International League of Peoples’ Struggle

6th International Assembly

Hong Kong SAR
June 22-26, 2019

GENERAL DECLARATION

General Declaration of the 6TH ILPS International Assembly
July 18, 2019

“Win a bright socialist future for humanity! Unite the people to fight and end imperialist plunder, war, racism and fascism!”

The global capitalist crisis since the financial meltdown of 2008 has continued to the present. The addition of new imperialist countries, Russia and China, to the ranks of the big powers has further intensified the inter-imperialist contradictions. A new round of struggle for the redivision of the world has ensued.

The wanton abuse of finance capital in futile attempts to overcome the crisis of overproduction and imposition of austerity measures to pass the burden of the crisis on the shoulders of the working people have led to the escalation of the oppression and exploitation of the working people. Because of this, the broad masses of the people are increasing their resistance against imperialism and all reaction. They are fighting back even as the imperialists and reactionaries are resorting to all forms of devices, including reformism and terrorism, to head off the rise of the revolutionary movements of the people.

The theme of the 6th International Assembly is timely and fitting, “Win a bright socialist future for humanity! Unite the people to fight and end imperialist plunder, war, racism and fascism.” While the world capitalist system is in unprecedented crisis and is wreaking havoc on the lives of the people, socialism stands out as a beacon and the only real alternative. In addition, we recognize that patriarchy and the oppression of women is a central facet of imperialism and the oppression of humanity and must be dismantled.

Our present world faces the scourge of ceaseless wars of aggression, racism and fascism. We are witnesses to an unprecedented barbarism in the bloody crimes against the people, such as massacres of the Palestinians, Kurds, Filipinos, Rohingyans, Yemenis, Sudanese, Syrians, Libyans, Iraqis, West Papuans, and so many others upon the instigation of the imperialists and their reactionary puppets.

The neoliberal policy regime instigated by US imperialism has aggravated all the features of monopoly capitalism as the highest and moribund stage of capitalism. Now the US is swinging back to protectionism and engaging in a trade war against China. It is putting the US in an even worse situation and causing mutual damage. The US cannot take back its various concessions to China without further upsetting its already dire economic and social conditions.

The US neoconservative policy of ceaseless wars of aggression has not resulted in the expansion of stable and profitable economic territory that outweighs the high costs of aggressive wars. After devastating the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, it has come against the solid wall of the Russia-Syrian alliance and has failed to complete its war of aggression against Syria with the intended overthrow of the Assad government.

Russia and China have now used their veto power in the UN Security Council against US attempts to get UN backing for its foreign military adventures which has forced the US to resort to such farcical groupings as the “coalition of the willing” to go ahead with its war-making without any credible UN mandate.

In the meantime, Russia has made further inroads in the Middle-East using both military muscle and astute diplomacy. It has succeeded in courting Turkey to collaborate in the making of the so-called south stream of Russian gas, while the US recklessly seeks to provoke new wars of aggression by colluding with Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran and with the Lima Group against Venezuela and the ALBA.

For decades in East Asia, the US has tried to vilify and isolate the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and to subject it to military and economic blockade and to threats of nuclear war. But the DPRK stood its ground and took the initiative in promoting the Korean people’s desire for peaceful reunification of their country. Recently, the people of the south opposed the deployment by the US of the THAAD missile system in their territory. Thus, all the US threats of devastating the DPRK and the entire Korean Peninsula have been rendered inutile.

Now, the US is taking on China which it considers as its strategic rival in East Asia and the whole world. But it is being stymied by the latter’s invocations of the WTO and declarations of avoiding war, despite its expansionist claims over 90 percent of the South China Sea. In its economic and military rivalry with China, the US is trying hard to keep Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the ASEAN and India as allies.

The trade war between the US and China is becoming more strident. The US is trying to upset the Chinese economy in order to undermine China’s development of its strategic military weapons and its drive to create the biggest new center of world trade through its Belt and Road Initiative which extends to Central Asia, Russia, Europe, South Asia, West Asia and Africa.

Even as the inter-imperialist contradictions between the US and China are sharpening, those between the US and Russia are also sharpening in Europe, Central Asia and West Asia. The US is banking on its traditional alliance with Western Europe and Japan in facing up to the Eurasian alliance of Russia and China. But among all the imperialist powers, there is still a complex interweaving of contentions and collaborations.

The imperialist powers try to maintain amicable relations among themselves by uniting against the proletariat and other working people in both developed and underdeveloped countries and shifting the burden of imperialist crisis to them. But they are inevitably driven to increase their superprofits, engage in economic competition and political rivalry and to expand their share of global hegemony.

There are increasingly sharper social and political contradictions in the home grounds of the imperialist powers. But the sharpest of them especially as manifested in electoral contests are still those between the reformist and fascist trends. The revolutionary parties of the proletariat still need to strengthen themselves ideologically, politically and organizationally in order to succeed in winning over the masses and gaining the initiative in leading the mass struggles.

To maintain the system of exploitation, the imperialists resort to racism and fascism in their own home grounds and in the underdeveloped countries of the oppressed peoples and nations. They foment ethnic tensions to divide and rule. But the proletariat and the people are getting more united and rising up on a global scale and waging various forms of struggle, including legal mass protests and armed revolutionary struggle such as in Palestine, India, Kurdistan and the Philippines.

US imperialism took advantage of its position as sole superpower in a unipolar world in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It has generated crises, unleashed wars of aggression, and inadvertently undermined its own privileged position through reckless military spending, accelerated its strategic decline and given way to a multipolar world.

US imperialism, although on strategic decline due to its internal problems, remains as the most dangerous, the most destructive imperialist power, and the number one enemy of the people of the world.

The triumphalism of the apologists for capitalism upon the collapse of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries has long worn off. Amidst the new world disorder under capitalism characterized by endless wars, social, economic and political crises around the world no one can now take seriously the claim that capitalism is the end of history.

