Global Week of Action to #EndTaxHavens, 1-7 April 2017
GATJ CAMPAIGN UPDATE –
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The core Global Week of Action to #EndTaxHavens, 1-7 April 2017, has concluded with countries taking a significant step forward for a UN Global Tax Body.
In a united statement late Friday 7 April in New York, the G77 and China called for the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters to be upgraded to an intergovernmental UN Global Tax Body. The Global Alliance for Tax Justice is committed to continuing all efforts possible to make this priority objective become a reality.
Congratulations and continued energy to tax justice activists everywhere in working with your national leaders to advance this issue.
From Paris to Dijon, ATTAC France members and allies have been BUSY, and they’re not done using humour and high-profile creative stunts to call out multinational tax dodgers including Apple, IKEA and McDonalds, and banks including BNP for their lack of transparency and financial ‘whitewashing.’
The initial proposal for a global action against tax havens originated with ATTAC network members. They’ve been well-organized and on the campaign front lines with high-profile events throughout the Global Week of Action to #EndTaxHavens in many countries including Spain, France, Germany and Canada.
The action continues!
More good news followed on Monday 10 April with word that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the Panama Papers investigation. This is well-deserved recognition for ICIJ and all of the journalists around the world who’ve contributed to this game-changing exposé.
TJN’s April podcast will focus on the one-year anniversary of the #PanamaPapers, interviewing the ICIJ journalists « who got scoop. » The TaxCast team is currently gathering listener’s questions – you can address yours to @TheTaxcast.
In Brussels on Tuesday 11 April, as part of the Global Week of Action to #EndTaxHavens, GATJ’s Campaign & Policy Chair Tove Maria Ryding was a guest speaker at the event “The EU’s uphill struggle against tax dumping: 2 steps forward, 3 steps back?” hosted by ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation and AK EUROPA, the Brussels office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour.
And the #EndTaxHavens campaign is extended this week in Burundi and Zimbabwe with national campaign launches of the #StopTheBleeding campaign. In Zimbabwe, Tax Justice Network-Africa is partnering with the Centre for Natural Resource Governance and faith-based organisations to end illicit financial flows. Follow the conversation through Stop The Bleeding, Tax Justice Network – Africa and CIDEP Burundi twitter handles.
Many FACT Coalition members will be joining marches at the White House and in cities throughout the United States on Saturday, April 15, 2017, calling for President Trump to release his tax returns. See the Tax March link for more details.
Please see more PHOTOS and links for the diverse and impressive #EndTaxHavens actions Global Alliance for Tax Justice members and partners have been engaged in, in this series of campaign updates:
European Union: One year after the Panama Papers, the EU’s drive for increased financial transparency risks falling short, by Eurodad’s Policy and Advocacy Officer Jasper de Meyer.
Honduras : Warning: Honduras is about to become a tax haven, by Ismael Zepeda, Economist and researcher at Foro Social de Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras (FOSDEH), Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y el Caribe member.
Spain : Sí se puede actuar contra los paraísos fiscales, by Xavier Caño Tamayo, from ATTAC Madrid, on ATTAC España’s website.
Brazil: INESC published a comprehensive article combining videos, facts, figures and a to-do list to find out “What can be done against Tax Havens”.
Italy: Oxfam Italia’s crew complemented their blog on Italian Press Agency AGI with an online petition to end tax havens, engaging Italian Parliamentarians and tagging them in a series of tweets calling for public registers of beneficial ownership.
Global Witness and Finance Uncovered have released the new report « Shell Knew” which unveils damning new evidence showing that oil giant Shell took part in a vast bribery scheme that robbed the Nigerian people of over a billion dollars. Download the full report
The Paguen lo Justo campaign, of Global Alliance for Tax Justice’s regional network Red de Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y El Caribe, co-edited “Tax havens, how much longer?” feature issue No. 522 of América Latina en Movimiento magazine (March 2017), as part as the Global Week of Action to #EndTaxHavens. You can download the magazine here (recommended purchase price: $8) and several articles are also available on América Latina en Movimiento’s website.
