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[OPIRG-EVENTS] "Free" trade delegation to Guatemala- Feb. 2001
>From Rights Action.
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> *** PLEASE JOIN US ***
> Rights Action
> [formerly Guatemala Partners]
> invites you to join an
> Educational Delegation to Guatemala
> "Free" Trade & Human Rights in "post"-Conflict Guatemala
> IN GUATEMALA, delegation members will:
> · study the nature of Guatemala's unjust "free market" economic
> development model,
> · learn of how NGOs and CBOs (community-based organizations) are working
> to build an economic development model that guarantees respect for the
> economic and social rights of the majority poor, as well as their
> cultural, civil and political rights, and the environment,
> · learn of on-going repression (violations of political and civil
> rights), in the "post-conflict" era, and
> · learn of how individuals and organizations in Canada and the US can
> work with partner groups in Guatemala (indeed, throughout the region) to
> enable us all to build just societies and development models.
> "SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS", Quebec City, April 2001
> This delegation is planned as lead-up to the FTAA "Summit of the
> Americas" to be held in Quebec City, Canada, April 20-22, 2001. The
> Summit will bring together 34 government leaders from the western
> The purpose of the Summit will be to put final touches on the FTAA
> ("Free" Trade Area of the Americas) agreement that purports to extend
> NAFTA (North American "Free" Trade Agreement) across the hemisphere.
> Leaders, government officials, commercial and financial elites, and
> international "aid" and "development" banks and agencies will
> participate in private meetings, gala dinners and public relations
> The FTAA will fortify and broaden the reach of the present international
> commercial and financial economic model (the "free trade" model) that is
> damaging to the environment and that systematically violates the human
> rights of a large percentage of Latin America's population. The FTAA
> will take further steps towards submitting health, education, community
> development, the environment and labor issues to the logic of the "free
> market" and to the control of corporate 'rights', while marginalizing
> and rendering ineffective environmental and human rights laws and
> WHEN: February 10 - 18, 2001
> WHERE: Guatemala City, and selected rural areas.
> COST: $640 per person [$80\day] that includes: room and board, travel
> in the region, translation, program activities, trip leaders and
> guides. You are responsible for your own airfare.
> CONTACT INFORMATION
> United States: T: 202-783-1123. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Canada: T: 416-654-2074. E: email@example.com
> Rights Action: For more information, contact us or visit our Website:
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