12 OCTOBER 2015
The Socialist International strongly condemns the massive terrorist attack on a peaceful rally in Ankara that took place on Saturday 10 October, killing over a hundred people and injuring many more. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims and our strong solidarity with all the people in Turkey who stand against violence and who remain committed to the democratic path, the defence of their freedoms and the enjoyment of their rights. We equally stand alongside all those who embrace and defend the values we share...
UN Sustainable Development Summit
27 SEPTEMBER 2015
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, which took place this weekend in New York, member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a new set of Global Goals. These Goals have the aim of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change over the next 15 years. The Socialist International and its member parties have made a fundamental commitment to the achievement of these objectives. The SI has expressed its support for the post-2015 agenda, most recently from the United Nations headquarters on the occasion of its last Council meeting in July...
17 SEPTEMBER 2015
The Socialist International vigorously condemns the military coup in Burkina Faso and the capture of interim President Michel Kafando, along with Prime Minister Isaac Zida and other members of the government, by the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP), an elite force set up by the former President Blaise Campaoré. Our International calls for the immediate release of all those unlawfully detained, the restoration of the legitimate interim government, and the full resumption of the process towards the holding of free and fair elections scheduled for October 11...
The Refugee Crisis
14 SEPTEMBER 2015
The Socialist International calls on the EU to reach a speedy agreement on a fair and humane plan for accommodating the continuing flow of refugees and asylum seekers fleeing conflict zones. While it is important to recognise that this is an issue of global dimension and requires that countries from all continents assume their fair share of responsibility, it is crucial for Europe today to act in line with the values, the spirit of solidarity and of common progress upon which the EU was founded with the participation of our movement, and in keeping with its moral and legal obligations. The current global displacement of tens of millions of human beings as a result of conflict, repression or hunger is a shared burden of humanity...
10 September 2015
After a year and a half imprisoned in the Military Jail of Ramo Verde in the suburbs of Caracas, the Judicial Power of Venezuela passed sentence in the process against Leopoldo López, political leader in opposition to the government of Nicolás Maduro and Coordinator of Voluntad Popular (VP), a member party of the Socialist International. Today, the judge, Susana Barreiros, condemned López to a jail sentence of 13 years and nine months to be served in the same prison in which he has been detained since February 2014, under charges of being responsible for public incitement, unlawful association and setting fire to and damaging private property during the violent acts that took place in Caracas on 12 February 2014...
24 August 2015
The release from prison of Mikalai Statkevich along with five other political prisoners in Belarus is greeted by the Socialist International, having campaigned consistently for his freedom and rights, as well as for those of all others unjustly detained for political reasons in Belarus. Statkevich, leader of the SI-member Belarus Social Democratic Party (BSDP-NH), and an opposition presidential candidate in the elections of December 2010, has been held in prison since that time for taking part in peaceful pro-democracy protests against the authoritarian regime of President Lukashenko…
21 July 2015
The Socialist International vigorously condemns the terrorist attack carried out yesterday in Suruc, Turkey, killing over 30 people and injuring hundreds. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims and our sympathy to the Turkish nation. The explosion, which was carried out at the Amara Cultural Park in Suruc where hundreds of young people had gathered in support of assistance to rebuild the city of Kobani, is believed to be the work of the terrorist organisation known as ISIS or Daesh...
21 JUNE 2015
The Socialist International greets the completion of the signing yesterday of the highly significant peace and reconciliation agreement between the government of Mali and the coordination coalition of armed groups representing the Tuareg-led rebels, bringing to a conclusion months of arduous negotiations under an Algerian led international mediation, following the armed conflict which began in the North of Mali in 2012. Our International has actively supported the search for peace and stability in Mali and the whole Sahel region, a subject that has been at the center of its agenda at successive meetings of its Presidium…
05 JULY 2015
On the eve of the meeting of the Socialist International Council at the United Nations in New York on 6-7 July, the collective leadership of the organisation issued the following appeal to European leaders after the outcome of the referendum in Greece:
The voters of Greece have expressed themselves despite the fact that the referendum was held under extreme time constraints. A No vote concerning a draft agreement with the Eurozone and the IMF on the adjustment program needs to be respected by all parties and a new agreement must be swiftly negotiated. At the same time the Greek people overwhelmingly desire to remain members of the Eurozone...
