Statement condemning King Mswati’s proposed Chairpersonship of Southern African Development Community (SADC)

IUSY condemns the proposed ascendency of Swaziland’s King Mswati who is set to Chair Southern African Development Community (SADC) in August 2016 when the SADC heads of state Summit is held in Swaziland. King Mswati’s dictatorship in Swaziland is against the very same principles and values such as democratic governance that SADC espouses to. Mswati’s rule continues to suppress political parties, as political parties remain banned in Swaziland since 1973. Imprisonment of activists who are against the regime is the order of the day under his rule.

 

The taking over of SADC by a despot in Mswati does not augur well for the region’s endeavour in promoting democracy, respect for human rights and good governance. The region is currently facing political problems that need a decisive leadership that believes in democracy, tolerance and the value of transparency in settling internal disputes facing regional member states. The dictatorship in Zimbabwe cannot be solved under the leadership of Mswati as SADC chair. The people of Zimbabwe shall continue to plunge into economic abyss and repression when another dictator is at the helm of SADC.  The ‘armed’ insurgency impasse in Mozambique is does not inspire a brighter future for the region. Mswati’s leadership is not capable of tackling the challenges confronting the region. The political crisis in Lesotho also needs a credible leader who can ensure that the work done under the outgoing SADC Chairperson President Khama is not reversed.

 

IUSY calls upon all the democratic states in the region not to endorse Swaziland’s ascendency to the Chairpersonship of SADC. We further call for action to be taken by all progressive forces in the region and the world to pressure Mswati’s regime to allow political freedoms and stop human rights abuses.

Statement in opposition to the condemnation of the prisoners by the case of Curuguaty Massacre

On Monday 18th July the full sentence of the judicial process for the Curuguaty Massacrre against 11 campesino men and women where they were declared guilty of all charges was made public, with sentences ranging from 4 years to 35 years in prison. The same was marred by irregularities without respecting the procedural safeguards for the accused.

 

After the massacre on 15th July 2012  in which 11 peasants and 6 policemen where killed which triggered the President Fernando Lugo coup, 9 Farmers and 3 peasant were prosecuted for invasion of private property, criminal association and homicide in land taken over illegally in times of the Alfredo Stroessner dictatorship, which have been declared by the Paraguayan State as their own but that the Judiciary has not recognized as such going forward with the process, also showing the partiality of the Judiciary and the Office of the Prosecutor, as well as the lack of transparency in the process.

 

In addition to this, there have been numerous violations of the right to defense and the lack of investigation into the death of the 11 peasants that were killed in Curuguaty, including allegations of extrajudicial executions by the police.

 

For these reasons, we demand full respect for Human Rights and the monitoring of its compliance on the part of state institutions. As well, we repudiate the sentence issued by the Judiciary despite the flaws in the legal process and demand that the trial be declared null for that reason.

 

Invalidity now!

 

Freedom to Curuguaty prisoners!

Violence against political opponents in Turkey must end now!

IUSY is following the development in Turkey with great concern. The last years escalation of violations of human rights must come to an end.

The last months the situation has escalated even more. IUSY expresses its deep concern over the arbitrary reclusions in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed military coup d’état. We believe that the retaliation carried out by the government led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, over the failed coup, has gone beyond any acceptable threshold, using threats to national security as an excuse to get rid of dissidents and political opponents. This suspension of the democratic rule of law is inadmissible and it must end immediately.

IUSY calls on the European Union and Council of Europe to strongly ask the reinstatement of those values stated in their respective founding treaties that have been violated by Turkey, an applicant state of EU and Member State of CoE. We urge the European Union to take into account the current situation in its neighbouring country while discussing the implementation of the refugee deal and the liberalization of the Turkish visa in the Union.

IUSY expresses its proximity to its two Member Organizations present in the area, CHP youth and HDP youth, whose members have been subject to arbitrary violence and persecution. HDP had to bear the arbitrary arrest of at least 60 of its members only in this month, in great part young militants. Furthermore, CHP youth recently reported the arrest of 13 comrades, half of which still incarcerated. We stand in solidarity by our friends and comrades of CHP Youth and HDP Youth in their battle for social justice and democracy, and we will use all peaceful measures in our hands to protect their basic democratic rights.

Violence against political opponents in Turkey must end now, we won’t let the deterioration of the basic human rights of the Turkish people go unnoticed.

