19 March 2011
The situation in Côte d’Ivoire, a matter of grave international concern, was discussed in depth by the leadership of the Socialist International at a meeting of its Presidium in Athens. Participants recalled the statement of the International made last December, which called for outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo to cede power, respecting the electoral results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission of Côte d’Ivoire on 2 December, and endorsed by ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations. The subsequent failure of Laurent Gbagbo and the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) to adhere to these calls and the ensuing increase in gross violations of human rights and the threats to peace and stability were the grounds for the decision to exclude that party from the activities of the SI and suspend its membership in the organisation, to be followed by an examination of this situation by the collective leadership of the International in this meeting. The discussions drew on contacts made by the International on this grave crisis with member parties, heads of government involved in the process of resolution of the post-electoral conflict, the sub-regional organisation and African Union, Human Rights groups, UN officials and the FPI itself.
Deeply mindful of the grave violations of human rights that have occurred in Côte d’Ivoire and the fact of the party’s ongoing failure to respect the democratically expressed will of the people, in direct contradiction to the principles set out in the Ethical Charter of the SI, the members of the Presidium agreed on the expulsion of the FPI from the Socialist International. The next Council meeting of the organisation will be informed of this decision. The status of the party had equally been addressed at an earlier meeting of the SI Ethics Committee on 11 March, which recommended expulsion.
Resolutions and Decisions of the XXIV Congress
Report of the Secretary General
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17 JUNE 2013
Developments in Turkey during the last three weeks have been followed with increasing concern by the international community. The Turkish government, which should respond to the grievances of the citizens who are protesting and act in accordance with the norms and principles of a democracy, is failing to listen and to seek a way forward to avoid the current spiral of violence, of beatings, and the victims that the world continues to witness as a consequence...
07 May 2013
The Socialist International is deeply concerned by legislation passed by the Moldovan Parliament last week, which compromises the integrity and the character of fundamental democratic institutions of the Moldovan State. Indeed, the International has been following political life in Moldova closely over recent years with a keen interest in seeing Moldova joining Europe, developing a new legitimate institutional framework, and consolidating past gains borne from the will of the Moldovan citizens for a fair and democratic society...
15 April 2013
The Socialist International, which has member parties in Venezuela and whose activities also include the participation of other like-minded organisations in that country, has followed with great attention for several years now, the evolution of political life in Venezuela. Among the international observers officially accredited for the presidential elections carried out yesterday, 14 April, were those from the Socialist International...
Tax evasion & tax havens
15 April 2013
George Papandreou, President of the Socialist International
The Socialist International (SI) has repeatedly called for international regulation to prevent tax evasion, which is robbing our economies of trillions of dollars every year. The recent media investigation of this phenomenon comes as a resounding confirmation of our position. In 2008, the SI created a Commission on the Global Financial Crisis, which highlighted the lack of effective international regulation and implementation mechanisms to stem tax avoidance and tax evasion...
27 March 2013
On the occasion of the 128th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Quito, Ecuador, from 22 to 27 March 2013, the Socialist International organised its regular meeting of parliamentarians from the SI political family attending the IPU Assembly, on 24 March...
13 March 2013
To mark the 6th Anniversary of the party Un Nuevo Tiempo in Venezuela, and in their designated year for political education, the Secretary General of the Socialist International, Luis Ayala, delivered a talk on the history and ideological foundations of social democracy, and of the Socialist International as a political model, offering as well his best wishes to a Venezuela in transition...