woensdag 14 juni 2017

ILO-Conferentie 2017: Toespraak Catelene Passchier


De toespraak gaat over twee rapporten die de Directeur Generaal van de ILO Guy Ryder aan de ILO Conferentie heeft voorgelegd. Een over de omschakeling naar een Groene economie en een rapport over de situatie van Arabische werknemers in de door Israëls bezette gebieden. Ze noemt in haar speech ook de FNV inspanningen voor een Eerlijke Omschakeling en bepleit meer aandacht voor de sectoren en voor IMVO (met dank aan de inhoudelijke input van Els Bos).
IMVO is Internationale Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen.
Ook wijst ze op de gevolgen voor vrouwen van de klimaatverandering.
Ze vraagt de ILO om zich in te spannen dat er een einde komt aan de bezetting en dat de rechten van Palestijnse werknemers worden gerespecteerd.

Shaher Saed , de voorzitter van de Palestijnse vakbond PGFTU  is gisteren, net als Catelene Passchier, gekozen in het Bestuur van de ILO.

woensdag 7 juni 2017

ITUC OnLine - Palestine: 50 Years of Occupation a Stain on Human History

Van: ITUC Press [mailto:press@ituc-csi.org]
Verzonden: woensdag 7 juni 2017 16:29
Aan: ITUC Online
Onderwerp: Palestine: 50 Years of Occupation a Stain on Human History - ITUC Online

ITUC OnLine 
Palestine: 50 Years of Occupation a Stain on Human History

Brussels, 7 June 2017 (ITUC OnLine):  This week marks 50 years of Israel’s occupation of Palestine, in violation of international law.  Three generations of Palestinians have now suffered under the occupation, which continues to flagrantly deny their fundamental rights and deprives them of the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and for coming generations.
In the words of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the continued occupation is “an unmistakable message to generations of Palestinians that their dream of statehood is destined to remain just that: a dream; and to Israelis that their desire for peace, security and regional recognition remains unattainable.
“Generation after generation of Palestinians have been compelled to grow up and live in ever more crowded refugee camps, many in abject poverty, and with little or no prospect of a better life for their children.
“Continued settlement construction and expansion, violence and incitement, and the illicit arms build-up and militant activity in Gaza risk creating a one-state reality that is incompatible with realising the legitimate national and historic aspirations of both peoples.”
The ITUC calls on the international community to renew efforts to bring Israel to the negotiating table to end the occupation and to realise a two-state solution according to the 4 June 1967 borders in line with the relevant United Nations Resolutions.  The ITUC also demands the removal of all the illegal settlements, and reiterates that economic relations with the settlements sustains their existence in violation of international law.  The only way to ensure peaceful co-existence of two sovereign states is through negotiation, and it is incumbent on governments around the world to do all in their power to bring that about.
See also: ITUC 2014 Congress Statement (Peace and Democracy)
The ITUC represents 181 million workers in 163 countries and territories and has 340 national affiliates.

For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on +32 2 224 03 52 or mailto:press@ituc-csi.org

zaterdag 27 mei 2017

BDS is tegen landroof, niet alleen in Palestina / Land grabbing and human rights

Land Grabbing and Human Rights

The role of EU actors abroad
22 May 2017
With business self-regulation and corporate social responsibility schemes proving to be insufficient for addressing land grabbing-related human rights issues, a new publication points to the obligation of the EU and its Member States to implement a set of policy regulations.

While the role of the EU and its Member States in the global land grab has received comparatively less attention than the role of investment players like China and the Gulf States, the paper “Land Grabbing and Human Rights: The Role of the EU Abroad” shows that EU-based actors play a significant role in land deals and related human rights abuses outside of Europe. The publication identifies five key mechanisms in which EU-based actors are involved in land grabbing and outlines the extraterritorial human rights obligations (ETO) which require the EU and its Member States to act urgently.
Several cases from all over the world show how EU actors are implicated in land grabbing-related human rights abuses in many ways – even if they may not be visible at first sight. Indeed, increasingly complex investment webs bring together multiple and interconnected actors that are involved in the design, financing and implementation of land-related investments. Many land deals thus involve diverse actors – financial, corporate, private, public – which are linked to each other, and to the EU, in a variety of ways. The findings underline in particular the contribution of EU-based Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in land grabbing worldwide.
The EU’s response to land grabbing has been insufficient to meet its human rights obligations and the publication points to a set of actions required to address land grabbing and pro-actively contribute to the universal realization of human rights. The effective regulation of corporations and financial investors is a key part of the puzzle.
The paper, published by FIAN International for the Hands on the Land for Food Sovereignty Alliance, is a synthesized version of a study commissioned by the European Parliament.