‪#‎CHPliGençlereÖzgürlük

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Black Sea Area Cooperation meeting 2016: ‘Fighting Injustice and Corruption’

25-28 August 2016 – Bucharest, Romania

Overview

What:                       Regional meeting for members of the black sea region

When:                     25-28 August 2016

Where:                    Bucharest, Romania

Age:                         16-35 years

Size:                         2 participants per member organisation

Deadline:                Sunday 8 August 2016 (23:59 CET)

Outline

The Black Sea Area Cooperation meeting 2016 will bring together the young leaders of IUSY member organisations in the Black Sea region, in partnership with our member organisation TSD Romania. The aim of the meeting is to strengthen the participating IUSY organisations and enhance the cooperation in the region. The meeting will offer a platform to discuss current political situations in the region, give space to engage in a dialogue on common struggles and obstacles, and work together to come up with strategies to enact political and social change. Participants can look forward to getting involved in political debates and discussions, sharing experiences and ideas, taking part in workshops and building up their regional network.

Theme

Fighting injustice and corruption

The programme will take place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August. A draft programme will be sent out in advance of the event.

Participant profile

Each member organisation in the region may register up to two participants for the meeting. Please note that delegations must be gender-balanced and a delegation cannot consist of two men. Participants must hold a leadership position in their organisation and organisations will need to approve all applications.

Participants must be able to attend the entire programme of the seminar. All participants must be aged 16-35 years old, with no exceptions. IUSY organisations that have a membership debt and/or haven’t paid their 2016 membership fee (without an agreement with the Control Commission) are not eligible to participate in the event.

How to apply

Participants must apply by completing the digital registration form by Sunday 7 August 2016 at 23:59 CET.

Follow this link to complete the registration form
Invitation BSAC committee meeting 2016

Call for Trainers – IUSY Training of Trainers

Dear Friends,

We are glad to extend to you the:

CALL FOR TRAINERS

Structural Empowering – Training of Trainers

17th – 25th September 2016, Mollina, Malaga (Spain)

In IUSY we organise many international events, whether they are regional committees, seminars or political schools. We regularly meet to debate and discuss, and more often than not we’re the ones facilitating such exchanges and dialogues. Therefore we believe we must have an active role in the preparation, delivery and evaluation of the methodology we use for these events.

We see non-formal alternatives to formal education being increasingly used in our society, in all sorts of different environments. Non-formal education methodology offers us the chance to develop opinions and skills through experiential learning, is inclusive to different learning styles and provides variety in programme. This is why we believe we should mainstream diverse methodologies into the activities of IUSY. Through this training we aim to position ourselves in the challenge zone in order to offer greater diversity on our events and obtain richer outcomes from our meetings and discussions.

In this Training for Trainers we aim to provide active members of IUSY the chance to acquire and develop training and facilitating skills. We’ll think about how non-formal methods can improve our activities, explore the different ways non-formal education can be utilised as a tool in our programmes, and, in addition, we will also create a network of trainers to help us deliver future IUSY activities.

We encourage you to disseminate this call for participants among the members of your organisations. Please be aware it is unlikely that more than one member per organisation will be selected to participate in this event, therefore we would encourage you to discuss internally who to put forward from your organisation before applying. Please keep in mind that the application deadline is Monday 6th August 2016.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the IUSY Secretariat at: iusy@iusy.org.

Howard Lee                                                   Evin Incir

IUSY President                                                IUSY Secretary General

 

OBJECTIVES  

  • To promote the concept of non-formal education as a working tool among the participants and, as an extension, their member organisations
  • To provide participants with knowledge, tools and confidence to pursue training in their local organisations
  • To bring the global perspective to the local level by providing training and facilitation skills to the participants
  • To train members on the concepts that are relevant for youth political activism/campaigning training in order to be multipliers in their organisations (such as advocacy, speech drafting, communication skills, etc.)
  • To develop the IUSY Pool of Trainers by improving the training capacities of young activists and youth organisations

The workshops will be facilitated based on the core values of participatory non-formal education/learning and on the basis of global education. The programme will promote critical analysis and be tool-oriented to improve the capacities of young activists and youth organisations at the national and local levels.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Trainers should:

  • Be aged between 18-35
  • Promote and practice IUSY’s core values
  • Have a proficient level of English (the only working language during the activity)
  • Experience in Training, especially in Training of Trainers.

WHAT DO WE ASK FROM YOU?

You should have the availability to prepare the programme in advance with the rest of the team. At the moment there’s no plan to have a face-to-face prep meeting but an online prep meeting, however this could change depending on the costs. You must be able to attend the whole of the event, from the 17th (4pm at the venue) to the 25th of September.

WHAT DO WE OFFER? 

  • The opportunity to be a member of a training team for a training of trainers of the biggest socialist and social democratic youth organisation in the world
  • Enjoy of the opportunity to be part of the University of Youth and Development, part of a network of Youth Universities organised in partnership with the North South Centre (CoE), with 150-200 other young people
  • All the expenses (travel, lodging and transport) during the length of the activity and symbolic retribution of 500€.


