Thursday, November 29, 2018

Communists meet for world conference in Athens

Andy Brooks and Peter Hendy at the opening of congress
By New Worker correspondent

Delegations from 91 communist parties, representing 73 countries, took part in the 20th international meeting of communist and workers’ parties that was held in Greece last weekend. NCP leader Andy Brooks together with Peter Hendy from the Central Committee, took part in the congress at the headquarters of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) where the first conference began in 1998.
The theme of the meeting was the task of the working class and its political vanguard in the struggle against exploitation and imperialist wars.
The conference, opened by KKE leader Dimitris Koutsoumbas, heard contributions from delegations from all five continents including those from comrades from the ruling parties of China, Cuba, Democratic Korea, Laos and Vietnam,
At the close of the three-day meeting the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist Party of Greece was commemorated at a magnificent political and cultural event held on Sunday afternoon at the Stadium of Peace and Friendship in Piraeus, the port of Athens.
Delegates, along with thousands of Greek communists, packed the stadium for a cultural programme performed by prominent Greek artistes to honour the foundation and the glorious activity of a historic and unique Party and the thousands of communists who sacrificed their lives in the struggle.

End the Israeli occupation

  Joint Statement of Communist and Workers parties
Athens November, 2018

We, participating parties in the 20th IMCWP held in Athens, call to end the ongoing Israeli occupation of all Occupied Palestinian and Arab lands, and the establishment of the Independent Palestinian State on the borders of June 4th 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as well as implementing a just solution to the Refugees issue in accordance with the UN resolution 194.
We call for the immediate end of the criminal siege on Gaza, and the Israeli massacre against the civil protesters of the weekly Marches of Return.
We condemn the decisions to destroy the village of Khan Al-Ahmar, a well-exposed plan to continue dismantling the geographical continuity of the future Palestinian state’s sovereign lands. We demand the immediate dismantling of all Israeli illegal settlements and the Apartheid Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and with it all the components of what is called “Deal of the Century” aiming at eliminating the Palestinian issue.
In that context, we condemn Israel’s continuous racist and oppressive policies against the Arab Palestinian citizens in Israel- as it is obvious in the Nation-State Law, which legally consolidates apartheid -the supremacy of one national group over another, thus legitimizing the practices of shrinking the freedoms and the margins of democracy in Israel for the Left and progressive forces.

Communist Party of Argentina
Party of Labor of Austria
Communist Party of Brazil
Communist Party of Britain
New Communist Party of Britain
Communist Party of Bulgaria
Party of Bulgarian Communists
Communist Party of Canada
SWP of Croatia
Communist Party of Cuba
AKEL, Cyprus
Communist Party in Denmark
Communist Party of Finland
French Communist Party
German Communist Party
Communist Party of Greece
Communist Party of Ireland
Communist Party of Israel
Communist Party of Jordan
Communist Party of Kazakhstan
Communist Party of Luxembourg
Communist Party of Macedonia
Communist Party of Pakistan
Palestinian People’s Party
Communist Party of Romania
Communists of Serbia
Communist Party of Slovakia
Communist Party of Sweden
Communist Party of Turkey
Labor Party (EMEP) of Turkey
Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU)
Communist Party USA
New Communist Party of Yugoslavia

