds of political and other opinion (a listed ground in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).

 

93. End all 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", and condemn dispensationalist "end times" scenario which has serious irreversible consequences. And has led to the undermining of other established beliefs and practices

 

94. End the practice of ending speeches with the invocation of God BLess a country

 

F.

ABANDON THE DISREGARD FOR THE RULE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND LEGAL PRECEDENTS

 

 

95. End the defiance of the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of civilians, and respect international human rights and humanitarian law.

 

96.End unilateralism and affirm a commitment to multilateralism and oppose unilateral actions that undermine global common security.

 

97. .End current irreversible practices that will violate the rights of future generation intergenerational equity includes the rights of future generations to their cultural, natural heritage and to a safe environment.

 

98. End the US position of refusing to respect the jurisdiction of the international Court of Justice in terms of revenge through military intervention and to instead seek justice through the International Court of Justice.

 

99. End reluctance to do the following: 

I to ratify the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

2 to ratify the international Convention for the Elimination of all Forms 

of Discrimination Against Women and its protocol

3.to ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity

4 to ratify the Kyoto Protocol

5 to ratify the Convention on the rights of migrant Workers and their families

6. to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child 

7. to ratify the International Covenant of Social economic, and Cultural Rights

8. to ratify the Optional Protocols of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 

9. to abide by the Convention Against Torture

10. to abide by the Geneva protocols on prohibited weapons

11. and to sign and ratify the Convention for the Banning of Landmines,

11to sign and ratify all Geneva Protocols, including Protocol V, which requires the removal of remnants of war

12 to invoke the precautionary principle, which appears in the Rio Declaration, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, as a general and enforceable principle of law

 

100. etc

 

 

96.End unilateralism and affirm a commitment to multilateralism and oppose unilateral actions that undermine global common security.

 

97. .End current irreversible practices that will violate the rights of future generation intergenerational equity includes the rights of future generations to their cultural, natural heritage and to a safe environment.

 

98. End the US position of refusing to respect the jurisdiction of the international Court of Justice in terms of revenge through military intervention and to instead seek justice through the International Court of Justice.

 

99. End reluctance to do the following: 

I to ratify the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

2 to ratify the international Convention for the Elimination of all Forms 

of Discrimination Against Women and its protocol

3.to ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity

4 to ratify the Kyoto Protocol

5 to ratify the Convention on the rights of migrant Workers and their families

6. to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child 

7. to ratify the International Covenant of Social economic, and Cultural Rights

8. to ratify the Optional Protocols of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 

9. to abide by the Convention Against Torture

10. to abide by the Geneva protocols on prohibited weapons

11. and to sign and ratify the Convention for the Banning of Landmines,

11to sign and ratify all Geneva Protocols, including Protocol V, which requires the removal of remnants of war

12 to invoke the precautionary principle, which appears in the Rio Declaration, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, as a general and enforceable principle of law

 

100. etc

 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:03
 

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