HOW TO APPLY?

Send a training CV and a motivation letter to iusy@iusy.org by the 6th of August.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the coordinator of the project at the IUSY office:

Eugeni Brigneti
IUSY Project Manager
Tel: 0043 699 1353 2970
Mail: eugeni.brigneti@iusy.org

 

 

                       

Invitation to Training of Trainers: Structural Empowering

Dear Comrades,

We are glad to invite you to the

IUSY Capacity Building:

STRUCTURAL EMPOWERING – TRAINING FOR TRAINERS

19th – 25th September 2016, Mollina, Malaga (Spain)

In IUSY we organise many international events, whether they are regional committees, seminars or political schools. We regularly meet to debate and discuss, and more often than not we’re the ones facilitating such exchanges and dialogues. Therefore we believe we must have an active role in the preparation, delivery and evaluation of the methodology we use for these events.

We see non-formal alternatives to formal education being increasingly used in our society, in all sorts of different environments. Non-formal education methodology offers us the chance to develop opinions and skills through experiential learning, is inclusive to different learning styles and provides variety in programme. This is why we believe we should mainstream diverse methodologies into the activities of IUSY. Through this training we aim to position ourselves in the challenge zone in order to offer greater diversity on our events and obtain richer outcomes from our meetings and discussions.
In this Training for Trainers we aim to provide active members of IUSY the chance to acquire and develop training and facilitating skills. We’ll think about how non-formal methods can improve our activities, explore the different ways non-formal education can be utilised as a tool in our programmes, and, in addition, we will also create a network of trainers to help us deliver future IUSY activities.

We encourage you to disseminate this call for participants among the members of your organisations. Please be aware it is unlikely that more than one member per organisation will be selected to participate in this event, therefore we would encourage you to discuss internally who to put forward from your organisation before applying. Please keep in mind that the application deadline is Monday 1st of August 2016.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the IUSY Secretariat at: iusy@iusy.org.

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OBJECTIVES  

  • To promote the concept of non-formal education as a working tool among the participants and, as an extension, their member organisations
  • To provide participants with knowledge, tools and confidence to pursue training in their local organisations
  • To bring the global perspective to the local level by providing training and facilitation skills to the participants
  • To train members on the concepts that are relevant for youth political activism/campaigning training in order to be multipliers in their organisations (such as advocacy, speech drafting, communication skills, etc.)
  • To develop the IUSY Pool of Trainers by improving the training capacities of young activists and youth organisations

The workshops will be facilitated based on the core values of participatory non-formal education/learning and on the basis of global education. The programme will promote critical analysis and be tool-oriented to improve the capacities of young activists and youth organisations at the national and local levels.

– – – – –

WHO CAN APPLY? PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

This activity is not aimed towards the leadership of IUSY member organisations, it is addressed to youth activists. Please note that this is an educational activity therefore it is required that the participants stay for the whole activity duration and also to contribute to IUSY activities after the training.

Participants should:

  • Belong to IUSY member organisation.
  • Be aged 18-35
  • Have a proficient level of English (the only working language during the activity)
  • Availability to contribute to IUSY activities

Since we expect to provide all regions with trainers for their events, we’re aiming for participants from all regions and from a variety of member organisations.

According to the IUSY statutes, we’re also looking to achieve a gender-balanced training so we reserve the right to select participants based on gender criteria if needed.

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HOW TO APPLY

Due to limited space of 12 people, there will be an application process. To apply you must complete the following by Monday 1st of August:

  1. Ensure you fulfil the above criteria
  2. Write a motivation letter, including why you are applying and your vision for the work
  3. (Optional) Obtain a recommendation letter, which outlines your interest in attending the training and/or previous experience
  4. Complete the digital application form by following the registration link.

Follow this link to complete the application form.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScMiCieFysWiZ7mUvArE30GTdPKBoBVlaBFcHmy_UwcXp1Gbw/viewform

Please note you should not buy any flight tickets before your application is approved.

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TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT

IUSY will cover your flight ticket up to a fixed reference price. The maximum amount for travel reimbursement will be sent to you together with a confirmation letter.

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PARTICIPATION FEE

The participation fee is set for 50 euro and should be transferred to IUSY bank account before the event starts. Bank details will be sent along with a confirmation letter.

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CANCELLATION FEE

There will be a 50€ cancellation fee charged to each organisation whose participant withdraws after 7 August and without a valid reason.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the coordinator of the project at the IUSY office:

Eugeni Brigneti
IUSY Project Manager
Tel: 0043 699 1353 2970
Mail: eugeni.brigneti@iusy.org

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Call for IUSY Project Manager

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IUSY is looking for a Project Manager for our secretariat. As a Project Manager of IUSY, you will be engaged in all our activities and will get broad and multicultural project management experience. You will also get a unique chance to engage with the world from a political and social perspective.

