I've been a part of this, McLibel, list for a couple months now. I
have to admit that I joined following the 60 minutes expose that I saw. A
lot of the things discussed on the list interest, for lack of a better word,
me, are things that are important to me, but I have never really focused on
them. I am a very active member of Amnesty International though. As you may
probably know, this year is the 50th Anniversary of The Universal Declaration
of Human Rights. I was apalled when, just days after reading the posting
about The Body Shop, I received my Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(UDHR) packet for organizing students et al. and noticed the corporate
sponsor to be The Body Shop. Additionally, encouraging emails have been
sent about placing UDHR information in friendly McDonalds, who are helping
to raise awareness about the UDHR worldwide. How can this be?? (The first
thing that came to my mind was the plank in the UDHR that guarantees all
humans the right to organize unions...among other planks McDonalds so
egregiously, flagrantly violates)..
I feel limited in my scope of influence (a high school student in
Houston, Texas), but I wonder why no one else has noticed this. The Body
Shop and McDonalds sponsoring human rights?!
I don't know who I should talk to, but this seemed like a good
starting place. (Even though every day I receive more stuff from AI with
McDonalds and Body Shop ties). What needs to be done? How can I help?
PS.I have attached to this
some ancillary information that I received today, a letter from the
AI-USA campaign director Ms. Christensen, a letter from an
organizer here in Houston, and an article from the Spring AI-
USA Action Newsletter, as well as the specific points of the
UDHR so that others may count the contrdictions these
companies have in their practices.
What is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
A UDHR synopsis (How do our companies and nations rate?)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees Everyone;
1. The right to equality
2. Freedom from discrimination
3. The right to life, liberty, and personal security
4. Freedom from slavery
5. Freedom from torture or degrading treatment
6. The right to recognition as a person before the law
7. The right to equality before the law
8. The right to remedy by a competent tribunal
9. Freedom from arbitrary arrest or exile
10. The right to a fair and public hearing
11. The right to be considered innocent until proven guilty
12. Freedom from interference with privacy, family, home, or correspondence
13. The right to free movement in and out of any country
14. The right to asylum in other countries from persecution
15. The right to a nationality and freedom to change it
16. The right to marriage and family
17. The right to own property
18. Freedom of belief and religion
19. Freedom of opinion and information
20. The right of peaceful assembly and association
21. The right to participate in Government and free elections
22. The right to social security
23. The right to desirable work and to join trade unions
24. The right to rest and leisure
25. The right to an adequate standard of living
26. The right to education
27. The right to participate in the cultural life of a community
28. The right to social order assuring human rights
29. Community duties are essential to free and full Development
30. Freedom from state or personal interference in the above rights
From: Janice Christensen
To be fair to the incredible work members are doing in this
section, it should be noted that the Dutch section is in a unique
and incredibly fortunate position in their country.
For the UDHR campaign, the Dutch Section had 52 hours of free
television promoting the campaign --- an entire weekend dedicated to this!
Also, they had every single Post Office in the country, every
single McDonalds in the country and many, many other facilities
putting out pledge cards. This was the entire focus for a huge
team of staff in the Dutch Section. It was a tremendous
campaign, they should be incredibly proud but the Netherlands is
different than the USA.
Two and a half million pledges!!
Janice Christensen, Campaign Director AIUSA
Amnesty International USA, National Campaign Office
Visit the UDHR50 Website: www.amnesty.excite.com
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From a leader of the Houston local Amnesty group
The group also discussed the joint action between AI and the Body Shop, May 11 to 17.
I'm waiting for the Body Shop at
the Galleria to call me back so we can arrange for Ale and I to meet with
them. It should be a great joint action and we are hoping for great
participation from all the AI groups in Houston.
From AMNESTY ACTION / Spring 1998
This Spring, AI and the Body Shop will join in celebrating the 50th
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. During a special "Make Your
Mark" campaign beginning May 11, each Body Shop outlet will focus public
attention on one of the 28 international human rights defenders highlighted
in Amnesty's UDHR 50 campaign.
"Make Your Mark" with AI and the Body Shop
Stores in the United States, Mexico and Canada will feature the case of
Ngawang Sangdrol, a 19-year-old Tibetan nun who was sentenced to 18 years in prison
by the Chinese Government for campaigning to free Tibet.
In addition to information on prisoners of conscience, Body Shop customers
will find in-store "Action Stations" offering them an opportunity to make their mark
for human rights. That mark will take the form of a thumbprint on a petition calling
for the release of the featured defender. The results of this collaboration between AI and the Body Shop will be marked
with a ceremony in Paris on December 10.