In the wake of the crash of 2008, interest in Marxism and socialism has grown. There is now a widespread and profound disillusionment in capitalism and the people are looking for an alternative. That alternative is socialism.

More than ever, the proletariat and the people of the world need to further build their unity to resist imperialist plunder, war, racism, and fascism. They have to strengthen and steel themselves by waging various forms of anti-imperialist and democratic struggles.

We are in a period of transition from unprecedented imperialist dominance, inter-imperialist contradictions, social and political turmoil, state terrorism and aggressive wars to a period of great resurgence of the revolutionary forces of the anti-imperialist resistance and the world proletarian revolution.

We call on all progressive, democratic and anti-imperialist forces around the world to unite in a broad anti-imperialist and antifascist united front to stop imperialist wars and the growing trend toward fascism in many countries.

The ILPS is more than ever committed to advance the anti-imperialist and democratic struggles of the people of the world by arousing, organizing and mobilizing the people around its various concerns:

1. The cause of national liberation, democracy and social liberation against imperialism and all reaction: We call on all progressive and revolutionary forces to deepen their solidarity with the struggles of people fighting for national liberation, democracy and social liberation across the world, and call on these movements to strengthen their solidarity with one another in the struggle against their common enemies: imperialism and local reaction.

2. Socio-economic development for oppressed and exploited countries and nations and social equity for all working people: We resolve to arouse, organize and mobilize the people in the different continents and regions, foster solidarity among the various struggles and movements worldwide, and build a broad anti-imperialist united front; to resist imperialist plunder, war, renewed neoliberal push for austerity, privatization, PPPs, liberalization and deregulation, monopoly capitalist-led trade and investment agreements, and against the WTO, international financial institutions, multilateral banks, donor agencies and other international institutions, destruction of the environment, land grabbing and other forms of resource grabs.
We resolve to fight for the universal right to decent and productive work that ensures security and human dignity, but also work that is engaged in meeting social needs for the present and future generations, including ensuring the right to food, education, health, housing, basic services and a healthy environment; and to strive to build alternatives to the current unsustainable mode of production and consumption that is destroying the basis for life on the planet through global warming, mass extinctions and resource depletion.

3. Human rights in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural fields against state violence, national oppression, class exploitation and oppression, gender oppression, fascism, casteism, racism and religious bigotry; and justice and indemnification for the victims of illegal arrest and detention (especially political prisoners), violations of due process, torture, extra-judicial executions, disappearances, mass displacement, and other blatant forms of human rights violations: We commit in helping build a broad united anti-imperialist and anti-fascist united front. We raise our voices and protest against systematic, massive and vicious human rights violations, state-sponsored terrorism through the implementation of counterinsurgency programs and repressive laws and policies, and fascisation of puppet regimes – which all aim to quell the rising tide of the people’s struggle against imperialism and their client states.
We must actively expose and oppose any form of fascist attacks against the struggling peoples of the world, as we commit to intensify the campaign to free all political prisoners in the world; to stop the killings of activists, revolutionaries, the poor and toiling masses; to surface victims of all enforced disappearances and hold all perpetrators and human rights violators accountable.
We assert and demand the pull out of military troops of fascist regimes from communities. We shall continue to unite and work with organizations of victims and rights advocates, and build a strong movement of human rights defenders and activists arising from the people’s struggle for a world free of exploitation and oppression.

4. The cause of just peace and struggles against wars of counterrevolution and aggression and against nuclear, biological, chemical, missile and other weapons of mass destruction: The present world of ceaseless wars, genocidal crimes and sharpening contradictions requires the building of a united anti-imperialist, anti-war movement. We fight for just peace, and support armed struggles where negotiations for peace with social justice have been phoney, betrayed or denied. We pledge to continue research and education (ex. Into the war on terror, arms trade, peace processes, etc.), carry out campaigns against US military bases and military pacts and alliances such as ANZUS and NATO, and hold commemorations of the historic successes of the just peace movement. We call on ILPS members in countries where there is an ongoing peace process or a history of peace process to share experiences and draw lessons.
We call for a global day of action for just peace every year on September 21. As well, we propose to commemorate August 6 and 9 nuclear bombings annually, and to demand for apology and compensation for so-called “comfort women” on August 14, 2019, and support the tax day demonstrations on April 15, 2019 under the slogan “starve war, not the people.”

5. Promotion of trade union and other democratic rights of the working class, improvement of wage and living conditions against all forms of intensifying exploitation of labor and the destruction of working class organizations in their pursuit of the historic mission of fighting for social liberation: In response to the deepening crisis of global capitalism, certain factions of monopoly capital support the fascist options as expressed in Trump and in far-right governments in Europe and Latin America. This global crisis is both a challenge and an opportunity for the working class movement to struggle for democratic, ecological and socialist alternatives to the “solutions” imposed by the capitalists.
We fight for genuine trade unions everywhere. We fight to improve wages and working conditions for all, to resist the attacks on public services, pensions and environmental regulation, to resist trade union repression and to rebuild a strong militant global trade union movement.

6. Agrarian reform and rights of peasants, farm workers and fisherfolk against feudal, semifeudal and capitalist exploitation and oppression: We celebrate the struggles and victories of various rural communities in asserting and defending their right to land and resources and other democratic rights. We resolve to consolidate and defend these victories and further advance the struggle of the peasants and other toiling masses against state fascism, feudalism and imperialism.