The IUSY Secretariat is a small team consisting of the Secretary General, who leads the work, and three project managers. The job is full time, including frequent travel and work during weekends. The Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria, and it is a requirement that you move and live there. We hope that you are ready to start working at the end of August/beginning of September at the latest.

In cooperation with the Secretary General and the rest of the secretariat, the Project Manager will assist in the management, preparation and running of seminars, statutory meetings and other political initiatives set out by IUSY. The Project Manager is responsible for the IUSY global project, a cooperation between IUSY, the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (SSU) and the Olof Palme International Center (OPC).

The Project Manager will be responsible for project and funding applications, as well as reporting. In addition to the previous mentioned tasks, the Project Manager will assist with the daily running of the secretariat, such as answering emails and phones, updating the website and whatever else the Secretary General needs to run the office.

Responsibilities:

  • To generate ideas for developing the global project
  • Responsible for reporting of grant funding and narrative reporting related to the global project
  • Responsible for arranging activities that are outlined in the project description, in co-operation with the Secretary General, Presidium, IUSY member organisations and other actors
  • Responsible for preparing and organising international campaigns together with the Secretary General, Presidium and the project manager responsible for communications
  • Administrative office tasks

Requirements:

  • Respect the values of IUSY
  • Have interest in human rights, democracy building and international solidarity
  • Capacity to organise conferences, run programme, campaigns, seminars and trainings
  • Capacity to work in a team as well as individually and in the multicultural atmosphere of IUSY
  • Excellent attention to details and highly organised; ability to meet deadlines
  • Be ready to be flexible in terms of working hours and able to work under time pressure
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Creative with a strong mind for ideas for new projects and campaigns
  • Keeps up to date with latest developments in relevant organisations with focus on projects and funding
  • Fluent in written and spoken English; a good knowledge in French is desirable, but not a requirement

Technical skills

  • Advance knowledge of content management systems
  • Managing Microsoft Office package
  • Prior knowledge and use of analytical tools and software including Google Analytics
  • A strong understanding and experience of working with applying for projects

Conditions

IUSY offers a full time open contract (38,5 hours/week) that complies with the Austrian labour legislation pay scale grouping. IUSY operates a 14-month salary system. The salary is 2.300€ per month before tax (two months’ salary are given in July and December).

About IUSY

IUSY is an international NGO made up of about 138 socialist, social democratic and labour youth organisations from over 93 countries all over the world. IUSY is the world’s biggest political youth organisation.

Our international organisation has over 100 years of experience in running activities for promotion of our principles and ideas of young people for political solutions to issues and challenges of pressing concern in their societies. Our activities include short- and long-term programmes aiming at strengthening youth organisations through education and cooperation, empowering young people for active participation in social and political life through seminars, conferences and debates, increasing equal participation of underrepresented groups of young people and providing a global platform for cooperation and exchange of ideas of young people through world youth festivals, global campaigns and global communication platforms. We organise activities all over the world; conferences, meetings, seminars, workshops, trainings, study visits and festivals. We believe in a world based on equality, sustainability and solidarity. We want young people to be able to shape their own future. Therefore the struggle for democracy and human rights comes first for us!

Applications should be sent to the IUSY Secretary General (iusy@iusy.org) by 20 July 2016 at latest.

The application should include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • 2 references

Please write the subject of your email as: IUSY PM activity organiser – (your name)

Interviews will be held 25-29 July 2016 in Vienna, Austria. After the interviews, all candidates will be informed of the results.

The new staff member is expected to join the office in the end of August/beginning of September.

Contact:
IUSY Secretariat
iusy@iusy.org
+43 699 171 20 830

Our Thoughts and Hearts are with the Victims of the Horrific Terrorist Attacks in Orlando and their Families!

Once again the terrorist organisation IS has tried to spread fear. The terrorist attacks in Orlando, USA, deprived at least 50 people their lives and many more are injured. The act of terrorism took place at a gay nightclub in Colorado.

As Socialists and Social Democrats we struggle for all peoples human rights- the right to be who they are regardless of sex, gender identity/expression, ethnic belonging, religion, age, functionality, sexual orientation and class.

The goal of the terrorist organization IS is to divide societies and create hatred between people. Only through polarization and fear these kind of forces can grow. It is therefor our duty to continue our struggle against terrorism. Equality, solidarity and freedom are our guiding stars in the struggle against hatred and fear.

Today our thoughts and hearts are with the victims of the terrorist attacks and their families.

In Solidarity!