The afternoon session chaired by the BAME member on NEC started 2.30pm amid a lot of excitement and a revised agenda to allow Leader and MPs to return to Westminster following the unanimous decision by the 11 strong Supreme Court. All hail, Lady Hale, the President of the Court!
Over 200 international visitors from Embassies, solidarity countries from around the world. The word today is Liberation. We remember the fights against imperialism and colonialism.
Unit of the Third worlds, Ghana, bringing together countries in search of economic growth. TANOH was impressed by the debates on the internal struggles. He was reminded of Yemen, Kashmir, and many places in Mozambique where Beira was destroyed by climate change. Malawi, Zimbabwe have been pressurised by IMF asset stripping to pay debts. PFIpartnership are being replicated around the world. It’s the biggest killer more than malaria etc, its wrecking the environment. Agriculture has been destroyed. That’s why people have rushed into the cities. We are the producers of the wealth, we need solidarity and to regain confidence in our ability to regenerate and create wealth. Out of £4 for a cup of coffee, only 1p goes back to coffee grower in Africa. Same thing in supermarkets, we need to question who owns what. Intellectual property rights need to be renegotiated. There are many versions of internationalism, we need to distinguish between the good and the bad, including EU.
Question of Western Sahara has been brought before the UN. Kadija spoke of being a daughter of the revolution. The role of women has been tremendous as they had to start building hospitals schools and the community itself in the occupied territories in the middle of the desert.
The Moroccan police is persecuting the people of Saharawi,and they have essentially fled to Algeria as a place of asylum for the past 45 years.
Louis is the leader of the Chagos islands refugee group. Many in Seychelles, and other countries like Mauritius. Their struggle started with Harold Wilson. UK and USA established a arms base, and they wanted to sanitise the island. Uk went along with the USA and deported all Chagoian out. The women of Chagos in 2000 achieved a good result with Robin Cook. The case went to highest court and 25th May the UN Council decided it was wrong to deport them, and they are now in process of resettlement back in their home country. 22nd Nov is deadline for ICJ ruling. Jeremy Corbyn wrote to Theresa May to uphold the decision of the court and the UN. Up to now its a hollow promise including the offer of funds to be resettled.
Hostile immigration policy which discriminates against Chagocians. We believe that its the Labour Government under J Corbyn.