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The Hague, 5th May 2013
Now 90 years old, your co-founder and first IUSY president in 1946, is no more able to travel. It is therefore via my computer and internet that I have to send to the Dortmund Festival my fraternal greetings and best wishes.
You are having an impressive, and in the selection of themes widespread, agenda. Perhaps I might add another item that throughout the world asks young socialists to take, both collectively and personally, effective action. We have to fight and condemn discrimination, Treaties, constitutions and laws ban discrimination. In spite of that, it is still alive. Not only in some countries still having xenophobe laws or practices, but also nearby.
Look at the Sports section of your newspaper. Somewhere a club, because of the attitude of its fans or of a player, is criticized or gets to pay. But are you sure that in your own club there is no discrimination? It not only exists because the colour of a skin is different, or because another member is known to be homosexual. It can exist simply because someone is considered to be a bit different. Why? Often nobody knows, but he or she is felt to differ from the average figure in the crowd.
Discrimination occurs because he or she is considered not to fit into the general pattern. In school, in the university, in the club, or also at work, amongst the colleagues. And bullying is being found, and felt, too often, sometimes even nearby. In this little country on the North Sea coast last year twice youngsters committed suicide as they were continuously plagued. They felt never to be safe from the attitude of other pupils. They could have been saved if other youngsters would have gone against the general trend and had taken their side. Are you sure there is no bullying in your school class, in your club, in your university faculty, in your job?
Sometimes social democracy demands not only action against authorities, against employers, against exploitation throughout the world, but in your own little world. Do not hesitate to go against discrimination nearby!
So far another theme for your Festival, and afterwards back at home. But have now a good time at Dortmund and celebrate the jubilee!
Just as at the end of our first international IUSY camp, in 1948 at Ebensee in Austria, I end this greeting with
IUSY sorrows for its deceased friend and comrade Bob Molenaar, who died on the 17th of November 2013 at the age of 90. He was our first IUSY President after the Second World War and the first one for the re-established International Union of Socialist Youth between 1946-1948.
We will always remember him as a leading light fighting for social justice, human rights and international solidarity for a lifetime.
In September 1946 Bob Molenaar became our first president in our founding congress in Paris, the first congress of the International Union of Socialist Youth, which he participated as a representative of the New Course, the former organisation of the Young Socialists in the PvdA. Ever since he had played a major part in the history of international socialism, and he has influenced the lives of young socialists all over the world.
Besides from his work for the IUSY, Bob Molenaar had always been a very active member of The Hague's Labour Party (PvdA) and the European Movement Netherlands. He had been president of the European Movement Netherlands for more than twelve years and held various positions in the International European Movement, from 1987 to 1992 as Secretary General.
For a lifetime he abhorred parochialism and stood up for international solidarity. "Solidarity does not stop at the border. It is shocking that politicians turn their backs on worldwide poverty and oppression." On the question of whether there is a difference in the way young people used to be politically active then and now, Molenaar said: "The flags and banners have been replaced by T-shirts and caps, but the atmosphere of being critical towards the party has still remained."
For us, he will remain forever a model of a true young socialist. A man who, in a time when it didn't seem obvious, saw that international cooperation between youths is vital for the development for a social and democratic world. A real inspiration for many young socialists, and someone we owe a huge debt of gratitude.
With him, we will always remember: over a century, all around the world to change it!
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IUSY is looking ahead to 2014! Next year IUSY is aiming organizing its World Festival.
In case your organization is interested in hosting the IUSY World Festival, please look into the organizational needs for the event listed in this call, so you can discuss them with your leadership and party. We are looking forward to receiving your proposal as an official letter from the leadership of your organization, addressed to the IUSY President and Secretary General by December 2013.
¡IUSY tiene ya la vista puesta en 2014! El año que viene nos gustaría organizar el Festival Mundial de IUSY.
Si vuestra organización está interesada en acoger el Festival Mundial de la IUSY, os pedimos que por favor estudiéis las necesidades de organización del evento junto con el ejecutivo de vuestra organización y con vuestro partido. Las necesidad están descritas en esta convocatoria. Esperaremos una carta oficial del ejecutivo de vuestra organización que vaya dirigida a la Presidenta y la Secretaria General de la IUSY antes de que termine diciembre de 2013.
IUSY a déjà la vue mise en 2014! L'année qui vient nous plairait organiser le Festival Mondial.
Si votre organisation voudra accueillir le Festival Mondial de la IUSY, prenez en considération les exigences d’organisation de l'événement décrit en continuation de cet appel, pour en discuter avec l’exécutif de votre organisation et avec votre parti. Nous nous réjouissons de recevoir la proposition officielle de votre organisation, dirigé à la Présidente et la Secrétaire Général de la IUSY avant décembre 2013.
