Denounce Indonesian authorities’ repressive moves! Defend the right to hold the Peoples’ Global Conference against IMF-World Bank!
6 October 2018
We, concerned individuals and organisations, are deeply alarmed by Bali authorities’ maneuvers to stifle peoples’ independent initiatives parallel to the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group (IMF-WBG). We denounce the unjust attempt at banning public gatherings and the Indonesian government’s overblown “security” measures. While the Bali Police verbally retracted in a dialog with the organizers earlier this morning the prohibition to hold the Peoples’ Global Conference at Radio Republik Indonesia in Denpasar, Bali, they have yet to issue a written confirmation.
The PGC is a collective effort of people’s movements in response to the very limited space provided to the people and their organizations to air their grievances and critical voices in this important policymaking arena. We join the people’s movements and CSOs in Bali collectively asserting their rights that, in many instances, have been violated by IMF-WBG policies and projects.
The underhanded attempts of Indonesian authorities only further marginalises voices that desire to reclaim their right to chart their own path to development. The US-dominated IMF-WBG has facilitated the corporations’ capture of the development agenda, making it a billion-dollar business at the expense of the people and the environment.
This act of political repression imposed by the Indonesian authorities will not stop the people from reclaiming their rights and their future.
We demand the Indonesian authorities and the IMF-WB to recognize the people’s right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and meaningful participation in the development process. We expect the local security forces to remain true to their commitment to respect our assertion to hold the Peoples’ Global Conference at Radio Republik Indonesia, in Denpasar, Bali on October 8 – 14.
We call on grassroots organisations, social movements, CSOs, and policymakers from around the world to remain vigilant and stand in solidarity with the peoples opposing the repressive attempts of the Indonesian authorities and the undemocratic and anti-people IMF-WB.
It is only through our courageous resolve that we could create a strong force to take back our future away from the corporate-led “development” and other neoliberal schemes.
Reclaim our rights and future! Fight the Corporate Takeover of Development! Signatories (as of 6 Oct 2018) AFREWATCH (African Resources Watch), DRC All-Bangla Farmers Association All Nepal Peasants' Federation Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union (APVVU) Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders (APNED) Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) Asian Rural Women's Coalition Association pour l'Integration et le Developement Durable au Burundi (AIDB) BAI Indigenous Women's Network (Philippines) Bangladesh Adivasi Samity Bangladesh Bhumihin Samity Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation(BAFLF) Bangladesh Kishani Sabha Bangladesh Krishok Federation Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament Bangladesh Youth Farmers Association Borneo Dayak Forum Bretton Woods Project CAFSO - WRAG for Development (Nigeria) Cambodia Youth Network Centre for Research and Advocacy Manipur Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development Coalition of Cambodian Farmers' Community (CCFC) Community Development Friend (Bangladesh) Cordillera Peoples' Alliance (Philippines) Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC - Philippines) Coalition of Cambodian Farmers Community (CCFC-Cambodia) Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center (Kenya) Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER) Entwicklung braucht Entschuldung (Jubilee Germany) Equity BD (Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh) European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) Fight Inequality Alliance GABRIELA Alliance of Filipino Women Gram Bharati Samiti (India) IBON International Indigenous People's Movement for Self-determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) International Accountability Project International League of People's Struggle (ILPS) Institute for National and Democracy Studies (INDIES) International Women’s Alliance (IWA) ILPS Indonesia IRV (Bangladesh) Jago Nari (Bangladesh) Katribu Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas Karmojibi Nari (Bangladesh) Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Labor Resource Center (Bangladesh) Lumière Synergie pour le Développement Madhyam (India) Migrante International Mongolian Women's Employment Supporting Federation MONLAR (Sri Lanka) Narasha Community Development Group National Agricultural Workers' Forum-India National Campaign for Sustainable Development in Nepal (NACASUD-Nepal) National Center for Labour (India) National Federation of Sugar Workers (Philippines) National Women Farmers & Workers Association(NWFA - Bangladesh) Nijera Kori Not1More North-East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS) Oil Change International Oyu Tolgoi Watch Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek (PKMT) Pakistan Institute for Labor Education and Research (PILER) PAN Asia Pacific (PAN AP) People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) People Over Profit (POP) Ponlok Khmer (Cambodia) Reality of Aid - Asia Pacific (RoA-AP) Red Latinoamericana por la Justicia Económica y Social, LATINDADD Roots for Equity (Pakistan) Rivers without Boundaries - Mongolia Roots for Equity (Pakistan) Society for International Development South Asian Network for Social & Agricultural Development Sustainable Development Foundation (Thailand) Tanzania Organization for Agricultural Development (TOfAD) Telangana Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union The Corner House (UK) UNA Zimbabwe Unyon ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (Philippines) Urgewald (Germany) Vikalapani National Women's Federation (Sri Lanka) VOICE Bangladesh Youth for Food Sovereignty (YFS)
Individuals: Dr. Semjidmaa Choijiil (PhD), Psychological Responsiveness NGO (Mongolia)