2018 GA

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EFAy supports Kurdistan’s fight for Freedom

Bearing in mind that:

  1. For centuries, Kurdish people have suffered the oppression and denial by different regimes.
  2. Currently are one of the largest, if not the largest, nation without a state for their own worldwide.
  3. In the last decade, since the beginning of the Syrian civil war and the establishment of the so-called “daesh”, Kurdish people have fought against fascism and totalitarianism, and for the establishment of democratic and diverse societies in their homeland.
  4. The hundreds of thousands of civilians who are forced to flee from the barbarism of Turkish State in Afrin are left to their own devices on the roads without any aid provided to them. Hundreds of thousands of civilians and especially women and children are facing a major humanitarian disaster.

The European Free Alliance Youth:

  • Calls to end to all arms deals and political partnerships with authoritarian regimes such as Turkey in the Middle East and the rest of the world.
  • Calls to the immediate withdrawal of the Turkish invasion forces
  • Calls for the Turkish State to be tried for their crimes perpetrated against humanity.
  • Calls the international humanitarian institutions to provide support for the people who had to flee from their homes in Afrin.
  • Recognises the brave fight by the YPG, YPJ, SDF and other Democratic Progressive Forces against fascism, which is currently incarnated in the form of the so-called “DAESH (ISIS)”.
  • Calls for international recognition of the will of the people of South Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) which expressed itself in the results of the referendum held in 2017.
  • Calls for international support for and recognition of Rojava (officially known as the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria) as the only part in the Syrian conflict fully committed to the defeat of fascism and authoritarianism, and committed to the establishment of a democratic, ecological, gender equal and diverse society.
  • Particularly wishes to highlight the fights currently happening in Afrin, where Turkey (a NATO member) focuses its efforts on annihilating any Kurdish advancement, rather than fighting oppressive mentalities.
  • Urges for the release of Kurdish Peoples Leader Abdullah Ocalan and other thousands of political prisoners currently held in Turkey.
  • Urges the EU and its member states to remove the PKK from the list of terrorist organisations, stop criminalizing the Kurdish institutions and activists and actively support the YPG, YPJ, SDF and other Democratic Progressive Forces.

Demand on regionalisation and decentralisation of European bureaucracy and legislative powers according to the principle of subsidiarity. 

Europe is culturally and geographically highly diverse. Thus, homogeneous regulations, such as they are called for by the European commission, in many cases interfere with the effective self-government of the European regions. Instead of forcing people and regions under common regulations, Europe should, therefore, implement a system of cooperation, in which the regions decide where to cooperate with their neighbors, and where not to.

This can only be achieved by providing the municipal and regional governments with more competencies, so that they are able to govern according to the needs of their respective situation. The proximity of legislation and administration to the citizens is an essential part of self-determination. Only a Europe of people and regions, not a centralist state, provides this kind of infrastructure.

We therefore demand:

  1. The immediate end to the removal of structures of self-government in the EU as well as its member states.
  2. The decentralisation of national and European bureaucracies and governmental powers.
  3. The consequent implementation of the principle of subsidiarity. Administrational competence as well as legislative powers should be located on the lowest level possible. If an issue can be sufficiently handled by municipal or regional authorities, it must not be dealt with by the Union or its member states.

Building Inclusive Education in Europe (TIE)

GA notes that EFAy is committed to advancing LGBTI rights to ensure that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, can live in a country where they are empowered to be themselves without fear.

GA condemns the reality that 90% of LGBTI people have experienced homophobia, biphobia and/or transphobia at school and that over a quarter have attempted suicide as a result of bullying.

The GA welcomes contributions to tackling this problem from the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign in Scotland and urges member parties to take the spirit of this motion forward within their domestic political structures and to work with the TIE Campaign where possible in order to take the necessary further steps.


No geoblocking for online media

The European Council stopped geoblocking inside the European Union. However, at a time when online media such as e-books, music and TV series were already blocked. For minorities living outside their motherland it would be very important to have the opportunity to watch TV in their mothertongue or to listen to “native” music from “foreign” providers. Thanks to the numerous possibilites of the internet, the situation of linguistic minorities in Europe has been approving. Once geoblocking totally disappears, this means another step forward towards a united Europe also opening up new possibilities for companies.

Baring in mind that

  • watching TV in one’s mothertongue and listening to “native” music from foreign providers is very important for minorities living outside their motherland;
  • Europe is growing together faster thanks to an internet without state borders;
  • an internet without borders opens up new possibilities for companies;
  • there are no technical reasons for geoblocking

The European Free Alliance Youth

1. Welcomes the small steps taken in order to end geoblocking, but deeply regrets that they do not go anywhere near far enough, with all digital content being excluded from the current regulation.

