SI solidarity with Mali and President Keita following terrorist attack in Bamako

20 NOVEMBER 2015

The Socialist International is deeply saddened by the barbarous terrorist attack in Bamako early this morning, which has resulted in the death of numerous civilians in a hotel in the capital. Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with all those who are suffering and grieving as a result of this cowardly act of terror against innocent people with no chance to defend themselves. This attack is also an attack against democracy and against the efforts of the government and people of Mali to move the country forward. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is a leader that has made us all proud in our International, for his statesmanship, courage and commitment to securing a way forward for peace, democracy and economic progress for all the peoples of Mali...


Socialist International condemns terrorist attacks in Paris

14 NOVEMBER 2015

The Socialist International is deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific multiple terrorist attacks carried out last night in Paris by ISIS, which have left 129 dead and many injured. We send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims, our sympathy to all those who endured this heinous crime, and our solidarity with the entire French nation as it comes to terms with these events. The Socialist International underscores its firm support for and solidarity with President Hollande and his government as he firmly and decisively acts to confront this concerted scourge of terror that has hit France, and takes the necessary measures to protect its citizens...



Socialist International congratulates San Suu Kyi and NLD on historic election results

13 NOVEMBER 2015

The Socialist International warmly congratulates Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy, NLD, on their historic victory following general elections held in Myanmar on 8 November. The results of these elections, in which close to 30 million people were eligible to vote, already show that with 80% of the contested seats now declared, the NLD have more than the two thirds needed to choose the President and put an end to more than 50 years of military rule. These elections, despite the role and influence of the military, has been seen as the first openly contested poll in Myanmar in twenty five years, when the NLD won by a large majority in national elections in 1990 but Aung San Suu Kyi was prevented from taking office by the military and spent several long periods under house arrest, which only ended in 2010....


Return of Manuel Rosales, leader of the UNT Party, to Venezuela

15 OCTOBER 2015

The Socialist International is closely following the return today of Manuel Rosales, leader of Un Nuevo Tiempo (UNT), to Venezuela. The ex-presidential candidate is flying this afternoon from the Island of Aruba to the city of Maracaibo, capital of the State of Zulia, where Rosales served as its former Governor, thus putting an end to his six years in exile. The Socialist International expresses solidarity with the decision of the leader of the UNT, one of its member parties in Venezuela. With his return, Manuel Rosales defends the fundamental right of all Venezuelans to live in their own country...



The SI condemns the massive terrorist attack in Ankara and calls for a thorough investigation

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

SI welcomes the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and Global Goals


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...


Burkina FASO

Socialist International condemns military coup and the interruption of the process to democracy in Burkina Faso


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

SI call for Solidarity and Political Action


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... 


Socialist International protests against the sentencing of Leopoldo López

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...

Press coverage


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

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…


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…


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... 



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...


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...

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...


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. ... 


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...


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...


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...


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...


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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