Lesotho

Sample letters to James Wolfensohn

May 27, 2004

“The world is desperately in need of nations and international organizations that act in accordance with their commitments to operate honestly and fairly, and to uphold justice…Lesotho and Third World countries deserve no less.”

Probe International Supporters – From Coast to Coast – Write Wise Words To World Bank President James Wolfensohn

  • “I am writing to encourage you to maintain
    your moral position and ensure that any company, such as Acres, that
    contravenes your rules concerning corruption, be dealt with severely.
    The Canadian government’s efforts to protect the interests of the
    company, instead of promoting honesty in business dealings throughout
    the world, are shameful. I am sorry that the employees of Acres will
    suffer for their company’s corrupt practices, but ask you to continue
    your fight against corruption without exceptions.” (Ontario)
  • “I fully support [your] position and
    find the attempts by the various levels of the Canadian government to
    undermine your position tragic and despicable. I hope you’ll not be
    deterred by these attempts to derail the course of justice.”
    (Saskatchewan)
  • “The world is desperately in need of
    nations and international organizations that act in accordance with
    their commitments to operate honestly and fairly, and to uphold
    justice….Lesotho and Third World countries deserve no less.”
    (Ontario)
  • “Our federal government pledged to
    crack down on international corruption as well. But instead they wasted
    our taxpayers money to defend Acres International. Please, don’t let
    the courage of a little country like Lesotho to bring to trial a
    multinational, go to waste.” (B.C.)
  • “I wish, as a Canadian, to express
    my strong support for your position on corruption, and in particular to
    urge you not to bow to pressure to make an exception in the Acres case.
    I am ashamed that a Canadian corporation should have resorted to
    bribery in the first place, and outraged that my government should be
    suggesting that it somehow dodge the consequences of having been
    convicted.” (B.C.)
  • “I, and all my friends, agree and
    support your rules that corruption must be eliminated in this world,
    and one of the most effective ways of doing this is to bar companies,
    such as Acres, from receiving any future World Bank contracts. This is
    the fastest way of sending a message to all other companies around the
    world that crime does not pay.” (Alberta)
  • “I deplore the efforts of the
    Canadian government to protect Acres from the consequences of this
    verdict, and I urge you to stand firm on this vital issue.” (Quebec)
  • “Please do not let the
    representatives of Canada fool you into thinking that they have the
    best interests of the world at heart. The informed Canadian people ask
    that you remain firm in your decision to hold Acres accountable for
    their actions and to prosecute them to the letter of the law.
    Corruption is corruption, no matter who corrupts.” (Nova Scotia)

If you also wish to express your concern to World Bank President
James Wolfensohn, you can send an email to Jane Holden, his personal
assistant, at jholden1@worldbank.org. Or you can send a letter directly to him at The World Bank, 1818 H Street, N.W.,Washington, D.C. 20433.

Please consider also sending a copy to Canada’s Auditor General Sheila Fraser. You can email her at communications@oag-bvg.gc.ca or mail her at The Office of the Auditor General, 240 Sparks, 10th Floor, West Tower, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G4.

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