Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Communist and Workers' Parties: Joint Declaration in solidarity with the struggle of the Iranian people

More than 40 Communist and Workers' Parties, participants at the 22nd International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties (IMCWP) in Havana, Cuba in October 2022, co-sign a joint statement in support of the struggle of the people of Iran, calling for peace, justice and progress. The statement is the following:

"We, the undersigned communist and workers' parties, are following with concern the latest developments in the Iran since mid-September 2022.  

In line with the Action Plan unanimously agreed at the 22nd IMCWP in Havana, Cuba, in October 2022, we express "our solidarity with the just causes of the people of Iran including with the Iranian communists who face persecution and prohibitions on free exercise of their political rights; to stand against dictatorial regimes, repression, and discrimination in terms of democratic rights and freedoms" in that country. 

The current mass protests in Iran, which began after the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the "Morality Police" on 16S eptember - with the country's women and youth at the forefront - have condemned the repressive state policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and called for fundamental systemic political changes. Mass demonstrations across Iran have been brutally suppressed by the police and plainclothes security forces of the IRI. 

Confirmed reports put the number of the protestors killed by the state's repressive measures at more than 500,including 57 children,while hundreds more are injured and around 18,000 have been arrested.  

The IRI's judiciary has confirmed that the trial of about 1000 protesters has already started.  Several defendants have already been charged with "enmity with god", "fighting against Islam"and "endangering the national security of the Islamic state"and sentenced to death.  These trial processes fall massively short of even the most basic standards of legal due process and a fair and lawful trial.  

We strongly denounce the use of the death penalty - particularly as punishment solely for engaging in peaceful protests and political activities and for exercising the right to free speech or freedom to join a political or social organisation of one's choice.

We support the legitimate struggle of the Iranian people for peace, human and democratic rights, sovereignty, and social justice. Their struggle to determine the future of their country- free from any intimidation, oppression, or violence - is their legitimate right. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of all detainees and an immediate halt to the torture and execution of protesters. 

We also strongly reject any interference by imperialism and reactionary regimes in the Middle East in Iran's internal affairs.  The future direction of political developments in Iran is a decision solely for the people of Iran themselves. 

The Joint Statement is open for further subscriptions

Supported by:

SolidNet Parties

  1. Communist Party of Albania
  2. Communist Party of Australia
  3. Democratic Progressive Tribune, Bahrain
  4. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  5. Communist Party of Belgium
  6. Workers Party of Belgium
  7. Communist Party of Britain
  8. Communist Party of Canada
  9. AKEL, Cyprus
  10. Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia
  11. Communist Party of Denmark
  12. Communist Party of Finland
  13. German Communist Party
  14. Communist Party of Greece
  15. Communist Party of India [Marxist]
  16. Tudeh Party of Iran
  17. Iraqi Communist Party
  18. Communist Party of Kurdistan-Iraq
  19. Communist Party of Ireland
  20. Workers Party of Ireland
  21. Workers Party of Ireland
  22. Communist Party of Israel
  23. Party of the Communist Refoundation ( Italy)
  24. Communist Party of Malta
  25. Communist Party of Mexico
  26. New Communist Party of the Netherlands
  27. Communist party of Pakistan
  28. Palestinian Communist Party
  29. Palestinian People Party
  30. Philippines Communist Party [PKP 1930]
  31. New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
  32. Party Communists of Serbia
  33. South African Communist Party
  34. Communist Party of Spain
  35. Communists of Catalonia
  36. Sudanese Communist Party
  37. Communist Party of Swaziland
  38. Communist Party of Sweden
  39. Syrian Communist Party [Unified]
  40. Communist Party USA
  41. Communist Party of Venezuela