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"Most Wanted" Corporate Human Rights Violators of 2005 December 13, 2005 6:00 PM

For those of you that are not familiar with the site Global Exchange has given us a detailed list of the 14 “most wanted” Corporate Human Rights Violators of 2005 along with a list of non-profit community, human rights, international and environmental groups that are taking these corporate criminals on and leading the fight to reign them in through International Law and other tactics. If you are like myself you probably want to boycott purchasing products of these corporations and their subsidiaries. One exercise that I did was doing a Google search for each corporation and it’s subsidiaries. You may be surprised, as I was, how many common consumer products these corporations and their subsidiaries either produce and/or market. A quick example would be that Coca-Cola Corporation, besides their long line of soft product lines like Fanta, Barq’s, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper, also own Fruitopia, Minute Maid, POWERade, Odwalla, as well as bottled waters, Dasani, Evian, Dannon, and Sparkletts. Another example would be Dow Chemical that also owns Union Carbide and Styrofoam Corporations that produce many automotive products for those who own cars and while most of us would never consciously buy Styrofoam cups or packaging materials, many people don’t realize that this time of year that Styrofoam Corporation also makes many of the Christmas decorations and ornaments that are used on the Christmas trees and around the house like that cute talking Santa decoration that was an impulse buy for some caught up in the consumer spirit of the season. Corporations like Nestle USA and the pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer can also be real eye openers when you research them and their many subsidiaries. Some of you may already be up on who these Corporations are and the many brand names they own. For others it may be a worthwhile exercise so that we can also fight these corporations by withholding our consumer dollars from their products that are produced at the expense of human rights violations that rise to the level of crimes against humanity. These corporate monsters hold sway over our government and its policies through their powerful lobbying and corporate donations and bribes as well as governments around the world. We can all help fight them by educating all of the people in our lives and within our field of influence as to their criminality and, of course we can all join and/or support those activist organizations that are leading the fight against their unbridled power internationally. "Most Wanted" Corporate Human Rights Violators of 2005 Take Action for International Human Rights Day! By Global Exchange (Click here to read about our definition of human rights.) INTRODUCTION Corporations carry out some of the most horrific human rights abuses of modern times, but it is increasingly difficult to hold them to account. Economic globalization and the rise of transnational corporate power have created a favorable climate for corporate human rights abusers, which are governed principally by the codes of supply and demand and show genuine loyalty only to their stockholders. Though it isn't easy, we can check the power of corporations—and citizens around the world are stepping up to do it. Global Exchange developed this list of some of the world's worst corporate abusers to illustrate that on issues as diverse as assassination, torture, kidnapping, environmental degradation, abusing public funds, violently repressing political rights, releasing toxins into pristine environments, destroying homes, discrimination, and causing widespread health problems, familiar companies like Dow Chemical, Coca Cola, Caterpillar, Lockheed, Philip Morris, and Wal-Mart play a big role. Now we need you to take action! Several of the companies below are being sued under the Alien Tort Claims Act, a law that allows citizens of any nationality to sue in US federal courts for violations of international rights or treaties. When corporations act like criminals, we have the right and the power to stop them, holding leaders and multinational corporations alike to the accords they have signed. Around the world—in Venezuela, Argentina, India, and right here in the United States—citizens are stepping up to create democracy and hold corporations accountable to international law. This list of "MOST WANTED" corporate criminals gives you information about the abusive behavior of this year's top fourteen worst corporations, tells you who is responsible, and how to connect with and support people who are doing something about it. The more you know, the less these corporations can continue their abuses out of public eyesight: so share this information with your friends, get on the phone with the CEOs themselves, and exercise your rights as a citizen and consumer today. To visit the site go to:  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 13, 2005 6:07 PM

Yes..there we can find all the organisations that are agaisnt to this corporations to stop the abuse and violations of the Human Rights

Thank You Thomas..

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 December 14, 2005 1:55 AM

we need the links or list of coorperations producing WMD too!!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 14, 2005 2:00 AM

Thanks for the link.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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