Asia-Pacific

One of the international guests at the coming 10th national conference of the Socialist Alliance, to be held in Sydney June 7-9, 2014, will be Farooq Tariq, the general secretary of the Awami Workers Party in Pakistan.

Left parties and organisations across the Asia-Pacific condemn the violent repression of the peaceful protests by students in Bangladesh.

At its recent meeting, the National Council of the Socialist Alliance adopted a resolution reaffirming its solidarity for the liberation struggle in West Papua.

In the past week, Israeli military forces have escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes have increasingly targeted houses, civilian-populated areas and civilian facilities in the Gaza strip.

Kavita Krishnan has become a well-known international spokesperson for the movement against sexual violence in India that grew after an horrific, internationally-publicised, gang rape of a student in Delhi in 2012.

Sucheta De, President of the All India Students Association will visit Australia in January for the Socialist Alliance Conference and Activist Summer School.

Socialist Alliance supports and campaigns for:
  • The abolition of debts to Australia incurred by poor nations in the South Pacific and south-east Asia;

  • The extension of aid programs, under the democratic control of local communities;

  • An extension of Australian citizenship to Pacific islanders displaced by global warming;

  • The withdrawal of Australian troops and police from countries in the region;

The Socialist Alliance condemns the Australian government for withdrawing its recognition of the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal of the Laws of the Sea, leaving East Timor with no legal avenues to assert its rights.

Media reports about a deal being struck this week between the Australian government and Cambodia to resettle refugees from Nauru have been denied by Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison. However the government has confirmed that negotiations towards a memorandum of understanding were continuing.

We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the latest coup d’état staged by Thai military under the leadership of Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Another round of United Nations climate talks were being negotiated in Warsaw, Poland, this week when the strongest typhoon recorded to hit land swept across the Philippines before moving on to Vietnam.

Socialist Alliance has joined with regional parties and solidarity groups in a statement to support the people of Venezuela against the ongoing threats, destabilisation and violent attacks, orchestrated by right-wing forces with the backing of the US.