Appeal of the 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties

The 20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP) took place on November 23-25, 2018, in Athens, hosted by the KKE, which celebrates 100 years of its historic course.
At the meeting under the theme of: "The contemporary working class and its alliance. The tasks of its political vanguard - the Communist and Workers' Parties, in the struggle against exploitation and imperialist wars, for the rights of the workers and the peoples, for peace, for socialism ", 90 Communist and Workers’ parties from 73 countries took part, representing all the continents.
The Parties’ representatives discussed the developments at the international, regional and national level, exchanged thoughts on the experience gained from the struggle of the Communist and Workers’ Parties in their countries, the common and convergent actions developed during the previous period, the class struggles in their countries, their efforts to promote the alliance of the working class with other popular and anti-monopoly strata.
They discussed the tasks for the strengthening of the communists’ struggle, the development of struggles of the working class and the other popular strata for the rights of the workers, of the people, of the youth,  in conflict with the monopolies, the power of capital and capitalist exploitation and oppression.
The contributions of the Communist and Workers’ Parties highlighted the exploitative, predatory and inhuman nature of capitalism. It was noted that the contradictions and competition of capitalist states and alliances are sharpening in a multi-faceted way on the terrain of either the crisis or capitalist growth; that the process of realignment of forces is advancing internationally.
Imperialist interference, blockades and interventions are continuing. There are still ongoing wars, such as in Syria, Yemen, Libya, as well as in Azerbaijan. The fratricidal war in Ukraine continues under the responsibility of the anti-people Kiev regime. Military armaments and war preparations are escalating.
The Communist and Workers' Parties welcome the struggles of the workers and the peoples around the world against the offensive of imperialism, against occupation, against any threats to sovereign rights and national independence, for peace, for the defense and the widening of social and democratic rights. The experience gained in many countries from the struggles against the imperialist plans and political line of the USA, NATO, the EU and their allies is valuable.
The sharpening of the contradictions involves the risk of new imperialist wars, for the control of wealth-producing resources, markets and energy pipelines; this  risk sets serious tasks for the workers' movement and the communists for the strengthening of a broad anti-imperialist struggle for peace and disarmament, the intensification of the struggle against the political line of bourgeois governments that serves the profitability of big capital and imperialist aggression and war.
The developments highlight that the struggle for peace, disarmament, respect for popular sovereignty, for the solution of the people’s problems and the satisfaction of the people’s needs is inextricably linked to the struggle for the overthrow of capitalist barbarity, for socialism.
The Communist and Workers' Parties assessed positively the initiatives taken in 2017 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the October Socialist Revolution and in 2018 for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, contributing to the defense of the Soviet Union's contribution, of socialism, which is the only way out of capitalist exploitation.
They reaffirmed their internationalist solidarity with the Syrian, Palestinian, Cypriot peoples; with the peoples of Lebanon, of Sudan, of Socialist Cuba, of Venezuela, of Brazil, of Iran, with all the peoples which face imperialist attacks and threats.
They condemned anticommunism and the attack on democratic rights and freedoms and expressed full support to the communists persecuted in Poland, Ukraine, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan as well as to the communists facing legal and political processes in Russia, Transnistria and elsewhere.
It was noted that in 2019 there are several important commemorations as the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Communist International, the 70 years of the Chinese Revolution as well as the 60 years of the Cuban Revolution. These anniversaries could be utilized in order to strengthen proletarian internationalism; to defend the history and contribution of the Communist movement for the popular gains, for the struggle for progress, for the social emancipation of the workers and of the peoples in contrast to the falsification and distortion of the historical truth and the identification of communism with the fascist atrocities.
The Communist and Workers’ parties expressed their solidarity with refugees and immigrants. They  condemned racism, the dangerous fascist, far-right forces that arise from  the exploitative system and are directed against the peoples.
During the 20th IMCWP, a series of declarations of solidarity with the struggle of the peoples in many parts of the world were issued.

The Communist and Workers' parties call for the development of common and convergent actions in the next period along these main axes:

Against imperialist war, interventions and militarization.
Actions against NATO - whose 70th anniversary is on April 4, 2019 - and the EU, which is being further militarized with PESCO and other mechanisms. Against nuclear weapons and foreign military bases, utilizing the nuclear holocaust anniversary in Hiroshima - Nagasaki (on August 6 and 9) and the 80 years since the start of the Second World War (on September 1).

To defend the history of the communist movement and the values of proletarian internationalism
Multi-faceted events for the 100th anniversary of the Communist International (on March 2), actions against anti-communism, persecutions and bans of Communist and Workers' Parties. Utilization of the 102nd anniversary of the October Socialist Revolution to highlight the achievements of socialism and deepen the theoretical discussion and practical action against capitalism and its exploitative, oppressive, aggressive, predatory and inhuman nature.

