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"Secretary of State Clinton Begins Tour of Seven African Countries, Civil Society Responds"
"This letter, endorsed by 18 organizations and 15 independent analyst, urge a new U.S. engagement with Africa. The letter takes much of the rhetoric of President's Obama's Ghana speech and couples it with specific policy prescriptions targeting the U.S. State Department upon the beginning of Secretary Clinton's trip to Africa (August 5-14)..."
The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton
Secretary of State
2201 C Street N.W.
Dear Secretary Clinton,
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, write to express our appreciation for your upcoming visit to
As first step in facilitating this, we highlight several of the President's
"WE MUST SUPPORT STRONG AND SUSTAINABLE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENTS."
To foster democracy across
In the spirit of mutual respect, the U.S. should: A) contribute its fair share to multilateral agencies; B) recommit to the universally agreed-upon Millennium Development Goals, C) integrate U.S. funded development programs into regional and bilateral cooperation frameworks, and D) ensure that U.S. policy toward Africa is transparent and accessible to civil society and policy analysts around the globe.
"WE MUST SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT THAT PROVIDES
"WHEN A CHILD DIES OF A PREVENTABLE DISEASE IN
We urge you to act on the promise to "invest in public health systems that promote wellness and focus on the health of mothers and children." Our long-term security requires ensuring common security, including protection from less conventional threats that endanger us all: epidemics, natural disasters, economic disasters, climate change, and even the unknown consequences of technological changes. To do so,
"WE MUST ALSO STOP THE DESTRUCTION THAT COMES NOT FROM ILLNESS, BUT FROM HUMAN BEINGS."As President Obama realizes, "
We must reduce
Specific policy recommendations for the countries/issues on your itinerary include:
Africa Growth and
# Work with USTR to end unfair trade practices that lead to the dumping of agricultural and other products on African markets.
# Support African governments in expanding tools like price controls and subsidies to protect and regulate their markets where necessary.
# Curb AGOA's protection of intellectual property rights. With the devastating impact of the HIV/Aids pandemic, governments must exercise their right to secure generic drugs and other essential medicines without fear of intellectual property rights imposed in trade agreements like AGOA.
# Include strong and enforceable worker rights and environmental protections with transparent complaint processes in any
# Actively encourage the Unity Government to resolve its political gridlock.
# Support Kenyan efforts to establish an independent tribunal for those engaged in post-election violence.
# Examine African concerns on the "Green Revolution" and its dependence on pricey pesticides, fertilizers, and genetically modified seeds.
# Acknowledge the root causes of poverty and the Somali need for self-determination, which are the only routes to lasting peace and stability.
# Support regional negotiations and multilateral peacemaking initiatives, along with continued international assistance to Somali refugees and displaced persons.
# Respect the UN arms embargo by curbing the supply of
# Support Somali efforts to establish standards of transparency and accountability, including initiatives to curtail illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing fleets that have contributed to the rise of piracy.
# Identify strategies for
# Encourage South Africa and other SADC nations to increase diplomatic initiatives to resolve the political gridlock within
# Support the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative with all
# Understanding that violence against women is a direct result of the resource war, promote an end to the conflict through aggressive diplomacy and sustained engagement.
# Call on
# Reaffirm commitment to anti-corruption by supporting efforts to repatriate assets of former leaders in
# Investigate the role of
# Support efforts for peace and development of the oil-rich
# Explore independent investigations into extra-judicial killings by Nigerian security forces during crackdown on Muslim communities to ensure adherence to international human rights.
# Ensure that U.S.-based multinational corporations adhere to internationally recognized labor rights and environmental standards, particularly companies like Firestone in
# Examine the role of
# Support efforts for deeper and sustained debt cancellation.
# Examine the impact of the Millennium Challenge Account's $110 million on impoverished communities in
Thank you for your attention to these issues and for establishing a new engagement with
Cc: Ambassador Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for
African Leadership Council
African Security Research Project
Comboni Missionaries JPIC Office
Foreign Policy in Focus
Friends of the
International Forum on Globalization
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Missionary Oblates Justice and Peace
Office of Peace and Justice,
The Mission Office of the Archdiocese of
Independent Analysts Represented
Alfia K. Johnson
Alfred L. Marder; President, US Peace Council
David Morse, author "War of the Future"
Ezekiel Pajibo; Independent Researcher and Policy Analyst
Margaret Mary Kimmins, OSF
Mary E. O'Keefe, SNDdeN
Nii Akuetteh, Independent Analyst, former Director of
Rev. Rocco Puopolo,
Rev. Paul L. Rehling
Richard A. Jones, Ph.D, Co-Coordinator, Radical Philosophy Association
Sr. Maura Browne, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Justice and Peace Network
Steve Fake, Author and commentator on
Ya-Sin Shabazz; Program Manager, Biloxi branch NAACP
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