Argentina: Let social movements in!
We demand that Argentina allows civil society participation in the 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO.
The Argentine government is denying visas and canceling the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s previously-granted accreditation of many civil society delegates to participate in its next conference in Buenos Aires, 10-13 December 2017.
There is still time.
Take action to demand that Argentina allows civil society participation.
Ask your government officials and representatives to condemn the restriction of civil society participation at the WTO’s 11th Ministerial Conference.
1. Raise your voice on social media:
Send tweets with the hashtag #MC11 to these Argentine and WTO officials:
Decisions taken at the WTO affect everyone. We demand that Argentina allows full civil society participation at #MC11 @JorgeFaurie @CancilleriaARG @PatoBullrich @SusanaMalcorra @WTODGAZEVEDO
More sample tweets:
Civil society participation is crucial to create an economy for the people. Argentina, we the people demand that you allow social movements at #MC11 @JorgeFaurie @CancilleriaARG @PatoBullrich @SusanaMalcorra @WTODGAZEVEDO
Actions taken by Argentina to restrict civil society participation at #MC11 go against human rights. We demand that civil society and justice movements have a seat at the table @JorgeFaurie @CancilleriaARG @PatoBullrich @SusanaMalcorra @WTODGAZEVEDO
2. Call on your government to appeal to Argentina:
Send this email to your government’s relevant Ministry or Authority, and include a copy to the Argentine government at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear [Government official name]
We kindly request that our government take action to ensure that the Argentine government immediately reverses its decision to deny visas and cancel previously-granted accreditation for civil society delegates to attend the World Trade Organization’s 11th Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, 10-13 December 2017.
The Argentine government must comply with its human rights obligations as well as those of citizen participation in formal and informal events, as host country for a meeting of the nature of the WTO Ministerial Conference.
We also demand that the basis of each of the decisions taken be made public.
The Ministerial Conference is the highest decision-making body of the organisation and a gathering of Trade Ministers and other senior officials from WTO’s 164 members. The decisions taken on the multilateral trading system affect each and every one of us.
People’s participation, be it in formal or oppositional events, is critical to create an economy for the people - not just for the 1%.
Civil society and human rights defenders from around the world are heading to participate in the Ministerial Conference and related activities. For example, the People’s Summit - a collective mobilization against the WTO regime, and for alternatives to the current exploitative system of production and trade; or, a Great Assembly of women, LBTQI, migrants, refugees, Afro-descendant and displaced women for a global feminist struggle for economic justice.
It is the first time that a host government has taken a decision of this nature. The WTO itself informs the delegates of various organizations in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, that the Argentine Government has canceled the accreditation earlier approved by the WTO, without explanation.
The unilateral and authoritarian measures of Argentina go against human rights, law and democracy. It is one more step in taking the power over our economy away from the civil society. Ordinary people and social movements are increasingly and violently excluded from decision-making forums about our economy, whilst the private sector enjoys privileged access and undue influence in governmental and intergovernmental forums.