SI strongly called for the Iranian government to respect the rights of its people

SI strongly called for the Iranian government to respect the rights of its people
13 Feb
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In a Resolution on Iran the SI strongly called for the Iranian government to respect the rights of political activists, noting the alarming numbers who have been executed, and also for the many Kurdish political prisoners that have been sentenced to death without proper legal representation. Grave concern was expressed over Iran’s continued application of Article 188/1992 of the country’s criminal code, which considers the members, supporters and followers of any Kurdish, Arab and Balouch political parties as “Mufsed fee Al Arz” (corrupted on earth), “Mohareb” (enemy of God), who must be punished by hanging and execution.

The Socialist International held its Council meeting in Cascais, Portugal, on Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 February, the first since the XXIV Congress that took place in Cape Town, South Africa, last September. The event was hosted by the SI member party in that country, the Portuguese Socialist Party.

Under the main heading “The World Economy: Our Vision for Growth, Jobs and Sustainable Development” the Council brought together close to 300 participants from 100 delegations, including leaders and representatives from SI member parties worldwide, as well as specially invited guests. (List of participants).

SI President George Papandreou made an introductory speech thanking the host party for their warm welcome and hospitality.

On the different aspects of the main theme: “The Eurozone Crisis: From here, which way forward?” and “Emerging and Developing Economies and Multilateral Institutions in an ‘Out of Crisis’ Strategy”, the Council heard different perspectives and views from representatives of SI member parties and guests from continents and regions worldwide: from European parties both within and outside the Eurozone; from each country of the BRICS, including specially invited key-note speakers from the Indian National Congress Party and from China; from emerging economies and developing countries; and from the United States, Harvard Professor Richard Parker, Political Director of the Democratic National Committee (speech). (List of Speakers)

Declaration on the Global Economy was adopted that underscored the evaluations of the Council and which was based on five fundamental principles of the Socialist International.

Latest developments concerning the Arab world

The Secretary General reported on his visit to Iraq following the SI Congress for talks with SI Vice-President Jalal Talabani on SI activities in the region and Talabani’s offer to host meetings of both the SI Committee on the Arab World and the Committee on the Kurdish Question. These initiatives, however, were temporarily postponed due his illness. The Council expressed its solidarity with Jalal Talabani and extended to him the best wishes of the entire global political family for a speedy recovery.

On the second emergency item, the Arab world, the Council was addressed by leaders and representatives of SI member parties from that region, Mustapha Ben Jaafar, leader of Ettakatol, Tunisia and Nabil Shaath, from Fatah, Palestine. Among the invited guests was Hesham Youssef from the Arab League, Radhi Mohsen Al Mosawi, from Wa’ad Party of Bahrain, and Abdaziz Othman, from the Kurdish National Council of Syria.

Speakers highlighted that a new era had begun across the Arab World and that it was the role of socialists to work together to ensure the new constitutions resulting from the revolutions would be as democratic as possible. A Declaration on Developments Concerning the Arab World was adopted.

In a Resolution on Iran the SI strongly called for the Iranian government to respect the rights of political activists, noting the alarming numbers who have been executed, and also for the many Kurdish political prisoners that have been sentenced to death without proper legal representation. Grave concern was expressed over Iran’s continued application of Article 188/1992 of the country’s criminal code, which considers the members, supporters and followers of any Kurdish, Arab and Balouch political parties as “Mufsed fee Al Arz” (corrupted on earth), “Mohareb” (enemy of God), who must be punished by hanging and execution.

A delegation of Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), as a consultative member of SI represented PDKI at this council meeting.

Other Kurdish delegation attending the council meeting were Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (member), Peace and Democracy Party (consultative member) and a few other parties participating as guests.  For the first time Kurdish National Council of Syria attended the SI gathering and the its representative Abdaziz Othman was among the guest speakers.

The Socialist International is the worldwide organisation of social democratic, socialist and labour parties. It currently brings together 162 political parties and organisations from all continents. (List of members in full)

Source: SI

 

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