Joint declaration in solidarity with the struggle of Iranian people for peace, progress, and justice

We, the undersigned communist and workers’ parties, are following with concern the latest developments in the Iran since mid-September 2022.

In line with the Action Plan unanimously agreed at the 22nd IMCWP in Havana, Cuba, in October 2022, we express “our solidarity with the just causes of the people of Iran including with the Iranian communists who face persecution and prohibitions on free exercise of their political rights; to stand against dictatorial regimes, repression, and discrimination in terms of democratic rights and freedoms” in that country.

The current mass protests in Iran, which began after the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the “Morality Police” on 16 September – with the country’s women and youth at the forefront – have condemned the repressive state policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and called for fundamental systemic political changes.  Mass demonstrations across Iran have been brutally suppressed by the police and plainclothes security forces of the IRI.

Confirmed reports put the number of the protestors killed by the state’s repressive measures at more than 500, including 57 children, while hundreds more are injured and around 18,000 have been arrested.

The IRI’s judiciary has confirmed that the trial of about 1000 protesters has already started.  Several defendants have already been charged with “enmity with god”, “fighting against Islam” and “endangering the national security of the Islamic state” and sentenced to death.  These trial processes fall massively short of even the most basic standards of legal due process and a fair and lawful trial.

We strongly denounce the use of the death penalty – particularly as punishment solely for engaging in peaceful protests and political activities and for exercising the right to free speech or freedom to join a political or social organisation of one’s choice.

We support the legitimate struggle of the Iranian people for peace, human and democratic rights, sovereignty, and social justice.  Their struggle to determine the future of their country – free from any intimidation, oppression, or violence – is their legitimate right.  We call for the immediate and unconditional release of all detainees and an immediate halt to the torture and execution of protesters.

We also strongly reject any interference by imperialism and reactionary regimes in the Middle East in Iran’s internal affairs.  The future direction of political developments in Iran is a decision solely for the people of Iran themselves.

Supported by:

  1. Communist Party of Albania
  2. Communist Party of Australia
  3. Communist Party of Austria
  4. Party of Labour of Austria
  5. Democratic Progressive Tribune, Bahrain
  6. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  7. Communist Party of Belgium
  8. Workers Party of Belgium
  9. Brazilian Communist Party
  10. Communist Party of Britain
  11. Communist Party of Canada
  12. Communist Party of Chile
  13. Colombian Communist Party
  14. Socialist Workers Party of Croatia
  15. AKEL, Cyprus
  16. Communist Party of Bohemia & Moravia
  17. Communist Party of Denmark
  18. Communist Party in Denmark
  19. Egyptian Communist Party
  20. Communist Party of Finland
  21. French Communist Party
  22. German Communist Party
  23. Communist Party of Greece
  24. Communist Party of India [Marxist]
  25. Communist Party of India
  26. Tudeh Party of Iran
  27. Iraqi Communist Party
  28. Communist Party of Kurdistan-Iraq
  29. Communist Party of Ireland
  30. Workers Party of Ireland
  31. Workers Party of Ireland
  32. Communist Party of Israel
  33. Party of the Communist Refoundation ( Italy)
  34. Jordanian Communist Party
  35. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  36. Communist Party of Malta
  37. Communist Party of Mexico
  38. New Communist Party of the Netherlands
  39. Communist Party of Norway
  40. Communist party of Pakistan
  41. Palestinian Communist Party
  42. Palestinian People Party
  43. Philippines Communist Party [PKP 1930]
  44. Communist Party of Poland
  45. Russian Communist Workers Party
  46. New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
  47. Party Communists of Serbia
  48. South African Communist Party
  49. Communist Party of Spain
  50. Communist Party of the Workers of Spain
  51. Communists of Catalonia
  52. Sudanese Communist Party
  53. Communist Party of Swaziland
  54. Communist Party of Sweden
  55. Syrian Communist Party [Unified]
  56. Communist Party of Turkey
  57. Communist Party of Ukraine
  58. Communist Party USA
  59. Communist Party of Venezuela

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