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Reconciliation Day 2004: Call on international corporations

Noting that the Khulumani International Lawsuit was recently dismissed by Judge Sprizzo in New York, Khulumani Support Group calls on those international corporations cited in the lawsuit to take the moral high ground and acknowledge the following:

1. Noting that the Khulumani International Lawsuit was recently dismissed by Judge Sprizzo in New York, Khulumani Support Group calls on those international corporations cited in the lawsuit to take the moral high ground and acknowledge that:

a. they continued to conduct their businesses in South Africa despite calls for restrictions on trade with the apartheid regime, and then despite sanctions against the apartheid government;

b. they profited from an unjust system;

c. they caused direct and indirect harm to many South Africans through their collaborations with the apartheid regime;

d. that the plaintiffs cited in the lawsuit have just cause to call them (defendants) to account;

e. they have failed to take responsibility for the harm they caused;

f. that they did not appear before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

2. Khulumani Support Group furthermore calls on these businesses to:

a. allow independent assessments of their books in order to determine the extent of the profits made as a result of collaborating with the apartheid regime;

b. contribute a percentage of those profits to a Rehabilitation Fund which will:

i. top up the meagre R30,000.00 reparation from government given to identified victims,

ii. help identify the victims who fell through the gaps of the TRC process,

iii. provide reparations and the additional "topping up" to these latter victims,

iv. contribute to establishing independent community development associations (CDAs),

v. contribute time, expertise, skills and other resources in actively uplifting affected communities with the aim of enabling them to became self-sufficient,

vi. establish a research institute focused on the needs of and challenges faced by victims of gross human rights abuses internationally, but particularly those related to apartheid abuses,

vii. ratify international conventions on business and human rights,

viii. put pressure on governments internationally to ratify such conventions,

ix. research the role of the media in perpetuating victimhood,

x. research the extent to which business interests take precedence over media reporting on the role of business in abusing human rights,

xi. be used in other rehabilitative ways according to specific criteria.

3. Khulumani Support Group urges other businesses that knowingly profited from apartheid (and those that still profit from the residual effects of apartheid) to participate in the establishment of the Rehabilitation Fund, and to endorse the objectives of the Khulumani International Lawsuit Campaign.

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