2. Calls on the European Commission and the European Parliament to support a much more ambitious and comprehensive geoblocking regulation when it is next reviewed by the European Commission by the end of 2020.

3. Recognises that putting an end to geoblocking is a vital part of creating a true European Single Market, and that every citizen should have equal access to culture and media across borders.


Standardized shipping costs

More and more people are buying their goods in online shops. If the goods are delivered from the same country where the customer lives, normally, the shipping costs are free or there is a low standard price. If the online shop is in a foreign country, the shipping costs may be high, depending on which shipping company handles the shipment, and also depending on the size and weight of the packages. In this regard, each shipping company has its own pricing policy.

Bearing in mind that

  • Pricing of the delivery of cross-border parcel can be prohibitively expensive, inconsistent, and not transparent
  • non standardized sizes of goods can cause confusion and perhaps additional costs for customers,
  • shipping companies might take advantage of the confusion of the customers,

The European Free Alliance Youth

1. Welcomes the regulation on cross-border parcel delivery services recently adopted by the European Parliament which:

a. Provides greater clarity to consumers on pricing and the exact nature of the service

b. Requires service providers of cross-border parcel delivery services to provide information (e.g. turnover, number of parcels, number and status of employees of service providers, etc.) annually to the relevant national authority in order to get a better picture of this rapidly-growing sector


Jungbayerbund (JBB) asks for the support of all EFAy members for the
upcoming Bavarian elections in October 2018.

Germany is rapidly changing:

– Extremist groups on both sides of the political spectrum are gaining ground. While the radical left isnot reluctant to use physical violence against democratic parties (members of the so-called ‘Antifa’, for instance, burned down the camper of the Bayernpartei), the new parliamentary right takes directinspiration from National-Socialist propaganda to fuel hate against asylum seekers, minorities, as well as their political rivals.

– Free speech is massively under threat. Heiko Maas, federate minister of justice, implemented the so-called ‘Netzwerkduchsetzungsgesetz’. This new law holds Facebook, Twitter and other socialmedia providers accountable for the spread of hate speech on their platforms. The providers are in danger of fines up to 50 Mio. €. However, it is not the judiciary but Facebook employees, who decide if a post is considered to be hate speech, or qualifies as a legitimate expression of ones political opinion. This, for instance, caused a tweet by the popular left-wing satire magazine ‘Titanic’ to be deleted from Twitter. The ‘Wirtschaftswoche’, a German quality newspaper, demanded the mandatory
publication of the European Commission’s report on the ‘Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz’. The European Commission, however, rejected this request, because ‘the publication might impair the good relations between the EU and the German government’.

– Germany’s federalist principles, technically ensured by the German constitution, are being increasingly dismantled. After World War 2 the federate republic was built on the principles of federalism and subsidiarity. However, the central state, particularly since the so-called ‘re-unification’ acquires more and more competencies from its member states. The new coalition, by agreeing to end the so-called ‘Kooperationsverbot’, now even reaches for the competencies in education. Nowadays, there is not much federalism left in the German Federal Republic.

In such a political climate only a strong liberal and regionalist movement is able to remind the public f the value of civil discourse, liberal democracy, citizen-oriented politics and federalism. Therefore, we ask our European partners to support our election campaign in 2018.


Region-specific management of the spread of bear and wolf and other small predators

In recent years, bears and wolves have been returning in some parts of Europe. They are considered to be dangerous visitors, especially for farmers and their livestocks. However, the European Union has no concrete regional management for the increasing spread of these predators. Both bear and wolf are strictly protected by the EU. Unlike in the EU, in states outside the EU a management in this regard does exist, such as for game animals. This sort of management is related to the question not only on how the civil population, but also how woods can be protected from these animals. In order to protect the farmers by, as in our case, bears und wolves, every region needs a management on its own taking into account the regional needs.

Bearing in mind

  • that bears and wolves have no natural enemies,
  • that currently the European Union has no management for the increasing spread of these predators,
  • that these predators cause big costs to the farmers,
  • that every region in Europe has his own needs,

The European Free Alliance Youth

  1. Welcomes a region-specific management of the spread of bear and wolf and other small predators so that the civil population, especially farmers and their livstocks, are granted protection from them.

