THERE IS A MASSACRE IN SURUÇ!

 

A suicide attack has killed until now around 30 people and wounded nearly 100 others in Suruç, near the Syrian border in the Kurdish parts of Turkey, where hundreds of young people gathered to help Kurdish people in Kobanê to rebuild their casual life.

 

We, as Young European Socialists and International Union of Socialist Youth, condemn this horrible terror attack. The terror attack is one of many terror attacks being conducted in the region the last months. Furthermore, we are condemning the actions of the ruling party in Turkey- Justice and Development Party (AKP)- for their lack of actions against ISIS terrorists. AKP has repeatedly refused to even recognize ISIS as a terrorist organisation and have not been able to give a notable explanation regarding the guns transported to Syria through the Turkish controlled borders. AKPs actions will not be forgotten. Young people’s desire for peace, democracy and freedom must and can‘t be silented by national, religious or financial interests. AKPs desire for an intervention by the Turkish government in Syria through co-operation with ISIS will not be accepted. Equality, solidarity and democracy will prevail!

 

Young European Socialists and the International Union of Socialist Youth stands with all the resisting people in the Middle East and all of those who are fighting against the violent radicalisation in the region. Peace in Middle East can only be reached with diversity, secularism, solidarity and respect. The answers are spelled- equality, freedom and justice for all!

 

Peace cannot and will not come by violence against young innocent people, whose brave ideas aims to reach a region for all!

 

Solidarity with Suruç and Kobanê!

 

 

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

 

 

IUSY World Council 2015- An Equal World Is Possible

Dear Comrades,

 

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the forthcoming:

 

 

IUSY WORLD COUNCIL 2015

– An Equal World Is Possible

Yerevan, Armenia – 7th May to 10th May 2015

 

“Peace is something more than the absence of war, although some nations would be thankful for that alone today. A durable and equitable peace system requires equal development opportunities for all nations.”

    – Willy Brandt

 

2015 is an important year for the future of international development. The UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development, the UN Climate Change Conference, and the European Year for Development are just a few landmarks that will outline the work of the international community on the struggle for peace, equality and sustainable development in the upcoming years.

 

It is also the time for us to discuss together the challenges of today and tomorrow in order to propose our solutions for a more equal and fair world. Together we will make an equal world for all possible!

 

Please make sure to save this date. More information will follow in a few days.

 

We are looking forward to meeting you all again to enjoy both: fun and politics. Our hosting organization, AYF in Armenia, is happy to welcome you all in Yerevan.

 

With Socialist Regards,

 

Felipe Jeldres             Evin Incir                                 Sarkis Megerdichian

IUSY President          IUSY Secretary General       AYF Secretary General

IUSY & AUSY Seminar on “Road to Peace & Democracy: Moderation v/s Extremism”

Arab Union of Socialist Youth (AUSY) & International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) in cooperation with Olof Palme International Center and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, are glad and proud to invite you to The International Conference:

 

 “Road to Peace & Democracy: Moderation v/s Extremism”

13, 14, 15 February 2015

 

As young Socialists and Social Democrats, we believe in Freedom, Equality and Justice for all. Therefore, we believe that the threat represented by extremism and the brutality of IS- Islamic State (Daash) is an imminent danger to the world and the human values. Furthermore, it is a threat to diversity and pluralism in the Middle East throughout the brutal war waged by the terrorism against groups as Kurds (especially Yazidis) Christians and Shiites.

 

We assure our absolute support to the valiant Kurdish Peshmerga forces, which are fighting a war on behalf of the whole world. They have shown that they play a leading role to confront extremism, criminality and brutality practiced by the terrorist group IS.

 

The struggle for peace, democracy and freedom continues. The last weeks have shown that democratic forces can and will prevail, when the Kurdish forces managed to rescue Shangal and its people from the hand of IS.

 

The AUSY-IUSY international conference will be a high-profile platform for moderate political organizations, progressive youth leaders, and policy experts from Middle East, North Africa and the whole world in order to raise a call for peace and democracy.

 

If you have further questions or need support, please do not hesitate to contact us ausy@ausy.info- in the case of AUSY Members and iusy@iusy.org – in the case of IUSY Member Organisations.

 

With socialist regards,

 

Felipe Jeldres                  Evin Incir                                    Raed Bou Hamdan 

IUSY President               IUSY General Secretary         AUSY General Secretary

Upcoming Event: Study Visit in Israel and Palestine, 9th-13th of January

IUSY is planning a study visit to Israel and Palestine together with our member organizations Young Meretz, Fatah Youth, Willy Brandt Center and Olof Palme International Center, in order to learn more about the current situation in and between the countries.

 

The Study Visit will contain of meetings with IUSY Member Organisations Young Meretz, Young Labour, Fatah Youth and Al Mubadara. Furthermore, we will have meetings with NGO‘s and representatives from different parties and organisations in both countries. 

We are now launching this open call to our Member Organizations in case you would like to participate in the Study Visit. Please note however, that IUSY will only be able to cover costs for accommodation, meals and transports in the countries during the study visit.

 

The visit is programmed for 9-13 January 2014; arrival foresee for Friday 9th (since we will start early on Saturday the 10th) and departures foreseen on Tuesday 13 January. 

 

Should you be interested in participating, let us know via iusy@iusy.org before the 5th of January at the latest. 

 

For more information, don‘t hesitate to get in touch with us.

IUSY World Festival 2014

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE IUSY WORLD FESTIVAL 2014!

A week of friends, fun and politics – that is the promise the IUSY World Festival holds. This year about 1000 young activists from around the world came together on the beautiful Island of Malta.  It was an unforgettable week at the IUSY World Festival 2014 in Malta. We engaged in discussions, we experienced international solidarity, we made new friends and we did not forget about the fun. We left the Festival with new motivation, new inspiration and also a lot of new friendships.

Our thanks go to the Maltese comrades from FZL Malta 
who were a great host for the socialist youth from around the world.

MEDITERRANEAN COMMITTEE – LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

On the 25th of August 2014 the Mediterranean Committee gathered young leaders from the IUSY member organizations from the Mediterranean with the aim to strengthen the organizations and the cooperation on the continent at the Ghajn Tuffieha Camping Site in Malta. Together we discussed the current political situation in the Mediterranean and elaborated strategies to face the challenges that lie ahead. This year’s Mediterranean committee took place in connection to the IUSY World Festival. The main theme for the committee was 15 Actions to Eradicate Poverty in 15 Years.