#IUSYcongress2018 | Documents for the discussion

IUSY World Congress 2018 IUSY Congreso Mundial 2018 IUSY Congrés Mondial 2018

The IUSY World Congress 2018 is going to take place in Bečići, Montenegro, from 15th to 18th of February, 2018.

Please find below the documents (resolutions and working-documents) submitted for the discussion of the Congress.

More translations and documents are going to be uploaded on this page in the next days.

Resolutions presented for the discussion of the Congress:

  1. Resolution presented by SSU and S-Students Sweden, AUF Norway, DSU Denmark, SDY Finland and SONK Finland, SU Faroe Island, SDY Estonia, and UJ Iceland
    [ENGLISH] Abortion laws ensuring women’s rights over their own bodies
  2. Resolution presented by JS Chile
    [ENGLISH] Condemn the US. Government decision to move their embassy to Jerusalem and the threats to countries that votes against their decision
  3. Resolution presented by SSU and S-Students Sweden, AUF Norway, DSU Denmark, SDY Finland and SONK Finland, SU Faroe Island, SDY Estonia, and UJ Iceland
    [ENGLISH] Criminalise association with terrorist organizations
  4. Resolution presented by FATEH Y and GUPS Palestine
    [ENGLISH] Declaration on the Question of Palestine
  5. Resolution presented by MJS France
    [FRANÇAIS] Francophonie
  6. Resolution presented by GUPS Palestine
    [ENGLISH] Let’s end Shame democracy
  7. Resolution presented by JS Chile
    [ENGLISH] No to impunity for human rights violations in Latin America!
  8. Resolution presented by JUSO Switzerland, MJS France, FGS Italy, JS Belgium, CSDY Croatia, LY Ireland, SD LP Northern Irland, SJÖ Austria, AKBAYAN Y Philippines
    [ENGISH] On the IUSY World Festival 2017 “We see no border”
  9. Resolution presented by MJS Belgium and MJS France
    [FRANÇAIS] Pour un droit à la santé garanti pour tous, partout!
  10. Resolution presented by JS Belgium; FGS Italy; MJS France; LY Ireland; MF Slovenia; CSDY Croatia
    [ENGLISH] Progressive global trade policies of the 21st century
  11. AYF Philippines, MJS France, FGS Italy, SDLP Youth, MF Slovenia, CSDY Croatia, JS Belgium
    [ENGLISH] Resolution on Sexual Harassment and Sexist Behaviours in Political Parties and Organizations
  12. Resolution presented by SSU and S-Students Sweden, AUF Norway, DSU Denmark, SDY Finland and SONK Finland, SU Faroe Island, SDY Estonia, and UJ Iceland
    [ENGLISH] Regarding the rise of far-right movements
  13. Resolution presented by JUSOS Germany
    [ENGLISH] The destruction of fortress Europe or what we need are safe and legal migration routes!
  14. Resolution presented by SSU and S-Students Sweden, AUF Norway, DSU Denmark, SDY Finland and SONK Finland, SU Faroe Island, SDY Estonia, and UJ Iceland
    [ENGLISH] Treaty banning nuclear weapons
  15. Resolution presented by YM Israel
    [ENGLISH] Two-State Solution as the Method to Attain Peace in the Middle East
  16. Resolution presented by Ujsario Western Sahara
    [ENGLISH] Western Sahara – Africa’s Last Colony

Working-documents presented for the discussion of the Congress:

  1. Presented by the Working-group on Political economy and the IUSY Presidium
    [ENGLISH] Political Economy Working Document
  2. Presented by the IUSY Presidium
    [ENGLISH] Pool of Diplomats
  3. Presented by the Students Working-group
    [ENGLISH] Students Manifesto
    [ESPAÑOL] Manifiesto de Estudiantes

Brando Benifei (S&D) asks to High Representative of the European Union Mogerini on the Arrest of Fateh Youth President by Israeli forces

Brando BENIFEI - Question to Mogherini on the arrest of Fateh Youth President by Israeli Forces

On Friday 12th January, Hassan Faraj, Fateh Youth President, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces at the entrance of the city of Bethlehem while participating at the peaceful demonstrations against the Israeli government policy of settlement expansion in West Bank.

While in jail, Hassan Faraj was denied the possibility to meet his lawyer, and he is expected to be summoned in front of the Israeli Military Court within the Israeli Military Order next Tuesday.