7. The cause of women’s liberation and rights against all forms of sexual discrimination, exploitation and violence: Women everywhere are rising by the millions in resistance to the worst forms of class exploitation and oppression. Decades of neoliberal policies have caused a back slide in the general conditions and fundamental human rights of women in both industrial and backward agricultural countries. The crises generated by privatization and liberalization have robbed women of decent work and sustainable livelihood. Imperialism, propped up by authoritarianism and militarism, has further entrenched patriarchal values and systems that intensify the subjugation of women. It is for these reasons that women are rising–rising to place the emancipation of women at the center of social transformation, and envisioning a socialist future for all women where wage slavery is eliminated, genuine gender equality exists, and conditions for the full development of human capability have been laid down for all to enjoy.

8. Rights of the youth to education and employment: For the youth and student sector, the worsening crisis of imperialism and neoliberalism has manifested in many fronts, including: widespread poverty and hunger; increasing exploitation in the workplace, forced labor and slavery; unemployment and underemployment; detention, torture, and execution by state forces; mass forced migration, displacement, trafficking, and deportation; the denial of basic rights to education and healthcare; an acute mental health crisis among youth; targeted recruitment of youth to fight in imperialist wars of aggression; widespread violence against young women, as well as queer and trans youth; and an incessant cultural offensive conditioning youth to maintain the status quo rather than fight it. However, youth and students–together with the basic masses–are fighting back. The class consciousness of the burgeoning youth and student movement must be sharpened to link and raise issue-based fights to the struggle against imperialism as a whole; to avoid sectarianism between youth and students and the toiling masses; and to combat imperialist ideologies that deceive the youth into taking up forms of struggle that actually further imperialism rather than decisively end it. We affirm and resolve to building the strength of the youth movement through coordinated mass actions and campaigns; to counter the neoliberal offensive on education through our own learning and sharing programs; to coordinate exposures in one another’s regions; to combat sectarianism in all forms in the youth sector to unite the youth; and to counter the prevailing cultural offensive being waged on the youth through actively creating our own culture that is anti-imperialist, pro-people and scientific.

9. Children’s rights against child labor, sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation: Children are the future of the people’s struggle, thus their crucial role in attaining the people’s victory. However, children of the toiling classes are victims of imperialist global plunder, state fascist attacks, and social injustices. Children are used and abused by state forces in counter insurgency work to suppress national liberation movements worldwide. The anti-imperialist movement must take on children’s concerns within the broader people’s struggles and promote children’s participation in defending the people against capitalist exploitation and state oppression. If we fight for the rights of children, we also pave the way for a bright socialist future.

10. Rights of indigenous peoples, national minorities, and nationalities for self-determination and decolonization against discrimination, racism, and national oppression by imperialism and local reaction: We recognize and uphold the inherent rights of indigenous peoples, national minorities, oppressed nations and nationalities to self-determination, distinct identity, ancestral lands, territories, self-governance, culture and self-determined development. We wage sustained campaigns against imperialist plunder of ancestral lands, territories, and communities and development aggression by multinational and transnational corporations and reactionary states. We wage campaigns against national oppression, Islamophobia, chauvinism, and xenophobia in the context of escalating imperialist war of aggression. We strongly oppose repression and state terrorism systematized by brutal anti-terrorism, counterinsurgency, and national security policies and laws, militarization of indigenous peoples’ and national minorities’ lands and communities, criminalization of indigenous peoples human rights defenders and activists, organizations and communities. We oppose the forcible eviction, dispossession, removal, and resettlement from their ancestral lands and territories resulting to further marginalization and internally displaced indigenous peoples and national minorities.

11. The struggle of teachers, and other education workers against imperialism and for an alternative future: Teachers and other education workers all over the world have been struggling for their rights and welfare, including job security, better wages and living conditions, and the right to organize. These militant struggles have grown into a critique of neoliberalism as a class offensive of the global ruling elite against the working peoples of the world. Realizing that mere reforms and palliatives do not address the ravages brought about by the neoliberal attacks on education, we resolve to further consolidate and expand our ranks, and broaden and intensify our anti-fascist and anti-imperialist campaigns. We shall work for an alternative future and an education that advances human needs over instrumentalization of knowledge and production for profits.

12. The right of the people to health and the rights of health workers: Neoliberal imperialist globalization continues to wreck havoc on the lives and health of the people and to attack health workers economically and politically. On the other hand, countries with socialist health care systems serve as a shining example for humanity. We therefore commit 1) to intensify the struggle against imperialist impositions and deceptions on health such as commercialization, privatization and “universal health care” and social health insurance, remaining vigilant and exposing and opposing trade agreements that imperil further people’s health , 2) to fight for a free, comprehensive and relevant public health care system demanding from governments to fulfill this responsibility by giving adequate health budget for health provision and service delivery , 3) to fight for the rights and welfare of healthcare workers, asserting their right to unionize and collectively struggle for better working conditions and remuneration 4) to assert the right to serve, demanding justice and protection especially for all frontline health workers against threats, harassment, intimidation, arrests and killings as is happening in Palestine, Syria, Philippines and other countries, and 5) to build international solidarity among health workers and professionals against imperialism and the intensifying neoliberal attacks through active communication and exchanges, educational activities, and globally coordinated campaigns on urgent issues. We propose to declare April 7 as a global day of reclaiming people’s health. We call on progressive, anti-imperialist and democratic health organizations to unite and build genuine people’s solidarity, fight imperialist domination and exploitation; and together, build a bright socialist future.

13. Science and technology for peoples’ development: We live in a time when science and technology is developing at a pace that is unprecedented in history. Under monopoly capitalism, however, modern science and technology have been used and developed only when these deliver the most profitable method of organizing production, and defending the status quo. Science will only grow in a socialist set-up that is committed to the fulfillment of people’s needs and not for the profit of a few.
Progressive and anti-imperialist scientists, engineers, and science and technology advocates must unite with the broadest sections of society and together work for meaningful, just, and truly sustainable changes in the current exploitative and oppressive economic and social order.

