Week #4, June 2020
1. New Communist Party of the Netherlands (NCPN):
Declaration about the attacks on the NCP of Yugoslavia and the CY of Yugoslavia.
2. Party of Labour, Austria (PdA):
Solidarity with the NKPJ.
3. Communist Party of Turkey (TKP):
Party brochure on COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Turkey's working class.
4. Communist Party of Greece (KKE):
On the Greek-Italian Agreement concerning the maritime boundaries (EEZ).
5. Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP):
International solidarity projects (Brigades) postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic.
6. World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU):
WFTU statement for the World Refugee Day
7. Communist Party of India (CPI):
Statement for the India-China military standoff in Ladakh.
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NEW COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE NETHERLANDS (NCPN)
Declaration about the attacks on the NCPN of Yugoslavia and the CY of Yugoslavia
The New Communist Party of the Netherlands sent the following letter to the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Holland:
Her Excellency Ms. KsenijaMilenković
Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia
Embassy of the Republic of Serbia
Burgemeester van Karnebeeklaan 19
2585 BA ’s-Gravenhage
It has come to our attention that the joint list handed over to the election committee by the New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NKPJ) and the Communist Youth of Yugoslavia (SKOJ) has been denied participation to the parliamentary elections, scheduled for the 21th of June 2020.
This list, named “Socialism is the Only Way Out – NKPJ-SKOJ”, was handed over by representatives of the NKPJ and the SKOJ, with the necessary collected signatures, on the 5th of June. The Central Electoral Commission (RIK) has consequently rejected this registration.What is shocking to us is that an extreme right political party, the Levijatan Movement,had its disqualification overturned despite not submitting the required number of signatures in time, while the NKPJ and the SKOJ are denied participation in the elections.
We, the New Communist Party of the Netherlands (NCPN) and the Communist Youth Movement of the Netherlands (CJB),consider the rejection of the NKPJ and the SKOJ from a fair democratic process an anti-democratic and anti-communist act, which harms the legitimacy of the elections.We therefore denounce this decision and demand the immediate overturning of this decision. With the lost time to mount a campaign the NKPJ and the SKOJ have already been heavily discriminated against in this process.
We ask you to communicate this message and our demands to the RIK and use all the influence imbued in your office to restore the democratic process to its rightful track.
International Bureau of the New Communist Party of the Netherlands (NCPN),
International Bureau of the Communist Youth Movement of the Netherlands (CJB).
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PARTY OF LABOUR OF AUSTRIA (PDA)
Solidarity with the NKPJ
Parliamentary elections will be held in the Republic of Serbia on 21 June 2020. Why does this concern the Austrian Party of Labour? We would like to raise two points.
For one thing, more than 100,000 people living in Austria would be eligible to vote - that is about the same number as in the Serbian city of Kragujevac, for example. However, registration is required at fairly short notice, and there are also very few - too few - polling stations for Serbian citizens abroad. The Serbian state makes it as difficult as possible for many citizens to exercise their right to vote. This should change. But that is not the only democratic problem surrounding the elections in Serbia.
Because, secondly, the right to stand for election is also affected: The list "Socialism is the only way out", initiated by our fraternal party, the New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (Nova KomunističkaPartijaJugoslavije, NKPJ), as well as by its youth organisation, the League of Communist Youth (SavezkomunističkeomladineJugoslavije, SKOJ), was primarily refused by the election commission, and then, furthermore,it was made impossible for them to accomplish the conditions for participation. Our comrades have collected and submitted signatures for the election, whereby this hurdle is absurdly high in Serbia. The commission claimed shortcomings but refused a serious deadline to remedy them. It must be stressed: This did not happen concerning other similar cases. Therefore, it is obviously an anti-communist and anti-socialist arbitrary measure, in the best accordance with EU practice. Why? Because Serbia is to be annexed to the imperialist bloc, so that German and Austrian banks and corporations can have full freedom of action in Serbia, so that the NATO war and the separation of Serbian territories can be justified in retrospect, so that the Serbian population can be oppressed and exploited to the maximum. These are the goals of capitalism and imperialism - and also the real goals of the ruling classes and the collaborators in Serbia. That is why a list should not be allowed to compete which, by its very name, gives the right answer and formulates the goal: socialism is the only way out.
The Party of Labour of Austria protests against this approach of the bourgeois Serbian authorities and supports the NKPJ and the SKOJ in their campaign. We call on the Serbian voters in Austria to go to the polls anyway and write on the ballot paper the appropriate answer to this scandal, namely: Socijalizamjediniizlaz! We call upon them to accompany the NKPJ in its struggles in solidarity. We offer the Serbian-born workers in Austria to become active for their interests together with the Party of Labour. Because it is a truth for the working class, in Serbia as well as in Austria, and regardless of origin, mother tongue or citizenship: the common and internationalist revolutionary struggle for socialism is indeed the only way out.
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COMMUNIST PARTY OF TURKEY (TKP)
Party brochure on COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Turkey's working class
The International Relations Bureau of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) has issued a brochure on COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Turkey's working class, examining the interventions of the government, favouring the capitalists. The political and organizational activities of the Party amid pandemic, as well as the practices of the PE Network among various sectors. The outcomes of the pandemic; economical and political crisis, unemployment, poverty and reaction are discussed from a communist perspective.
You can download the brochure from the link below:
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COMMUNIST PARTY OF GREECE (KKE)
On the Greek-Italian Agreement concerning the maritime boundaries (EEZ)
The Press Office of the CC of the KKE issued the following statement on the Greek-Italian agreement:
"The agreement on the demarcation of maritime zones between Greece and Italy, announced by the foreign ministers of the two countries, it's not to celebrate.
It is an agreement that serves the interests and plans of the bourgeoisie of the two NATO and the EU member states, which are involved in the ongoing imperialist rivalries, with painful consequences for the peoples of the region.
Those who speak of a "historic day" do not take into account that the demarcation of the continental shelf between the two countries in 1977 did not serve the people's interests and did not avoid the escalation of problems in the wider region, while the same applies to the delimitation of the EEZ between Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and Lebanon.
Alsothe allegations that the Greek-Italian agreement neutralizes the legal and political arguments used by the Turkish leadership in the context of the escalation of aggression in the East Mediterranean, are extravagant and degrade the worrying and dangerous developments in the East Mediterranean, Aegean, Middle East and North Africa.
The KKE has long argued that the demarcation of maritime zones and the right of islands to continental shelf and EEZ results from the 1982 International Convention on the Law of the Sea and has condemned the unacceptable Turkey-Libya agreement, as well as the licensing of the Turkish oil company for research on the Greek continental shelf, which violates the rights of the Greek islands.
Definitely, the KKE will study further the Greek-Italian agreement for the delineation of the maritime zones, as well as the regulations for fishing".
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CUBAN INSTITUTE OF FRIENDSHIP WITH THE PEOPLES (ICAP)
International solidarity projects (Brigades) postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic