A Country
Belongs to
Its People

The Leaders Say
They Believe It…

There is a fundamental fact that the oil and gas off our shores is an American asset. It belongs to the people of the United States of America.
What we say is that when it comes to the mineral resources of Australia, the Australian people own those resources.
All hydrocarbons will remain the property of the Mexican people.
The oil belongs to 190 million Brazilians, and we will show everyone that the oil is ours.
The oil belongs to the people of Azerbaijan.
The oil belongs to the Iraqi people. It’s their asset.
The oil belongs to the Venezuelan people.
The oil belongs to the people.
People cannot be fooled. This oil belongs to the Libyans.
The [oil] resource belongs to the people of Ghana.
Norway’s petroleum resources belong to the Norwegian people.

Nearly Every Country
Has Signed a Treaty That Says It...

"All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources".

Our Historic Victories
for The People’s Rights.

1649

Trial and execution of Charles I of England. The Chief Judge informs the King

"Sir, as the law is your superior, so truly, Sir, there is something that is superior to the law, and that is indeed the parent or author of the law, the people of England."

1776

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”

The Declaration of Independence

1787

“We the people of the United States… do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The Constitution of the United States of America

1789

“The principle of all sovereignty resides essentially in the [French] nation. No body, no individual may exercise any authority that does not emanate expressly from the nation.”

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

1848

"The Springtime of Peoples"Democratic Revolutions Across Euorope.

1893–1947

Women gain the vote in Europe, North America and Australia.

1945

“We the Peoples of the United Nations…”

The Charter of the United Nations

1947-49

The Axis countries constitutionalize popular sovereignty.

“The German people… have adopted this Basic Law”; “Sovereignty belongs to the [Italian] people and is exercised by the people”; “We the Japanese people…”

1947-Today

The liberation of the colonies leads to many new national constitutions.

“We the People of…” Egypt, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Samoa, etc.

1948

“The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1949

“We the People of India…”

The Constitution of India

1966

“All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources… Nothing in the present Covenant shall be interpreted as impairing the inherent right of all peoples to enjoy and utilize fully and freely their natural wealth and resources.”

The Human Rights Covenants

1981

“All peoples shall freely dispose of their wealth and natural resources. This right shall be exercised in the exclusive interest of the people. In no case shall a people be deprived of it.”

The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights

1990

“Ours is a time for fulfilling the hopes and expectations our peoples have cherished for decades: steadfast commitment to democracy based on human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The Charter of Paris for a New Europe

1996

“We the People of South Africa…”

2008

“We, the peoples of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)… Adhering to the principles of democracy... Shall act in accordance with… the principles of democracy and constitutional government.”

The ASEAN Charter

2011

“We the People of South Sudan…”

The Transitional Constitution of South Sudan

Authoritarians and militias are selling off the resources that belong to the people.

Since the people cannot consent, those resources are stolen goods.

Today over half of the world’s traded oil is stolen goods.

By our own deepest principles, we shouldn't buy stolen goods.

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