IUSY shows its deepest concern about the political and democratic situation in Turkey, strongly condemning the discretionary arrests of the HDP leaders, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag and a dozen other opposition MPs in Turkey, asking for their immediate release. We appeal to the elimination of violence in the region and appeal to a non escalation in the conflict. The recent events in the country, with the increasing arrests of journalists, academic people and other individuals related to any kind of opposition to the Turkish Government, are a sign of an ever increasing authoritarian ruling force by the AKP supported Government. We urge Turkey to abide by international law and to respect the rule of Law. The intentions of reinstating the death penalty, the imposed censorship on social media, the repression on free press and the lack of respect for the independence of the judiciary system pose a clear threat to the democratic regime in Turkey and cannot be accepted by the international community. Also, IUSY condemns the terror attack in Diyarbakır, where 9 people were killed in response to these arrests. We remind that violence cannot be an answer and civil war is not an option in Turkey. It is time for the Turkish Government to respect the rules of democracy, which includes respecting the rights of the Kurdish people, the right of political association and opposition and freedom of speech press and association. We demand that the European Union and the international community take a stand on the unlawful arrests of the HDP leaders, to pressure Turkey to comply to the established standards of the rule of law, using all of their normative power through the political, economic, and diplomatic means at their disposal to successfully achieve this important step. The downwards spiral that is leading Turkey from a secular Republic to a religious autocracy must be stopped in the interest of the Turkish people. We call the EU to take notice that as long as Erdogan’s government perpetrates the repression of democracy and human rights targeting its own citizens – Kurds in particular -Turkey is not abiding by the EU accession criteria she was asked to pursue in its long path towards becoming an EU Member State. We call on the European Union to pressure Turkey by temporary freezing the ongoing EU membership negotiations until democracy and the respect of the rights of all Turkish citizens are re-established.
In the past Economic Seminar in partnership with Renner Institute and our member organisation SJÖ besides having very interesting discussions we also witnessed the birth of a working group on Political Economy.
You can see below the summaries of the different workshop they ran in the first meeting right after the event.
If you’re interested on the topic and would like to join and contribute please contact Matthias Krainz IUSY VP at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also join the Facebook group > https://www.facebook.com/groups/851664904970530/
Following the downfall of the previous Ethiopian government in 1991, Ethiopians were eager to have their freedoms back. Beside many failures of good governance, the abolishment of the former regime was rooted by its execution and imprisonment of innocents. However, though Ethiopians have sacrificed their valuable lives expecting justice and freedom, they are not yet able to get what they have been waiting.
The Ethiopians situation is a clear evidence for the notion that the death of the previous dictatorship did not ensure the birth of a democracy that guarantees human rights. Until today Ethiopians are being incarcerated, tortured and killed for crimes they did not commit. Both their human and democratic rights are being violated by government forces for only asking legitimate questions. They are being dismantled from their lands without enough compensation and forced to live under poverty lines.
The systematic marginalization of the largest ethnic groups by the government which is highly dominated by a minority ethnic group is also significantly affecting the lives of millions. The government of Ethiopia is highly characterized by its unfair distribution of wealth, which placed the majority in extreme poverty. It is evidenced by the recent reports of the Ethiopian government itself that since 2016 more than 10 million people are suffering from drought while few segments of the population are taking unfair advantage of the nation’s resources.
Despite all the challenges, Ethiopians did not keep quiet. Since 1991 until today they are firmly standing against the dictatorship that oppressed their rights and killed many. The legitimate demands of the people intensified since November 2015 when the government officially declared to expand the boundaries of the capital city, Addis Ababa into the Oromia region. The reaction of the government towards all the peaceful protestors, however, was highly unprofessional, if not inhuman. Since then people are being killed, detained, and brutally tortured for only standing against a system which excludes them from political and economic development and led the protest to its highest level.
The brutality of the Ethiopian government against its own citizens revealed itself many times. One of the evidence can be the killings of hundreds in October 2016 where more than two million people gathered for the religious festival and government forces opened fire on people who were expressing their grievances by crossing their hands above their head.
