ILPS Chairperson Prof. Jose Maria Sison introduces the International League of Peoples' Struggle
Every country has the right to determine for itself its democratic structures. Every society has the right to resolve for itself its political conflicts. Every nation has the right to benefit from its own resources and to control its forces of production. Every person has the right to be free from oppression and exploitation.
The assertion of human rights is essential in the struggle to create democratic governments. This will ensure genuine development for all and put an end to foreign domination and exploitative economic systems.
The more the ruling class exerts power, the more valid it is for the society to resist political and economic oppression. When states fail to safeguard and uphold the rights of their citizens, they destroy their own legitimacy. The people will resist the repressive policies of the state.
Four years since the eruption of the current global economic crisis the world capitalist system remains in the grip of the gravest crisis since the 1930s. The crisis continues to unfold because the basic contradictions in the capitalist system remain unresolved. Indeed, they are turning for the worse as the ruling classes try to overcome the crisis by intensifying the exploitation of working people's throughout the world and pursue new opportunities for profit-taking through plunder of underdeveloped countries. Policies of privatization, trade and investment liberalization, denationalization, deregulation, and financial speculation are means to this end. There have been no measures at all to rein in the casino capitalism of speculation, high bank bonuses and lack of regulation. But the protracted crisis is also giving rise to more challenges to US hegemony and inciting more and more people to resist and wage class struggle against the monopoly bourgeoisie and local ruling classes.
The current global economic crisis is considered the most serious one both in terms of magnitude and scope since the Great Depression. The number of people living in extreme poverty has swollen by tens of millions worldwide as a result of the crisis. For the first time in history, the number of people experiencing hunger has risen to over 1 billion according to conservative estimates of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) . It has cost trillions of dollars of public money to avert a complete collapse of the financial sector and yet the financial system continues to wobble.
The protracted depression of the world capitalist system continues to wreak havoc on the lives of oppressed peoples worldwide. The crisis has given rise to heightened political disorder involving state terrorism and fascism, wars of aggression and all kinds of imperialist intervention.
Yet in the midst of the worst global crisis since the Great Depression, there is the resurgence of mass struggles in Europe, Asia, the Arab world, Africa, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Amid the darkness and disorder, there comes hope in the form of collective, militant and revolutionary struggles of workers, peasants and other oppressed peoples of the world.
The 11 ICC members and 1 alternate member (see Annex for names) whose term of office was supposed to end upon the election of the new ICC (if not for their most recent acts of sabotage) and who previously constituted an ultra-Left and sectarian group within the ILPS have engaged in propaganda and related acts extremely hostile not only to the ICC and the Chairperson but to the entire ILPS. This resolution is meant to defend the integrity and unity of ILPS against the attacks of these sectarian elements.
By their articles dated 26-06-11, 27-06-11 and 02-07-11, they have publicly and maliciously attacked the decisions of the ICC and the ILPS Chairperson far beyond the confines of the ILPS and have declared their boycott of the ICC meeting on July 6, 2011 and from the sovereign Fourth International Assembly of the ILPS and called on ILPS member-organizations to withdraw from the activities of the ILPS. They have engaged in a patent act of sabotage while hypocritically paying lip service to the ILPS.
The hostile actions of this minority group that has recently attacked and withdrawn from the ICC and ILPS are merely the culmination of a series of acts inimical to the efforts of building the ILPS as a broad anti-imperialist and democratic alliance.
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