14. Arts and culture and free flow of information in the service of the people and the rights of artists, creative writers, journalists and other cultural workers against imperialist and reactionary propaganda and oppression: Art has the power to distill and convey the full range of human experience and the rich dimensions of the people’s revolutionary movements. Progressive cultural work requires a comprehensive understanding and rootedness in the people’s struggles.
It is possible and desirable for different cultures and resistance movements to unite and develop ways to combat and do away with the barriers created by capitalist culture and imperialist divisions.
Art and culture can serve as a shield to defend peoples’ struggles, as a weapon for counterattack, and as a hammer to help forge a socialist future.

15. The rights and welfare of the diaspora, refugees and migrant workers displaced by imperialism and local reactionaries: We shall strengthen the migrants movement against imperialism and advance the active role of migrant workers, refugees, seafarers and the diaspora in the struggle for national and social liberation. We denounce the detention, criminalization, forced disappearances and the unlawful deaths of migrants and refugees in concentration camps built by the imperialists and their reactionary puppets. We fight to build a world without trafficking and exploitation, and fight for justice for the victims of modern-day slavery. Now more than ever, all victims of racism and fascism must unite to smash imperialism by fortifying the internationalist bond among the proletarians of the world towards a bright Socialist future for humanity.

16. Rights of elderly and other differently-abled people to a life of dignity and secure existence:

17. Rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination, intolerance, homophobia, and transphobia: As the contradictions of fascism and imperialism sharpen around the world, all forms of oppression against LGBT people heighten as well, especially against trans people in particular.
Because the situation and struggle of LGBT people have gone through a long history of development in gender and sexuality, there exists a wide range and variety of LGBT experiences. What unites progressive LGBT people is that genuine LGBT liberation can only come from a struggle against imperialism, colonialism, and capitalism; that is, in the struggle for socialism.

18. The rights of homeless, urban poor and internally displaced people against gentrification, forced evictions, containment, criminalization and exploitation: The structural crisis of imperialism and the social, economic and spacial displacement that it engenders has produced a large urban population facing few avenues to regular employment at liveable wages, adequate shelter, basic social services and democratic freedoms.
Movements based in poor communities of cities must band together to draw strong anti-imperialist lines while generating solidarity in defense of these communities.
We resolve to undertake militant mass actions, reach out to other movements, hold educational events, and launch broad coordinated campaigns against repression, widespread homelessness, criminalization, surveillance and containment of urban poor communities. We shall fight for the people’s right to shelter, the right to remain, to decent work, liveable wages, social services and human rights.

19. Defense of the environment against imperialist plunder and overproduction as the main causes of ecological degradation, resource depletion, and climate crisis: Imperialism is causing massive ecological devastation and intensifying climate crisis. This has led more people to live in inhumane conditions while concentrating global wealth and resources to a small elite. In this light, we resolve to educate, unite, and mobilize the people in defense of the environment and against the causes of global ecological crisis. We shall struggle for a socialist society where humanity lives harmoniously with nature.

The central concerns of the ILPS represent the fundamental concerns of the peoples of the world. We must step up our efforts to arouse the peoples’ anger and desire to resist and fight for the peoples’ needs. The people united can and will change the world!

Down with imperialism and all reaction!
Advance the peoples’ struggle for democracy and national and social liberation for a bright socialist future!
Long live international solidarity!

First Day

23 June 2019 News Release
EXCITEMENT AND MILITANCY MARKS FIRST DAY
OF THE ILPS 6TH INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY

United under the theme “Win a bright Socialist future for humanity! Unite the people to fight and end imperialist war, racism, and Fascism,” more than 425 delegates from 45 countries assembled on the first day of the 6th International Assembly of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) held on 23 June 2019 in Hong Kong.

The Assembly was formally opened by ILPS Vice Chairperson Len Cooper welcoming the delegates with warm militant greetings of solidarity. Cooper recalled how from its inception in 2001, the ILPS has now grown into the world’s biggest and most effective international alliance engaged in anti-imperialist and democratic struggles.

Likewise, Len Cooper of Australia expressed his gratitude and admiration to the delegates in braving and overcoming the obstacles in coming to the Assembly including attempts by certain governments to prevent them from doing so.
He said that the theme of the 6th International Assembly is timely and fitting: “Win a bright socialist future for humanity! Unite the people to fight and end imperialist war, racism and fascism!” Amidst the havoc being wreaked by imperialism against the countries and peoples’ of the world, the ILPS is committed to build a society without exploitation, without classes, without borders, without wars.

The composition of the presidium was introduced to the Assembly and the delegates were reminded about the upcoming nominations for the new members of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC). For their hard work and diligence during their term, the members of the outgoing ICC were honored and recognized.

Addressing the Assembly as keynote speaker, Nilufer Koc of the Kurdistan National Congress commemorated the martyrs of the revolution who offered their lives to realize the common goal of building a truly democratic and Socialist future. Koc related the powerful role of women and the grassroots in guaranteeing the success of the revolution and defeating imperialism. “Once you bring the people together, they are the biggest power for the revolution,” Koc stated.

Pedro Rosas, the second keynote speaker representing Movimiento Gayones expressed gratefulness for the support Venezuelans have garnered in their fight against US imperialist aggression. The long tradition of struggle in Latin America is being bolstered amidst complex contradictions. Rosas also related their efforts in clearly depicting the situation in Venezuela. During the open forum, Rosas reiterated that Venezuela does not need foreign charity but the international solidarity of all proletarians in the world to face the common principal enemy which is imperialism.

In the afternoon session, ILPS Chairperson Jose Maria “Joma” Sison delivered his report to the 6th ILPS International Assembly. He called on the Assembly to celebrate the achievements of the ILPS. He said that the ILPS has proven itself “as a reliable force of the people of the world in their struggle for greater freedom, democracy, social justice, all-around development and international solidarity against imperialism and all reaction.”

