17 December 2005
We are social movements, trade unions, fishers and farmers organizations, NGOs, women’s groups, student organizations, and individuals who have gathered here in Hong Kong to protest against the unfair and unjust trade agreements being negotiated at the World Trade Organization ministerial.
We oppose the imposition of neo-liberal economic policies that prioritize the interests of corporations and elites over people and that serve to privatize all that belongs to humanity as a whole. We oppose these policies anywhere in the world as imposed through whatever means – whether by institutions through the WTO or by the tanks of invading armies.
We therefore condemn the illegal invasion of Iraq, demand an end to the occupation, and call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the US-led occupation forces from Iraq.
No foreign military bases should be established in Iraq and all the laws and measures privatizing Iraq’s natural resources and state-owned companies and liberalizing its economy should be abolished.
We demand reparations for the Iraqi people for all the damage the war has caused and demand justice and accountability for those responsible for planning, executing, and legitimizing the invasion and occupation.
Any help from the international community should be extended but only with the consent of and at the terms set by the Iraqi people.
We join the call for a global day of actions and demonstrations against the occupation on March 18-19, 2006, the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
The occupation of Palestine is related to the occupation of Iraq and is integral to the United States’ objective to dominate the Middle East and the world. W demand an end to the occupation of Palestine and we call for boycott campaigns. We support the campaign of war resisters, military families and veterans against the war, the campaign against military recruitment, the campaign against foreign military bases, against militarization, against dictatorships, and other campaigns to end war and social and economic injustice anywhere in the world.
We commit to building concrete and practical links of solidarity with the Iraqi people in support of their struggle against occupation.
SIGNED ( as of December 18):
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General Union of Oil Employees of Iraq
Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
Jubilee South- Asia Pacific
Continental Campaign against the Free Trade of the Americas
World March of Women – Globalization and Alliances Collective
Focus on the Global South
Asian Peace Alliance -Japan
All Together (South Korea)
Womyn’s Agenda for Change (Cambodia)
Freedom from Debt Coalition
Stop the New Round Coalition
Women’s March against Poverty and Globalization
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
Partido ng Manggagawa
Bukluran ng Progresibong Magbubukid ng Pilipinas
Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Pilipinas
Initiatives for Peace and Justice
Center for Rural Empowerment Services in Central Mindanao
Samahang Demokratiko ng Kabataan-SDK (Democratic Association of the Youth)
Teacher Center of the Philippines
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya
Manggagawang Kababaihan Mithi ay Paglaya
Katipunan para sa Pagpapalaya ng Sambayanan
National Labor Union
Pakistan Peace Coalition
Institute for Popular Democracy (Philippines)
U.S. Peace Council
Hawai’i Solidarity Committee