IUSY Asia Pacific bares plans for 2019, passes resolutions on democracy and human rights

Asia Pacific member organizations of the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) approved their annual activity plan and resolutions on democracy and human rights during their committee meeting in December last year.

IUSY members in the region passed the following resolutions unanimously:

  • A resolution on the minorities, marginalized and displaced peoples in Asia

  • A resolution resolve the Bhutanese refugee situation in Nepal

  • A resolution calling for the liberation of Tibet

  • A resolution supporting people’s call for democratic elections in Thailand

  • A resolution calling for justice for Nirmala Pant, a young woman murdered and raped in Nepal

The member organizations also identified key skills and knowledge for future training designs including management and leadership, public speaking, campaigning, organizing, networking, international law and other topics.

IUSY-APC will also have human rights campaigns with special focus on regional concerns such as climate change, ending gender inequality and violence against women, and curbing corruption.

The plans include expansion of members to youth organizations in SAARC, student groups in the Philippines, political parties in the SEA region, and women’s organizations in Nepal.

Participating organizations include Akbayan Youth in the Philippines, Nepal Students Union and Nepal Tarun Dal, Youth for a New Society in Burma, Young Progressives for Social Democracy in Thailand, Tibetan Youth Congress, Youth Organization of Bhutan, and Pergerakan Indonesia.

Statement in relation to the electoral situation in Paraguay

Elections in Paraguay: we ask to recount the votes
LEE EL COMUNICADO EN ESPAÑOL

From the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) we note with concern the accusations of fraud in the electoral process of Paraguay, denounced by the opposition forces.

The legitimacy of the electoral process is vital for the proper functioning of democracy, and the publicly made allegations showed that various irregularities may have been made by members of the right wing National Republican Association and by members of the Superior Court of Electoral Justice (TSJE) .

We call the electoral authorities of Paraguay to respect the popular will, and count the votes of all citizens properly.

NO TO FRAUD IN PARAGUAY! FOR DEMOCRACY!

Comunicado con respecto a situación electoral en Paraguay

Pedimos para una recuenta de los votos de las ultimas elecciónes de Paraguay

Desde la Unión Internacional de Juventudes Socialistas (IUSY) observamos con preocupación la acusaciones de fraude en el proceso electoral de Paraguay, denunciado por las principales fuerzas de la oposición.

La legitimidad del proceso electoral es vital para un buen funcionamiento de la democracia, y las denuncias hechas públicas demuestran que varias irregularidades podrían haber sido realizadas por miembros del partido de derecha Asociación Nacional Republicana como por miembros del Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral (TSJE).

Llamamos a las autoridades electorales de Paraguay a que respeten la voluntad popular, y que los votos de todos los ciudadanos sean debidamente contabilizados.

¡NO AL FRAUDE EN PARAGUAY! ¡POR LA DEMOCRACIA!

IUSY rechaza represión de la que son víctima jovenes en Nicaragua

Manifestante de Nicaragua

Desde la Unión Internacional de Juventudes Socialistas (IUSY, por sus siglas en ingles), expresamos nuestra gran preocupación por los últimos acontecimientos que se vienen dando en Nicaragua, donde se ha desatado la represión los últimos 3 días por parte del gobierno de Daniel Ortega en contra de las manifestaciones que se han levantado por su intención de reformar la seguridad social.

Desde IUSY condenamos que los jovenes sean asesinados, reprimidos y perseguidos por un gobierno que se niega a respetar los derechos fundamentales, actuando incluso mediante el Ejército en ciudades como Estelí (Nicaragua) para acallar las protestas.

Las cuatro víctimas mortales que ya se cuentan, todos ellos jóvenes, los numerosos heridos y golpeados, los daños a instalaciones universitarias y el despojo de instrumentos de trabajo y las agresiones a periodistas, la censura a medios de comunicación independientes, son el fruto de la estos actos de intolerancia antidemocrática del gobierno de Ortega.

Nuestro reconocimiento a los estudiantes, la juventud y el pueblo de Nicaragua que están manifestándose de forma cívica en rechazo a la decisión unilateral de reformar el sistema de seguridad social, despojando de sus derechos adquiridos a miles de trabajadores y hace caer el peso de los costos de la corrupción sobre los más pobres.

IUSY is ready to do its active part to facilitate the work of ngos and youth for the inclusion of refugees

Study session for an inclusive society for Refugees - Budapest - at the European Youth Center - 23/27 April 2018

The International Union of Socialist Youth is ready to welcome 22 participants from 18 countries to the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Budapest for a 5-day Study session to empower youth in the hard work to create more open and fairer societies for refugees, from the 23rd to the 27th of April, 2018.

The Study session, organised by IUSY in cooperation with the Council of Europe, aims to facilitate the participants in exploring the roots of discrimination, empower them in their efforts to work with and for young refugees to help with the development of their full personality and their social inclusion.

Participants will explore the concepts of identity, discrimination, with a particular focus on refugees and Internally Displaced People.

Participants will be asked to share both their best and worst experiences from their home countries, in an effort to come up with an online platform that aims to help youth organisations to get in touch with NGOs and vice-versa. The aim of the platform is to improve the coordination in organising events at the local and national levels with the hopes to sensitise and engage their local communities in the active inclusion of refugees.

ZITA GURMAInewly elected member of the Hungarian parliament and PES women President will open the Study Session on Monday – the 23rd of April, at 9:30 am.