The Ethiopian government is not only killing peaceful protestors but also suppressing their voices through blocking the internet in the name of‘‘State of emergency’’ while many activists and journalists are being tortured and jailed for crimes they did not commit. Therefore, Ethiopians these days are not only demanding for political and economic inclusions but also basic human rights. As IUSY we call for respect of human rights and the government must call an all inclusive political dialogues to solve the impasse. History has taught us that violence is not the solution to solving problems.
Statement brought forward by Vice President Bheki Dlamini and supported by the IUSY Presidium.
Please find attached the press release of IUSY VP’s and American Committee Coordinator Jesús Tapia:
Desde la Unión Internacional de Juventudes Socialistas – IUSY, por sus siglas en inglés- expresamos nuestra preocupación antes los últimos acontecimientos que se han producido en Venezuela, producto de la ausencia de espacios de diálogo y entendimiento entre los distintos actores del país.
La polarización y el conflicto se han incrementado en Venezuela de manera acelerada, lo que ha hecho más vigente la necesidad de un proceso de diálogo, negociación y acuerdos tendentes a la solución de la problemática política causante de las dificultades económicas y sociales que viven los venezolanos y venezolanas. Desde IUSY recomendamos que el proceso de diálogo venidero sea inclusivo y participativo, enfocando su esencia en los valores de la democracia y la solidaridad.
Como organización juvenil internacional, hemos estado presentes en diversos procesos políticos y sociales que ha enfrentado la sociedad global y es por ello que deseamos pueda en Venezuela darse espacio para el entendimiento y el diálogo, donde sean estos las razones para que los distintos actores promuevan soluciones en beneficio de todos y todas.
25 de octubre de 2016
Que: Reunión del Comité Regional para los miembros de la Región de American
Cuando: 17-20 Noviember 2016
Donde: Santiago, Chile
Edad: 18-35 años
Tamaño: 2 participantes por organización miembro
Fecha Limite: 21 de October 2016 (23:59 CET)
El Comité American reúne a jóvenes líderes de las organizaciones miembro del Comité Americano de IUSY con el objetivo de fortalecer las organizaciones y su cooperación en la región. Juntos vamos a discutir la actual situación política en la región americana y elaborar estrategias para afrontar nuestros retos.
La Conferencia girara alrededor de la temática: ‘Procesos y desafíos del Socialismo en América”. Algunos de los objetivos de la conferencia serán conocer, analizar y debatir los diferentes hechos recientes en la región. Como el estado de los resultados del referéndum en Colombia, las destitución de Dilma en Brasil, las recientes incidentes en Paraguay, la escalada de violencia en México entre muchos. Debido a todos estos acontecimientos y el desarrollo general de la región en el Comité Americano de IUSY creemos que ahora es mas importante que nunca discutir sobre los valores socialistas y social-democráticos en la región.
“Procesos y desafíos del Socialismo en América”
El Programa tendrá lugar durante dos días, el viernes 11 y el sábado 12. Un borrador del programa sera enviado antes del inicio de la actividad.
Perfil de Participantes
Cada organización miembro en la región puede inscribir hasta 2 participantes para el evento.
Tengan en cuenta que las delegaciones deben tener equilibrio de género, una delegación no puede consistir de dos hombres. Los participantes deben ostentar una posición de liderazgo dentro de la organización, las organización deberán aprobar las inscripciones.
Los participantes deben ser capaces de poder atender la duración total de seminario. Todos los participantes deben tener una edad comprendida entre 18-35 años, sin excepciones. Las organizaciones de IUSY que tengan una deuda o no hayan pagado su cuota de membresía del 2016 (sin acuerdo previo con la Comisión de Control) no tienen acceso al reembolso.
Los participantes deben inscribirse completado el formulario digital antes del 21 de Octubre a las 23:59 CET.
The International Union of Socialist Youth expresses the full support for the continuation of the peace process in Colombia. The world is waiting for the successful completion of one of the most relevant peace processes in history.
We must regrettably point out that though IUSY has supported the peace process in Colombia, the referendum held on October 2nd led to a majority in favour of the denial of the agreement, an agreement that aimed to end the conflict and to build a stable and lasting peace.
