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The following proposals have received wide support in the World Parliament voting system. Many of these proposals are also followed by informative responses from other members which are not reproduced here, but can be found under 'Program' ; 'Foreign & International Relations' at the original website; www.tgde.org.

Some of the approved proposals on www.tgde.org have been moved to other program categories because of editorial reasons.

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USA: Congress rubber stamps torture and other abuses

created by Fabian (697) - 20 Feb 2007, 19:21

By passing the Military Commissions Act, the United States Congress has, in effect, given its stamp of approval to human rights violations committed by the USA in the "war on terror". This legislation leaves the USA squarely on the wrong side of international law, and has turned bad executive policy into bad domestic law. The World Parliament Experiment will campaign for repeal of this act and fully expects the constitutionality of this legislation to be challenged in the courts.

In the "war on terror", the US administration has resorted to secret detention, enforced disappearance, prolonged incommunicado detention, indefinite detention without charge, arbitrary detention, and torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Thousands of detainees remain in indefinite military detention in US custody in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Congress has failed these detainees and their families. President Bush has defended the CIA's use of secret detention and in the debates over the Military Commissions Act, members of Congress have done the same. This policy clearly violates international law.

UNITED DEMOCRATIC NATIONS

created by Olek Netzer (17) - 04 Dec 2006, 21:20

Introductory Note: This voting proposal follows a recent one here and the comments that were added to it. It claimed the UN has failed to fulfill its mission and the comments asked it to me more specific.

THE PROPOSAL TO INSTITUTE UDN WPE Implementation: "World Parliament" members who'd vote for this proposal would pass it on to their relevant addressees, in particular those in one's country that are situated in higher political positions and able to exert more influence on the government and the political system. -- The actual implementation is the governments'.

PROPOSAL: Free democratic nations of the world will form an UDN organization alongside the UN and without changing their participation in the UN or taking away any of its legal and actual authority. UDN Constitution/Charter will have it, that no UDN member-nation could undertake any military action against any other country in the world. All preventive necessary military actions will have to be taken by the UDN majority decision, except the immediate countermeasures in self-defence in cases a UDN country has been militarily attacked, until a UDN decision on common reaction is reached. Countries could be admitted or expelled from the UDN on the basis of maintaining Peace and Democracy standards: in foreign policy non-aggression and in internal policy fully and equally respecting human rights of all inhabitants and granting individual political freedoms -- like the criteria the European Union maintains with regard to countries that wish to join it. RATIONALE: The term United-Nations is actually misleading; the representatives who vote there represent their governments, not directly their Nations. In free democratic nations there is truth to their claim of representing their people or the majority of them. But the representatives of many governments in the UN have no more justification to claim they represent their nations than hijackers who'd take people hostage and then claim to represent them. Sad but true.


Please take notice of my open letter to Bill Gates

created by Fabian (664) - 30 Nov 2006, 09:33

Dear Mr. Gates:

I am alarmed that in the pursuit of new and lucrative markets, your company is contributing to human rights violations, in particular abuses to freedom of expression and information. This issue is especially evident in China. As a result, websites and web pages dealing with human rights, including those of the WPE and other human rights organizations, are inaccessible to internet users in China.

I was extremely disturbed by reports that Microsoft cooperated with Chinese authorities to shut down the controversial blog of Zhao Jing, a Beijing-based researcher for the New York Times. I am also concerned that MSN China filters the results of searches for politically sensitive terms and that MSN Spaces prevents users from using certain terms in their blogs.

Although I acknowledge the new policy recently adopted by Microsoft purportedly to address some of these issues, I remain deeply distressed by your company’s evident willingness to support censorship.

The fact that the company acts in compliance with restrictive domestic law does not exempt it from its international human rights responsibilities if complying with such request contributes to human rights violations.

