imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles


by Joan Russow Sunday, Jul. 16, 2006 at 10:02 AM



The time for rhetoric is long since past. The G8 must comply with years of obligations and commitments made to “Common Security” – peace, human rights, environment and social justice. The Following is a proposed Declaration of Common Security


AWARE THAT solutions have never resided in the fragmentation of

issues and if real global change is to occur this change will be

found in a willingness to address the complexity and interdependence

of issues in particular the linking of militarism, poverty, violation

of human rights, and destruction of the environment

Recognizing that true security- is not "collective security" or

"human security" which has been extended to "humanitarian

intervention" and used along with the "responsibility to protect"

notion to justify military intervention in other states.

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

"common security")

and involves the following objectives:

* to promote and fully guarantee respect for human rights including

labour rights, civil and political rights, social and cultural

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

accessible not for profit health care system , right to education and

social justice;

* to enable socially equitable and environmentally sound employment,

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

* to achieve a state of peace, social justice and disarmament;

through reallocation of military expenses, and eradication of poverty

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

* to ensure the preservation and protection of the environment,

respect the inherent worth of nature beyond human purpose, reduce the

ecological footprint and move away from the current model of

overconsumptive development.

CONSIDERING THAT for over sixty years, through conventions, treaties and

covenants, through Conference Action plans, and through UN General

Assembly resolutions, member states of the United Nations have

incurred obligations, made commitments and created expectations

related to the furtherance of Common Security.

AFFIRMING THAT Common security can only be achieved if there is a

concerted international effort to eliminate the actions that have led to global insecurity


Article 1

We reaffirm our commitment to multilateralism and oppose unilateral

actions that undermine global common security.

Article 2

We will immediately end all occupation of foreign territory (including in Iraq and Afghanistan), and end the “apartheid” such as that evidenced in the treatment of the Palestinians.

Article 3

We undertake to reduce our military budgets by at least 50% and reallocate military

expenses and transfer the savings into global social justice as

undertaken through numerous UN Conference Action Plans and UN General

Assembly Resolutions.

Article 4

We will close all our military bases in sovereign states , transfer the land to the sovereign state, and thus convert to peaceful purposes military bases in sovereign

states around the world, (including Guantanimo Bay)

Article 5

We will discontinue all war games and military exercises

Article 6

We will end the circulation of nuclear powered

or nuclear arms capable vessels throughout the world.

Article 7

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

aggressively attack sovereign states which has been a violation of

the UN Charter article 2 and international law and is the

'supreme' international crime of a war of aggression.

Article 8

We will no longer perceive justice in terms of revenge through

military intervention we will instead seek justice through the

International Court of Justice.

Article 9

We undertake to respect the mandatory jurisdiction of

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

Article 10

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

of the United Nations to justify premeditated non provoked military


Article 11

We will oppose any attempt to undermine the international resolve to

prevent the scourge of war; this would include not engaging in

intimidation or in offering economic incentives in exchange for

support for military intervention.

Article 12

We will discontinue propping up and financing military dictators,

Article 13

We will abandon the practice of targeting or assisting in the

assassination of leaders of other sovereign states, and engaging in covert destabilization or democratically elected leaders of or any leader of a sovereign state.

Article 14

We will end threats of military intervention in order to influence elections in “failed states” or “ unfriendly states”

Article 15

We will abide by the Nuclear Non Proliferation treaty and immediately

implement Article VI of the treaty, (Article VI: commits all parties

to pursue negotiations in good faith on measures to end the nuclear

arms race and to achieve disarmament.) and we will end the

production of all weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear,

chemical, and biological, as agreed to in UNCHE in 1972, and in

specific conventions.

Article 16

We reaffirm the obligations under the 1967 the Outer space Treaty to

ensure that exploration and use of outer space, including the moon

and other celestial bodies, shall be carried out for the benefit and

in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of

economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all

mankind humanity. We will thus immediately end all activities related to the militarization or nuclearization of space

Article 17

We make a full commitment to disarmament and oppose the continued

profit making from the sale of arms,

Article 18

We will implement obligations to

reduce the trade in small arms and in collaboration with the ILO

will fund a fair and just transition program for worker currently

working in the arms trade.

Article 19

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

Convention for the Banning of Landmines, and affirm a commitment of funds and continuous effort to remove land mines from all areas of the world where land mines are known to exist.

Article 20

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

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

Depleted Uranium and cluster bombs that would be prohibited under the

Geneva Protocol II.

Article 21

We oppose NATO'S first strike policy, and will move towards the disbanding of NATO within the calendar year.

Article 22

We will abide by the Geneva conventions on the treatment of

civilians, and respect international human rights and humanitarian law.