Justice for the youth of Altsasu

Bearing in mind that:

  1. On early hours of the 15th of October 2016, during the town festivals, a fight took place in a bar of Altsasu, between some local youth and some Guardia Civil officers and their partners.
  2. After two young men are arrested that same night, and declare in front of the judge in Iruñea, they are set free awaiting for trial.
  3. Six more young men and women declare voluntarily on the court in Iruñea.
  4. In early November, Judge Lamela of the Audiencia Nacional takes over the case, as she would like to accuse the young men and women of crimes such as terrorism and hate crimes.
  5. The 14th of November 10 arrests are made, and the detainees are brought to court in Madrid, and are kept in prison in Madrid.
  6. The 20th December 2016, some of the detained youth are released, with three remaining in prison in Madrid until today.
  7. The first reports written by the Foral Police (in charge for investigation) and the Guardia Civil clearly indicate that the bar fight was simply that, a bar fight, and that there is no evidence for crimes such as terrorism or hate crime.

The European Free Alliance Youth:

Asks for the immediate release of the three of Altsasu, kept at pre-trial detention in prisons in Madrid, hundreds of kilometers away from their families.

  • Demands that the accusations of terrorism and hate crimes are turned down, and that the case is judged as what it simply is, a bar fight.
  • Requests that the trial is held in Nafarroa, as it was originally the case, and not in the “Audiencia Nacional” (a special court in Madrid for severely harsh crimes such as terrorism).
  • Demands that all parts involved in the incident are summoned to court, and that it is inquired whether there was any provocation by the police officers.
  • Expects that the Spanish judiciary to provide a fair trial, with non-biased judges.
  • Urges Spain to move on from the previous decades, and to stop criminalizing the Basque youth, merely for their political ideas.
  • Supports the proposal that calls for the Guardia Civil and the Spanish National Police to quit the provinces of the Basque Country south of the border, with the Ertzaintza and the Foral Police taking full policing responsibilities in the Basque Autonomous Community and Navarre respectively.

Freedom for the Catalan political prisoners

Bearing in mind that:

A. The Catalan aim of self-determination has been opposed by the Spanish Government. The fact that this right has been hindered with the use of violence and courts shows the thin division between justice and the government.

B. A huge majority of Catalan citizens support the celebration of an independence referendum in order to democratically decide the future of Catalonia, as it was seen the past 1st october, when 2,2 million people voted in the referendum convoked by the Catalan government.

C. The Spanish state has repeatedly opposed to open any kind of dialogue regarding this issue, even there have been many attempts by the Catalan government.

D. After the referendum held the 1st October, the repression of the Spanish state increased, via the implementation of article 155 of the Spanish Constitution and via the judicialization of politics.

E. Since the 17th October, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez (leader of Omnium Cultural and former leader of the ANC, respectively) have been imprisoned. Furthermore, since the 2nd November Oriol Junqueras, Vice President of Catalonia and leader of Esquerra Republicana, and Joaquim Forn, Home Secretary of the Government, are being held in prison. All of them are held in provisional prison, without trial, and because of their political ideology (as one magistrate, in fact, said).

F. ANC and Omnium are civil grassroots organisations which have organised several
demonstrations, always characterized by its peacefulness,
The European Free Alliance Youth declares that:

➢ The existence of political prisoners in Spain is shameful for the state as well as for the European Union of the 21st century and demands their immediate release.

➢ The silence of the European Union and its member states is unbearable and calls upon them to take a stance for democracy and for the release of the political prisoners.

➢ The Spanish oppression must end immediately, be it by the force or by the judicialization of politics.

➢ The application of the article 155 of the Spanish Constitution must end in order to return the self government to Catalonia.


Military Recruitment for combat roles in the UK

GA notes that the UK is the only European & NATO country to recruit 16-year-olds into the armed forces, in conflict with the internationally recognised UN Rights of the Child.

GA further notes that those who join the armed forces under the age of 18 are more likely to be killed or injured in service, suffer from alcohol abuse and mental health issues than standard entry recruits.

GA abhors the fact that military recruiters are allowed to operate in schools and other educational establishments, and that they deliberately target young people from low socio-economic backgrounds with limited opportunities (for example, inner cities or post-industrial areas).

Notes that over three-quarters of UK citizens support an increase in the armed forces recruitment age to 18 and that such an increase in the recruitment age is supported by a range of organisations and institutions domestically and interationally.

EFAy therefore calls upon the UK Government to work towards raising the minimum armed forces recruitment age from 16 to 18 for all roles that require combat training in line with international standards and also supports this as part of an independent Wales or Scotland’s defence policy.

EFAy also calls for a total ban on military recruitment in any educational establishment, including but not limited to, schools, colleges, or careers events aimed at young people leaving schools.

 

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