Recalling European Parliament’s resolutions on the recognition of Palestine statehood (2014/2964(RSP) of 17 December 2014) and on the EU’s role in the Middle East peace process (2015/2685(RSP) of 10 September 2015),

we ask the HR/VP:

  • If the HR/VP is aware of this action that profoundly undermines peaceful dialogue’s chances between Israel and Palestine, by directly attempting to disqualify an important Fateh political figure from the political process, by disregarding the right to peaceful demonstrations and lastly by denying rights of prisoners to meet with their lawyer
  • If the HP/VP considers highlighting the case of Hassan Faraj to the relevant Israeli authorities

Question for written answer (Priority) presented to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative
of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the 16th of January

IUSY calls for immediate releasing of Fateh youth President in Palestine Comrade Hassan Faraj and all Palestinian political prisoners

Hassan Faraj, Fateh Youth President arrested in Palestine

It is with deep concern that IUSY learns of the arrest of our comrade Hassan Faraj, Fateh Youth president, in Palestine, in the early hours of Friday, 12th of January 2018.

Hassan Faraj, Fateh Youth president, was arrested by the Israeli occupation forces at the entrance of the city of Bethlehem while participating at the peaceful demonstrations against the Israeli expansion of illegal settlements and the continuation of the Israeli occupation violations of human rights in Palestine.

While the political situation between the Palestine and Israel has escalated in the past weeks, IUSY firmly believes in a two-state solution as the only solution to the crisis as has been widely endorsed by the International Community.

It is in this light that we demand the immediate release of comrade Hassan Faraj, Fateh Youth President, and all Palestinian political prisoners in the Israeli jails.

We affirm our full support to the peaceful popular struggle of the Palestinian people in their fair quest for freedom and justice.

We hereby call on our Member Organisations and the International Community of States to take direct measures in order to end the more than 50 years occupation and apartheid in Palestine.

We further call on our Member Organisations to raise their voices against all human rights violations by Israel against the Palestinian people.

IUSY Presidium statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo - Elections

IUSY notes with sadness the recent brutal attacks on the demonstrators in the Democratic Republic of Congo by security forces which led to the loss of some 7 lives on Sunday 31st December 2017.

This act of brutality is condemned in no uncertain terms and IUSY calls on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to halt the violent suppression of fundamental rights and freedoms of demonstrators and supporters of opposition parties.

IUSY expresses its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased in mourning the loss of their beloved who decided to devote the last day of the year in pursuit of democracy and peace in DRC.

In recent times, the level of insecurity in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been heightened as the government of President Joseph Kabila has intensified its crackdown on protestors who have demanded for the conduct of elections which should have been held in December 2016.

The deplorable height of insecurity that the country has been plunged into can also be attributed to the unjustifiable arrest and detention of opposition members by the state machinery.

Christian Lumuku, a youth activist from the opposition party, UDPS is one of such persons in military confinement who is bearing the brunt of the undemocratically aggressive measures adopted by the government of DRC.

Several dozens of protestors have also been arrested by the security forces of DRC in their quest to demand the departure and end of Kabila’s reign.

These politically-motivated actions rans counter to the principle of democracy and equality of all persons before the law.

It is against this backdrop that IUSY calls for the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to adopt all possible means that would lead to a long-lasting peaceful conduct of elections.

Even though the Election Commission has iterated that an election to replace Kabila would not be possible before April 2019, we are of the firm conviction and believe that it is within the parameters of the powers of the president to ensure that the elections are held within the shortest possible time.

The horrendous and devastating effects of political unrests on the African Continent have affected the sustainable development of the continent and it is time for leaders on the continent to take action to avert these electoral conflicts.

We call on the international community and the Africa Union to undertake drastic measures necessary to prevent the needless loss of lives on the continent in the quest for democratic govenrnance.

Declaración del Comité Americano sobre las elecciones en Honduras

Honduras: Foto de / Photo of Salvador Nasralla

Desde IUSY repudiamos la agudización de la crisis en Honduras que se ha visto durante los últimos cuatro años de Gobierno de Juan Orlando Hernández.

El pasado 26 de Noviembre se desarrollaron las elecciones en Honduras en un ambiente hostil debido a que el mandato presidencial es de cuatro años y el presidente de la República Juan Orlando Hernández mediante pronunciamiento de la Corte Suprema de Justicia – en una clara manipulación de las leyes y de la Constitución de la República – se postula ahora como candidato a la Presidencia por el Partido Nacional.

