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ALTERNATIVE G8 ST Petersburg DECLARATION OF COMMON SECURITY July 14, 2006

by Joan Russow Sunday, Jul. 16, 2006 at 10:02 AM
j.russow@shawlink.ca

ALTERNATIVE G8 ST Petersburg DECLARATION OF COMMON SECURITY July 14, 2006

ALTERNATIVE G8 ST Petersburg DECLARATION OF COMMON SECURITY July 14, 2006

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

ALTERNATIVE G8 ST Petersburg DECLARATION OF COMMON SECURITY July 14, 2006

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

In St PETERSBURGH leaders of the G8 AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:

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

aggression.

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

environment.

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

subversion.

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, j.russow@shawlink.ca

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