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Our thoughts and hearts, in this difficult time, are with our comrades in Akbayan Youth and all the people of Philippines.
Typhoon Haiyan has, until now, quenched the life of thousands and affected millions of people by leaving many without shelter or proviants. The challenges are enormous and the country is in great need of urgent aid to minimize the already huge damage made by the typhoon. IUSY, therefore, urges all its member organizations to take part by donating through Active Citizenship Foundation:
Active Citizenship Foundation
Address: 34D, Matulungin street, Bgy Central, Quezon City, Philippines, Account number: 1991-0024-95, Swift code: BOPIPHMM, Address: Bank of the Philippines Islands, 114 Kalayaan Avenue, Queson City, Philippines, Paypal donation: www.acf.org.ph
Typhoon Haiyan is sadly one of many realities of what climate change means in practice. We as human beings have been part of creating this unsustainable development through our actions, and we are the ones that must change it. Without a change in our ways of living and without the countries taking their responsibility, we and the coming generation will face more uncertain future.
One of the main reasons behind the rapid climate change lays on the growing releases of greenhouse gases. IUSY, therefore, calls for strengthened system of global democracy in order to halt climate change. A better world is possible, but it requires political will from the international community to act. The future is being created today. The political solutions must, therefore, be implemented now. We need a system built upon sustainable development, humanity and solidarity, and not short term economic interests, which are being prioritized in the current capitalist system.
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IUSY Presidium statement clarifying the issue of IUSY Congress 2014
In view of the latest communications and misleading information, IUSY Presidium believes it important for the sake of the organization to clarify the following:
The decision to advance the date of the World Congress has been an internal decision process within the decision-making bodies of our organization. This decision was founded on the concerns, agenda and workload of many organizations, especially European organizations, in view of the upcoming European Elections that would put a lot of pressure on most of our Member Organizations’ agendas for the next year.
In no sense this decision is rooted on the will to change our organization’s leadership structures, but on the will to have a successful Congress where all Member Organizations can be involved to the fullest, regardless their busy agendas.
We have now reached a decision. The upcoming congress is set for end of February in accordance to the democratic voting that took place via email. In no way the decision is questioned from any sides and we are now instead looking forward to a fruitful Congress where we together fight for socialism and democracy for all regardless of country or continent!
Finally, we are proud of the internal democracy in our organization and hope that the next IUSY Congress will be another milestone in the history of the largest youth political organization in the world.
Declaración del Présidium de la IUSY para clarificar las cuestión del Congreso Mundial en 2014
En vista de las últimas comunicaciones e informaciones engañosas, el Présidium de la IUSY cree que es importante por el bien de la organización aclarar lo siguiente:
La decisión de adelantar el Congreso Mundial de la IUSY ha sido un proceso de decisión interna en el seno de los órganos de decisión de nuestra organización. Esta decisión se fundamentó en las preocupaciones, agenda y carga de trabajo de muchas de nuestras organizaciones - especialmente de las organizaciones europeas - debido a que próximas las elecciones europeas añadirían presión en el calendario de muchas de nuestras organizaciones de cara al año que viene.
En ningún momento esta decisión se ha fundamentado en la voluntad de cambiar las estructuras de liderazgo de nuestra organización. Se ha fundamentado simplemente en la voluntad de celebrar un buen Congreso en el que todas nuestras organizaciones puedan involucrase al cien por cien, independientemente de sus apretadas agendas.
Ahora hemos tomado una decisión. El Congreso será a finales de febrero de 2014 de acuerdo con el proceso de votación democrático que ha tenido lugar por correo electrónico. De ninguna manera la decisión se ha cuestionado por ninguna de las partes y tenemos ya la vista puesta en celebrar un Congreso exitoso en el que podamos luchar por el socialismo y la democracia sin importar el país o el continente.
Finalmente, estamos orgullosos de la democracia interna de nuestra organización y esperamos que el próximo Congreso de la IUSY sea una nueva piedra angular en la historia de esta organización que es la organización juvenil política más grande del mundo.
Déclaration du Présidium de la IUSY en clarifient la question du Congrès de la IUSY 2014
À la suite des dernières communications et des informations trompeuses, le Présidium de la IUSY estime qu'il est important pour le bien de l'organisation de clarifier ce qui suit:
La décision d'avancer la date du Congrès mondial a été prise moyennant un processus décisionnel au sein des organes décideurs de notre organisation. Cette décision a été fondée sur les préoccupations, l'agenda et la charge de travail de nombreux organismes, en particulier les organisations européennes, dans la perspective des prochaines élections européennes, qui ont mis beaucoup de pression sur la plupart des agendas de nos organisations membres pour l'année prochaine .
