UWO should support STAND, join Queen's

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Queen’s sells stocks to help fight genocide in Sudan”
Apr. 3, 2007

To the Editor:
It was encouraging to hear Queen’s divested from companies supporting the Sudanese government, which is committing atrocities in Darfur.

At the same time, I was disappointed to hear that, one year after bringing the issue to Western, nothing has been done to take the high road. I don’t understand the logic used by Gitta Kulczycki, Western’s VP-resources and operations. Just because Western doesn’t have a specific policy on ethical investments, should it keep sending money to a country which is committing horrific human rights violations?

Queen’s STAND students brought the issue forth to the administration and it divested. It was as simple as that. Why doesn’t Western want to follow suit with institutions like Queen’s, Harvard, Stanford and Yale? Yes, ethical decisions aren’t always easy, but this one should be a no-brainer.
"Terry Chemij
Hons. Political Science IV

To the Editor:
More than anything, Queen’s should serve as an example for our student body to follow. On many occasions, I’ve asked myself what I can do to stop such an absurd situation if I’m so far away from Africa and have no economic means to help " and I’m sure I’m not alone. Well, there’s no better opportunity than this.

Economic intervention is the most viable way for an organization to pressure the Sudanese government. It’s our responsibility to let them know we don’t support their actions. The best way to do this is by retrieving our money from the companies that continue doing business in Sudan.

Numerous multinationals have refused to invest in the country’s projects because of the Sudanese government’s corruption. However, some companies have stayed in Sudan and they’re only driven by greed.

By selling those stocks, doing so little can help so much. So… LET’S DO IT!
"Juan S. Rincon
Chemical Engineering II

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