Historian and professor Guillaume Long easily attracts attention at big events where he represents his country, Ecuador. I met him during my last trip to Venezuela, at the height of the international campaign against tax havens, which received the support of the U.N. and Pope Francis.
On Feb. 19, Ecuador will elect a new president and National Assembly, and there will also be a referendum on tax havens. Why this initiative?
Tax havens are the ultimate expression of capitalism without a face, without responsibility, without transparency, without humanity. We need to develop global actions against this form of unbridled capitalism that concerns everyone, but affects especially the poorest countries, which large resources needed for development are fraudulently stolen. The referendum’s intent is to forbid any person pursuing public office to have any goods or capital in tax havens. If approved, within one year counted from the announcement of the final results, the National Assembly will reform the Ley Orgánica de Servicio Público [Organic Law of Public Service], the Código de la Democracia [Democracy Code] and other related laws to adapt them to the will of the citizens. Whoever does not respect the law, will be removed from office.
From the summit of the Non-aligned Country to the CELAC and the G77 meetings, Ecuador supports the proposals of the socialist countries. What is the South’s issue?