En aucun façon cette décision se fonde sur la volonté de changer les structures de direction de notre organisation, mais sur la volonté d'avoir un Congrès réussi, où toutes les Organisations membres peuvent être impliqués au maximum, indépendamment de leur charge de travail.
Nous sommes maintenant parvenus à une décision. Le prochain congrès est prévu pour fin Février, conformément au vote démocratique qui a eu lieu par email. En aucun cas la décision est remise en question d'aucun côté et maintenant nous avons hâte d'avoir un congrès fructueux où nous pouvons nous battre ensemble pour le socialisme et une démocratie pour tous, indépendamment des pays ou des continents!
Enfin, nous sommes fiers de la démocratie interne de notre organisation et nous espérons que le prochain Congrès IUSY sera une autre importante étape franchie dans l'histoire de la plus grande organisation politique de la jeunesse du monde.
Signed by IUSY Présidium members:
Viviana Piñeiro (Uruguay) - Beatriz Talegón (Spain) - Rosa Isabel Montero Torres (Colombia) - Maybel Htoo (Burma) - Ana Pirtskhalava (Georgia) - Senia Bachir Abderahman (Western Sahara) - Boris Ginner (Austria) - Sam Muyizzi (Uganda) - Hanin Khoury (Palestine) - Srdjan Subotic (Croatia) - Tim Schlosser (Germany) - Felipe Jeldres (Chile) - Johana Ortega (Paraguay) - Evin Incir (Sweden) - Asmund Aukrust (Norway) - Roberta Capone (Italy) - Alejandro Encinas (Mexico) - Kah Woh Wong (Malasya) - Mikail Baguian (Burkina Faso) - Nimrod Barnea (Israel)
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IUSY is deeply concerned about the current war plans of the US and allies. Nobel Peace Prize Winner Obama and the EU must focus on a political solution in Syria - prevent escalation!
Read here the full statement from the IUSY Presidium:
IUSY to Syria (EN)
IUSY a Siria (ES)
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The revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa that started in 2011 sent a clear message all around the world that dictators and authoritarian regimes can and will fall. People will never except living under oppression. The popular and peaceful struggles, not least in Egypt, showed that everything is possible through unity, organizing and peaceful means.
Now, two years after the beginning of the revolution, the situation is still worrying in Egypt. Even though elections have been held and a constitution has been adopted the situation is far away from stable. The winners of the elections, Muslim Brotherhood and their president candidate Mohamed Morsi, have in many cases neglected the will of the people and the political condition is alarming concerning the democratic, social as well as the economic situation. This is also the reason for the continuous demonstrations and uprisings in the country.
We, the International Union of Socialist Youth, urge President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to accommodate the will of the people and find unity. Sustainable development and sustainable peace can be reached, but only through using the political power to strengthen democracy and establishing a political system that gives the people of Egypt the possibility to fulfill their dreams. Democracy, Freedom and Equality can be reality, but it requires a political will.
Full statement by the IUSY Presidium here: IUSY stands in solidarity with the people in Egypt struggling for Democracy, Equality and Freedom!
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(photo credit: AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
Statement by the IUSY Presidium
In support of all peace seeking and democratic forces in Turkey
The International Union of Socialist Youth is following the situation in Turkey with great concern. Turkey has for long had a democratic deficit and over the last years the situation has gotten worse. The ruling AKP government has in many ways limited and tried to limit freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of press. Turkey has many journalists imprisoned and imprisons more political activists than any other country.
What started out as a demonstration against turning down a green area in Gezi Park, Taksim, Istanbul, for a shopping mall has now lead to an uprising all around the country, bringing together a wide coalition of Turks, Kurds, Alevits, Sunni, women, homosexuals and elderly after an unprovoked violent attack by the police using water cannons and tear gas. People have had enough and ask for what should be obvious everywhere and all the time: Democracy, Freedom and Equality.
We as the youth of Socialist and Social Democratic parties all around the world support our member organizations CHP Youth, the youth of BDP and all other peace seeking and democratic forces in Turkey in their struggle. We therefore call for an immediate intervention by the UN to demand permanent stop to the police violence, which has led to thousands of people getting injured and at least 3 persons killed. The excessive use of water cannons, tear gas and peppers spray must be criminalized. The Turkish PM Erdogan must immediately accommodate the demonstrators' demands and at the same time work for a constitution that, unlike the current one, embraces multiculturalism, different religions and multi ethnicity.
Turkey needs to move towards more democracy and not the opposite. The changes need to encompass all people regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender.
Finally, we want to express our deepest condolences to the family of Abullah Cömert, a member of CHP, and all other activists who lost their lives in the struggle against restrictions on freedom of speech and religion.
Download the Statement: In support of all peace seeking and democratic forces in Turkey