The Communist and Workers’ parties that sign this statement have followed with concern the recent developments in Iran where tens of thousands of people in many towns and cities across Iran protested against the policies of the autocratic regime.
The protests were against the destructive economic policies of the regime, its brutal violation of human and democratic rights and disregard for the ILO conventions regarding workers’ rights and its widespread corruption. Young people have been the main victims of the regime’s policies, including more than five million unemployed graduates. Those who came out were predominantly young and from poor working class districts demanding fundamental economic, social and cultural change – jobs, a living wage, dignity, respect and justice.
We have received credible reports about brutal tactics used by the security forces and the regime’s paramilitary militia to violently break up these mainly peaceful demonstrations by ordinary people. At least 20 demonstrators have been killed and more than 3700 people arrested and taken into custody. The security forces have raided and occupied university campuses in different parts of the country to stop the student movement from joining the protests. A significant number of university students not involved in any protest demonstration were arrested at home or on the campuses of their universities. The authorities have claimed that this illegal measure is “preventative”.
The people of Iran and their progressive forces have repeatedly and resolutely stated that, based on their own history and experience of recent tragedies in the Middle East, they reject any outside intervention in the internal affairs of Iran under any pretext whatsoever and believe that the future of Iran should be decided only by the Iranian people themselves.
We believe that the realisation of the demands of the protesters for peace, progress and social justice is the best guarantee for Iran’s independence and for genuine popular sovereignty. This is the only sure way to guard against foreign interference in the internal affairs of the country and for the Iranian people to stand firm and united against the machinations of US imperialism and its allies, in particular the Israeli government and the reactionary regimes in Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf States.
The Communist and Workers’ parties co-signing this statement of support for the struggle of the Iranian people for peace, progress and social justice are united in:
· Condemning the use of repressive measures against civilian protesters which have resulted in at least 22 deaths and the arrest of thousands of protesters and activists.
· Demanding that the authorities publish a list of names of all those arrested during the protest demonstrations and where they are being held, and immediately release all those detained by the security forces.
· Requesting that all those held are guaranteed access to legal representation of their own choosing.
· Demanding an end to the use of all forms of torture.
· Demanding the removal of all military and security units from university campuses.
· Supporting the demands of the protesters for an end to privatisation, unemployment and corruption - all outcomes of the neoliberal-driven austerity policies of the regime.
· Rejecting any foreign intervention whatsoever in the internal affairs of Iran and emphasizing that the future of Iran should be decided by the Iranian people themselves alone.
PARTIES THAT SIGN THE COMMON APPEAL:
1. Communist Party of Albania
2. PADS, Algeria
3. Communist Party of Austria
4. Communist Party of Australia
5. Party of Labour, Austria
6. Progressive Tribune,
7. Communist Party of Bangladesh
8. Workers’ Party of Belgium
9. Brazilian Communist Party
10. Communist Party of Britain
11. Party of Bulgarian Communists
12. Communist Party of Canada
13. Socialist Workers Party
14. AKEL (Cyprus)
15. Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
16. Communist Party in Denmark
17. The Egyptian Communist Party
18. Communist Party of Estonia
19. French Communist Party
20. German Communist Party
21. Communist Party of Greece
22. Workers’ Party of Hungary
23. Communist Party of India
24. Communist Party of India –Marxist
25. Tudeh Party of Iran
26. Iraqi Communist Party
27. Communist Party of Ireland
28. Workers Party of Ireland
29. Communist Party of Israel
30. Communist Party (Italy)
31. Italian Refoundation Communist Party
32. Jordanian Communist Party
33. Lebanese Communist Party
34. Communist Party of Malta
35. Communist Party of Mexico
36. New Communist Party of the Netherlands
37. Communist Party of Pakistan
38. Palestinian People’s Party
39. Paraguayan Communist Party
40. The Philippine Communist Party (PKP- 1930)
41. Communist Party of Poland
42. Communist Party of the Russian Federation
43. Party Communists of Serbia
44. New Communist Party of Yugoslavia
45. South African Communist Party
46. Communist Party of Sudan
47. Communist Party of Spain
48. Communist Party of People’s of Spain
49. Communist Party of Sweden
50. Communist Party of Turkey
51. Communist Party of Ukraine
52. Communist Party USA
2 February, 2018