Participants will be helped in their work by high-level speakers who will participate in a special Panel debate on Wednesday the 25th of April, at 11 am, focusing on the role of the different stakeholders in the field:

  • Marja Bijl – Vice-president of PES women (Party of European Socialists’ women network). Ms. Bijil is a managing director of an NGO working to combat human trafficking (a situation many refugees, both women and men face when they arrive in Europe). She is well known in her home country (The Netherlands) for the organisation of local-network to combat human trafficking;
  • Michaela PobudovaDirector of Mareena. Ms. Pobudova has a long history of working with refugees and migrants and is currently the director of Mareena. Mareena is a Slovakian NGO working for inclusion of newly arrived refugees and migrants through courses and workshops that facilitates the promotion of the full personality of people, helping them to not be “just refugees”;
  • Neil ArunJournalist and Editorial consultant. Mr. Arun has been shortlisted twice for the European Press Prize. He has worked with local journalists in the Balkans and Iraq, specialising in investigative journalism. Mr. Arun has also been a mentor in the Refugee Journalism Project. Neil Arun has his work published on The Guardian, the New Statesman, The Atlantic, and The Independent among others.

The speakers will give participants an insight into the relationships between politics, civil society and journalism when it comes to working with and portraying the so-called “Refugee crisis”.

Contacts:
Amanda Lilliefeldt | IUSY Project Manageramanda.lilliefeldt@iusy.org
Matteo Cervi | IUSY External consultant on communicationmatteo.cervi@iusy.org

We support the PASOK Youth demands for the release of two soldiers of Greece detented in Turkey

Greece - we demand the immidiate release of the 2 greek soldiers in Turkey

The aggressive rhetoric President Erdogan and the Leadership of Turkey have adopted in the past months against their neighbours, especially against Greece and Cyprus, constitutes an outrageous escalation of offensive behaviour that is not in accordance with the principle of good neighbourliness.

Furthermore, in the past few months, Turkey has increased the frequency of daily violations of the FIR of Greece, resorting to unacceptable actions in the Greek and Cypriot EEZ.

Recently, a Turkish patrol boat rammed a vessel off the coast guard of Greece, some nautical miles away of the Imia.

These actions demonstrate an escalating pattern of Turkish defiance of fundamental European and International treaties, as well as principles of the Rule of Law.

The imprisoning, on dubious and unfounded charges, of two Greek soldiers for more than 45 days in Turkey constitutes a climax of Turkish aggressiveness.

The Greek soldiers accidentally strayed across the borderline while routine patrolling, under poor weather conditions.

The established approach for relevant incidents, practised in the past by both Greece and Turkey, involved the on-site resolution of the issue between the local military authorities.

IUSY always support the peaceful resolution of all issues, following the established diplomatic ways and respect for International Law.

We unambiguously condemn the provocativeness of Turkish leadership and we demand the immediate release of two Soldiers of Greece.

IUSY Presidium statement on the deportation of PES Deputy Secretary General Giacomo Filibeck

Giacomo Filibeck in the Philippines, October 2017

We condemn the detention and deportation of Giacomo Filibeck, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Party of European Socialists (PES), in Cebu, Philippines, on Sunday.

Filibeck was on his way to join the Congress of Akbayan Party, a sister party of PES, where he was invited as a guest.

Filibeck was blacklisted by the Philippine government for joining an international solidarity mission on October 2017 where they, together with Progressive Alliance, have denounced the campaign against drugs by President Rodrigo Duterte where thousands were killed, including young people and children.

This is an alarming case of silencing the strong voices for human rights.

Filibeck was in the Philippines in solidarity with the Filipino people in their campaign for justice and human rights.

The unfair deportation of Giacomo Filibeck shows that Duterte is closing the doors for cooperation with the international community to stop the killings in the Philippines.

We stand in solidarity with our comrades in the Philippines in their campaign for justice, democracy and human rights as the Duterte government is unfolding into an authoritarian regime.

IUSY and YES joint statement of solidarity with the people of Syria

Mediterranean - Syria

The International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) and Young European Socialists (YES) jointly address the military strike in Syria 

We strongly condemn the use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria of last week and mourn the victims of such horrific attacks.

The situation of oppression of the Syrian people by its government has been lasting for far too long and led to one of the biggest humanitarian crises of the 21st century.

We call for urgent international humanitarian aid to the Syrian civilians and for an independent investigation from the UN on the use of chemical weapons in the area to be led.

IUSY and YES are deeply concerned by the possible escalation of the situation in Syria.

We regret the lack of alternatives to a violent intervention and we will always privilege interventions in respect of international law and within the United Nations Framework.

We condemn the lack of respect of international law and the disregard for internal democratic procedure in the intervention’s decision-making.

However, we recognize that the escalation of the situation is aggravated by the structural system of the UN decision-making process, which allowed Russia to veto a legal intervention.

We call for a structural reform of the process, allowing more efficient resolving of international conflicts and a better protection of civilians.

We call for the United Nations Security Council to retrieve influence on the situation and to organize in order to release the tension built up in the area and to start a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

We commonly call for an immediate cease-fire in the region from all parties involved and strive for the organization of democratic and transparent elections.

Both IUSY and YES call their respective national governments to respect the ban on weapon-selling in the region, and condemn all international actors that take part in the use of violence on the people of Syria by its government.