Third European Socialist forum over
October 22, 2004
The Third European Socialist Forum was held in London on October 15-17.
Regional socialist forums have been organized every year since the
Global Socialist Forum in Porto Allegre, Brazil in 2001.
More than 30 000 people from different countries participated in the
Third Forum. Representatives of labor unions, socialist, communist,
anti-war parties and organizations, organizations lobbying for human
rights, environmental issues, womenâ[email protected]~Ys and refugees rights attended
the forum in London. The forum participants shared a common concern
with the current globalization processes in the world.
Alida Guevara, Ernesto Che Guevara’s daughter, British MP George
Galov, Indian writer Aronda Roy, leader of the Irish Shin Fin party
Jerry Adams, ATTAC leader Bernard Kassen and others attended the forum.
Several seminars, discussions and workshops were held on issues such as
struggle against genocide and fascism in Europe, the future of Europe,
the role of Muslims in the civilized world, the future of Palestine,
the situation in Iraq, etc.
Armenian Revolutionary Federationâ[email protected]~Ys Youth Organization delegated
six members to participate in the forum. The delegation included
participants from Armenia, France and Great Britain. ARFâ[email protected]~Ys
delegation participated in several debates including discussions on
Turkish troops in Cyprus, violations of the rights of Kurds in Turkey
and Turkeyâ[email protected]~Ys membership in the European Union.
ARFâ[email protected]~Ys delegation met the members of the Turkish delegation. The
latter stated that they recognize the Armenian Genocide and believe
that Turkey must officially recognize it.
The Armenian delegation members also met the representatives of the
European Council of Organizations of Socialist Youth and attended
the camping event organized by ECOSY.
ARFâ[email protected]~Ys Youth Organization is a member of ECOSY. The members of
ARFâ[email protected]~Ys delegation met representatives of other organizations
attending the forum. The Armenian delegation distributed leaflets
with information on the Armenian Genocide.
On the last day of the forum, a protest demonstration against
intervention in Iraq and discrimination and injustice in the world
was organized in London. Over 50 000 people participated in the
ARFâ[email protected]~Ys Youth Organization had attended the First and Second
European Socialist Forums in 2002 and 2003 as well as the First
Socialist Forum of North and South Americas held in 2004 in Ecuador.