Belarus

SI welcomes release of Mikalai Statkevic and other political prisoners in Belarus

24 August 2015

The release from prison of Mikalai Statkevic 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. Statkevic, 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…
 
 

TURKEy

Socialist International condemns terrorist attack in Turkey

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... 

 

Greece

Appeal to European leaders


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...

MALI

Peace agreement in Mali – a milestone to regain stability and security in the Sahel


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…

yemen

For peace in Yemen


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...

TuRkEy

SI Congratulates its member parties in Turkey


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...

turKEY

Second anniversary of the Gezi Park protests


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... 

Western Sahara

Socialist International Mission in search of a political solution

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...

Nepal

Appeal to assist with earthquake relief

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

Migration

The unacceptable tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea must be halted

 

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. ... 
 

Gambia

Socialist International calls for respect for opposition in Gambia


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... 
 

NigeriA

Socialist International greets successful Presidential elections in Nigeria

 


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...
 

VENEZUELA

Venezuela: on the brink of a point of no return?


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....
Press coverage

YEMEN

Socialist International condemns armed seizure of power


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...

TURkey

Protecting freedom of expression


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, U?ur Ye?iltepe, 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, Ye?iltepe was engaged in terrorist acts... 

MOldova

Socialist International welcomes agreement for a new coalition government in Moldova


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

Socialist International supports regional efforts to combat Boko Haram in 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...

France

SI condemns terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris


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...

PAkistan

SI condemns Peshawar massacre


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...

Burkina Faso

Call for constitutional order in Burkina Faso


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....

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