Paradise Papers prompts former UK PM to launch online petition

Gordon Brown writes open letter to G20 chief to outlaw all tax havens

GN Bureau | November 13, 2017


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The latest leak of data about international tax offenders, ‘Paradise Papers’, has prompted former UK prime minister Gordon Brown to launch an online petition to the Group of 20, seeking an end to all tax havens.

“Eight years ago as UK Prime Minister and chair of the G20, I tried to end the injustice of global tax havens,” Brown writes in the email campaign carried out through Avvaz.org.  “But as the ‘Paradise Papers’ leak shows, trillions are still being siphoned off to dodge tax in the most shadowy places in the global economy.”

Here is the text of his letter seeking citizens’ support for his petition:

“It’s one of today’s greatest injustices, allowing the richest to stand aside while the rest of us pay for health, education, and protecting the most vulnerable.

“But now we have a chance to stop it – through an international agreement that outlaws tax havens and imposes penalties and prison sentences on tax evaders. And the G20, the leaders of the world's biggest economies, can make it happen.

“Please join me in signing this open letter to Argentine President Mauricio Macri, chair of the G20 – if a million of us sign, I will personally deliver it to him, asking him and other G20 leaders to take urgent action to finish the job we began in 2009.

“The G20 is the right home for this issue – and has already made real progress in forcing tax havens to clean up their act. So there’s already momentum, and now the Paradise Papers give us the chance we’ve been waiting for to finish the job.

“As someone who was the target of Avaaz campaigns when I was Prime Minister, I can tell you that they make a powerful difference. This movement is driving forward the idealism of the world. This scandal gives us the chance to tackle one of the biggest challenges we face head-on – let’s not waste it.”

 
Here is the text of his letter “To President Mauricio Macri and all leaders of the G20”:

 
“The level of global inequality is appalling – 8 people own as much wealth as half the planet.

“And the gap is growing, thanks in part to the shadowy world of tax havens which lets trillions be siphoned offshore from our economies. Right now, the rich get richer, and the rest of us pay.

“Eight years ago the G20 agreed it would shut down these practices. It's time to deliver. We call on you to act immediately to end tax havens and ensure that those that run and exploit them are held to account.

“Nobody should be able to evade their duty to pay tax for the public good. It is your responsibility to make that so. As citizens from around the world, we demand action.”

 

 

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