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Why Should African CSO engage in Tax Justice?

Why Should African CSO engage in Tax Justice?
A speech at the launch of Nigerian Tax Justice Platform, Abuja, 14th August 2012

Dr. Dereje Alemayehu
Chair, Tax Justice Network – Africa
The following quotation from Christian Aid’s rationale for Christian Aid when it decided to engage in global tax justice advocacy and campaign is a good summary

“The neglect of tax as a development issue has gone on for far too long. …For Christian Aid, in particular, this is an area where the moral impetus demands a position – to address the poverty and inequality that the donors’ tax consensus will not, and to stress the moral principle that it is right that those most financially able to do so, bear the proportionately larger responsibility to contribute, through tax, to building a world without poverty”. (more…)

CISLAC CALLS FOR A HUMANE APPROACH TO THE ONGOING DEMOLITION OF 19 VILLAGES OF THE FCT

Our attention has been drawn to a notice for demolition by the administration of the Federal Capital Territory which has marked over 1000 houses in Mpape one of the 19 villages of Bwari Area Council of the FCT. The residents with a population of over 1.8million people feel that their human rights have been violated. The inhabitants claim that the FCT map reveals clearly that the area was earmarked for the indigenes of the FCT for use as farmlands, but was later sold to the residents as residential area. Recall that under the jurisdiction of the law this move can be seen as forced eviction. Furthermore, considering the time of the year – the raining season, many women and children are left to suffer the harsh weather conditions. Some people that site their business areas in Mpape and its environs also find it difficult to cope with this harsh reality […]