16 JUNE 2015
The Yemen peace talks underway at the United Nations in Geneva are crucial to establish a framework for a meaningful dialogue between all Yemeni parties and actors in the current crisis. At stake first and foremost is the fate of the Yemeni people, their country and their future, and the possibility to continue advancing in their search for an inclusive society and a working democracy. Despite the many obstacles encountered, Yemen had been until recently one of the countries where people and their movements had managed to produce positive change...
27 April 2015
Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake on Saturday, 25 April 2015 at 11.56 am. The epicenter of the earthquake (7.6 on the Richter scale) was in Gorkha District – northwest of Kathmandu Valley. This earthquake has had devastating impact on human lives and property in Nepal. The human toll is predicted to be in the thousands, it is yet early days to find out the exact number of lives lost (already the count is more than 2,000 dead) due to inaccessibility of the hilly and mountainous areas where villages after villages have been razed to the ground...
Link to letter of appeal
30 MAY 2015
As we recognised two years ago, the Gezi Park protests marked a turning point in Turkish politics signalling what people and civil society can achieve to change decisions when they run contrary to the will and aspirations of our citizens. Equally, how the mobilisation of people in one city for a just cause connects with the struggle for more democracy and freedoms in an entire society. On this second anniversary of the Gezi Park demonstrations, we remember all those who became protagonists of a social and political development...
08 JUNE 2015
As the final votes in the general elections in Turkey are counted, the Socialist International warmly congratulates its member parties, the CHP and the HDP, on their performance in what was a challenging election campaign that included attacks against opposition parties, in which two people were killed and over 100 injured on June 5 in the twin blasts before the HDP’s rally in Diyarbakir, and a parliamentary candidate from CHP was wounded in an armed attack in the southern province of Adana...
30 April 2015
A Socialist International Mission will hold meetings on 4th and 5th of May in Rabat, the 6th and 7th May in El-Ayoun, and 8th and 9th of May in Tindouf, in order to promote the search for a solution to the situation in Western Sahara. The Mission, which was agreed by the SI Mediterranean Committee headed by Carme Chacon of the PSOE in Spain, and which was a decision ratified by the world Council of the International, will hold talks with its members, other political actors, authorities and civil society...
22 APRIL 2015
The massive number of migrants and refugees that continue to lose their lives in the Mediterranean Sea is shocking and highlights the deadly consequences of the lack of appropriate action from those who have the capacity and obligation to respond, not only from the realm of the institutions but from that of humanity. In the last week alone, over a thousand people, vulnerable men, women and children, fleeing war, terror and poverty, victims of unscrupulous people-traffickers, have fallen, drowned in the Mediterranean, a sea that today, instead of bringing people and cultures together, is becoming a grave and a divide between dreams and indifference. ...
17 APRIL 2015
The Socialist International expresses its deep concern and vigorously protests at the actions taken by the government of Gambia aimed at restricting the public activity and outreach of opposition leader Ousaninu Darboe and members of the United Democratic Party, UDP, the largest opposition party in Gambia. The UDP has embarked on a countrywide tour, from 16 to 26 April. The SI is informed that the security forces in Gambia have not granted the UDP the required permission to use a public address system and instead have put up roadblocks to restrict their freedom of movement and have been cordoning off meeting venues...
01 APRIL 2015
The Socialist International expresses its satisfaction at the successful holding of the Presidential elections in Nigeria this week which will, for the first time in this country, allow a peaceful transfer of power from one civilian to another representing different political forces. The fact that this achievement takes place in the most populous country of Africa is a significant advance for democracy in that continent. We extend our recognition to all the political actors in these elections, including the victorious candidate and next President, Muhammadu Buhari, the outgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan, the political parties and the people of Nigeria...
