Comprehensive Economic Sanctions Against Apartheid: Decisive Action for Freedom and Justice
(Vol. 17 No. 3)
by Rev. Audrey Chapman, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
1988, about May
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
This document is excerpts from testimony given in April 1988 before the House of Representatives Africa Subcommittee by Audrey Chapman, World Issues Secretary for the Board of World Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Chapman quotes from South Africa church leaders calling for sanctions, despite an increasing number of arrests, bannings, and torture. Statements are from the South African Council of churches, South African Bishops Conference, Rev. Frank Chikane, and Bishop Desmond Tutu. The testimony discusses the need for stronger legislation beyond the limited sanctions adopted in 1986 and argues that economic sanctions can have an impact on South Africa. Stronger action is needed is areas such as ending short-term trade credits, ending U.S. imports of South African uranium, and a ban on oil exports to South Africa by companies that obtain U.S. government leases or permits. It also discusses the ways U.S. companies continue to support apartheid, despite many U.S. corporations having sold their South African assets during the past two years. Corporations discussed include General Motors, Unisys, Control Data, Goodyear, Royal Dutch/Shell, British Petroleum, Total, Mobil, Chevron, and Texaco.
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root