World Social Forum 5

23 December 2005
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WSF4

World Social Forum 5
Porto Alegre, Brazil
26-31 January 2005


Statement of Concern in the WSF 2005, on the threat of violence in the resolution of political differences

French below

The last few years have seen a very large number of diverse groups and organisations coming together in spite of their differences to confront neo-liberal globalisation. However, we are deeply concerned that there are still some groups in the world today that attempt to deal with political differences using physical attacks and death threats. A recent example of this is the situation which has emerged in the Philippines where a number of individual intellectuals, activists (Walden Bello and Lidy Nacpil) and organisations engaged in various forms of struggle against militarism and globalised capitalism have been listed by the international department of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) as "counter-revolutionary" and as "agents of imperialism". Some individuals named on this list have already been assassinated and, based on past experiences, this list constitutes a credible threat of assassination.

Therefore, those of us gathered here in the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil and others in the world, inspired by the pluralism and inclusiveness of this global process, believe that when the security of activists is at stake we cannot act as if the problem is a local one. In our efforts to consistently build an international movement for fundamental transformation we strongly reiterate that the resolving of political differences must be done through the struggle of ideas and democratic dialogue and not through the politics of individual assassination.

We call on everyone within the global justice movements to re-assert this principle and express solidarity with all those who are victims of such threats.

To sign the Statement, please mail: wilbert@tni.org


Déclaration d'Urgence au sein du FSM 2005 sur les menaces de violence dans la résolution des divergences politiques

Ces dernières années, un très grand nombre de mouvements et d'organisations diverses se sont retrouvés, par-delà leurs différences, pour faire ensemble front face à la mondialisation néolibérale. Cependant, nous sommes très préoccupés par le fait qu'il se trouve encore aujourd'hui certains groupes, dans le monde, qui cherchent à recourir, en réponse aux divergences politiques, à des attaques physiques et des menaces de mort. La situation qui est apparue aux Philippines en offre un exemple récent : le Département International du Parti communiste des Philippines (PCP) a qualifié de " contre-révolutionnaires " et " agents de l'impérialisme " une série de personnes -dont des intellectuels, des militants comme Walden Bello ou Lidy Nacpil- et d'organisations engagées, sous diverses formes de lutte, dans le combat contre le militarisme et le capitalisme mondialisé. Certaines des personnes nommées dans cette liste ont déjà été assassinés et l'expérience passée montre que cette dernière constitue une menace crédible d'assassinat.

En conséquence, nous qui sommes réunis ici, au sein du Forum social mondial à Porto Alegre, et d'autres ailleurs dans le monde, inspirés par le caractère pluraliste et inclusif de ce processus global, ne pouvons faire comme si le problème posé n'était que local, alors que la sécurité de militants est en jeu. Dans nos efforts pour construire avec consistance un mouvement international de transformation fondamentale, nous réaffirmons avec force que la résolution des divergences politiques doit se faire par la lutte des idées et par le dialogue démocratique, et non par une politique d'assassinats individuels.

Nous appelons chacune et chacun, au sein des mouvements pour la justice globale, à réaffirmer ce principe et à exprimer sa solidarité avec tous ceux qui sont victimes de telles menaces.

