- Category: IAF
- Published on Sunday, 15 May 2016 13:39
- Written by CRIFA
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The CRIFA in Ljubljana reaffirms solidarity with refugees and migrants. Many of our federations (especially in Europe, including the Mediterranean and the Balkans regions) are involved in concrete solidarity with refugees by hosting people, helping them with medicine, legal processes, developing self-organisation and organising demonstrations.
We fight against far-right activists who are taking advantage of the situation to develop their xenophobic agendas. We oppose nation states, which are encouraging nationalism, building walls and closing borders, the same states that support global capitalism and free movement of money or trade agreements which exploit people inside national borders.
In sight of this situation we also see good examples of solidarity and we support these initiatives. Moreover, we continue to fight against the idea of borders and to support freedom of movement in general. People must be able to move and live wherever they want to.
At this moment, the media is focussed on war refugees (Syria) but we know that migration will continue for many reasons. People have always moved to change their lives, whether it is to escape bad situations or to try and improve their living conditions. We strive to live together and share the world’s resources in the face of states, ideologies and religions that create division and confrontation.
Participants of the Relations Commissionof the International of Anarchist Federations/ Commission de relations de l'Internationale des Fédérations anarchistes (CRIFA) meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23/24 April 2016.
- Category: Texte - Article
- Published on Saturday, 14 May 2016 22:18
- Written by LGBTI Peace Initiative
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We start off as LGBTI Peace Initiative
for the peace, democracy and humanity to win...
We were drawn into an atmosphere of violence and war, starting with the massacre of Suruç, which took place in 20 July 2015, in the Suruç province of Şanlıurfa. Two years ago, then prime minister Erdogan said, "We would try everything for this problem to be solved. If it is to drink the hemlock, we would do it for peace to come upon this country," and now he has become the major source of disquietude for this country. Erdoğan's attempts to disrupt the political sphere by setting the law at nought is a de facto coup-d'etat. The Palace has taken democracy and peace hostage. It is not acceptable that the election results are not recognized, that civilian politicians are taken into custody and detained, and that people who demand peace are criminalized and forced to approve of war. The fall is inescapable for those who stand in the way of peace and democracy, but how many people still have to lose their lives for it to be clear?
War means continuous discrimination, tyranny and violence against the Other, and a war is being waged on we LGBTIs in Turkey. If there is no peace, there is no chance of an equal and free life. Today we believe that, peace is an urgent necessity for everyone in Turkey. The war and violence of the Palace feeds on militarism and a patriarchal mindset, it valorizes masculinity and preaches hate. We, as LGBTIs, are united against the war of patriarchy.
We demand an immediate ceasefire and a return to the peace talks. During Gezi Resistance, we realized that listening to and communicating with each other gave us power. This is why we say "Stop!" to the warmongering which renders us deaf. A democratic solution to the Kurdish issue is possible, but it must be based on open dialogue and understanding. Soldier, guerilla, and civilian deaths must be immediately stopped. We are well aware that as the non-violent discourse for peace grows stronger, warmongers will be sorry and humanity will win.
We, as LGBTI Peace Initiative, have taken the first step to defend our common human right to survive against the war. We are determined to speak up for peace. The call for peace from the LGBTI society and those who want peace can stop the deaths and help to put an end to the atmosphere of fear. We set off with this belief in our hearts. We, as the LGBTI who say no to war in every part of the life, set to work to give a helping hand to the efforts of turning back to the ceasefire situation, to develop and to strengthen the peace.
The LGBTI organizations and independent LGBTI activists who form the LGBTI Peace Initiative will incessantly speak up for and organize the peace. We're going to defend peace without any excuse. We invite all of LGBTI society who are for the democratic solution to our initiative, to give a helping hand to the efforts for the peace to come.
LGBTI Peace Initiative, 24 August 2015.
- Category: Statement of others organizations
- Published on Saturday, 14 May 2016 22:15
- Written by LGBTI Peace Initiative
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LGBTI Peace Initiative is a group of activists who have been involved in various social and grassroots movements with anti-sexist, anti-fascist and anti-capitalist agendas. After the Suruç Bombing on July 20, 2015, the war between Turkish state and the Kurdish Freedom Movement escalated, the politics of the ruling party AKP (Justice and Development Party) lead to the death, injury, imprisonment and torture of our friends.
With the elections in June 7, 2015, a pro-Kurdish party, HDP, gained 80 of 550 MPs, despite attacks against the party and its supporters during electoral campaign period, including multiple arson attacks to party buildings and a bombing in the rally in Diyarbakır, on June 5, killing 5 people. The visibility gained by the minority and progressive groups of Turkey with the success of HDP frightened AKP, which lost its absolute majority in the parliament for the first time since 2002, the year when they first came into power. Nonetheless, none of the parties in the parliament were able to come up with a coalition, hence the parliament not being able to function lead to another general election on November 1, 2015.
Right after the deadly suicide bombing in Suruç district of Urfa, a town 10 km from Kobanî, Turkish government one sidedly ended the ceasefire with the outlawed Workers’ Party of Kurdistan (PKK). The bombing lead to the death of 33, the majority of whom were university students. On 10 October, in Ankara, another bombing lead to the death of 102. Those who were killed in this attack, were gathered for the “Labour, Peace and Democracy March” to protest against the growing conflict between the Turkish Armed Forces and PKK.
After highly controversial elections, AKP once again gained the power in 1 November 2015, as the ruling party.