He cited the global capitalist crisis that not only accelerates the US strategic decline but likewise, advances the resistance of the broad masses of the people. Sison described the “unprecedented barbarism” being perpetrated against the people through ceaseless wars of aggression, racism and fascism.

He also said that the crisis has intensified the inter-imperialist contradictions and their lust for the redivision of the world. However, they also find ways to accommodate one another and connive in their exploitation and oppression of the people of the world.

Sison then cited the need to further expand the influence of the ILPS and strengthen the struggle against imperialism by forming an international anti-imperialist united front together with other progressive anti-imperialist forces around the world.

The Assembly overwhelmingly approved the resolution put forward by the ICC appointing Sison as Chairperson Emeritus of the ILPS.

For his invaluable contributions to the ILPS, the resolution enumerated the roles he served since the League was conceptualized and formed in 2001 when he chaired its International Initiative Committee.

He likewise served as General Consultant of ILPS from 2001 to 2004 and as Chairperson of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) from 2004 to 2019.

Internal Vice Chairperson Antonio Tujan described Joma Sison as a visionary and a tactician at the same time. He said that Sison was a staunch and indefatigable alliance builder.

Antonio Tujan, Vice Chairperson for Internal Affairs, Malcolm Guy (Canada), General Secretary and Veerle Verschueren (Belgium), Treasurer also gave their reports regarding the efforts of the League to expand and strengthen the ILPS in order to be more effective in advancing the anti-imperialist and democratic struggles of the people of the world.

The first day of the 6th International Assembly – International League of Peoples’ Struggles was concluded with discussions on ICC resolutions and preparations for commission workshops. Special fora and discussion groups are expected to be assembled later in the evening after the official launching of the two latest books authored by Prof. Jose Maria Sison, entitled Combat Tyranny and Fascism and Struggle Against Terrorism and Tyranny.###

Communique

Communique of the ILPS 6TH International Assembly
JUNE 23-26, 2019
Hong Kong

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) successfully held its 6th International Assembly (6th IA) on June 23-26, 2019 in Hong Kong with the theme, “Win a bright socialist future for humanity! Unite the people to fight against imperialist plunder, war, racism and fascism!”

The 6th IA was attended by 400 participants with the following breakdown, 285 were delegates from 213 ILPS member organizations and 115 were observers and guests. They came from 44 countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kawthoolei-Karen State of Burma, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kurdistan, Laos, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Manipur, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Sabah, South Korea, Thailand, The Netherlands, Togo, Venezuela, USA, West Papua and Zambia. Prospective participants from 15 more countries could not attend the Assembly due to denial of visa and other reasons.

The number of participants and countries covered surpassed that of all previous assemblies. It confirms the League’s status as the largest and most consolidated global formation of militant, anti-imperialist and democratic organizations in the world today.

Len Cooper, outgoing Vice Chairperson of the ILPS, opened the 6th International Assembly by welcoming the delegates, observers and guests from the different countries covering all continents.

Keynote speakers
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The first keynote speaker was Nilufer Koc, Co-Chairperson of the Kurdistan National Congress. She opened her speech by asking the assembly to honor all revolutionary martyrs in all countries who have made the supreme sacrifice for the people’s cause. She then explained and stressed that the Kurdish liberation movement is fighting the US-designed Greater Middle-East Project which seeks to partition countries so that they are easy prey to imperialist plunder and bullying. In her inspiring speech, she highlighted the outstanding role of women in the Kurdish liberation movement.

The second keynote speaker was Pedro Rosas, from the Movimiento Gayones in Venezuela. He expressed his gratitude to the solidarity given to the people of Venezuela by progressive and anti-imperialist forces around the world against the blockade and threats being carried out by US imperialism and its stooges outside and inside the country. He declared that the Venezuelan people were prepared to wage armed resistance in case imperialism carries out armed aggression.

After the first two keynote speeches, the Assembly approved the Agenda of the Assembly and the Rules of Participation including the Rules for Nominations and Elections to guide the conduct of the whole proceedings.

Reports

Outgoing ILPS Chairperson Jose Ma. Sison gave his report on the work of the ILPS through a recorded video as he is prevented from travelling outside the Netherlands because of his stature as a revolutionary and staunch anti-imperialist.
He said that since its founding the ILPS has grown in “strength and proven itself as a reliable force of the people of the world in their struggle for greater freedom, democracy, social justice, all-round development and International solidarity against imperialism and all reaction.”

“We have stood firmly, spoken clearly and acted militantly in defense of the political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights of the people against the depredations of monopoly capitalism, the unbridled greed unleashed by neoliberalism, the ceaseless wars of aggression, and the plunder and environmental ruination by US imperialism and its allies and puppets.”

He discussed the major aspects in the current global crisis of the capitalist system, the intensifying exploitation and oppression of the people by imperialism and reaction, and the growing resistance of the people.

He then expressed his intention not to run for reelection in the ICC after having served as Chairperson for 15 years but said that he would continue to help the ILPS in whatever capacity the new leadership would ask him to do.

A resolution was then put forward and overwhelmingly approved by the Assembly designating Prof. Sison as Chairperson Emeritus. The resolution states that, “As such, he may be consulted and requested to give advice to the ILPS Chairperson or any ILPS leading organ. He may also take initiative to give advice to the aforementioned. Whenever appropriate, he may be invited to address or grace important events of ILPS.”

Malcolm Guy, outgoing General Secretary of the ILPS, gave the report of the work of the general secretariat such as maintaining the communication system between the ILPS leadership and the other organs of ILPS, and maintaining the website and Facebook account of ILPS. He also reported on the representation work that he did in accordance with instructions from the ILPS Chairperson.