Cabe destacar que el Partido Innovación y Unidad Social demócrata (PINU-SD) miembro de IUSY y el Partido Libertad y Refundación (LIBRE) se unieron y formaron la Alianza de Oposición de izquierda hacia estas elecciones de Noviembre con grandes posibilidades de ganar la Presidencia de la República con el candidato Salvador Nasralla.

El día de las elecciones a las 9pm el Tribunal Supremo electoral de Honduras dio como virtual ganador con una diferencia del 5% (aproximadamente 95,000 votos de diferencia al Ing. Salvador Nasralla candidato de la Alianza de Oposición PINU-LIBRE).

El sistema de cómputo del Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE), tuvo diferentes fallas y cortes de energía eléctrica en las siguientes 48 horas. Al regresar la energía eléctrica la diferencia de votos entre Hernández y Nasralla era del 1%. Posteriormente se verificó un alza de votos para Juan Orlando Hernández donde se verificó que solo se estaban tomando en cuenta Actas donde ganaba Hernández.

Lamentamos que la población hondureña se encuentre ahora en crisis política ya que el TSE no ha declarado como ganador a ningún candidato presidencial, en especial al Ing. Salvador Nasralla quien ganó las elecciones limpiamente y que ambos Partidos LIBRE Y PINU tienen actas de cierre presidenciales para demostrar el triunfo del Ing. Salvador candidato de la Alianza de Oposición.

El pueblo hondureño ha salido a las calles para manifestarse pacíficamente a favor de Nasralla, pero condenamos la represión de la que han sido víctimas Hondureñ@s, y muertes ocasionadas por un Gobierno Opresor y dictatorial que quiere imponerse; seguir en el Poder por la fuerza y utilizar a los entes de seguridad como Policías y militares para causar pánico en la población.

Sobre todo el pueblo hondureño se encuentra en Estado de Sitio (toque de queda), donde la población no puede circular de 8pm a 5am, una imposición por parte del Presidente Hernández.

Denunciamos de igual forma que en dichas manifestaciones se han infiltrado personas con malas intenciones y han saqueado diferentes tiendas, almacenes y negocios; todo este caos político se ha convertido para Honduras en problema social y notablemente económico.

Exigimos la pronta declaratoria como presidente al Ing. Salvador Nasralla de parte del TSE en Honduras, para que el pueblo se encuentre en paz y retornar a la verdadera Democracia.

Stand up for Human rights!

Human rights day 2017

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights cannot be just words on a paper,” said Howard Lee, IUSY President.

“It has to become a tangible reality of every human being”, he continues. Today, 10th of Dicember, is the International Day of Human Rights.

Thanks to the unprecedented access to knowledge and information, humans are more aware than ever before of their place in this world; both as individuals as well as part of the global community of humans.

The beautiful and astonishing plurality of our world, becomes more and more so, as our awareness grows by the exponentially increasing connectivity we enjoy through technology.

We are now better connected than ever before to other human beings who have different economic, political, cultural, and social values.

Never ever have we been able to touch, feel, know and even fall in love with fellow humans who are ethnically, historically, linguistically, and religiously different from us.

We should be more mindful than ever before that all human beings should respect each other’s human rights to exist, grow, prosper, and thrive as what we are born to be and as of whom who choose to become.

Yet, the technology that enables us to know about the diversity of our world and our species is being used to create, frictions, anger, hatred, conflict and even war between human beings.

Furthermore, diversity and plurality itself is the instrument used to incite confrontation, as though separation and homogeneity is the only path to harmony.

The fundamental solution to all of this needs to be the universal acknowledgement and acceptance that every human being should have some certain basic inalienable rights, and these should be what is written in the Universal Declaration of Human rights.

It is our duty to ensure that human rights are respected in the communities we live, in our neighbourhoods, at our schools, in our families.

IUSY and YES joint statement on the US decision to move their embassy in Jerusalem

Mediterranean USA Jerusalem

Jerusalem holds unique political, religious and spiritual significance and has always been an epicenter of the conflict in the Middle East and a critical issue for resolving it.

Any decision regarding Jerusalem should not be taken lightly and even more so unilaterally and its consequences should never be underestimated.

The UN Security Council, entrusted with the maintenance of international peace and security, adopted several resolutions, including the most recent UNSC resolution 2334 (2016) that clearly evoked the issue of Jerusalem and reaffirmed its centrality and the principles applicable to the situation prevailing in the holy city.

In these resolutions, the Security Council recalled in unequivocal terms that all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation of international law and a serious obstruction to achieving peace in the Middle East.

UNSC resolution 478 (1980) determined the responsibilities of all States in this regard and decided not to recognize Israel’s pursuit to alter the character and status of Jerusalem. It also calls upon all Member States to accept this decision and those that have established diplomatic missions to withdraw from the Holy City.

These resolutions were adopted on the basis of the UN Charter and international law, and the cardinal principle of the illegality of acquisition of land by force, reflecting the world’s rejection of Israel’s illegal policies.

This stance was further confirmed by the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the wall erected by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

Moving the US embassy in contravention of these clear and fundamental rules would constitute a political and legal earthquake with far reaching and volatile consequences, at a time where the region is witnessing unprecedented turmoil with global ramifications.

No peace can be brokered and no solutions found without Jerusalem. Those who act to consolidate Israel’s illegal actions and annexation of Eastern Jerusalem, capital of Palestine, only drags the agenda further away from peace and by default, disqualify themselves from a seat on the table of conciliation and resolution.

The Trump administration’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem would constitute an act of aggression against the Palestinian people’s rights and a grave breach of international law. It could also push the two-State solution based on 1967 borders beyond the point of resuscitation.

The death of the two-State solution would dramatically change both the face of the conflict, as well as the framework for solving it.

There will also be grave consequences for the entire region. Such a US decision will not only harm the Palestinian people, but those it pretends to help; as advancing the occupation is escalating the conflict.

We call on the US administration to carefully re-assess the impact of this move, taking into account the United States’ image, interests, and security.  The US government’s role is to best serve and preserve the interests of the American people, not those of the Israeli Government.

The Trump adminsitration’s move runs counter to the positions adopted by successive Democratic and Republican administrations for over 3 decades, not to mention the unshakable international consensus. It is impossible to understand how such a move of provocation and aggression, can have positive effects for the United States and its interests in the region and globally. 

Many Palestinian citizens of Israel declared that if Trump will recognize West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestine, it would be a positive action that they will support as a step for the 2 state solution.

The US administration has to choose between abdicating to the most extremist views of the nationalistic right movement in Israel and its representatives in the Israeli government or to stand its ground and work on advancing peace. It must be clear that these two positions are mutually exclusive.

We also call on all of our IUSY and YES members, the relevant international institutions and all freedom loving peoples across the world to mobilize in defending and upholding international law.

The mobilization of all political and moral forces of our time is more needed than ever to end the injustice and the dispossession endured by the Palestinian people for 70 years and the military and occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip for 50 years.

The Palestinian people – like all humans – have inalienable rights, including a right to self-determination and independence, a right to freedom and dignity. They have every intention to exercise these rights in their sovereign State, with East Jerusalem as its capital. That is the path to peace and security for all the peoples in the region.

The alternative is conflict and Apartheid, which we must avoid at all costs.

IUSY – International Union of Socialist Youth
YES – Young European Socialists

Presidium statement on the US threat to the PLO permanence in Washington DC.

United States - Israel - Palestine

The International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) strongly condemns the recent pronouncement made by the United States government in threatening the existence of the Palestinian Liberation organization Office in Washington DC.

With this decision, the Trump administration will effectively lose its credibility as a neutral mediator in the ongoing peace process between Israel and Palestine. By threatening the legitimacy of the PLO’s existence on its territory, the United States government will derail the ongoing negotiations to the detriment of both Israel and Palestine.

We urge the United States government to remain impartial in its role in the peace talks and to consider the rights of the Palestinians and Israelis identically.

Instead of closing down the PLO, it should instead focus its energy and resources in ensuring that the peace negotiations provide both countries and their respective citizens the right to peaceful homes and sovereignty.
Threatening the right of Palestinians to representation in the United States does not only impede on the inalienable rights of Palestinian but directly disregards the Country’s right to self-determination, independence, and establishment.

We stand one with our comrades from the Fateh Youth Organisation and the Palestinian people in their struggle for fairness and justice.

We echo the words of United Nations General assembly President Miroslav Lajčák when he said, “When it comes to the question of Palestine, we have a responsibility and we have an interest. Palestinian people do not need our sympathy – they deserve our solidarity.”