Divest Investments in Businesses and Countries Giving Support to Genocide
Whereas, of the Ten United Nations Covenants on Human Rights; the Convention Against Genocide bans acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group; declares genocide a crime under international law whether committed during war or peacetime, and binds all signatories of the convention to take measures to prevent and punish any acts of genocide committed within their jurisdiction; and
Whereas, in the past the California Democratic Party and the State Legislature had adopted both the Sullivan Principles regarding South Africa, and the MacBride Principles regarding Northern Ireland and the list of genocidal actions includes but is not limited to Rwanda, Darfur, Somalia, Liberia, the killing fields of Cambodia, and Bosnia, and
Whereas, it is our firm belief that no act of genocide is acceptable and we must speak out against and condemn any act of genocide.
Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urge both the State Legislature and the California congressional delegations to direct investments be divested in any business supporting regimes or governments, giving support for acts of individual and group genocide, and
Therefore be it further resolved, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the State legislature and the California congressional delegation.
Authored by: Thomas Patrick O’Shaughnessy, Region 3 Vice Chair
Passed by LACDP Resolutions Committee, March 3. 2009
Passed by LACDP 04/14/09