The outgoing Vice-Chairperson for Internal Affairs, Antonio Tujan, made his report. He cited the big gains in the expansion of ILPS particularly in Africa and Asia. He focused on the need to further consolidate the League in the area of organization in terms of forming country and global region chapters and making the commissions on the different concerns to function more effectively between international assemblies.

He mentioned that ILPS was also instrumental in the creation of a broad anti-imperialist global network against monopoly capital called People Over Profit as well as the Resist US War campaign movement. ILPS also commemorated the centenary of the great October Revolution and the Second Centenary of the life and contributions of Karl Marx to humanity.

Outgoing ILPS Treasurer, Veerle Verschueren, gave her financial report. She said that the ILPS finances were relatively viable and enabled the ILPS to carry out its operations effectively. The main source of income of the central fund remains the membership dues. But there were still problems in the payment and collection of dues. There is also a need to think of more creative ways to raise funds.

Some amendments to the charter were proposed and approved. An amendment was introduced into the By-Laws with the provision for ILPS to form alliances with other progressive and anti-imperialist forces to create a broader front against imperialism. It was followed by a resolution to support an ongoing process in the building of an international anti-imperialist and antifascist united front in cooperation with other anti-imperialist formations and alliances.

Workshops and special events

Workshops organized by the commissions in charge of the different concerns of the League were held. The workshops analyzed the problems created by imperialism and reaction related to the specific concerns and participants shared experiences on the struggles and campaigns waged in different countries to address these problems. The workshops then formulated resolutions on the work ahead and the struggles to address the issues of importance. A number of Global Actions on various issues were proposed. These resolutions were later presented to and approved by the assembly in plenary session.

Special events were also held that were well attended, such as the solidarity events on the Philippines, Indonesia, HK, West Asia/Africa, Latin America. There were forums on Socialism, US war and militarism, Belt and Road Initiative, struggles of the Kurdish and people of West Papua. There was also a book launch of the latest book series of Jose Maria Sison.

In the forum on socialism, Prof. Sison gave an excellent exposition on socialism spanning the period from the birth of the first socialist state, the initial but earthshaking achievements under socialism, to the collapse of the former Soviet Union and Eastern bloc countries and the restoration of capitalism in China due to modern revisionism and his bold assertion of the future resurgence of the struggle for socialism provided the proletariat and the people fulfilled certain requisites. Irina Malenko gave an inspiring presentation comparing her life in the former Soviet Union and her life in capitalist Netherlands and Ireland that clearly showed the superiority of socialism over capitalism. The presentations of the two speakers proved that socialism is realizable and not an idle dream.

On the last day, three more keynote speakers addressed the assembly.

Helda Khasmy spoke about the historic revolutionary struggle of the Indonesian people against Western colonialism, and current struggles against neocolonialism, domestic feudalism, and bureaucrat capitalism.

Palestinian refugee Khaled Barakat of Samidoun was prevented from participating in the assembly to speak on Palestine and West Asia and North Africa due to ongoing and intensifying persecution and repression from the German government who recently refused to renew his residency status in Berlin. Instead his colleague Charlotte Kates delivered greetings on his behalf and explained developments in Barakat’s case.

The 5th and last keynote speaker, Raphael Katolo Chiposwa of the Socialist Party of Zambia, spoke of the struggle of the Zambian people for national and social liberation, as well as liberation struggles of other African nations for liberation from neocolonialism, plunder, and expanding foreign militarism as a result inter-imperialist competition in the continent for vast natural resources and markets.

One plenary session was allotted to discuss plans and resolutions to strengthen the operations and organization of the commissions, country committees and global region committees.

Conclusion

The Assembly discussed and approved the General Declaration of the 6th IA by acclamation. It encapsulates the League’s analysis of the major contradictions in the world capitalist system today, the intensification of inter-imperialist rivalry for the redivision of the world, the increasing attacks on the people by the imperialists led by the US, and the rising tide of people’s resistance around the world. The declaration also contains the resolutions put forward by the different workshops on the various concerns that had been previously approved by the assembly.

It was resolved that the general declaration and all the commission resolutions, including the schedule of the internationally coordinated days of action, would be published online and in print for wide dissemination.

The delegates then elected the members of the incoming International Coordinating Committee (ICC) that would steer the ILPS in the next three to four years according to the course set by the General Declaration.

The following were elected as regular members of the ICC: Liza Maza (Philippines), Veerle Verschueren (Belgium), Malcolm Guy (Canada), Len Cooper (Australia), Azra Talat Sayeed (Pakistan), Samuel Villatoro (Guatemala), Erdelan Hakan (Kurdistan), Victor Garces (Belgium), Sarojeni Rengam (Malaysia), Florentino Lopez Martinez (Mexico), Bernadette Elorin (USA), Demba Moussa Dembele (Senegal), Rafael Mariano (Philippines), Renato Reyes (Philippines), Razan Zuayter (Jordan), Raphael Katolo Chiposwa (Zambia), Alessio Arena (Italy), Helda Khasmy (Indonesia), Aaron Ceradoy (Hong Kong), Cody Urban (USA), Yoshio Nakamura (Japan), Yasmin Ahmed (The Netherlands), Pascual Duarte (Argentina), Rhonda Ramiro (USA), Fabio Diaz (Colombia), Ujjani Halim (India), and Alberto Ruiz (Peru).

And the following were elected as alternate members: Malem Ningthouja (Manipur), Pedro Rosas (Venezuela), Jane Brock (Australia), Rahmat (Indonesia), Nahendra Khadka (Nepal), Juan Nuñez (Dominican Republic), Rafael Maramag (United Kingdom), and Martha Roberts (Canada)

The 6th International Assembly concluded on a bright note with all the participants in high spirits as they joined in a Solidarity Night of rousing speeches and moving cultural numbers. Through dance, songs, poetry and drama, the assembly participants depicted the sufferings inflicted on the people by imperialism and reaction and the struggles of the people to win liberation. A highlight of the Solidarity Night was a tribute to the outgoing Chairperson Jose Maria Sison for his invaluable contributions to the ILPS since its founding and his outstanding contributions to the over-all anti-imperialist movement.

