Final Declaration of the Bamako "Forum of the Evicted in All their States"

Sunday 19 September 2010 by NoVox

On the eve of the sumptuous celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Malian independence, we the UACADDDD (Union), ACOFEK, AME, APELD, ARACEM and Huicoma Collective as well as militants from delegations from Japan, Turkey, Portugal, France and Belgium, members of the international No-Vox network, meeting from September 17 to 19, 2010 within the framework of the Forum of the Evicted in All their States (evicted from their land, housing, jobs and rights in Africa or elsewhere) in Bamako, condemn:

- the eviction from housing or neighbourhoods and the massive destruction of housing for the profit of speculators, real estate businesses, investment funds with the complicity of the government,
- the expropriation of land, the pillaging of peasant resources and the destruction of subsistence agriculture for the profit of the intensive exploitation of lands by multinationals and foreign states,
- the privatisation of companies and massive lay-offs of workers by multinationals or the elite,
- the aggravation of poverty in particular amongst women and children,
- the expulsion of migrants and attacks on the freedom of movement of which they are victims.

We demand:

- a stop to all forms of eviction,
- the suspension of all repression against those who demand their rights and the guarantee of democratic freedom of speech,
- a stop to influence peddling,
- restitution of all expropriated land,
- rehousing and resettlement of all the evicted,
- the respect of traditional and customary rights,
- the respect of subsistence agriculture and the goal of agricultural self sufficiency,
- the dismantling of all the networks of expropriation and the indemnity of all damage suffered,
- a stop to all evictions from vegetable gardens and market stands,
- the restitution of the lands seized from families suffering from leprosy,
- the arrest and trial of those responsible for evictions, expropriations and violence,
- a stop to the privatisation of our commonwealth, our companies and to all firings,
- the renationalisation and immediate start of production at Huicoma,
- a stop to the expulsion of migrants,
- the regularisation of undocumented foreigners and the recognition of their rights by countries of arrival,
- the recovery of evicted migrants’ property,
- easier access to visas,
- the immediate application of texts ratified by Mali in favour of women including the Universal Declaration of the Women’s Rights and the Universal Declaration of Children’s Rights.

We commit ourselves within the international No-Vox network to build and consolidate international solidarity against poverty and for the rights of the powerless. We call on all the world’s social movements to denounce these situations and support all forms of action employed by the social movements in Mali.

We reaffirm our determined opposition to all forms of eviction, in whatever form, and will continue to struggle.

Bamako, September 19, 2010


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