Final Declaration of the Ouagadougou Social Forum of the Evicted

Saturday 25 September 2010 by NoVox

In a world dominated by imperialists and neo-liberals, social injustices and the numbers of the capitalist system’s victims are multiplying like flies on dead flesh. That is why we, the excluded, gathered together in the No-Vox network made up of the MSV (Movement of the Voiceless), ABHAB (Association for the Welfare of the Inhabitants of Balkui), Namang-Zanga, the SYNTAP (National Union of Agro-pastoral Workers), the CAB (Coordination of Associations of Boumiougou), ASP-DROL (Solidarity Association for the Right to Housing) together with the victims of the companies Boulangeries 2000 and the Baguette de Faso, laid off workers from the Faso Fani factory as well as the militants comprising delegations from France, Belgium, Japan, Mali, Benin, Togo, Portugal, Canada, Angola, Turkey and Brazil which make up the international No-Vox network, firmly condemn:

- the closing of state companies such as Faso Fani,
- the eviction of the working masses from their housing in various arrondissements of Ouagadougou such as sectors 16, 17, 19 and the villages of Nagrin and Zongo in the arrondissement of Boumiougou, the villages of Balkui, Tambogdin, Dagnongo, Yamtenga and the unregistered zones of Sectors 28, 29, 30 in the arrondissement of Bogodogo, as well as the arrondissement of Signonghin for the profit of real estate agencies and the barbarian proponents of the free market working in complicity with the government administration,
- the thoughtless privatisation of state companies built on the sweat of their laid-off workers,
- the grabbing of arable land from the peasants in the provinces of Burkina such as those of Koumbia, Houndé, Sourou and others for the profit of agro-business multinationals as well as the introduction of GMOs into Burkina agriculture,
- the assassinations of militants of freedom.

In consequence, we demand:

- an immediate and unconditional stop to all nature of evictions,
- the nationalisation of multinational companies,
- a stop to abusive firings as well as the application and respect of the rights of workers and the laid-off,
- the development of local agriculture and support for local products,
- the unconditional rehousing of all those evicted from their homes and the resettling of peasants on their arable land,
- an immediate stop to the introduction of GMOs in Burkina, a stop to all forms of repression aimed at the working masses and the militants who support them,
- full equality between women and men,
- the free circulation of human beings and a stop to the expulsion of migrants.

The International No-Vox network commits itself now and in the future to watch with particular attention the respect of the rules of social justice concerning the working masses and the respect of individual and collective freedoms.

We invite all social groups and all social movements to unite in order to firmly condemn the attacks on the poorer social classes. We repeat our firm attachment to the respect of the present declaration.

Ougadougou, September 25, 2010

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