Motion no: 38

Belfast District Trades Council

Conference calls on Congress to declare our firm opposition to the efforts of the US and other Governments and corporations to criminalise, financially destroy and shut down WikiLeaks. Documents released by WikiLeaks have exposed the criminal record of the US and other Governments in violating international agreements and committing war crimes against people throughout the world including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Transparency and information are the quot; currency quot; of democratic freedom. The WikiLeaks papers conclusively reveal the extent to which politicians in the West have been lying to their citizens. Conference is appalled that Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower, is being held in horrific conditions which the US National Commission on Prisons calls. Conference calls on Congress to campaign for the International Red Cross to conduct an investigation into how Bradley Manning is being treated while incarcerated. At 23, Private Manning is the world's pre-eminent prisoner of conscience, having remained true to the Nuremberg Principle that every soldier has the right to "a moral choice." Conference also calls on Congress to publicly reaffirm and defend every citizen's fundamental right to 'whistle blow' and openly expose and criticise the illegal, corrupt and undemocratic practices of governments and corporations - in conformity with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.