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Socialist International Ethcal Charter Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]


This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Ethical Charter

We, member parties of the Socialist Intern­ati­onal, reaffirm our total commitment to the values of equality, freedom, justice, solidarity and peace which are the foundation of democratic socialism. We solemnly undertake to respect, defend and promote those values in the spirit of the fundam­ental declar­ations and campaigns of the Socialist Intern­ati­onal.

Our support to these values implies that we apply in the strictest way possible, the following code of conduct :

1. To carry through progre­ssive politics that favour well-being of indivi­duals, economic expansion, equitable trade, social justice, the protection of the enviro­nment in the spirit of sustai­nable develo­pment.

To oppose all social and economic politics to the advantage of privileged groups, and promote the creation of a global economic system which will lead to more equitable and fair North-­South relations.

To combat corruption in all its forms and the obstacles to good govern­ance.

2. To defend plural­istic democracy. This implies :

• the freedom of citizens to choose between political options in the framework of free, frequent and transp­arent elections;
• the possib­ility of a change of government through peaceful means and the free expression of citizens;
• respect of the rights of minorities and indivi­duals;
• an indepe­ndent and impartial judicial system based on the law;
• a free and plural­istic press;
• democratic running of political parties.

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3. To guarantee, under all circum­sta­nces, the respect of human dignity and to act in accordance with the Universal Declar­ation of Human Rights and the other important conven­tions adopted by the United Nations and its instit­utions.

To ban the death penalty.

To respect and reinforce the fundam­ental human rights, be they individual rights (respect of private life, freedom of thought, belief, education, sexual orient­ation and right to equal treatment etc.), social rights (freedom of trade unions, right to strike, social protection etc.) or political rights (freedom of associ­ation, universal vote).

To foster gender equality in every area of private and public life, including within our parties, in decisi­on-­making positions in all fields and at all levels.

To fight against all forms of discri­min­ation based on gender, race, ethnic origin, sexual orient­ation, language, religion, philos­ophical or political beliefs.

To fight against all ultra nation­alist, fundam­ent­alist, xenophobic and racist trends and to refrain from all forms of political alliance or co-ope­ration, at any level, with any political party inciting or trying to inflame prejud­ices, ethnic or racial hatred.

To reject and resolutely oppose any drift to author­ita­rianism as well as any political system which allows or practises the violation of human rights to conquer or impose its power (political assass­ina­tion, torture, arbitrary detention, press censor­ship, banning or repression of peaceful demons­tra­tions, etc).

4. To support intern­ational action in favour of peace, tolerance, dialogue, unders­tanding and cooper­ation among peoples.

To abstain from using military force to gain power or to lead a foreign policy, beyond the framework authorised by the relevant intern­ational organi­sat­ions,

To strive to eliminate weapons of mass destru­ction and to facilitate disarm­ement.

Strengthen the role of the United Nations and regional instit­utions which work towards achieving peaceful solutions to conflicts.

5. An ethics committee is in charge of monitoring the respect of the present code of conduct by all the member parties and it is empowered to formulate recomm­end­ations or even proposals of sanctions to the leading organs of the Socialist Intern­ati­onal.