Article 23

We will discharge obligations incurred through conventions,

treaties, and covenants; and act on commitments through conference

action plans related to Common security - peace, environment, human

rights and social justice

Article 24

We will sign, ratify, and enact the necessary legislation to ensure

compliance with, or respect for Common Security international

Conventions, Covenants and Treaties.

Article 25

We will abide by the Convention against Torture through Cruel,

Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and end the practice

of rendition of citizens

Article 26

We will eliminate cruel and inhumane punishment such as capital

punishment, which violates accepted international norms.

Article 27

We will abandon institutions and agreements which promulgate

globalization, deregulation and privatization; these institutions and

agreements undermine the rule of international public trust law.

Article 28

We will immediately rescind contracts which enable corporations to benefit and

profit from war.

Article 29

We oppose the promulgation, globalization, deregulation and

privatization through trade agreements, such as the WTO/FTAA/NAFTA

etc that undermine the rule of international public trust law, and we will support global fair trade

Article 30

We abandon the IMF structural adjustment program which has led to

the violation of human rights, has exploited citizens in the

developing world and has adversely impacted on vulnerable and indigenous

peoples around the world.

Article 31

We oppose the privatization of public services such as water and

health care, we will increase funding to Universities to counter

the corporate funding of education including the corporate direction

of research and declare that these be the responsibility of governments.

Article 32

We will finally implement the long standing international commitment

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

world deb.

Article 33

We will no longer subsidize and invest in companies that have

developed weapons of mass destruction, that have violated human

rights, that have denied social justice, that have exploited workers,

and that have destroyed the environment.

Article 34

we will implement the commitment made to ensure that corporations,

including transnational corporations comply .. with international law, and that they pay compensation for any previous health and environmental consequences of their actions.

Article 35

We will revoke charters and licences of corporations that have

violated human rights, including labour rights, that have contributed

to war and violence, and that have led to the destruction of the


Article 36

We support Mandatory International Ethical Normative (MIEN) standards

and enforceable regulations to drive industry to conform to

international law, and oppose corporate "voluntary compliance".

Article 37

We will ban practices that contribute to environmentally induced

diseases and we will address poverty related health problems and

ensure universal access, to publicly funded not for profit health

care system.

Article 38

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

will prevent the transfer to other states of substances and

activities that are harmful to human health or the environment as

agreed at the UN Conferences on the Environment and Development, 1992.

Article 39

We will ban the production, approval and promotion of

genetically engineered foods and crops which have led to a deterioration of

the food supply, and to loss of heritage seeds.

Article 40

We will protect Biodiversity by signing and ratifying the

Convention on Biological Diversity and oppose "megadiversity"

--resulting from genetic engineering.

Article 41

We will be forthright in acknowledging that the Biosafety Protocol is

a disguised trade agreement, and serves to promote the acceptance of

Genetically modified living organisms.

Article 42

We will accept the warnings of the Intergovernmental panel on Climate

change, and no longer disregard obligations under the Framework

Convention on Climate Change and its protocol to reduce greenhouse

gas emissions, and to preserve carbon sinks..

Article 43

We will oppose any suggestion that civil nuclear energy is the solution to climate change, and immediately move towards the phasing out of civil nuclear energy.

Article 44

We will rescind anti-terrorism legislation because it violates civil

and political rights, and results in racial profiling, and targeting “persons of interest”, .

Article 45

We will no longer target, intimidate and discriminate against

activists on the grounds of political and other opinion (a listed

ground in the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights}

Article 46

We will clearly distinguish legitimate dissent from criminal acts of


Article 47

We will end all discrimination on the following grounds:

- race, tribe, or culture;

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

nationality, place of birth, or nature of residence (refugee or

immigrant, migrant worker);

- gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or form

of family, [including same-sex marriage]

- disability or age;

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

position, or other status.

Article 48

We will end the discrimination against immigrants, and refugees and

we sign and ratify the Convention for the Protection of Migrant

Workers and their Families; and the Convention on Refugees.

Article 49

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

made under the International Conference on Population and

Development, and the Beijing Platform.

Article 50

We oppose religious extremism and proselytizing including the spread of

Evangelical Christianity around the world, which has undermined local

indigenous cultures, instilled fear through the dangerous, belief in

the "rapture", "Armageddon" and "left behind", has promulgated

dispensationalist "end times" scenario which has serious irreversible

consequences. and has led to the denigrating other established

beliefs and practices.

Article 51

We will no longer undermine the notion of democracy by couching a

plutocracy/theocracy in democratic notions of "freedom", and we affirm once and for all that we are not acting out the will of God.

Article 52

We support the institution of an International Court of Compliance

linked to the International Court of Justice; The Court of Compliance

will hear evidence from citizens of state non compliance.

Proposed by the Global Compliance Research Project

contact: Joan Russow PhD,

Report this post as:

Local News


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy