Marie Michael Library
Globalization & Human Rights
This film examines an emerging conflict in a new world order between those making macro-economic decisions and those struggling to cope with the impact of those decisions. At the core of the program is the ongoing debate over whether or not human rights concerns should be linked to economic policies. It follows global agencies like the IMF and World Bank, transnational corporations like Nike and Shell Oil.. It also documents the response of workers and labor organizations, citizens' groups, and human rights activists to the rapidly changing world order, and features footage of the Global March Against Child Labor. U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, billionaire businessman/philanthropist George Soros, and South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, are joined by such human rights figures as Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman, and Amnesty International Secretary General Pierre Sane, as well as by labor leaders like AFL-CIO president John Sweeney, in assessing the impact of globalization on human rights and democracy.