The Solidarity Night was also an occasion to celebrate the success of the 6th International Assembly in uniting the entire ILPS on the work and struggles ahead and inspiring them to carry on the work of advancing the anti-imperialist and democratic struggles of the people. #

Congratulations

Congratulations for Successful ILPS 6th Assembly
By Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson Emeritus, International League of Peoples’ Struggle
June 27, 2019

For the resounding success of the 6th International Assembly of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, I thank and congratulate the hundreds of participants (delegations of member-organizations, special guests and observers), all responsible bodies such as the Hongkong host committee and its working personnel, the presidium, the commissions and all the groups in charge of the special events and forums.

All anti-imperialist and democratic forces and peoples of the world are eager to receive the documents and videos of the assembly proceedings (the plenary and commission sessions), the special events and forums. They look forward to the propagation and implementation of the General Declaration, resolutions and other decisions taken by the assembly.

I congratulate the newly-elected members of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) as well as the executive officers whom they have elected today to constitute the International Coordinating Group (ICG). I wish you the utmost success in carrying out the tasks set by the ILPS Charter and by the 6th International Assembly.

Further, I thank the 6th International Assembly for its appreciation of the accomplishments of the entire ILPS and the outgoing ICC and for my designation as ILPS Chairperson Emeritus. In this regard, I pledge to continue serving the ILPS in any appropriate and possible way as the ICC, the ICG and the incumbent Chairperson may deem from time to time.

All of us look forward to exerting more efforts and waging more mass struggles in order to further strengthen the ILPS as an alliance of anti-imperialist and democratic forces and enable it to work for the attainment of greater freedom, democracy social justice all-round development and international solidarity against imperialism and reaction. ###

REPORT

Report of the Chairperson to the 6TH ILPS International Assembly
By Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson
International Coordinating Committee
June 23, 2019

Dear Colleagues and distinguished guests,

Let me reiterate the warm greetings of welcome already expressed by our First Vice Chairperson Len Cooper at the opening of this historic event: the 6th International Assembly of our League.

This is a happy occasion to celebrate the achievements that have made our League the largest and most significant international alliance of mass organizations engaged in anti-imperialist and democratic struggle.

The Historic Role of ILPS

Since its founding upon its First International Assembly in Zutphen, The Netherlands from May 25 to 27, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) has grown in strength and proven itself as a reliable force of the people of the world in their struggle for greater freedom, democracy, social justice, all-round development and International solidarity against imperialism and all reaction.

We have stood firmly, spoken clearly and acted militantly in defense of the political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights of the people against the depredations of monopoly capitalism, the unbridled greed unleashed by neoliberalism, the ceaseless wars of aggression, and the plunder and environmental ruination by US imperialism and its allies and puppets.

We have seen how US imperialism took advantage of its position as sole superpower in a unipolar world in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It has generated crises, unleashed wars of aggression, and inadvertently undermined its own privileged position through reckless military spending, accelerated its strategic decline and given way to a multipolar world.

Since the financial meltdown of 2008, the accelerated US strategic decline has become conspicuous and the inter-imperialist contradictions have intensified. The rise of new imperialist powers like China and Russia, and the wanton abuse of finance capital in futile attempts to override the crisis of production have led to the escalation of the oppression and exploitation of the working people.

In view of these conditions, the broad masses of the people are increasing their resistance against imperialism and all reaction. They are fighting back even as the imperialists and reactionaries are resorting to all forms of schemes and devices, including reformism and terrorism, to head off the rise of the revolutionary movements of the people.

Current World Situation

It is timely and fitting that our assembly has for its theme, Win a bright socialist future for humanity! Unite the people to fight and end imperialist war, racism and fascism. We underscore the socialist future, while the world capitalist system is in unprecedented crisis and is wreaking havoc on the lives of the people. And we likewise stress the need for unity against the worsening conditions of oppression and exploitation that the capitalist system inflicts on the people.

Under the current conditions of global capitalism, we are today witnesses to ceaseless wars of aggression, racism and fascism. We are in the midst of unprecedented barbarism as we perceive the gory crimes against the people, such as massacres of the Palestinians, Kurds, Filipinos, Rohingyans,Yemenis, Sudanese, Syrians, Libyans and Iraqis and so many others upon the instigation of the imperialists and their puppets.

The neoliberal policy regime instigated by US imperialism has aggravated all the features of monopoly capitalism as the highest and final stage of capitalism. The US swing back to protectionism and trade war against China are putting the US in an even worse situation and causing mutual damage. The US cannot take back its various concessions to China without further upsetting its already dire economic and social conditions.

The US neoconservative policy of ceaseless wars of aggression has not resulted in the expansion of stable and profitable economic territory in order to outweigh the high costs of aggressive wars. After devastating the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, it has come against the solid wall of the Russia-Syrian alliance and has failed to complete its war of aggression against Syria with the overthrow of the Assad government.

In the meantime, Russia has succeeded in courting Turkey to collaborate in the making of the so-called south stream of Russian gas, while the US seeks to provoke new wars of aggression at distant points by colluding with Israel and Saudi Arabia against Iran and with the Lima Group against Venezuela and the ALBA. The US is desperately trying to reverse the anti-US currents that arose with the rise of oil prices in the early years of the 2Ist century, such as the Shiite tide in West Asia and the “pink tide” in Latin America.

For decades in East Asia, the US has tried to vilify and isolate the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and to subject it to military and economic blockade and to threats of nuclear war. But the Korean people have put forward their desire for reunification in order to render inutile all the US threats of devastating the DPRK and the entire Korean Peninsula.

