BRICS Should Be A Moral Force

2013-03-26 06:43

For the next two days South Africa will be hosting the fifth BRICS Summit at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC).

BRICS, an acronym for the five emerging economies, is an economic bloc representing Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

BRICS summits are arranged to seek out common views, thinking and challenges on areas of importance for the major BRICS countries and their economies with the intention of creating and establishing sound governance, an equitable, democratic and multi-polar world order.

This 5th BRICS summit is being held and hosted in a country that was once an apartheid and oppressive state. Punitive measures like sanctions, sports and consumer boycotts, and disinvestment against South Africa were taken by many countries. This corrective action and foreign intervention helped to fast track the liberation process.

India was one of the first countries to have imposed a complete trade embargo on Apartheid South Africa. South Africa’s racial policies were placed on the agenda of the first meeting of the United Nations by India. All BRICS countries were part of either the 1964 and/or 1977 UN Security Council votes for an arms embargo on Apartheid South Africa.

Moreover, in 1966, the first of many UN seminars on apartheid was held in Brazil.

In support of this camaraderie BRICS governments need to be commended for their role played in our liberation through heeding and advancing our call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Apartheid during the 1980s.

South Africa is the ideal moral force to facilitate and spearhead the Palestinian struggle for freedom and liberation.

South Africa has a tremendous influence because it had its own long struggle against an authoritarian government that insisted on de-legitimizing the majority of the population and their leadership. The anti-apartheid movement managed to win its freedom from the apartheid regime because of its ability to win regional and international legitimacy.

In this regard there is huge expectation from human right activists, organisations and conscience driven people that BRICS’ members implement effective measures against the increasing Israeli Occupation (and its illegal Settlement enterprise).

Together with strengthening regional links between the African region and Russia, India, China and Brazil, BRICS countries can bring about economic equity, human rights, and a life of dignity for all.

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