Comprehensive Economic Sanctions Against Apartheid: Decisive Action for Freedom and Justice
(Vol. 17 No. 3)
by Audrey Chapman, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
This document contains excerpts from Chapman's April 1988 testimony before the House of Representatives Africa subcommittee. The testimony is in support of sanctions against South Africa and in particular H.R. 3317 – The Anti-Apartheid Petroleum Sanctions Act. In her testimony, Chapman says that in order to impact the South African economy as quickly and effectively as possible, thereby hastening the end of apartheid, the United States must exercise strategic leverage on both U.S. and foreign oil companies that continue to extend a lifeline to oil-dependent South Africa. H.R. 3317 would extend the impact of H.R. 1580 to non-U.S. petroleum companies such as Royal Dutch/Shell, British Petroleum and Total, which are untouched by the Dellums/Cranston bill. The bill would require such non-U.S. companies - as well as U.S.-based Mobil, Chevron and Texaco - to choose between their South African business ties and their U.S. federal leases or permits for exploration, development or production of coal, gas or oil. • South Africans Call for Sanctions • The Current Crisis • The Call for Effective and Comprehensive Sanctions • US Companies Maintain Apartheid Ties • Corporate Taxes to Support Apartheid • Strengthening the Apartheid Military and Police • Invigorating Vulnerable South Africa • Oil Industry Sanctions Needed • Impact of Sanctions Predicted • A Viable Sanctions Target • Sanctions and Suffering • Different Effects on Blacks and Whites • Biblical Lesson: Sanctions and the Plagues on Egypt
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections