“It is a mass murder”
International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2012 for Jean Ziegler

ethecon´s founding donor Axel Köhler-Schnura and the photography artist Katharina Mayer presented Prof Jean Ziegler with the 2012 Blue Planet Award in Berlin on November 17th. More than 200 enthusiastic conference participants honored the internationally renowned Swiss humans rights activist and globalization critic who for many years has fought for the right to food and nutrition. His long-standing role as UN Special Reporter on Nutrition and his thus resulting profound globalization critique has inspired millions of people around the world. His probably most famous statement is „A child who dies of hunger has been murdered.“ In his honoring speech Prof. Dr. Hans See declared „Prof. Ziegler has shown extensive civil courage as well as having endangered his own existence at a young age. He has continually pointed out that revolutions are possible and necessary, that despite setbacks and reactionary repression civil and human rights can in the long run be achieved.“ In his accepting speech Ziegler firmly stated his conviction that there exists no objective lack of food. Today’s hunger is based on agricultural dumping practices, landgrabbing, and food speculation by the industrial nations, Hedgefonds and can therefore be considered structural violence and mass murder. His hope remains unbroken, though, as „...every one of these murderous mechanisms is man-made and can thus be revised by mankind...”.

The ethecon Black Planet Award 2012 goes to the senior managers Ivan Glasenberg (CEO), Simon Murray (Chairman) and Tony Hayward (committee for environment, health and safety) as well as the major shareholders of the GLENCORE Corporation, Switzerland. GLENCORE is part of the heart of today’s darkness that Jean Ziegler so vividly describes in his publications. In his diatribe against the corporations tax evasion, corruption allegations, environmental pollution and human rights violations, Dr Josef Lang spoke out clearly against the Swiss corporation and it’s corporate managers Glasenberg, Murray and Hayward (who this year receives his second Black Planet Award – his first having been awarded for his infamous irresponsible actions in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe in 2010). The multinational GLENCORE and its major shareholders will receive the Black Planet Award at a later point at public actions in cooperation with international social movements.

ethecon´s Blue Planet Award went to Diane Wilson/USA (in 2006), Vandana Shiva/India (in 2007), José Abreu and Hugo Chávez/Venezuela (in 2008), Uri Avnery/Israel (in 2009), Elias Bierdel/Austria (in 2010) and last year to Angela Davis/USA (2011). The Black Planet Award went to the managers and shareholders of MONSANTO/USA (in 2006), NESTLÉ/Switzerland (in 2007), Blackwater (Xe)/USA (in 2008), Formosa Plastics Group/Taiwan (in 2009), BP/Great Britain (in 2010) und last year to Tepco/Japan (2011).

The awards ceremony was imbedded in ethecon´s conference on „Public Private Partnership – the sale-out of public utilities“. Lecturer Dr. Werner Rügemeier held a scathing speech against the „modern private-public hybrid“; the essence of „Public Private Partnership“ being a model of the complicity of a corrupted maxim of public finances und private ownership“.

In contrast to many corporate, family, church, political and state foundations, ethecon is one of the few “grass roots” foundations. It and its current 32 donators, dedicated to carrying out their responsibility to future generations are guided by the motto „For a world without exploitation and oppression!“ This young foundation is funded through gifts, donations and memberships.

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