Key Messages

  1. EU-based actors play a significant role in land grabbing and related human rights abuses outside of Europe, yet the full extent of their involvement is difficult to quantify.
  2. This brief identifies five key mechanisms in which EU actors are involved in land grabbing, and which can cause human rights abuses or threats. A full understanding of these mechanisms is crucial for tackling the human rights challenges emerging from land grabbing.
  3. The EU and its Member States’ extraterritorial obligations require them to take concrete steps to prevent and remedy human rights abuses and violations in the context of land grabbing.
  4. The EU has responded to land grabbing-related human rights challenges through a variety of policies and initiatives. However, the EU’s response to land grabbing, by acts and omissions, has been insufficient to meet its human rights obligations.
  5. Business self-regulation and corporate social responsibility schemes have proved to be insufficient for addressing land grabbing-related human rights issues.
  6. The EU and its Member States can play an important role in preventing land grabbing, and addressing related human rights abuses and violations, by implementing a set of policy regulations.

donderdag 25 mei 2017

Palestinian Workers Campaign for Social Justice

Palestinian Workers Campaign for Social Justice

by N. Alva
published in MER281
On the hot afternoon of April 19, 2016, thousands of workers and unemployed took to the streets of the West Bank city of Ramallah in protest the labor policies of the Palestinian Authority (PA). As the sun beat down on their shoulders, the marchers remained defiant, shouting “Haramiyya! (Thieves!),” as they reached the rally point in front of the Council of Ministers and Ministry of Interior buildings. Organizers from independent workers’ movements, left political parties and women’s committees took turns addressing the crowd from a makeshift platform on the back of a truck. PA police and security forces were deployed, some in riot gear and armored vehicles, but they did not visibly interfere. The demonstration was the first public, collective manifestation of a campaign against Social Security Law 6, ratified by decree on March 9, 2016 by President Mahmoud ‘Abbas.

donderdag 18 mei 2017

OESO/OECD Watch Statement on the 2017 G7 Summit

Ahead of the 2017 G7 Summit to be held from 26-27 May in Taormina, Italy, OECD Watch has issued the attached statement urging G7 leaders to build on prior commitments to promote responsible business conduct.  The statement reiterates the need for the G7 leaders to fulfill their June 2015 commitments towards ensuring responsible supply chains, while promoting access to remedy by strengthening their respective National Contact Points.  Please find the statement attached.

The statement can also be found on OECD Watch’s website:  https://www.oecdwatch.org/publications-en/Publication_4365.  Please feel free to circulate widely.


OECD Watch Statement on the 2017 G7 Summit

Calling for a Renewed Commitment toward Responsible Business Conduct
OECD Watch Statement on the 2017 G7 Summit
Although the 2015 G7 Leaders’ Declaration, issued following the G7 Summit in Germany, included positive commitments on responsible supply chains and access to remedy, leaders at the 2016 G7 Summit in Japan failed to address these commitments.  This year’s summit provides an opportunity to fulfil the 2015 commitments, in which the G7 leaders recognized “the joint responsibility of governments and business to foster sustainable supply chains and encourage best practices,” including strengthening mechanisms for remedy for victims of corporate misconduct by ensuring that its own National Contact Points (NCPs) would “be effective” and “lead by example.”

The Italian government has positively identified sustainable development as a priority for the Italian G7 presidency.  Responsible business conduct is requisite for any meaningful progress toward this priority and sustainability is only possible when strong accountability systems are in place to provide remediation when negative impacts occur.

The G7 must use the 2017 summit to refocus attention and elaborate on how they will fulfil their commitments towards ensuring responsible supply chains, better applying internationally-recognized labour, social, environmental, and anti-corruption standards, while promoting accountability and access to remedy.

OECD Watch accordingly calls on the G7 to take the following actions:

  • Take significant steps towards the full implementation of the commitments that were made in Germany in June 2015.
  • Strengthen mechanisms for providing access to remedy for victims of corporate abuse, including the National Contact Points (NCPs) of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.  NCPS should be sufficiently resourced, committing to peer reviews, strengthening the Procedural Guidance that governs how NCPs handle complaints, and introducing material consequences on companies that are found to be non-compliant with the OECD Guidelines;  
  • Improve the performance and effectiveness of NCP system by urging OECD adhering countries to revise the Procedural Guidance for NCPs.  
  • Promote the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for the Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector, the OECD guidance on Responsible Business Conduct for Institutional Investors, the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains, and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas.
  • Require that companies conduct risk-based due diligence, which includes implementing  measures to ensure transparency in supply chains in order to facilitate the respect and protection of human rights, the prevention of corruption, and the avoidance of adverse environmental impacts. 
  • Counter the erosion of social protection of all workers and the risk of child labour in global supply chains.
  • Effectuate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by developing and fully implementing substantive National Action Plans on the basis of meaningful consultations with all stakeholders.
  • Release a progress report on the G7’s efforts to fulfill its commitments towards achieving responsible supply chains and access to remedy.

