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The tourism industry is often the first effected 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.

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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." Over 400 different language versions are available in HTML and PDF format.

Green Cross International "We desperately need to recognize that we are the guests not the masters of nature and adopt a new paradigm for development, based on the costs and benefits to all people, and bound by the limits of nature herself rather than the limits of technology and consumerism. ... The mission of Green Cross is to help ensure a just, sustainable and secure future for all by fostering a value shift and cultivating a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility in humanity’s relationship with nature."

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 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 When 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.
  • 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." Over 400 different language versions are available in HTML and PDF format.
  • 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 "Human Rights education is one of the core responsibilities of the Commission along with the investigation and attempted resolution of complaints about breaches of human rights and anti-discrimination legislation.  The Commission plays a central role in contributing to the maintenance and improvement of a tolerant, equitable and democratic society, through its public awareness and other educational programs aimed at the community, government and business sectors. ... the key message being that the elimination of discrimination and harassment are prerequisites for the enjoyment of human rights by all Australians.  Matters which can be investigated by the Commission include discrimination on the grounds of race, colour or ethnic origin, racial vilification, sex [gender], sexual harassment, marital status, pregnancy, or disability."
  • Amnesty International Australia "An independent, politically impartial worldwide movement, Amnesty International works to both promote and to defend human rights around the world."
  • Child Prostitution and Tourism Watch - "World Tourism Organisation Task Force to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism is a global action platform of tourism-related key-players from the government and the tourism industry sectors, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and media associations whose aim is to prevent, uncover, isolate and eradicate the sexual exploitation of children in tourism."
  • The United Nations Global Compact   "... Through the power of collective action, the Global Compact seeks to advance responsible corporate citizenship so that business can be part of the solution to the challenges of globalisation. In this way, the private sector – in partnership with other social actors – can help realize the Secretary-General’s [Kofi Annan] vision: a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. ... The Global Compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from [UN charters]".
    • The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre    "is an independent, international, non-profit organisation, in a collaborative partnership with Amnesty International sections and leading academic institutions.  Our online library covers over 2400 companies, over 160 countries, over 150 topics. [Our purpose is] To promote greater awareness and informed discussion of important issues relating to business and human rights.  ... It includes reports of corporate misconduct, as well as positive examples of "best practice" by companies."
    • Corporate Watch   "In the conventional economic view corporations are simply neutral providers of the goods and services that people want. They exist to serve society's needs (and make a tidy profit in the process). This view dismisses corporate crimes as mere accidents, at worst errors of judgement, which will ultimately be corrected, since market forces have everyone's best interests at heart. Don't they? ... Corporate Watch is a small independent not-for-profit research and publishing group which undertakes research on the social and environmental impact of large corporations, particularly multinationals. We aim to expose the mechanisms by which corporations function and the detrimental effects they have on society and the environment as an inevitable result of their current legal structure." Predominantly UK based.
    • The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) "The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), was set up in 1949 and has 236 affiliated organisations in 154 countries and territories on all five continents, with a membership of 155 million, 40% of who are women.  ... The five main ICFTU priorities are: employment and international labour standards, tackling the multinationals, trade union rights, equality, women, race and migrants, trade union organisation and recruitment."
    • 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." An excellent web site version. with links to blogs and third party activist sites.
    • New Internationalist "... exists to report on issues of world poverty and inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless in both rich and poor nations; to debate and campaign for the radical changes necessary if the basic material and spiritual needs of all are to be met."  Comprehensive site with back issues documented from #1 in 1973 and articles available online from issue #107 in 1982. Comprehensive search facilities, Special "web only" articles and reports, plus you can subscribe to the mag. online or visit the eshop for ethical gifts.
    • Transparency International Official Web Site "Corruption is one of the greatest challenges of the contemporary world. It undermines good government, fundamentally distorts public policy, leads to the misallocation of resources, harms the private sector and private sector development and particularly hurts the poor." Global corruption reports for each country, annual reports available (PDF), and more. English, French, Spanish, Deutsch.
    • War Profiteers  Company loves misery, especially when there's a buck in it.  Originally launched in 2004 on the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, this web site has expanded its focus to "War and Disaster profiteering", especially by USian companies. "The War Profiteers website is maintained and updated by CorpWatch (see link below), an organization based in Oakland, California, that counters corporate-led globalization through education, network-building and activism. The orginal site was created by the Ruckus Society, an organization that specializes in engaging nonviolent direct action, also based in Oakland, California"..  Like Deepthroat said ... "follow the money".
  • "CorpWatch  investigates and exposes corporate violations of human rights, environmental crimes, fraud and corruption around the world. We work to foster global justice, independent media activism and democratic control over corporations."
  • International Campaign to Ban Landmines  *A network of more than 1,400 groups in over 90 countries, works locally, nationally and internationally to eradicate antipersonnel mines.   Members include human rights, humanitarian, children, peace, disability, veterans, medical, humanitarian, mine action, development, arms control, religious, environmental and women’s groups."
  • The International Court of Justice "The International Court of Justice, which sits at The Hague in the Netherlands, acts as a world court. It decides in accordance with international law disputes of a legal nature submitted to it by States, whilst in addition certain international organs and agencies are entitled to call upon it for advisory opinions. It was set up in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations to be the principal judicial organ of the Organization, and its basic instrument, the Statute of the Court, forms an integral part of the Charter." English, French
  • The International Crisis Group (ICG) "is an independent, non-profit, multinational organisation, with over 80 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. ... Based on information and assessments from the field, ICG produces regular analytical reports containing practical recommendations targeted at key international decision-takers."
  • 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."
  • World Audit "brings together statistics and reports from highly respected agencies, each with their own developed specialities. Freedom House, Transparency International, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, The International Commission of Jurists are THE names where political rights, civil liberties, press freedom, perceptions of corruption, human rights, and the rule of law, are concerned."

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