Message of solidarity to the Conference Against Criminalization of People’s Struggles

JMS on youtubeBy Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON
Chairperson, International League of Peoples’ Struggle

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We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, convey our warmest greetings of solidarity to the Movimiento por Amnistia y Derechos Fundamentales, Instituto de Asesoria e Investigacion Juridica (Ratio Iuris) and to all the delegations participating in the Conference Against the Criminalization of People’s Struggles in Peru and in other countries.

We stand together resolutely and militantly for the fundamental civil and political rights of the people to demand and fight for national liberation, democracy, social justice, development, international solidarity and peace. It is the right of the people to aspire for the radical transformation of any oppressive and exploitative ruling system.

We condemn the relentless campaign of US imperialism, its allies and puppets to impose so-called antiterrorism laws and procedures that curtail democratic rights, persecute the people and their leaders and whip up bloody acts of suppression against them. The trend of fascism is running ferociously in many countries. It must be stopped.

The US-instigated neoliberal economic policy has brought about the worst crisis of the world capitalist system since the Great Depression. And the imperialist powers headed by the US are ruthlessly pushing further liberalization, privatization and deregulation and ceaselessly passing the burden of crisis to the people. To have their way, they are escalating state terrorism and unleashing wars of aggression.

The crisis of global capitalism has hit hard even the industrial capitalist countries. And the monopoly bourgeoisie and the financial oligarchy are making the people suffer austerity programs and the repression of mass protests. The consequences of the imperialist crisis is even worse in the underdeveloped countries. Here the economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights of the people are being even more brazenly and wantonly violated.

In such countries as Peru and the Philippines, the people and their leaders who resist oppression and exploitation are subjected to campaigns of suppression by the military and police and are made to suffer illegal arrests, torture, extrajudicial killings, indefinite detention on various pretexts, food blockades and forced evacuation of entire communities for the purpose of robbing the people of their land and natural resources for the benefit of the imperialists, big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats.

Whether they are barefaced fascists or demagogic pretenders to democracy, the rulers of such countries like the Philippines and Peru show no remorse or give any apology for the gross and systematic violation of human rights. They take pride in collecting political prisoners and in refusing to grant amnesty and improve the political atmosphere for peace negotiations.

The lawyers and other human rights advocates are challenged to do their best in performing their duty to defend the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the people and their clients in particular. It is necessary for them to seek justice for the victims in cases of human rights violations that have accumulated and are still increasing.

In the face of ceaseless human rights violations, the people themselves are compelled to exercise their right to revolution against the oppressive rule. The people can strive to root out the causes of human rights violations through the revolutionary process. At the same time, they may explore peace negotiations. The frustration of these can only further justify the people’s war.

In defense of the fundamental rights, we condemn the criminalization of the struggles of the peoples and their leaders! Thank you.


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