Internet companies have an invaluable role to play in the realization of freedom of expression and information – it shocks me that Microsoft would compromise this goal in pursuit of profit. Therefore I urge Microsoft to:

- Make publicly available all agreements between the company and the Chinese government with implications for censorship of information - Put pressure on the Chinese government to remove blockages of terms included in MSN spaces and ensure the Chinese public have uninhibited access to the full range of information available on the Web in line with international standards on freedom of information and freedom of expression. - Develop an explicit human rights policy, that states the company’s support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and complies with the principles articulated in the UN Norms for Business. In this light, make clear to the Chinese authorities as well as to the global community, that Microsoft is not willing to assist Governments in implementing their systems of internet censorship, or to provide information directed at restricting freedom of expression.

Thank you for your consideration of these demands.

Sincerely,

Fabian Kyrieleis Speaker of the WPE


WP as second chamber of UNGA

created by Tenbergen (1388) - 19 Nov 2006, 18:17

A World Parliament should be created as a second chamber by the General Assembly of the United Nations according to article 22 of the UN Charter.

note by Eggum 18 March 2007 We are starting anew, and the World Parliament needs to be the governing infrastructure of the Democratic Federal World Government.

Immigration Programme

created by KatrinL (23) - 09 Nov 2006, 00:44

Immigration is a very important issue and in my opinion cultural understanding is an inevitable task to be accomplished.

I would like to establish an immigration programme in terms of obligatory (educational) classes on culture and language. Not only children but also adults should be required to learn about the society and culture of the country they live in in order to make integration easier. In addition, there should be mandatory classes in school - for both immigrants and natives - where differences and similarities are to be discussed.

Providing support for both immigrants and "natives" is important to make cultural understanding and appreciation of different cultures possible.


UN: Secretary-General-designate

created by Junge (39) - 23 Oct 2006, 16:04

In his first press conference as Secretary-General-designate of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon pledged his commitment to deal with the "daunting challenges" facing the world. The members of the WPE congratulate! And the General assembly is kindly asked to offer Mr. Ban Ki-moon the support of the WPE.


UN Reform

created by Fabian (621) - 22 Oct 2006, 14:46

The current UN summit has shown that, unfortunately, the UN are not able to deal with the challenges of our time. We therefore ask the citizens of the world to "make it their own choice" and to create new institutions here or in similar initiatives that can actually solve world problems.


Charter of the United Nations

created by Fabian (621) - 01 Oct 2006, 15:16

We support the content of the Charter of the United Nations.


UN Secretary General

created by Tenbergen (1404) - 30 Sep 2006, 10:12

The people of the world should have a say regard the appointment of the next UN Secratary General. Therefore, we should use this forum to make and discuss proposals.


Mandela for UNSG

created by Tenbergen (1404) - 30 Sep 2006, 10:17

The next UN Secratary General should not be an "adminitrative officer", but a person with high moral reputation and a record of positive accomplishments which really changed people's life. Nelson Mandela would be a good candidate.

I think that a secretary is a good functional name covering the job of doing administrations ... I sense what we need is another job and a name to it that speaks for that mission. UN Navigator would be a good name, entitling that mission on our planet. UN Planetary Navigator could be an even more articulated title.

UN parliament

created by Tenbergen (1404) - 19 Aug 2006, 11:20

We ask the UN General Assembly to create a World Parliament as a second chamber.


Veto problem in the UNSC

created by Tenbergen (1404) - 25 Jul 2006, 11:01


The Veto problem in the UNSC should be solved through campaigns in the countries of the veto powers. If the majority of the population is against the veto, it is easier (and eventually necessary) for the government to give up the veto. We should therefore start and support campaigns in that direction. So, if you are against the veto in the UNSC, please vote yes, in particular if you are a citizen of a veto power.


Weapons of Mass Destruction

created by alternz (1033) - 23 May 2006, 12:43

USA should not be allowed to support a national civil nuclear programme. The risk is too large, that it will use the technical possibilities to build a nuclear bomb.



Against war

created by teamdummy (46) - 15 Apr 2006, 13:04

War can never be justified.


Referendum

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 10 Apr 2006, 14:28

A worldwide referendum should be held to determine whether or not the people of the world want a world parliament.


UN parliament

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 04 Apr 2006, 11:23

The UN General Assembly should establish a World Parliament elected by the people of the world based on the principle of one person, one vote.


UN Charter

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 23 Jan 2006, 09:12

We support the content of the Charter of the United Nations.


human rights council

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 14 Mar 2006, 10:06

We support the establishment of a UN human rights council.


Russia and Iran

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 27 Feb 2006, 09:47

We support the current initiative of the Russian Government to avoid the development of nuclear weapons in Iran.


UN Secretary General

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 21 Feb 2006, 11:24

We support the call of the KDUN (www.uno-komitee.de) to create a formal procedure to find a new Secretary general of the United Nations.


Guantanamo

created by Tenbergen (1434) - 17 Feb 2006, 10:09

We support the Un report on Guantanamo and the conclusion that it should be closed.

Sovereignty and human rights

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 30 Jan 2006, 12:03

State sovereignty is less important than the protection of human rights.

Environmental policy in China

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 30 Nov 2005, 13:01

The Chinese Government should publish all information if environmental catastrophies take place. The current policy is not acceptable.

Internet regulation

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 25 Nov 2005, 14:22

The internet should be controled in the short run by the UN and in the long run by a future world parliament.

Control of the internet

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 19 Nov 2005, 12:27

We do not support the result of the WSIS on internet control. This is a task for the international community, not for one country. More information on: http://www.wsis.org

Human rights council

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 13 Nov 2005, 09:52

We support the initiative of Amnesty International and others to create a Human Rights Council at the UN: http://www.reformtheun.org/index.php/articles/1772

Global Referendum

created by swotty (958) - 03 Nov 2005, 02:07

A global referendum / petition for a democratic world parliament has been started directed at Kofi Annan / United Nations.

Members of the WPE are all asked to lend support at; http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/458184591 It would also be great if you could pass on to any of your other contacts.

Direct elections for a World Parliament

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 21 Oct 2005, 18:33

A World Parliament should NOT be created as an assembly of national parliamentarians but as an assembly of parliamentarians directly elected by the people of of the world. National parliamentarians have specialtloyalties to their constituencies and they would possibly lead a future World Parliament in the wrong direction.

Referral to the ICC of prepetrators of the invasion of Iraq

created by Westfront (17) - 29 Sep 2005, 15:28

The perpetrators of the illegal and unjust invasion of Iraq continue to remain at large and to enjoy the benefits of their act. There will be no peace for the people of Iraq until the foreign occupation ends and justice is seen to be done.

The first step must be to hold accountable the national leaders responsible for the invasion and occupation. I therefore ask the GA to refer President G.W. Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Prime Minister John Howard to the International Criminal Court for trial on the charge of Crimes Against Humanity.

UN reform

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 16 Sep 2005, 11:19

The current UN summit has shown that, unfortunately, the UN are not able to deal with the challenges of our time. We therefore ask the citizens of the world to "make it their own choice" and to create new institutions here or in similar initiatives that can actually solve world problems.

USA stop threatening Venezuela

created by swotty (958) - 10 Aug 2005, 10:53

The WPE urges all members to show solidarity to Venezuela by signing an on-line letter to the US government at www.handsoffvenezuela.org The appeal comes after the recent belligerent statements and attacks on President Chavez on the part of the representatives of the Bush Administration, which, according to Jorge Martin, HOV international secretary, "pose a direct threat to the working people of Venezuela". Chavez is a democratically and popularly elected leader and has made great reforms to help the country’s poverty-stricken, the education and health systems, and maintain peace and order. US greed for oil has been used to justify their meddling in Venezuela’s past, and this must be avoided now again at all cost.

Transparency in Weaponry Transactions

created by Jermani (26) - 20 Jul 2005, 19:59

The World Parliament calls on ALL nations to make transparent details of their arms and weaponry transactions, whether they be sales or transfers of arms to other nations, individuals or paramilitary organisations. This particularly applies to the United States of America as the world's largest exporter of arms and manufacturer/supplier of weapons of mass destruction.

Reform the UN

created by swotty (958) - 17 Jul 2005, 09:16

The WPE calls on the Brazilian government to lead a coalition of poor nations to force reforms in the United Nations. Using coffee as a bargaining tool (as described in a separate vote), all voting systems used in the UN should be reviewed and made democratic, or be relegated to the scrap heap. Globalisation is an economic reality, not a dream for the future. All nations must use whatever power they have to overcome greed and corruption.

Transfer of technology

created by swotty (958) - 17 Jul 2005, 08:37

To reiterate a previous vote from M. Wagner; The WPE wishes to support calls from poorer countries to allow greater transfer of technologies from rich countries. It is well known that technology in poor countries is often kept very primitive due to the ‘protection’ of international law. This tends to affect poor countries in the areas such as education, agriculture, communications, power production, disease prevention and medicine.

Applause for Cancelled Debts, Hope for More Aid

created by swotty (958) - 14 Jun 2005, 08:48

The World Parliament applauds the G8 countries’ recognition that much of the third world’s debt is unpayable, and has incorporated this fact into international financial planning. Cancelling 40 billion dollars of debt for twelve countries begins a recovery process decades overdue, and provides hope to the world’s poorest people. The World Parliament asks for close international guidance and monitoring of these 12 countries to make the most of this long awaited development. Further info; http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BRITAIN_G8?SITE=NHCON&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Australia to stop stealing Gas from East Timor

created by swotty (958) - 13 Jun 2005, 03:08

While the Australian Government’s effort to restore peace to East Timor must be applauded and encouraged, the World Parliament does not condone the corrupt misappropriation of East Timor’s natural gas reserves during this period of Democratic infancy of the new government. Poor and politically unstable nations unable to defend themselves from global capitalism must be defended and assisted by the diplomatic strengths of rich nations, not looted by states claiming to represent a source of aid. Further info; www.timorseajustice.org/

USA to defend Iraqi Oil

created by swotty (958) - 13 Jun 2005, 03:04

The World Parliament urges the US to honor it’s rhetoric in allowing Iraq to rebuild after 15 years of crippling sanctions and decide it’s own political fate. The USA is under the scrutiny of the world in the aftermath of the invasion. The World Parliament urges the UN to closely observe and report the actions of the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ in this crucial period. The immense oil reserves owned by the Iraqi people will soon become available to international corporations for the first time in 15 years, and a fair trade for these resources must occur. Poor and politically unstable nations unable to defend themselves from global capitalism must be defended and assisted by the diplomatic strengths of rich nations, not looted by states claiming to represent a source of aid. Further info: About the sanctions-war; www.geocities.com/iraqinfo/sanctions/sanctions.html About the oil –war; www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/06/03/142249

United Nations Security Coucil

created by atif (522) - 19 May 2005, 22:31

The United Nations, which in its charter stands for “sovereign equality of all its members”, should abolish Veto power given to its permanent members in the Security Council. Further all member states of the Security Council should serve as its members for two years term, whether they are to be 15 or increased to 25 and must be elected through General Assembly.

World Bank Policy - Infrastructure and Energy Sector

created by alternz (1033) - 09 May 2005, 05:59

The World Parliament notes that the Infrastructure and Energy Sector Policies Supported by the World Bank Group in Europe and Central Asia include "ensuring that all producers and consumers have access to these markets". The World Parliament urges the World Bank not to lose sight of the poorest potential consumers in their efforts to pursue other policy directions and suggest that access to these markets is best ensured by charging a licence fee for use of natural monopolies and distributing the funds so raised equally to all citizens.

Inadequate recognition of rights of "developing nations"

created by alternz (1033) - 09 May 2005, 05:23

The World Parliament considers that the United Nations target "of 0.7 per cent of gross national income for official development assistance by no later than 2015, starting with significant increases no later than 2006 and reaching at least 0.5 per cent by 2009" is grossly inadequate recognition of the extent to which rich nations use more than their share of resources and hence is grossly inadequate recognition of the debt rich nations owe to more frugal nations.

UN to recognise World Parliament

created by alternz (1033) - 09 May 2005, 05:07

The World Parliament reluctantly accepts that the United Nations Security Council cannot truly represent the people of the World but, as the Secretary-General has said "should be broadly representative of the realities of power in today’s world" (http://www.un.org/largerfreedom/executivesummary.pdf) but urges the Secretary-General to recognise the importance of developing a truly democratic World Parliament to which the Security Council can turn for guidance as to the true value of its actions.

