PETITION: Singapore, IMF and World Bank must uphold freedoms and rights

SINGAPORE, IMF and WORLD BANK MUST UPHOLD FREEDOMS and RIGHTS

The undersigned individuals and organizations strongly condemn the Singapore government for exerting pressure on the Batam, Indonesia authorities to prevent International Peoples Forum vs the IMF and WB from taking place there.

The International Peoples Forum is an initiative of more than 30 international, regional and national networks, movements and NGOs to provide space and opportunity for the convergence of various activities and actions that articulate critique, resistance and alternatives to the role, policies and operations of the IMF and WB.

The IPF Convenors and participating organizations of the IPF are widely recognized for their important role and contributions to various causes – economic justice, environment, human rights, workers and farmers issues, indigenous peoples rights, social services, peace, women and gender justice among others. Almost one thousand activists, development workers, community leaders, union leaders and representatives of citizens groups, from Indonesia, Asian countries and other regions of the world are planning to participate in the IPF activities.

We are also shocked to learn recently that the Singapore government has ordered a ban on the entry of 20 individuals from well-respected NGOs and networks, despite the fact they have been accredited by the WB and the IMF to participate in official events. This latest act must be actively opposed and denounced.

The IMF and the World Bank should likewise be strongly condemned for these institutions' blatantly false claims to championing democracy and good governance and their choice of Singapore as site for their 2006 Annual Meeting, knowing full well that the Singapore government that has a long track record of suppressing the exercise of basic civil and political rights. While they may disagree on some finer points, It is obvious that the Singapore governments general policy of political repression suit the purposes and interests of the IMF and WB.

We call on the international community to send statements of indignation and protests to the government of Singapore and Indonesia, the IMF and the World Bank over these and other acts undermining freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, and express solidarity with the movements, networks and citizens groups participating in the International Peoples Forum. (Email addresses and Fax numbers below)

Signatories: (please sign and circulate)

Anil Naidoo - Blue Planet Project, Council of Canadians
Olivier Hoedeman - Corporate Europe Observatory
TransNational Institute – Netherlands
Tuno Elzinger - X-Y Solidarity Fund, Netherlands
Erwamto - Indonesia House, Netherlands
Regatboni Sergio - Celebret/IRFED, France
Pol Vandervourt - 11.11.11, Belgium
Sue Tock - AISU, Estonia
Valentin Burada - FDSC, Romania
Christopher Gran - Social Forum, Germany
Heiko Herold - UV, Germany
Joaquim Fonseca - Association Hak, Timor-Leste
Pekka Borg - Finnish Philippine Society
Michael Ronhleo - Attac/ NIGD, Finland
Elina - Finnish Peace Committee, Finland
Olli- Pekka Haavisto - Friends of the Earth, Finland
Tytti Nami - KEPA, Finland
Kain Tuemnen - KEPA, Finland
Vicky Cann - World Development Movement, UK
Reiko Marima - AMC, Hongkong
Ration Fernandez Duran - Ecologica en Accion
Gus Miclat - Initiatives for International Dialogue
Francisco Pascual - Asia Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty
Henry Saraghi - FSPI. Indonesia
Saleh Abdullah - AKY, Indonesia
Hersumpana - YPR, Indonesia
Dian Abraham - MANUSIA, Indonesia
Lidy Nacpil, Jubilee South
Longena Ginting - Friends of the Earth International
Amselmo Lee - Forum Asia
Mary Ann Manahan - Focus on the Global South
Francisco Nemenzo - Laban ng Masa, Philippines
Milo Tanchuling - Freedom from Debt Coalition
Tina Ebro - Institute for Popular Democracy
Corazon Fabros - Stop the War Coalition, Philippines
Millet Morante - Movement for National Democracy, Philippines
Malu Padilla, Netherlands
Fatmawati Salapuddin - Mindanao Peace Weavers, Philiipines
Yennah Torres - Peace Weavers Philippines
Sonny Melencio - Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino
Liem Soci Liong - Indonesia
Gabriela Mawe - Germany
Knaw Thura - Burma
Tove Selin - Finland
Nga Dew - Vietnam
Charles Santiago, Malaysia
Edward Lee - Malaysia
Pathma Krishnan - Malaysia
Klaus Fritche - Germany
Jurgita B. Jordan - Lithuania
Felix Schmidt – Germany
Nathan Quimpo - Netherlands
Nonoi Hacbang - Netherlands
Dita Sari - Indonesia

FAX NUMBERS and EMAIL ADDRESSES

WORLD BANK
1. Washington DC ­ c/o Marilene Montemayor E-mail: mmontemayor@worldbank.org
2. Paris Office - Fax: +33 (0) 1 47 23 74 36
3. Brussels Office Fax: +32 2 552 00 25
4. London Office Fax: +44 20 7930 81515
5. Rome Office Fax: +39 06 7096046
6. Paul Wolfowitz, President, Fax: (202) 477-6391 E-mail: Feedback@worldbank.org
7. Indonesia Office, Andrew Steer, Fax: (62-21) 5299-3111, Asteer@worldbank.org
8. Philippine Office, Joachim von Amsberg Fax: (51-1) 421-7241 Jvonamsberg@worldbank.org

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
1. Rodrigo de Rato, Managing Director Fax: (202) 623-4661, webmaster@imf.org; www.imf.org
2. Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Fax: (81-3) 3597 6705, ngoliaison@imf.org

SINGAPORE AUTHORITIES
1. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Repuiblic of Singapore Fax: 683 56621 Email: pmo_hq@pmo.gov.sg
2. George Yoong-Boon Yeo Minister of Foreign Affairs Email: mfa@mfa.gov.sg Fax: (65) 6474 7885
3. Singapore Embassy in Jakarta Fax: (62-21) 520 1486

INDONESIAN AUTHORITIES
1. Kapolda Kepri Bignejd Polisi Sutarman , Head of Batam Provincial Police Fax: 0778 469780
2. The Headquarters - The Police of the Republic of Indonesia Fax: 722 0554 Email: polri@polri.go.id
3. Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, The President of the Republic of Indonesia http://www.presidensby.info/index.php/eng/index.html
4. State Department of the Republic of Indonesia (State Department) Fax: (021) 381 1120
5. Foreign Department of the Republic of Indonesia Fax: (62-21) 385 7316 infomed@deplu.go.id
6. Ketua DPR-RI (head of the People’s Representative Council) Phone/Fax: 5715326, 5715621