However, this does not mean the end of the peace process. This is just an opportunity to continue with greater will and greater participation. For this reason IUSY calls for all Colombians to join forces to achieve peace, a peace that will bring development to the country and that is certainly a historic moment for the whole world.
Unfortunately, the turnout of the referendum was staggeringly low. IUSY calls Colombians on realizing that the future development of their country is in their hands and it hopes to see further steps forward in the peace process, in order to leave behind a conflict that has lasted more than 50 years and has claimed more than 8 million victims.
Finally, IUSY calls for all the people who have casted an affirmative or negative vote (49.78% and 50.21% of voters, respectively), and even for those who have abstained (62.6% of the whole population) that this is the time for further involvement and to joining efforts in building a stable and lasting peace.
IUSY SUPPORTS THE CONTINUATION OF THE PEACE PROCESS ON COLOMBIA. WE WILL CONTINUE OUR STRUGGLE TOWARDS THIS GOAL.
ALL OVER THE WORLD TO CHANGE IT
What: Regional meeting for members of the Asia-Pacific Region
When: 10-13th November 2016
Where: Delhi, India
Age: 18-35 years
Size: 2 participants per member organisation
Deadline: Wednesday 12 October 2016 (23:59 CET)
Asia Pacific Is home to nearly 60% of the world’s population, it’s also one of the fastest growing regions in the world, that on itself creates certain issues that if not addressed or lacking the necessary structures to sustainably maintain some standards of living as well as a strong political education in order to enable the population to identify the root causes of those issues and ‘walk’ towards possible solutions rather than reproducing the same reality for future generations.
The region also (understandably) holds over 60% of the young people in the world hence the youth issues that other regions are experiencing are magnified here.
“Decent pay, decent work for a decent life for Asia Pacific Youth”
The programme will take place over two days on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th November. A draft programme will be sent out in advance of the event.
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 18-35 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 for reimbursement.
How to apply
Participants must apply by completing the digital registration form by Wednesday 12th October 2016 at 23:59 CET.
Palestinian Hunger-Striker and Political Prisoner Mahmoud Al-Balboul Rushed to ICU
Mahmoud Al-Balboul, 21 years old Palestinian political prisoner and member of Fateh Youth Movement from Bethlehem, was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit of Wolfson Medical Center in Tel Aviv the past Sunday 4th September.
This came against the severe deterioration in his health and accompanying serious complications after 67 days on hunger strike, starting 1 July 2016. Mahmoud’s brother, Mohammad Al-Balboul, 26, and Malik Kadi joined Mahmoud in the hunger strike on 4 July 2016.
Mahmoud’s health sharply deteriorated as he began suffering from severe fatigue, lost 30 kilograms (66 pounds) and had difficulty speaking. Despite warnings by Israeli doctors of an imminent risk of paralysis in case of continued refusal to take vitamin supplements, reports indicate that Mahmoud refused all but water.
The Balboul brothers, detained on 9 June and sentenced to six months of illegal administrative detention, declared an open hunger strike in July to protest Israel’s widely condemned policy. Administrative detention allows Israeli authorities to hold political activists indefinitely without trial or charges, based on undisclosed evidence; it also allows for the prevention of meeting between the detainee and lawyer. This is illegal under international law and infringes on basic internationally recognized rights, including right to due process and freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention, as well as numerous international humanitarian law provisions.
IUSY MC holds Israeli authorities fully responsible for the lives of Al-Balboul brothers, and Malik Kadi as well as all Palestinian political prisoners. In conformity with values of solidarity and fraternity, we extend a request for support to place sufficient pressure on the Israeli Prison Service and government to comply with the demands of the striking political prisoners to cancel the policy of administrative detentions. We demand the immediate release of all Palestinian political prisoners, support for their ongoing struggle in attainment of freedom.
These perpetual acts of illegal aggression are widely reflected in the increasing levels of violence and instability not just in Palestine and the Arab region, but also across the world. It is high time that we raise our voices against occupation, discrimination, violence, extremism and apartheid and take concrete, tangible steps that bring us closer to the day where we see a freedom and justice in Palestine.