Cemex is the second largest building materials company in the world and is deeply involved in Israeli policies that contravene international law. The company has already been denounced for its illegal actions in a UN report on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in 2012. Through its Israeli subsidiary Ready-Mix, Cemex has factories in illegal Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land. It also supplies Israel with cement and concrete for the construction of its wall, military checkpoints and illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
The letter to Cemex was signed by large social movements from 12 Latin American countries and other parts of the world, including the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) and the international World March of Women. It was also signed by political parties, including Mexico’s third largest party, the social democratic PRD.
Signatories also included some of the largest trade unions in Latin America, such as the CTA de los Trabajadores from Argentina, the Bolivian Union of Peasants and Colombia's Unitary Union of Workers. They also included important human rights coalitions like Peru’s National Coordination on Human Rights and Mexico’s League for the Defense of Human Rights. Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and several prominent Mexican artists and academics have also joined the appeal.
The letter was published as part of the #StopCemex campaign, heeding the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) on the 13th anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) ruling on the illegality of Israel’s apartheid wall.
The organizers of the campaign have called on progressive international organizations and movements to endorse the letter by filling in this form.
Abdulrahman Abunahel, a spokesperson for the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), welcomed the efforts of Latin American movements and organizations on the #StopCemex campaign.
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