SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 75 - february 23 , 2012

Issue 75 - february 23 , 2012

Greece: A candy for the banks

Demonstration in Athens convened
by Syntagma movement on February
19. (Foto: odysseasgr/Flickr/CC)

The terms of the European 'bailouts' as the one approved this week for Greece – the severe public spending cuts, the onslaught on public ownership – all reflect the experience of the developing world in the 1980s and ’90s, according to Nick Dearden, director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign. “The precise purpose of these policies” was “to shift the burden of financial crisis from the financial system and onto developing nations,” he warned.
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Yemen: U.S. must fulfill its duty to bring former President Saleh to justice

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and its partners in Yemen – the Human Rights Information and Training Center (national focal point of Social Watch) and the National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedom – call on the United States to uphold its international responsibilities and open an investigation into torture against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is in the North American country now.
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Arab civil society concerned by free trade agreements proposed by the EU

The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND, member of Social Watch), together with 42 civil society organizations from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan and other Arab countries, sent a letter to European Union institutions, concerning the EU trade and investment strategy for the Southern Mediterranean.
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Ghana: Collection of increased tax for mining companies is being delayed

Three months after the announcement of an increase in corporate tax for mining companies from 25 to 35 percent in Ghana, the raise is yet to be implemented. The tax may not be collected until 2013, according to TV3 television channel. “The attitude of government gives reasons to believe that it will yield to pressures from the industry,” wrote Alhassan Atta-Quayson, expert of Third World Network-Africa.
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Online petition to establish Ombudspersons for Future Generations

Oikos–Cooperação e Desenvolvimento, Terre des Hommes and The World Future Council launched this week an online petition for signatures demanding world leaders to support the call for Rio+20 to establish Ombudspersons for Future Generations, a proposal included by civil society organizations’ contributions to the Social Watch Report 2012.
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