To strengthen Internationalist Solidarity with the struggling peoples, which face occupation, imperialist threats and interventions
To strengthen internationalist solidarity and struggle demanding the end of the US blockade against Cuba and the interventions and threats against Bolivarian Venezuela.  To support the struggle of Palestinian people for the end of the occupation and self-determination, establishing a national, independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the UN resolutions, supporting the resistance of the Palestinian people and condemning the criminal policy of Israel. To denounce imperialist interventions in the Korean Peninsula and express solidarity with the Korean people for independent and peaceful reunification. To express solidarity with refugees and with all peoples facing occupation, intervention and blockades by imperialism.

Multi-faceted class solidarity with workers' struggles for labor, social, trade union rights, against the offensive of capital.
Development of actions of struggle in workplaces and in particular on International Workers’ Day on May 1st, highlighting the vanguard role of the communists.

For Women's Rights and Emancipation
Development of actions of struggle on March 8, International Women's Day, to defend women's rights and their full equality in work and life.

Struggle for political and trade union freedoms and democratic rights against fascist forces, reactionary regimes, racism and xenophobia, religious fanaticism and social oppression.
Development of actions of struggle on the day of the People's Victory over Fascism-Nazism.

Development of actions to protect the environment

The participants thanked the Communist Party of Greece for hosting successfully this Meeting.

1. Communist Party of Albania
2. Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism
3. Communist Party of Argentina
4. Communist Party of Australia
5. Party of Labour of Austria
6. Communist Party of Azerbaijan
7. Democratic Progressive Tribune
8. Communist Party of Bangladesh
9. Communist Party of Belarus
10. Communist Party of Belgium
11. Communist Party of Bolivia
12. Brazilian Communist Party
13. Communist Party of Brazil
14. Communist Party of Britain
15. New Communist Party of Britain
16. Communist Party of Bulgaria
17. Party of the Bulgarian Communists
18. Communist Party of Canada
19. Communist Party of China
20. Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia
21. Communist Party of Cuba
22. Progressive Party of the Working People (Cyprus) ‐ AKEL
23. Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
24. Communist Party in Denmark
25. Communist Party of Denmark
26. Force of the Revolution, Dominican Republic
27. Communist Party of Ecuador
28. Communist Party of Estonia
29. Communist Party of Finland
30. French Communist Party
31. Communist Party of Macedonia
32. Unified Communist Party of Georgia
33. German Communist Party
34. Communist Party of Greece
35. Hungarian Workers' Party
36. Communist Party of India
37. Communist Party of India (Marxist)
38. Tudeh Party of Iran
39. Communist Party of Iraq
40. Communist Party of Kurdistan‐Iraq
41. Communist Party of Ireland
42. The Worker's Party of Ireland
43. Communist Party of Israel
44. Communist Party (Italy)
45. Italian Communist Party
46. Jordanian Communist Party
47. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
48. Workers Party of Korea
49. Party of the Communists of Kyrgyzstan
50. Lao’s Peoples' Revolutionary Party
51. Socialist Party of Latvia
52. Lebanese Communist Party
53. Socialist Party, Lithuania
54. Communist Party of Luxembourg
55. Party of the Congress for the Independence of Madagascar (AKFM)
56. Communist Party of Malta
57. Communist Party of Mexico
58. Nepal Communist Party
59. New Communist Party of Netherlands
60. Communist Party of Norway
61. Communist Party of Pakistan
62. Palestinian Communist Party
63. Palestinian People's Party
64. Paraguayan Communist Party
65. Communist Party of Poland
66. Portuguese Communist Party
67. Romanian Socialist Party
68. Communist Party of Soviet Union
69. Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF)
70. Russian Communist Workers' Party ‐ Communist Party of Soviet Union (RCWP‐CPSU)
71. Union Of Communist Parties‐CPSU
72. Communists of Serbia
73. New Communist Party Yugoslavia
74. Communist Party of Slovakia
75. South African Communist Party
76. Communist Party of Spain
77. Communist Party of The Peoples of Spain
78. Communist Party of The Peoples of Spain
79. Communist Party of Sri Lanka
80. Sudanese Communist Party
81. Communist Party of Swaziland
82. Communist Party of Sweden
83. Syrian Communist Party
84. Communist Party of Turkey
85. Labour Party (EMEP)
86. Communist Party of Ukraine
87. Union of Communists of Ukraine
88. Communist Party USA
89. Communist Party of Venezuela
90. Communist Party of Vietnam