Genocide And Divestment Of Public Funds

Resolution Number SAC09.99

Genocide And Divestment Of Public Funds

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 have condemned the Armenian Genocide of 1915; and

WHEREAS, the list of genocidal actions includes but is not limited to Rwanda, Darfur, Somalia, Liberia, the killing fields of Cambodia, and Bosnia since there is no arbitrary number of deaths that must occur before a threshold is achieved to trigger the recognition of genocide anywhere in the world;

that the California Democratic Party urge both the State Legislature and the California congressional delegations to divest all investments in any business that materially supports regimes or governments determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, the United Nations Security Council, or any body of the United States government, to have supported acts of genocide; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the California State legislature, the California congressional delegation, and the U.S. State Department.

Authored by: Thomas Patrick O’Shaughnessy, 43rd AD
Co-Sponsors: Richard M. Mathews (AD 38); David Dobson (AD 43);
Blanca M. Figueroa, Mayor, South El Monte (AD 49); Los Angeles County Democratic Party
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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party At its Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
July 19, 2009

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