NOTE: A stunning number of opinion editorials, blogs, reports and other publications from GATJ members and partners have headlined around the world for the Global Week of Action to #EndTaxHavens. See these listed in each of our campaign updates, plus more at this link
Together we can achieve #TaxJustice!
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In France, the French Platform on Tax Havens organized a debate with presidential candidates’ representatives in Paris. The event was streamed live online, with up to 2600 viewers! The debate also drew impressive media coverage. See more videos of creative campaign actions including the #StopParadisFiscaux Lobby Tour on ATTAC France’s Facebook page.
In Canada, a large crowd of protesters calling for an end to tax havens gathered in front of Prime Minister Trudeau’s constituency office in Montreal. ATTAC Québec also distributed an eye-catching leaflet in the theme of April Fool’s/April Fish Day (Poisson d’avril) “What could Québec achieve with the tax evasion money?”
In Kenya, Tax Justice Network-Africa continued to fight the implementation of #NairobiTaxHavens, presenting their memorandum on the Nairobi International Financial Centre Bill, due to be read for the second time in the National Assembly on 5 April.
In Burundi, an #EndTaxHavens trilingual Twitter conversation was held live in Kirundi/French/English.
In Spain, the second in a series of campaign forums was held at the Spanish Congress, with partners including the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – the organization which broke the Panama Papers stories. Numerous public gatherings happened in cities across Spain and the Canary Isles at 7PM on Monday; by noon, the campaign hashtag #FueraParaisosFiscales was already trending high on Twitter.
Red Justicia Fiscal de América Latina y El Caribe, the regional network of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, published an in-depth Panama Papers update on their newly-redesigned campaign site, PaguenLoJusto!
In the United Kingdom, Oxfam, ActionAid and Christian Aid activists held a protest in front of the UK Foreign Office in London, calling for an end to tax havens in British Overseas Territories.
The OpenOwnership website was launched live. This platform is a new project of civil society groups to create a Global Beneficial Ownership Register.
Tax Justice Network, with Daniel Haberly, an economic geographer at the University of Sussex and economist Yama Temouri of Aston Business School, has published the analysis Panama Papers: Who were the big players?
Great new blogs and opinion editorials have also been published:
Italy: A blog on the website of AGI, an Italian Press Agency: http://www.agi.it/blog-italia/oxfam/2017/04/04/news/panama_papers_proposta_governo_italiano-1651185/
Norway: Tax Justice Network–Norway’s op-ed was printed in Aftenposten – the newspaper that broke the Panama Papers in Norway Ett år er gått siden gigantlekkasjen. Var det bare et blaff? Panama-papirene må tvinge politikerne til handling
Spain: The op-ed Guaridas piratas by UGT International Policy Secretary Jesús Gallego García was published in the Spanish newspaper El Diario, along with Guaridas fiscales: sin tretas no hay paraíso from Oxfam’s (des)igualdad blog.
UK: Christian Aid Acting Senior UK Political Adviser Simon Kirkland published A Year On From The Panama Papers – When Will We See Real Transparency On Tax? in the Huffington Post.
Global: See this blog by Global Witness linking Panama Papers and tax haven use to the extractives industries. Tax justice needed!
And www.opendemocracy.net re-circulated this great op-ed, by Womankind’s Chiara Capraro and Oxfam’s Francesca Rhodes Why the Panama Papers are a feminist issue, published just after the #PanamaPapers exposé one year ago.
The Global Week of Action to #EndTaxHavens runs 1-7 April, 2017. Check out the global action map with dozens of events worldwide, the social media gallery, the campaign toolkit and fact sheets in three languages and more on the #EndTaxHavens English campaign page and #FueraParaísosFiscales Spanish campaign page. You canfind the French toolkit here.
Together we can achieve #TaxJustice!
Your GATJ campaign + communications team: Teresa & Marie
Global Action Working Group co-coordinators: Olivia, Fran, Baba, Michelle
*This Global Week of Action to #EndTaxHavens is endorsed by the GATJ Coordination Committee of regional members, and Campaign & Policy Committee, and co-organized through the GATJ Global Action working group. The initiative to hold a global action to end tax havens was proposed by Attac chapters from around the world and endorsed by participants in the 2016 World Social Forum convergence assembly, co-chaired by the Global Alliance for Tax Justice.