US Indymedia Global Indymedia Publish About us
Printed from Boston IMC : http://boston.indymedia.org/
Boston.Indymedia
IVAW Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier
Testimonies
Brad Presente

Other Local News

Spare Change News
Open Media Boston
Somerville Voices
Cradle of Liberty
The Sword and Shield

Local Radio Shows

WMBR 88.1 FM
What's Left
WEDS at 8:00 pm
Local Edition
FRI (alt) at 5:30 pm

WMFO 91.5 FM
Socialist Alternative
SUN 11:00 am

WZBC 90.3 FM
Sounds of Dissent
SAT at 11:00 am
Truth and Justice Radio
SUN at 6:00 am

Create account Log in
Comment on this article | Email this article | Printer-friendly version
News ::
Boston Anti-Slavery group launches campaign in Canada
26 Jul 2001
Boston based NGO The American Anti-Slavery Group recently launched a campaign demanding Canada take action against Talisman Energy. Talisman discovered oil in Sudan and has since become complicit in human rights violations ranging from slavery to genocide.
oil_girlhxw5nc.gif
Boston based NGO The American Anti-Slavery Group recently launched a campaign demanding Canada take action against Talisman Energy. Talisman discovered oil in Sudan and has since become complicit in human rights violations ranging from slavery to genocide.
Talisman Energy has been internationally criticized for it's roll in prolonging a and expanding Sudan's Civil war. A war which has seen northern forces sponsor slave raids as terror weapons against their southern adversaries. Now New York's own National Fuel Gas has developed a partnership with Talisman.

BOSTON, MA (iAbolish) – The American Anti-Slavery Group today launched a massive letter-writing campaign to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, calling on the government to help end slave raids in Sudan by banning Talisman Energy from operating in the war-torn North African country.

“Canada’s approach of ‘constructive engagement’ with the Sudanese regime must end,” declared Anti-Slavery President Dr. Charles Jacobs. “It has been two years since we first called on Talisman to leave Sudan voluntarily, to end its role as Sudan’s proxy in Western capital markets. Since then, the destruction perpetrated by the Sudanese regime has only increased.”

Talisman’s operations in Sudan have funneled over (US) $1 billion in oil profits into the government’s coffers, funding a brutal war against the country’s black African population. As documented by the United Nations and numerous human rights groups, government-backed militias attack villages in southern Sudan, killing men and gang-raping women. Survivors – especially children – are taken north and enslaved.

In 1999, Canada’s then Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy sent an investigative team group to Sudan. The resulting Harker Report was unequivocal: “Oil is exacerbating conflict in Sudan.” Yet, despite this damning report and Axworthy’s previous talk of imposing sanctions on Talisman, Canada has done nothing to stop Western funds from fueling slave raids.

Jacobs insists that the time is ripe for Canada to ban Talisman from Sudan. “The US House of Representatives just passed a bill that would bar Talisman from US stock exchanges because of its actions in Sudan,” Jacobs noted. “Canada must follow suit. Canadian companies should not be in league with genocidal regimes.”

Jacobs announced that the Anti-Slavery Group, in conjunction with a broad-spectrum of religious and human rights organizations, will be delivering this message to Chretien and Foreign Minister John Manley through its iAbolish action network. “The message is simple,” said Jacobs. “Canada must ban Talisman from Sudan.”

The campaign intends to send over 10,000 letters to Chretien and Manley.

“Canada has a proud record on human rights,” commented Jacobs. “Runaway slaves once looked to the country as a shining ‘North Star’ of freedom. But today Canada provides a safe haven for rogue companies complicit in slavery and genocide. This must end.”

To send a letter to the Prime Minister, go to http://www.iAbolish.com/Canada
See also:
www.iAboilish.com
Add a quick comment
Title
Your name Your email

Comment

Text Format
Anti-spam Enter the following number into the box:
To add more detailed comments, or to upload files, see the full comment form.