By implementing the above recommendations, the G7 can more effectively advance an agenda of responsible business conduct and ensure that access to remedy is available to all. 

maandag 15 mei 2017

ITUC (IVV) is solidair met de Palestijnse gevangenen

Zie onderin de verklaring van FNV Mondiaal Noord van 30 mei.

ITUC stands in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

Solidarity Statement

The International Trade Union Confederation representing 181 million workers in national trade union centers in 163 countries, extends its solidarity with Palestinian prisoners who have declared an indefinite hunger strike to protest against violations of human rights inside Israeli Prisons.
We also support the ‘’general strike for freedom and dignity’’ held in solidarity with hunger striking prisoners and call for wider international solidarity.
For the eleventh consecutive day, more than 1,600 Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli prisons are undertaking an indefinite hunger strike to protest against grievances, including medical negligence, administrative detention and limits on family visits. We are deeply concerned about their condition and we call upon the Israeli authorities to ensure that Palestinian prisoners are treated according to the standards set in international humanitarian law.
We add our voice to the demands of the hunger striking Palestinian detainees calling for the lifting of restrictions on family visits, improved overall detention conditions and access to medical care, including easing restrictions on access to education materials and food, as well as the installation of telephones to communicate with their relatives. We also recall that under international humanitarian law, detainees from occupied territories must be detained in the occupied territory, not in the territory of the occupying power, as enshrined in the Fourth Geneva Convention.
In this context, we reaffirm the ITUC’s position as set out in the 2014 ITUC Congress Statement, which denounces the occupation of Palestine by Israel, and pledges to mobilise for a just and sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine, in accordance with the legitimacy of international law. We also call for an end to the construction of illegal Israeli settlements and removal of existing settlements, Israel’s withdrawal from all Palestinian lands in line with the 4th of June 1967 borders, and the dismantling of the illegal separation wall.
We call upon all trade unions to support the strike for freedom and dignity.


En in de FNV Mondiaal Nieuwsbrief van 30 mei:

Solidariteit met Palestijnse gevangen
Het Internationaal Verbond van Vakverenigingen (ITUC), dat 181 miljoen werknemers in nationale vakbondscentra in 163 landen vertegenwoordigt , spreekt haar solidariteit uit met Palestijnse gevangenen in hongerstaking zijn gegaan om te protesteren tegen schendingen van de mensenrechten in Israëlische gevangenissen.
We ondersteunen ook de '' algemene staking voor vrijheid en waardigheid '' in solidariteit met hongerstakende gevangenen en pleiten voor bredere internationale solidariteit.

Meer dan 1600 Palestijnse gevangenen in Israëlische gevangenissen voerden een hongerstaking om te protesteren tegen grieven, waaronder medische verwaarlozing, administratieve aanhouding en beperkingen op gezinsbezoeken. Wij zijn diep bezorgd over hun conditie en wij roepen de Israëlische autoriteiten op om ervoor te zorgen dat Palestijnse gevangenen worden behandeld volgens de normen die zijn vastgelegd in de internationale humanitaire wetgeving.

We voegen onze stem toe aan de eisen van de hongerstakende Palestijnse gedetineerden die oproepen tot het opheffen van beperkingen op gezinsbezoeken, verbeterde algemene detentievoorwaarden en toegang tot medische zorg, met inbegrip van het vergemakkelijken van beperkingen op de toegang tot onderwijsmaterialen en voedsel, alsmede de installatie van telefoons om met hun familie te communiceren. Wij herinneren er ook aan dat volgens de internationale humanitaire wetgeving gedetineerden uit bezette gebieden in het bezette grondgebied moeten worden vastgehouden, niet op het grondgebied van de bezettende macht, zoals vastgelegd in het Vierde Genève-verdrag.

In dit verband bevestigen we de positie van de ITUC zoals uiteengezet in de ITUC-Congres van 2014, die de bezetting van Palestina door Israël veroordeelt en ervoor pleit te zorgen voor een rechtvaardige en duurzame vrede tussen Israël en Palestina, in overeenstemming met de legitimiteit van de internationale wet. We vragen ook een einde aan de bouw van illegale Israëlische nederzettingen en verwijdering van bestaande nederzettingen, de terugtrekking van Israël uit alle Palestijnse landen in lijn met de grenzen van 4 juni 1967 en de ontmanteling van de illegale scheidingsmuur.

