A Message to the People of the United States and Final Declaration

by American Committee on Africa
Washington, DC
December 2, 1982
8 pages
Message to the People of the United States and Final Declaration of the International Seminar on the Role of Transnational Corporations in Namibia, Washington, DC, November 29 - December 2, 1982. Speaker for representatives of non-governmental organizations from 12 countries at the seminar affirm that the problem concerning Namibia is the illegal South African occupation of the territory, in defiance of the decisions of the United Nations and the International Court of Justice. The just struggle of the Namibian people under the leadership of SWAPO is the response of people seeking their freedom, and deserves the fullest international support. The Declaration further says information provided at the Seminar showed conclusively that the South African regime and transnational corporations have accelerated exploitation of Namibia's natural resources in recent years, despite strong protests by the international community and numerous resolutions of the United Nations. The corporations most active in Namibia are of North American, West European and South African origin. The Declaration says shareholders of companies such as Consolidated Diamond Mines (South Africa), Rio Tinto Zinc (British), and AMAX and Newmont Mining (American) have made spectacular profits, benefiting from apartheid labor laws and customs enforced by South Africa in Namibia. The Declaration discusses foreign banks and the fishing sector. The Declaration welcomes the Tripoli Declaration on Namibia. The Declaration says considerable concern exists in Africa and throughout the world over the activities of the Western Contact Group – the U.S., Britain, Canada, Federal Republic of Germany, and France. The document says the International Seminar urgently recommends that the U.N. Council for Namibia take effective measures to secure implementation of U.N. Decree No. 1 for the protection of the Natural Resources of Namibia. The Declaration condemns linking of Cuban troops in Angola to Namibian independence and includes recommendations for both political and economic action and material aid to SWAPO.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive