Activism: Democracy & Human Rights

"Indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end."*

The tourism industry is often the first affected and hardest hit by corruption and destabilisation of civil society when civil and military unrest occurs, especially in places where tourism is a significant economic activity. What happens to "them - over there" also affects "us - over here".

For many peoples worldwide, peace is a distant hope and a fading memory, yet when stability is achieved or restored, the gains are manifest and many.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights "The most comprehensive collection of translations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly ... in 1948." At present, there are 520 different translations available in HTML and/or PDF format.

Green Cross International  "Green Cross network operates in more than 30 countries. Green Cross International enjoys consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. GCI is an admitted observer organization with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. It also cooperates directly with the UNEP/OCHA Environmental Emergencies Section, UN-HABITAT and other international organizations."

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is a growing African institution committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the region. OSISA's vision is to promote and sustain the ideals, values, institutions and practices of open society, with the aim of establishing vibrant and tolerant southern African democracies in which people, free from material and other deprivation, understand their rights and responsibilities and participate actively in all spheres of life.

  • United Nations Home Page enWhen States become Members of the United Nations , they agree to accept the obligations of the UN Charter, an international treaty which sets out basic principles of international relations. According to the Charter, the UN has four purposes: to maintain international peace and security, to develop friendly relations among nations, to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights.
  • Agreements, Treaties & Negotiated Settlements Project    "The Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements database (ATNS) is an online gateway which links together current information, historical detail and published material relating to agreements made between indigenous people and others in Australia and overseas. The ATNS database is designed for the use of indigenous and other community organisations, researchers, government and industry bodies."
  • Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission "The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation, established by an act of Federal Parliament. We protect and promote human rights in Australia and internationally.  We conciliate discrimination complaints, hold public inquiries, and develop education resources for schools and workplaces. We also provide legal advice to courts, make submissions to parliaments and governments, and initiate research into human rights and discrimination issues. People who experience discrimination can complain to the Commission."
  • Amnesty International Australia "We're an independent, global movement of people who campaign courageously for human rights. In more than 150 countries worldwide, over 7 million of us stand together for justice, freedom, human dignity and equality."
  • The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre  "We track the human rights policy and performance of over 9000 companies in over 180 countries, making information publicly available. We engage with companies and governments to urge them to share information publicly.  We work with everyone to advance human rights in business and eradicate abuse."  Also in Français / Deutsch / Español / 简体中文 / 繁體中文 / العربية / Português / Русский.
  • Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism - "The Code works to end the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism by creating a knowledgeable and well-trained tourism industry that can recognise and prevent potential abuse and also by building zero tolerance environments where travellers understand that these crimes are unacceptable and offenders will be prosecuted."
  • Corporate Watch UK based. "The core of Corporate Watch's work is investigating the companies and systems that are killing our planet and are responsible for exploitation and oppression. Our motto is "information for action". That means providing accurate and insightful information to help people take action in their struggles."  Who's been a naughty boy then?  You have.  Predominantly a UK based organisation, research areas include: Aid & Development, Arms Trade and war zones, Banking & Finance, Biotech, Environment, Pharmaceuticals, Prisons, Repression, Social Control, Technology, and more.
  • CorpWatch US based.  "CorpWatch works to promote environmental, social and human rights at the local, national and global levels by holding multinational corporations accountable for their actions. We employ investigative research and journalism to provide critical information on corporate malfeasance and profiteering around the world to foster a more informed public and an effective democracy."    See what they have to say about Environment, Economy and Human Rights (including the UN's "global compact linked below)
  • Hey - We get a guernsey! "Australia Reaps Iraqi Harvest by Marc Moncrief, Special to CorpWatch April 4th, 2006".
  • International Campaign to Ban Landmines  (ICBL) " a global network of non-governmental organizations, active in some 100 countries, that works for a world free of antipersonnel landmines, where landmine survivors can lead fulfilling lives." 
  • The International Court of Justice   "The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It settles legal disputes between member states and gives advisory opinions to authorized UN organs and specialized agencies. It comprises a panel of 15 judges elected by the General Assembly and Security Council for nine-year terms. It is seated in the Peace Palace in The Hague."   Wikipedia
  • The International Crisis Group (ICG)  " an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world. Crisis Group sounds the alarm to prevent deadly conflict. We build support for the good governance and inclusive politics that enable societies to flourish. We engage directly with a range of conflict actors to seek and share information, and to encourage intelligent action for peace." 
  • International Institute for Peace through Tourism "The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and through these initiatives, help to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world."

  • The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) " the global voice of the world's working people. The ITUC's primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers' rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions. Its main areas of activity include the following: trade union and human rights; economy, society and the workplace; equality and non-discrimination; and international solidarity."
  • The Multinational Monitor   "is a monthly magazine devoted primarily to examining the activities of multinational companies. The magazine also covers issues involving labor, the environment, corporate crime, multilateral banks and development." Now frozen in 2009, this web site offers an opportunity to see how little the issues have changed, and if anything, offer a snapshot into how it has got worse. 
  • "Drilling East Timor: Australia's Oil Grab in the Timor Sea, by Charles Scheiner.  - Australia, one of the largest and most powerful countries in the Asia-Pacific region, recently legalized its thievery of tens of billions of dollars in resources from one of the smallest and weakest, according to critics of a new treaty." (January/February 2006, Vol 27 #1.)
  • New Internationalist "New Internationalist is a leading independent media organization dedicated to socially conscious journalism and publishing. We are proud to be a multi-stakeholder co-operative co-owned by our workers and over 3,600 investors." Explore Pacific
  • Transparency International Official Web Site " From villages in rural India to the corridors of power in Brussels, Transparency International gives voice to the victims and witnesses of corruption. We work together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals. As a global movement with one vision, we want a world free of corruption. Through chapters in more than 100 countries and an international secretariat in Berlin, we are leading the fight against corruption to turn this vision into reality."  English, French, Spanish, Deutsch.
  • Corruption Perception Index 2018 "The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean."  The other CPI, from Transparency International.  You don't want your country to be a "decliner" or a "country to watch", in this index!
  • The United Nations Global Compact   "We are a voluntary initiative based on CEO commitments to implement universal sustainability principles and to take steps to support UN goals.  Corporate sustainability starts with a company's value system and a principles-based approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, companies are not only upholding their basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success."
  • War Resisters' International (WRI)   " for a world without war. We are a global pacifist and antimilitarist network with over 90 affiliated groups in 40 countries.  Someone profits from every bullet that is fired and every bomb that is dropped in war - we call this war profiteering. WRI organises seminars and training for activists resisting the arms trade and other forms of war profiteering. We publish a quarterly magazine called War Profiteers News, a quarterly round-up of action updates and research."

See also: Activism, Humanitarian Aid, Non Government Agencies, Volunteer and Community Tourism, Codes of Conduct, Practice & Operational Guidelines and Development & Environment.

* ref. "Indifference is not a response. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end.": Millennium Evening with Elie Wiesel, The White House, April 12, 1999, remarks at Millennium Evening: "The perils of indifference: lessons learned from a violent century".

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