20 february 2015
Venezuela has begun to live in a climate arbitrariness, anguish and repression only comparable to the authoritarian regimes of the past. At moments when the leader of Voluntad Popular, Leopoldo López, completes one year deprived of his freedom as a political prisoner of the government of Nicolás Maduro, and when other citizens and leaders of the opposition remain in jails and in other places of detention due to arbitrary decisions by the Venezuelan government behind a judiciary which is subservient to the Executive, the harassment, persecution and repression of leaders of the different democratic political forces of the opposition continue unabated....
12 February 2015
The Socialist International is gravely concerned by recent developments in Yemen, where armed Houthi rebels have forcefully seized power. This unwarranted and illegitimate act of aggression jeopardises the progress made by democratic forces since the fall of the authoritarian regime in March 2012 towards the adoption of a new constitution, and the International condemns those responsible. The Socialist International has accompanied the process of transition in Yemen since the first protests against the former regime, including a visit by its Secretary General who conveyed the support of the SI to all those working for democracy...
02 FEBRUARY 2015
The Socialist International once again expresses it deep concern over actions taken by the Turkish authorities which violate the basic freedoms and rights of its people and have no place in a genuine democracy. The trial and sentencing to six years imprisonment of the President of the Tunceli Bar Association, Ugur Yesiltepe, along with six others, for exercising their democratic rights, among them freedom of expression, is completely unacceptable. This is the first time since the military coup of 1980 that a chair of a Turkish Bar Association is sentenced to prison. Prosecutors alleged that through his work, his writings and his participation in rallies in the province of Tunceli, Yesiltepe was engaged in terrorist acts...
27 JANUARY 2015
The Socialist International welcomes the agreement reached by the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM) and the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (LDPM) to form a coalition government. Following arduous negotiations between the parties in the Moldovan parliament, both the DPM and the LDPM had demonstrated their will and the determination necessary to move forward to secure a minority coalition which will allow Moldova to address pressing domestic issues, the deepening of the process of integration with Europe, and to deal with foreign policy challenges and security concerns relating to current developments in the region...
West and Central Africa
20 JANUARY 2015
As renewed meetings of the Lake Chad Basin Commission member states plus Benin get underway today in Niamey, Niger, the Socialist International expresses its full support for such regional efforts to collectively combat terrorism in West and Central Africa, in particular the expanding threat posed by Boko Haram. The recent fall of Malam Fatori, Damasak and Baga in Nigeria as well as last weekend’s cross-border raids into Cameroon and the seizing of scores more hostages, are further cause for alarm, both on a humanitarian level and in terms of maintaining peace and stability in the region. Since April 2014 when 276 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram...
31 october 2014
The Socialist International welcomes the decision by President Blaise Compaore to step down from the Presidency, thus averting a deepening of the crisis in Burkina Faso. Yesterday our International had deplored the actions of President Compaore in shutting down the government, dissolving parliament, imposing a state of emergency and announcing the creation of a transitional government to serve for the next twelve months, actions which led to increased violence on the streets of the capital, Ouagadougou, and the abhorrent attack on the National Assembly and on parliamentarians....
07 JANUARY 2015
The Socialist International deplores and strongly condemns the abhorrent act of terror carried out today in Paris against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which has left 12 people dead, including two police officers. We express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of those who so tragically lost their lives. Our movement worldwide is with the entire French nation at this sad time, firm in our stand against terror and intimidation, in our defence of life and freedom of expression, and resolute in our commitment to protect and strengthen rights and freedoms wherever they are under threat...
17 DECEMBER 2014
The Socialist International (SI) is deeply shocked and saddened by the abhorrent massacre carried out yesterday by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) against a military school in Peshawar. We vigorously condemn this despicable act of terror which deliberately targeted hundreds of innocent children, killing at least 132 as well as 9 adults, leaving more than a hundred others injured. The TTP have claimed that this attack is in retaliation for army-led operations against them in the Khyber and North Waziristan areas. There is no justification for such inhuman acts and the Socialist International further speaks out with a strong and united voice against the misuse of Islam to inflict terror and suffering on the population and in particular the heinous targeting of children...
