The International Festival for Peoples Rights and Struggles 2015 (IFPRS 2015) will be held 17 November at the Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. The festival aims to showcase the groundswell of global resistance against renewed imperialist offensives that threaten peoples rights across the globe.
The IFPRS 2015 is a space for peoples to share and learn from each other about new and longstanding threats to people’s rights. It is an occasion to draw lessons from and celebrate the victories of people’s struggles from around the world.
The world bears witness to the impacts of the ever-worsening crisis of the world capitalist system with persistent poverty, deepening inequalities, ecological degradation and climate change, and increasing militarism and suppression of peoples rights and aspirations.
Governments and international institutions have made a show of recognising the problems affecting the people and planet, and have boldly proclaimed 2015 as the year to supposedly chart a “new course for humanity” – a path to ‘sustainable development.’
In July 2015, Heads of States and governments met in Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia for the 3rd Financing for Development Conference to agree on how to restructure the world’s financial architecture. This September, they agathered in the UN Headquarters in New York to formally adopt the new set of “Sustainable Development Goals” and a 2030 Sustainable Development Framework that will set the course of global development efforts in the next 15 years. In December, the same governments will gather in Paris to come up with a new global agreement and financing package on climate change. At the same time, 12 countries representing over 60% of the global economy are expected to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the largest “trade” agreement since the GATT that established the WTO in 1994.
These agreements all speak of promises and commitments to usher in a new dawn for humanity. But on the contrary, these agreements would only constitute a new attempt to give a moribund system a new lease on life. These agreements will further concentrate power and wealth in the hands of the 1% at the expense of peoples rights as they face dispossession, exploitation, oppression, poverty, inequalities, social exclusion, environmental destruction, and injustice.
It is in this context that workers, peasants, women, indigenous peoples, migrants, artists and cultural workers, youth and many other sectors and communities from Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific and Middle East and North Africa will gather in Manila, Philippines for the 3rd International Festival for Peoples’ Rights and Struggles (IFPRS 2015) on 17 November 2015.
This event will be followed by the People’s Campaign Against Imperialist Globalisation (PCAIG) on 18-19 November 2015.
Let us make 2015 the year to take justice and strengthen people’s solidarity for genuine system change!