Reparations and Financial Sovereignty Now!

Bolivian social movements and organizations of the Unity Pact and the National Coordinator for Change, convened the "Antiimperialist and anticolonist Summit of the Peoples in Defense of Human Rights and the full enforcement of the International Treaties and Conventions that regulate relations among States", held in Tiquipaya, Bolivia, from July 31 to August 2 (See the Final Summit Declaration here, in Spanish).  Dialogue 2000, together with the Jubilee South/Americas network, presented the following text in support and as a contribution to the Summit debate.

Reparations and Financial Sovereignty Now!
Colonial Debt – Imperialist Debt – Patriarchal Debt -
Ecological Debt - Economic Debt - Social Debt -
We peoples are the only creditors! 
"The global capitalist financial system is colonial and imperialist. It is a weapon of the powerful countries to subject developing countries and peoples, to privatize and commodify, to subject us to the control of the oligarchy and of anarchic mercantilist capital. We thus should stop recognizing and dismantle the international financial system and its satellites. We call on the peoples and governments of the world to break the chains of bondage of financial colonialism, as only financial and economic sovereignty can allow us to sovereignly decide our future. "
-Evo Morales Ayma, Manifesto of the Isla del Sol, 12/21/12, Mandate 10

Jubilee South / Americas, together with the rest of the great popular movement in Latin America, the South and globally, strongly condemns the harassment and detention suffered recently by the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales.
Such treatment constitutes a flagrant violation of international law and is an affront, not only against the peoples of Bolivia and their president, but against all peoples and countries that value dignity, respect for others, equality and justice as the basis of coexistence, if not our very survival. It is also an unequivocal demonstration that the colonial and imperial capitalist system continues to hang on the preservation of its privileges, sparing no effort to maintain its exploitative, destructive, and predatory dominance, undoubtedly affected by the very crisis it has unleashed.
We cannot ignore the continuity between this and other attacks made in recent years by the same colonial and imperialist powers, led by the U.S., its European allies and the transnational corporations they nurture and protect. Among the most egregious are the "regime changes" brought about in Haiti (2004), Honduras (2009), and Paraguay (2012), together with permanent destabilization actions against those governments, like Bolivia, that have dared to trace paths of sovereignty and independence.
In these and other efforts to maintain the order of domination and plunder, we recognize the centrality of the various mechanisms of indebtedness and financial subjugation that have been refined over the centuries. Their persistence and consequences today convert the reparation of the debts accumulated to the peoples and Mother Earth, and the recovery of financial sovereignty, in essential elements and tasks of the so dear and urgently needed struggle for decolonization, depatriarcalization, justice and equilibrium.
We thus call to join efforts among peoples everywhere, from indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants, women and all working people of Our America, throughout the South and the whole world, to achieve among other advances, the following:
1 - Audit, annulment, and non payment of debts illegitimately imposed on peoples, South countries and the Pachamama, both external and internal debts which remain instruments of exploitation and plunder, blackmail and submission, contrary to the rights and needs of peoples and Mother Earth and making it impossible to achieve sovereignty, equity and the equilibrium of Living Well (Vivir Bien). Rejection of debt restructuring or swaps used to “whitewash” questionable debts, legitimize processes of looting, and impose foreign interests. We call on everyone to mobilize together on October 15, the World Day of Non-Payment and Reparations for colonial and illegitimate Debt[1], culminating the Global Week of Action on Debt beginning October 8.
2 - Recognition, punishment, reparation and non-repetition of the debts accumulated to the peoples, South countries, and the Earth as a result of the crimes committed, thereby paying off the huge historical, patriarchal, social, economic and ecological debts that the colonial, capitalist and imperialist powers, and beneficiary elites, have accumulated and making Living Well a possibility. Solidarity and support to those communities and countries that are resisting the further accumulation of illegitimate debts against peoples and Mother Earth whether through the abuse of rights, financial looting, mega infrastructure and extractive enterprises, the advance of green capitalism, the criminalization of poverty and protest and the militarization of our countries and lives.
3 – Non approval, annulment, and termination of the bilateral and multilateral trade and investment protection treaties and agreements that favor capital over the rights of individuals, peoples, and all of nature, and impede the implementation by states of sovereign public policies consistent with their obligations in terms of human and environmental rights. Building and strengthening forms of local and regional production and exchange that are complementary and mutually supportive and born of the Living Well civilizational horizon.
4 – Non approval, annulment and termination of treaties, contracts, and laws that undermine the sovereignty of peoples and countries through the waiving of sovereign immunity, the ceding of jurisdiction to foreign courts, or the recognition of private arbitration mechanisms, including for example the World Band dependent ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes). Construction of a new financial and commercial legal order on the basis of the rights and needs of peoples and Mother Earth, complementarity and sufficiency.
5 – Withdrawal from and closure of the international financial and trade institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank and regional development banks, that promote and protect the interests of capital at the expense of the rights of individuals, of peoples, and of Mother Earth. Sovereign control over capital movements and the definancialization and decommodification of life and natural goods, including among others the recognition and protection of fundamental human rights to water, territories, food and energy sovereignty, health, education, housing and communications. Creating our own popular, community, public and sovereign financial instruments and systems, on the basis of the socialized use of the wealth produced by our peoples the development of an institutional architecture in the service of public policies designed for the Living Well of all.