Pour signer cette déclaration, veuillez écrire à: wilbert@tni.org


Signatories

Adnane Ben Youssef, CCIPPP, France
Alejandro Bendaña, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, Nicaragua
Alessandra Mecozzi, FIOM, Italy
Alex Callinicos, York University, UK
Ali Fayyad, Centre for Research and Documentation, Lebanon
Allianca Social Continentale (ASC)
Alvaro Porticas, Socialist Party, Uruguay
Alvin Anthony, Jubilee South Africa
Amit Sengupta aand Prabir Purkayastha, Delhi Science Forum, India
Andrés Thomas Conteris, Nonviolence International, USA
Anibal Quijano, sociologist, Peru
Anna Maria R. Nemenzo, Freedom from Debt Coalition, Philippines
Anna Marize, ICARIA, Spain
Annick Coupe, Solidaire, France
Anouar Nourdine Errida, ASDHOM, Morocco
Antonio Martin, ATTAC, Brasil
Dr. A. Sivanandan, Race & Class, UK
Bernard Dréano, CEDETIM, France
Bertil Kinkunnen, Social Democratic Party of Sweden
Boyd Reimer, Canada
Brid Brennan, TNI, Netherlands
Campagna Continentale contra a ALCA
Catherine Coumans, MiningWatch, Canada
Chibu Lagman, University of Alberta, Canada
Chico Whittaker, Brasil
Chris Nineham, Stop the War Coalition, UK
Christian Schroeppel, ATTAC, Germany
Christophe Aguiton, European March against Unemployment CUT, Brasil
Dave Batker, Asia Pacific Environmental Exchange, US
Dave Webb, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Diana Palmo, Alliance for Democracy, US
Dominique Caouette, University of Montreal, Canada
Dot Keet, AIDC, South Africa
Einar Olafsson, Campaign Against Military Bases, Iceland
Elisabeth Gauthier, Espaces Marx, France
Ernst Van Weizaker, MP, Germany
Esther Vivas, Plataforma Aturem la Guerra, Spain
Franc Branco & Ole von Ulexhill, Right Livelihood Award Foundation
Francis Wurtz, MEP & GUE/NGL Group
Francois Houtart, CETRI, Belgium
Georges Menahem, ATTAC, France
Gigi Francisco, DAWN, Philippines
Gustave Massiah, CEDETIM, France
Hillary Wainwright, Red Pepper, UK
Isabel de la Torre, Earth Economics, US
Jack Dalton, POAC, USA
James Cockcroft, USA
Jonathan Neale, Globalise Resistance, UK
Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Illinois, USA
Joao Pedro Stedile, Movimiento Sem Terra, Brazil
Jean Luc Rous, Political Director, Greenpeace International
Jean Pierre Dubois, Federation internationale des droits des hommes (FIDH)
Jeremy Corbin, M.P., UK
John Cavanagh, Institute of Policy Studies, USA
John M. Miller, War Resisters League, USA
Jose Correa, Brasil
Josu Egireun, ESK, Basque Country
Kamal Chenoy, Jawarhalal Nehru University, India
Klaus Hartmann, World Union of Freethinkers, Germany
Klaus H. Schreiner, INFID, Belgium
Lahrach Saddik, Activiste des Droits de l'Homme, Morocco
Laura Gonzalez de Txabarri, ELA, Basque Country
Leo Gabriel, Suedwind, Austria
Leo Panitch, Socialist Register, UK
Lim Soei Liong, TAPOL, Indonesia Human Rights Campaign
Liz Fekete, Race & Class, UK
Louis Weber, Federation Synicale Unitaire, France
Loring Wirbel, Citizens for Peace in Space, USA
Luciano Muhlbauer, SinCobas, Italy
Marcha Mundial des Mulheres
Marco Berlinguer. Transform! and Parti Rifondazione Communista, Italy
Marcus Arruda, Global Workshop on Solidarity Socioeconomy, Brasil
Mark Rand, USA
Matthias Reichl, Center for Encounters and Active Non-Violence, Austria
Matti Wuori, ICJ, Finland
Maud Barlow, Council of Canadians
Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange, United States
Minar Pimple, PDHRE, US
Moema Miranda, IBASE
Monique Crinon, CEDETIM, France
Mubarak Awad, Non Violence International, Palestine/US
M.P. Giyose, Jubilee South Africa
Nahla Chahal, CCIPPP, France
Nancy S. Lovejoy, USA
Naomi Klein, Canada
Niclas Hallstrom, Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Sweden
Njoki Njoroge Njehu, 50 years is enough, USA
No Nukes North, US
Nguyen Van Thanh, Viet Nam
Paola Manduca. World March of Women, Italy
Patrice Barrat, Bridge Initiative, France
Peiro Bernotti, COBAS, Italy
Pierre Rousset, Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières, France
Peter Damo, Romanian Social Forum, Rumania
Peter Rosset, CECCAM, Mexico
Petros Constantinou, Campaign Genoa 2001
Pierre Galand, senator, Belgium
Pierre Khalfa, ATTAC France
Pouria Amirshahi, 4D, France
Qamar Agha, Coalition For Nuclear Disarmament And Peace, India
Rabia Abdel Karim, Senegal/Algeria
Robert Molteno, Zed Books, UK
Robin Broad, American University, USA
Rogate Mishane, Tanzania
Roger Burbach, CENSA, USA
Roland Lew, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Rosa Merilainen, MP, Finland
Sahra Wagenknecht, Member of European Parliament, Germany
Salim Vally, Anti-war Coalition, South Africa
Sandeep Pandey, India
Sophie Zafari, Federation Syndicale Unitaire, France
Soren Ambrose, 50 years is enough, USA
Steven G. Ault, US
Sungur Savran, Turkey
Susan Caldwell, Dawson College, Canada
Susan George, ATTAC, France
Tariq Ali, UK
Tewoo Tangela, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, SA
Theo Roncken, Acción Andina, Bolivia
Theresa Wolfwood, Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, Canada
Thomas Sommer, CCIPPP, France
Tom Reifer, US
Tobias Pflüger, MEP, Information Office Militarization, Allemagne
Tommaso Fattori, Firenze Social Forum, Italy
Toufik Ben Abdullah, ENDA, Senegal
Vinod Raina, Jubilee South
Vittorio Agnoletto, Deputy European Parliament
Wilbert van der Zeijden, Transnational Institute, Netherlands
Workers' Democracy, Thailand
Yoko Akimoto, ATTAC Japan