2 - #EndTaxHavens Global Week of Action update
In France, the French platform on Tax and Juridical Havens organized a debate with presidential candidates’ representatives in Paris. The event was broadcast live online via ATTAC France’s Facebook page (with up to 2600 viewers!) The debate also drew impressive media coverage.
In Canada, hundreds 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 live at the Spanish Congress, by the Spanish Platform for Tax Justice, 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.
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.