Jallalla peoples of the world!
Manupxtanti? Jiwasanakaru manupxistuxa! Debt? The people are the creditors!
No to colonialism, imperialism, capitalism and patriarchy!
Yes to the rights of peoples and Mother Earth!
Reparations and financial sovereignty now!

Jubilee South / Americas   August 1, 2013   Day of the Pachamama

Initial signatures of support:  Diálogo 2000-Jubileo Sur Argentina; Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Laureate - Argentina; Nora Cortiñas, Mother of May Square Founders´ Line - Argentina, Mirta Baravalle, Mother of May Square Founders´ Line – Argentina; Peace and Justice Service – Argentina; Plataforma de Acción para un Desarrollo Alternativo PAPDA – Haití; Jubileo Sur México; Otros Mundos Chiapas – México; Intipachamama – Nicaragua; Políticas alternativas para el Cono Sur PACS – Brasil; Rede Jubileu Sul Brasil; Plataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo (PIDHDD); Red Sinti Techan - El Salvador; VientoSur – Chile; Attac-Argentina; Cadtm-Ayna; Unidad Ecologica Salvadoreña – El Salvador; Campaña Justicia Climatica- Mesoamérica;Bia´lii, Asesoría e Investigación, A.C. (México); Colectivo Voces Ecológicas COVEC – Panamá; Movimiento Social Nicaragüense Otro Mundo es Posible; Observatorio de la Deuda en la Globalización (ODG) – Catalunya; Asociación Centro de Estudios y Apoyo Laboral CEA - El Salvador; Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos – Argentina; Observatorio Tunecino de la Economía – Túnez; Fatoumata Toure – Uganda; Auditons deudas con Túnez ACET-Túnez; Observatorio sobre Latinoamerica SELVAS–Italia; Jubileo Sudáfrica; Pires Eugenia, economista portugués; Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña, OFRANEH – Honduras; Fronteras Comunes – Canada; Universidad Sin Fronteras - EE. UU.; Centro de Investigación sobre Inversión y Comercio, CEICOM - El Salvador; Programa de Deuda Ilegítima de la Federación Luterana Mundial; POJOAJU Paraguay; Red Mexicana de Acción frente al Libre Comercio; Alianza Social Continental; Ditsö - Costa Rica; Red Nacional de Género y Economía, REDGE - México, DF; Aníbal Quijano – Perú; Alberto Acosta, Ex-presidente de la Asamblea Constituyente – Ecuador; Ecuador Decide; COECOCeiba/ Amigos de la Tierra - Costa Rica;  Federación Ecologista Costarricense FECON; Batay Ouvriye, Haití; Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras COPINH; Red de Educación Popular Entre Mujeres de Latinoamerica y el Caribe REPEM-LAC; Accion Ecologica – Ecuador; Red de Ecologistas Populares, Ecuador; Associação de Favelas de São José dos Campos - São Paulo – Brasil; Colectiva de mujeres Hondureñas CODEMUH; Fórum Mudanças Climáticas e Justiça Social – Brasil; SINALTRAINAL – Colombia; Revista La Resistencia, Jesús María, Córdoba, Argentina; Equity BD – Bangladesh; ATALC Amigos de la Tierra América Latina y el Caribe; Coordination des Comités Popularies de Martinique (CNCP) – Martinica; Fórum Mudanças Climáticas e Justiça Social – Brasil; Ongd Africando – Sénegal;Oscar Rivas – Paraguay; Roberto Montiel Fernández – Paraguay; Plataforma Auditoria Ciudadana de la Deuda ¡No Debemos! ¡No Pagamos! - PACD - Estado Español; Red ¿Quién debe a Quién? - QdQ - Estado Español; "Plataforma 12 de octubre nada a celebrar" – Barcelona; Museo “Ernesto Che Guevara” de CABA-llito Higuera, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Escuela de Solidaridad con Cuba “Chaubloqueo”, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Federación Nacional de Trabajadores del Agua Potable y Alcantarillado del Perú – FENTAP; Plataforma DESCAm Uruguay; Observatorio Social-Amerindia; Jubilee Debt Campaign, UK; CONAPAMG – Guatemala; Red Costarricense de Agendas Locales de Mujeres REDCALM – Costa Rica…




[1] October 15 is the anniversary of the 1987 assassination of Burkina Faso president, Thomas Sankara.  He was killed in a coup, shortly after calling on his fellow African presidents to stop paying colonial debts and to demand their reparation.  The World Day of Non-payment and Reparation of Colonial and Illegitimate Debts has been instituted by social movements active in the struggle for freedom from debt domination.  The Global Week of Action on Debt is marked every year, from October 8 to 15.

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