Wednesday, 20 February 2013
Open letter to oil companies operating in Iraq
Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative writes (February 16th): We strongly urge that all international oil companies operating in Iraq:
1 – Respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi people over their natural resources, and noting the lack of legitimacy of their contracts, to relinquish any claims to rights over Iraqi oil.
2 – With oil companies now having taken the place of foreign troops in compromising Iraqi sovereignty, set a timetable for their withdrawal, while transferring technology to Iraq’s national oil companies.
3 – Stop exacerbating tensions between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the central Government of Iraq, by ceasing to exploit oil until a stable national accord has been achieved.
4 – Promote transparency in the oil sector in Iraq, by publishing details of all contracts.
5 – Support the passage of an Iraqi Labor Law that guarantees all Iraqi workers.
6 – Adopt clear policies to protect the Iraqi environment.
7 – Agree that the security and protection of personnel and equipment in all Iraqi oilfields should be exclusively under the authority of national Iraqi security forces.http://www.brussellstribunal.org/article_view.asp?id=776#.USS4sKUtwut