Latin America and the Caribbean
28-29 August 2015
On August 28th and 29th, the Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean convened in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, hosted by the Partido Liberal Colombiano (Liberal Party of Colombia, PLC). The topics for discussion were ‘Peace in Colombia – a common objective for people throughout the region and a necessity for progress for all’ and ‘The current electoral processes in Latin America and the Caribbean: perspectives and evaluations’.
06-07 July 2015
The Council of the Socialist International convened on 6-7 July at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as delegates from SI member parties and invited guests gathered to discuss key issues to our movement on the global agenda. During the two-day meeting, participants addressed the themes of security and the fight against terror, our commitment to the sustainable development goals, and climate change and the COP21...
CIS, the Caucasus and the Black Sea
08-09 June 2015
The SI Committee for the CIS, the Caucasus and the Black Sea met in Yerevan, Armenia on 8-9 June 2015, hosted by the SI member party in that country, the ARF Socialist Party. The meeting, which was opened by SI Secretary General Luis Ayala, was chaired by Armen Rustamyan (Armenia ARF, co-chair of the committee), Alexandra Dobolyi (Hungary MSzP, co-chair of the committee) and Oleg Tulea (Moldova PDM, vice-chair of the committee)...
01 June 2015
An extraordinary meeting of the SI Migrations Committee was held in Rabat on Monday 1st June, to focus on a social democratic response to the migrations crisis unfolding in different parts of the world. The meeting took place at the Moroccan Parliament, hosted by the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, the USFP...
10-11 April 2015
The Africa Committee of the Socialist International met in Bamako, Mali, on 10-11 April, hosted by the two SI member parties in that country, the Assembly for Mali, RPM, and the Alliance for Democracy in Mali - African Party for Solidarity and Justice, ADEMA-PASJ, centering its discussions on the key issues of Security, Democracy and Development for the peoples of Africa....
13-14 February 2015
On 13-14 February the SI Mediterranean Committee convened in Valencia, Spain, hosted by the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, PSOE. The discussions focused on two main themes: “The essential new impetus for peace and security in the Mediterranean” and “Making cooperation a policy of cohesion for the Mediterranean”. The meeting was opened with speeches by Ximo Puig, Secretary General of the Socialist Party in Valencia...
30 March 2015
132nd IPU Assembly, Hanoi
On the occasion of the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Hanoi from 28 March to 1 April 2015, the Socialist International organised a meeting, as it has at previous IPU Assemblies, of parliamentarians from SI member parties. The discussions included an overview of current international developments of common concern, reports from members on issues of interest to their national delegation and an exchange of views on the main themes of the IPU agenda.
12-13 December 2014
The Socialist International held its second Council meeting of the year on 12-13 December at the United Nations, Geneva (UNOG). The main theme on the Council agenda was 'International peace and security: the resolution of conflicts and countering terrorism’. Discussions were also held on our work to gain new democracies and strengthen democratic governance and the human dimension of migration and the plight of refugees...
Press coverage of the meeting
Latin America and the Caribbean
01-02 December 2014
Patricia Leiva, OEA
The Socialist International Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean met in the headquarters of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington DC, on 1-2 December 2014. At the opening of the meeting, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, welcomed the participants and the presence of the regional member parties of the Socialist International in the Hall of the Americas...
21-22 November 2014
The Socialist International Committee on Migrations met in Catania on 21 and 22 November, hosted by the Italian Socialist Party.