Wij roepen alle vakbonden op om de staking voor vrijheid en waardigheid te ondersteunen.


BDS: Handhaving van ieders Rechten, Verzet dus tegen de voortdurende Nakba

BDS: Upholding our Rights, Resisting the Ongoing Nakba

The BNC Commemorates the 69th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba

It is possible…
It is possible at least sometimes…
It is possible especially now
To ride a horse
Inside a prison cell
And run away…
It is possible for prison walls
To disappear.
For the cell to become a distant land
Without frontiers

Occupied Palestine, 15 May 2017 – Today marks the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinians from our homeland. Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, made 750,000 to one million indigenous Palestinians into refugees to establish a Jewish-majority state in Palestine.

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) calls on people of conscience the world over to further intensify BDS campaigns to end academic, cultural, sports, military and economic links of complicity with Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. This is the most effective means of standing with the Palestinian people in pursuing our inherent and UN-stipulated rights, and nonviolently resisting the ongoing, intensifying Nakba.

The Israeli regime today is ruthlessly pursuing the one constant strategy of its settler-colonial project —the simultaneous pillage and colonization of as much Palestinian land as possible and the gradual ethnic cleansing of as many Palestinians as practical without evoking international sanctions.

Following in the footsteps of all previous Israeli governments, the current far-right government, the most openly racist in Israel’s history, is heeding the words of the Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky who wrote in 1923:

Every native population in the world resists colonists as long as it has the slightest hope of being able to rid itself of the danger of being colonised. [...] Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population—behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach.

Sixty-nine years after the systematic, premeditated uprooting and dispossession of most of the indigenous Palestinian Arabs from the land of Palestine at the hands of Zionist gangs and later the state of Israel, the Nakba is not over. Israel is intent on building its “iron wall” in Palestinian minds, not just our lands, through its sprawling illegal settlements and concrete walls in the occupied Palestinian territory, its genocidal siege of over  2 million Palestinians in Gaza, its denial of the Palestinian refugee’s right to return, its racist laws and policies against Palestinians inside Israel, and its escalating, violent ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and the Naqab (Negev). It is sparing no brutality in its relentless, desperate attempts to sear into our consciousness the futility of resistance and the vainness of hope.

The present mass hunger strike by over one thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the grassroots support that it has triggered give us hope.

The growing support for BDS among international trade unions, including the most recent adoption by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) -- representing over 910,000 workers -- of an “international economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel” to achieve comprehensive Palestinian rights, gives us hope.

The fact the none of the 26 Oscar nominees offered a free, $55,000-valued trip by the Israeli government accepted the propaganda gift and that six out of eleven National Football League players turned down a similar Israeli junket gives us hope.

The BDS movement has succeeded in sharply raising the price of corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. It has compelled companies of the size of Orange and Veolia to end their complicity and pushed global giant G4S to begin exiting the Israeli market. Churches, city councils and thousands around the world have pledged to boycott Hewlett Packard (HP) for its deep complicity in Israel’s occupation and apartheid. This gives us and many human rights campaigns around the world great hope.

The Barcelona municipality’s decision to end complicity with Israel’s occupation, coming on the heels of tens of local councils in the Spanish state declaring themselves “Israeli apartheid free zones,” give us hope.

The divestment by some of the largest mainline churches in the US, including the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Church of Christ, from Israeli banks or complicit international corporations gives us hope.

The spread of remarkably effective BDS campaigns from South Africa to South Korea, from Egypt to Chile, and from the UK to the US gives us real hope.

The growing intersectional coalitions that are emerging in many countries, organically re-connecting the struggle for Palestinian rights with the diverse international struggles for racial, economic, gender, climate and indigenous justice give us unlimited hope.

In 1968, twenty years after the Nakba but unrelated to it, Dr. Martin Luther King said, “There can be no justice without peace and there can be no peace without justice.” For seven decades, and against all odds, Palestinians have continued to assert our inalienable right to self-determination and to genuine peace, which can only stem from freedom, justice and equality.

But to reach that just peace we realize that we must nourish our hope for a dignified life with our boundless commitment to resist injustice, resist apathy and, crucially, resist their “iron walls” of despair.

In this context, the Palestinian-led, global BDS movement with its impressive growth and unquestionable impact is today an indispensable component of our popular resistance and the most promising form of international solidarity with our struggle for rights.

No iron wall of theirs can suppress or overshadow the rising sun of our emancipation.