Now, the US is conspicuously taking on China as its chief rival in East Asia and the whole world. But it is being stymied by the latter’s invocations of the WTO and declarations of avoiding war, despite its expansionist claims over 90 percent of the South China Sea. In its economic and military rivalry with China, the US is trying hard to keep Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the ASEAN and India as allies.

The trade war between the US and China is becoming more pronounced. The US is trying to upset the Chinese economy in order to undermine China’s development of its strategic military weapons and its drive to create the biggest new center of world trade through its Belt and Road Initiative which extends to Central Asia, Russia, Europe, South Asia, West Asia and Africa.

Even as the inter-imperialist contradictions between the US and China are sharpening, those between the US and Russia are also sharpening in Europe, Central Asia and West Asia. The US is banking on its traditional alliance with Western Europe and Japan in facing up to the Eurasian alliance of Russia and China. But among all the imperialist powers, there is still a complex interweaving of contentions and collaborations.

The imperialist powers try to maintain amicable relations among themselves by uniting against the proletariat and other working people in both developed and underdeveloped countries and shifting the burden of imperialist crisis to them. But they are inevitably driven to increase their superprofits, engage in economic competition and political rivalry and to expand their share of global hegemony.

There are increasingly sharper social and political contradictions in the home grounds of the imperialist powers. But the sharpest of them are still those between the reformist and fascist trends. The revolutionary parties of the proletariat still need to strengthen themselves ideologically, politically and organizationally in order to gain the initiative in mass struggles.

By way of maintaining the system of exploitation, they resort to racism and fascism in their own home grounds and in the underdeveloped countries of the oppressed peoples and nations. But the proletariat and the people are rising up on a global scale and waging various forms of struggle, including legal mass protests and armed revolutionary struggle.

Armed revolutions for national and social liberation are thriving in the Philippines, Palestine, Turkey, Kurdistan, India and other countries in South Asia; and in various countries in Latin America, despite the absence of a powerful socialist country in the current world situation. They are the growing guarantee for the rise of armed revolutions as a consequence of the violent character of the competing imperialist powers.

ILPS has the urgent task to rally the proletariat and the people of the world to resist imperialist plunder, war, racism, and fascism. To be able to perform this task, it must develop further its own strength in more countries and to ally itself with all forces that are waging anti-imperialist and democratic struggles.

Status and Prospects

The ILPS has been outstanding in spearheading the anti-imperialist and democratic struggle. It has now hundreds of member organizations, global region committees and national chapters. It membership covers all the major continents worldwide. No other international anti-imperialist formation with a mass and nongovernmental character is as comprehensive and as deep-seated as the ILPS in scores of countries.

The ILPS is relatively strongest in the Asia-Pacific region. But even here it needs to do more work in order to strengthen itself. In North America, Western Europe and Latin America, we have the base for becoming stronger. But we need to exert more effort to strengthen the ILPS in Africa, West Asia, South Asia, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Republics

At any rate, it must be recognized that the ILPS is so far the strongest anti-imperialist and democratic formation of international scale in a period were the forces of monopoly capitalism are riding roughshod over the peoples of the world after inflicting severe defeats on the anti-imperialist and socialist cause by a long series of major attacks which include neocolonialism, anticommunism, modern revisionism, reformism and neoliberalism since the end of World War II.

The ILPS has been successful at providing a beacon light for the resistance of the proletariat and people in a dismal period and for showing the revolutionary way to the great resurgence of the anti-imperialist struggles and the world proletarian revolution. As of this moment in world history, we can state that the ILPS has played an effective role as torch-bearer of the people’s resistance.

We are in a period of transition from unprecedented imperialist dominance, inter-imperialist contradictions, social and political turmoil, state terrorism and aggressive wars to a period of great resurgence of the revolutionary forces of the anti-imperialist resistance and the world proletarian revolution.

Despite the fact that we are already the strongest anti-imperialist and democratic alliance, we are not exempt from the law of uneven development. As I have previously pointed out, we are weak or even nonexistent in certain countries. Thus, we must find ways of making up for the weaknesses and absence of any strength anywhere in the world.

We must strive to expand the work of the ILPS through an international anti-imperialist united front, which is even wider and stronger than what the ILPS is now. We can have a united front with other international anti-imperialist and democratic formations and social networks. We can have bilateral and multilateral alliances and strive to create a wider global anti-imperialist alliance based on consensus, consultations and coordination.

Farewell Remarks

I think I have already done my best to serve the principles, policies, aims and purposes of the ILPS for a long period of time. I wish therefore to announce that I shall not run for reelection to the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) and shall therefore step down as the Chairperson of the body as soon as the new ICC is elected towards the end of the International Assembly.

I have already served the ILPS for more than 20 years: as chairperson of the International Initiative Committee that prepared the founding of the ILPS from 1998 to 2001, as Chairperson of the First International Assembly before it elected the First ICC in 2001, as General Consultant to the First ICC with term of office from 2001 to 2004, and as Chairperson of the ICC elected by the second, third, fourth and fifth international assemblies.

I wish to thank the entire ILPS, its leading organs, its commissions and every member-organization, every national chapter and every global region committee for having extended trust, confidence and support for every ICC that I have chaired and for letting me serve in various capacities.

I am confident that the 6th International Assembly, over which Vice Chairperson Len Cooper continues to preside on my behalf as Chairperson, will elect a new ICC that will carry forward the principles, policies, aims, and purposes of the ILPS through the campaigns and activities to a new and higher level of success.

I wish the 6th International Assembly and the prospective ICC the utmost success. I congratulate in advance the ICC to be elected by the assembly and the colleague whom the ICC shall elect as Chairperson.

I fervently hope that in the years to come the League will become ever stronger and more powerful in carrying out the anti-imperialist and democratic struggle and in helping to advance the cause of national liberation, democracy and socialism.

Thank you.

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