The meeting was chaired by the leader of the Italian Socialist MPs, Marco Di Lello, with the participation of SI Secretary General Luis Ayala and delegates from socialist and progressive parties from…
17-18 November 2014
Declaration adopted at the International Conference on "Nehru's Worldview and his Legacy: Democracy, Inclusion and Empowerment"
We the delegates representing 20 countries, 29 Political Parties and organizations participating in the International Conference on "Nehru's Worldview and his Legacy: Democracy, Inclusion and Empowerment" on 17-18 November 2014, New Dehli, dedicated to the commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru…
12-16 October 2014
The Socialist International attended the 131st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held in Geneva from 12 to 16 October 2014. During the event, the SI held its regular meeting of Parliamentarians present at the Assembly from SI member parties and invited guests…
29 May 2014
The Socialist International, which brings together socialist, social democratic, labour and other progressive parties from all continents, is deeply concerned over the results of the European elections that took place 22-25 May to elect the new members of the European Parliament. From the perspective of our global movement, serious and disturbing issues have emerged in these elections....
Committe for the CIS, the Caucasus and the Black Sea
15-16 September 2014
The Socialist International Committee for the CIS, the Caucasus and the Black Sea met on 15-16 September 2014 in Astana, Kazakhstan, hosted by its member party in that country, the Nationwide Social Democratic Party (OSDP). The agenda of the meeting consisted of three main themes: overcoming conflicts and securing peace in the region: the social democratic contribution...
25 September 2014
On the occasion of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, members of the Presidium of the Socialist International and Heads of State and Government gathered for a meeting on 25 September 2014 at the UN headquarters. The main themes of the discussions were the contribution of our movement to peace and international security in face of today’s open conflicts; our agenda on equality in the global economy... Press coverage of the meeting
30 June-01 July 2014
The first Council meeting of the Socialist International of 2014 took place on 30 June-1 July in Mexico City, hosted by the organisation’s two member parties in Mexico, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). Leaders and representatives from member parties and organisations gathered to discuss the main themes on the agenda of the Council...Press coverage of the meeting
Latin America and the Caribbean
09-10 May 2014
The SI Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean met in the Dominican Republic on 9-10 May 2014, hosted by the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD). At the opening of the meeting, the Committee paid tribute to the memory and legacy of José Francisco Peña Gómez, who was for many years leader of the PRD and a prominent figure of social democracy in the region.... Press coverage of the meeting
28-29 March 2014
H.E. President Kikwete and participants at the meeting
Leaders and representatives from over twenty parties and organisations took part in the two-day meeting of the Socialist International Africa Committee which was held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 28-29 March, hosted by the SI member party in that country, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, CCM...Press coverage of the meeting
02-03 May 2014
Under the main theme of “Humanising Migration”, the SI Committee on Migrations convened in Tangiers, Morocco, on 2-3 May 2014, hosted by the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, USFP. In a widely attended opening session, the gathering was addressed by Driss Lachguar, First Secretary of the USFP, Abdallah Boussouf, Secretary General... Press coverage of the meeting
19 August 2015
Hiroshima - Nagasaki
World Refugee Day
133rd IPU Assembly,
Meeting of parliamentarians
from SI member parties
18 October, 15.00 – 17.00 hrs
Meeting of the SI Mediterranean
26 - 27 October 2015
Meeting of the SI Council
27 - 28 November 2015
04 October 2015
19 October 2015
25 October 2015
25 October 2015
Presidential and parliamentary
25 October 2015
Member Party Congresses
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Social Democratic Party of
Bosnia and Herzegovina, SDP BiH
03 October 2015
Resolutions and Decisions of the XXIV Congress
Report of the Secretary General
15 NOVEMBER 2014
José Antonio Viera-Gallo, a prominent Chilean lawyer and socialist, with broad experience in public service in his country, where he has served as a parliamentarian, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Senator, Minister Secretary General of the Presidency, as well as Minister of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Chile, accompanied by the lawyer, Professor of Law at the University of Chile and collaborator of the Socialist International Secretariat, Claudio Herrera, are in Caracas from 13 to 16 November as representatives of the SI to gain information about the circumstances under which the leader of the Voluntad Popular party, Leopoldo López, continues to be imprisoned along with numerous other political prisoners, and to make representations for their early release...