Democracy and the United Nations

created by alternz (1033) - 09 May 2005, 04:53

The World Parliament urges the Secretary-General of the United Nations to consider that the United Nations would be in a much stronger position to criticise "Solemn commitments to strengthen democracy" which "remain empty words to those who have never voted for their rulers, and who see no sign that things are changing" (http://www.un.org/largerfreedom/executivesummary.pdf) if there was some action to improve the democracy within the United Nations by addressing the power imbalances in its structure and processes.

United Nations priorities

created by alternz (1033) - 09 May 2005, 04:37

The World Parliament commends the Secretary-General of the United Nations (http://www.un.org/largerfreedom/executivesummary.pdf) for recognising that new action is necessary to ensure environmental sustainability and recommends that action to ensure environmental sustainability and action to eradicate poverty take precedence in the programme of the United Nations.

Market Access for Least Developed Countries

created by alternz (1033) - 09 May 2005, 04:35


The World Parliament commends the Secretary-General of the United Nations for urging Member States to provide duty-free and quota-free market access for all exports from the Least Developed Countries. (http://www.un.org/largerfreedom/executivesummary.pdf)

Rich nations need to act

created by alternz (1033) - 09 May 2005, 04:33

The World Parliament urges the United Nations to accept that the declared aims of reduction of poverty and sustainability cannot be met by encouraging poor nations to emulate rich nations but must be met by rich nations paying for the resources they are squandering and learning to emulate poor nations at least in the frugal use of the world's limited resources.

War of Aggression Declaration

created by Merlov (72) - 04 May 2005, 14:53

The Nurembourg trials recognised aggression, unprovocked attack on a nation by another, as an "attack on the peace of the world is the crime against international society" and "the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole” and the World Parliament also declares, in reiteration of the Nurembourg prosecution declaration:

"Any resort to war to any kind of a war is a resort to means that are inherently criminal. War inevitably is a course of killings assaults, deprivations of liberty, and destruction of property. An honestly defensive war is, of course, legal and saves those lawfully conducting it from criminality. But inherently criminal acts cannot be defended by showing that those who committed them were engaged in a war, when war itself is illegal. The very minimum legal consequence of the treaties making aggressive wars illegal is to strip those who incite or wage them of every defense the law ever gave, and to leave war-makers subject to judgment by the usually accepted principles of the law of crimes.

But if it be thought that the Charter, whose declarations concededly bind us all, does contain new law I still do not shrink from demanding its strict application by this Tribunal. The rule of law in the world, flouted by the lawlessness incited by these defendants, had to be restored at the cost to my country of over a million casualties, not to mention those of other nations. I cannot subscribe to the perverted reasoning that society may advance and strengthen the rule of law by the expenditure of morally innocent lives but that progress in the law may never be made at the price of morally guilty lives."

Create an Global Free software license

created by Mikael (928) - 30 Apr 2005, 15:57

Where all global citizens who pay there global tax have the rigt to use the software.

UN tax

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 20 Apr 2005, 19:05

We support the idea of a UN tax to make the UN more transparent and independent from the security council members. This would probably lead to more participation and legitimate representation: no taxation without representation.

Zimbabwe

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 07 Apr 2005, 10:34

We express our support for the Zvakwana underground movement in Zimbabwe that "aims to resist Mr. Mugabe's authoritarian rule. With a second, related group called Sokwanele, Zwakana's members engage in anonymous acts of civil disobedience, a blend of guerilla theater and the philosophies of Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King." (NY Times, 4.4.05)

UN Parliament (KDUN)

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 31 Mar 2005, 11:01

We support the call of KDUN (www.uno-komittee.de) for a parliamentary assembly at the United Nations.

UN reform and world parliament

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 19 Feb 2005, 09:54

The reform of the UN should include the creation of aworld parliament. A first step should be a consultative body to the General Assemblyaccording to article 22 of the UN charter.

Debt relief

created by Tenbergen (1414) - 29 Jan 2005, 18:08

there should be a debt rlief for developing countries


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