IRaq and Syria
15 October 2014
The latest developments in Iraq and Syria continue to demonstrate that the terror carried out by ISIS is a major threat to international peace and security, to the people in the region and to the world at large, which must urgently be brought to an end. We reiterate the previous calls of the Socialist International for the international community to unite in response to this terror and to act in defence of the innocent populations of Iraq and Syria, and in support of those from all ethnic and religious groups affected.
Iraq and Syria
25 September 2014
From the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, where the international community has come together to stand against terror, the Socialist International recalled the declaration of the SI Council in Mexico City on 30 June-1 July 2014 on the insurgency in Iraq, which condemned the acts of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The attacks perpetrated by ISIS have increased in their barbarism and the group now operates with disregard for national borders across areas of northern Iraq and Syria...
16 September 2014
The Socialist International Committee for the CIS, the Caucasus and the Black Sea, meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan on 15-16 September 2014, addressed the issue of overcoming conflicts and securing peace in the region, paying particular attention to the current conflict in Ukraine. With the participation of its member parties from Ukraine and the Russian Federation, along with social democratic parties from other countries of the region, the committee discussed and agreed upon the need for a swift end to the conflict...
14 July 2014
The Socialist International, deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Gaza and the increasing civilian death toll, urges both Israeli and Palestinian leaders to immediately de-escalate the crisis, to restore calm and re-establish the ceasefire of November 2012, as called for by the Security Council of the United Nations on 12 July. The respect for humanitarian law, and in particular the protection of civilians, is fundamental, as the loss of life and the suffering that the world has witnessed in the past days is totally unacceptable...
24 JULY 2014
Socialist International condemns unreservedly the assault by the Israeli Defence Force against a school used by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as a shelter in northern Gaza harbouring refugees, mostly women and children, killing at least fifteen and leaving hundreds injured. Reports from UNRWA officials highlight that great efforts had been made to secure a window so that civilians could evacuate to safety but these efforts were to no avail. For over seven years the citizens of Gaza have had to endure hardship and suffering brought about by Israel’s blockade of the enclave....
04 JUNE 2014
The President of the Socialist International, George Papandreou, during a working visit to Jordan, was received on Monday 2nd of June, in Amman, by His Majesty the King Abdallah II. The King reviewed the repercussions of the crisis in Syria on neighbouring countries, mainly on Jordan. George Papandreou underlined the key role of Jordan for stability in the broader region and praised the contribution of King Abdallah in the efforts to address political and humanitarian problems created by the civil war in Syria...
17 February 2014
The situation in Venezuela continues to be of serious concern for the international community. That in a democracy violence can reach the levels observed last week in Caracas and in other places of the country with people being killed and injured, opposition leaders being persecuted, with restrictions on freedoms, including the freedom of information, amongst others, point to the gravity of the situation in that country...
17 February 2014
The agreement between the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu on a Joint Statement is opening the way for renewed negotiations and provides a solid basis for a constructive dialogue that can lead to a functional and viable resolution of the Cyprus problem as soon as possible. It also creates the conditions for ending, at last, the unacceptable status quo...
11 February 2014
The Socialist International has congratulated Sushil Koirala, the president of its member party the Nepali Congress (NCP), on his election on 10 February as new Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Sushil Koirala got the support of 405 of the 553 members of parliament that took part in the vote. The NCP will now have again, after its last time in office in 2006-2008 under the late G. P. Koirala, the opportunity to bring forward its social democratic agenda and to strengthen the institutional framework of Nepal...
07 FEBRUARY 2014
Ahead of the second round of Geneva II talks, and following the agreement on the removal of the country’s chemical weapons, our priority in Syria must now be to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis. According to available estimates, more than 130,000 people have been killed since March 2011. Millions more have been displaced as refugees. Securing a ceasefire would provide immediate relief for citizens caught in the fighting and enable humanitarian aid to reach those in need…