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27/06/2016 Istanbul Pride, you are not alone!

The Istanbul governorship banned trans pride and LGBTI pride marches twice this week for “protection of public order and security”. Activists who were banned from protesting instead gathered in several places in Taksim. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) activists, already exposed to many threats from nationalist and Islamist groups, were not protected from the attackers, but were in fact attacked by the police even though they had not gathered in a protest.

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22/06/2016 PES President Stanishev sends letter of support to the UK Labour Party

PES President Sergei Stanishev sent a letter of support to the UK Labour party about their campaign for “Remain” on the eve of the referendum in Britain. “The PES strongly believes that Britain must remain a full member of the EU and wishes success to your campaign”, Stanishev wrote.

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16/06/2016 PES Presidency approves declarations on SMER, refugees and EMU

Today in Brussels the PES Presidency discussed its position about SMER, the PES member party in Slovakia, the upcoming progressive conference on refugees in Paris and latest developments in monetary policies.

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16/06/2016 HDP leader Demirtas meets PES to discuss lifting of immunity in Turkey

Selahattin Demirtas, leader of HDP Turkey (PES member party) today held an exchange of views with the PES Presidency on the situation in Turkey. They discussed the recent decision of the Turkish Parliament to permit the lifting of parliamentary immunity from prosecution of a large number of Members of Parliament, the situation in South East of Turkey, and the EU-Turkey agreement. The Presidency expressed its strong support for the HDP and their leader and their opposition against lifting the immunity of parliamentarians. The Presidency is deeply concerned by the authoritarian path taken by President Erdogan and calls for of the Kurdish peace process to be restarted. The PES will continue to follow very closely the evolution of the situation in Turkey.

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18/09/2015 PES tackles big issues of migration

Migration is at the top of the EU agenda and urgent European action is needed to resolve the crisis currently ongoing in Europe and in the Middle East. That is why the PES this week gathered experts from social democratic parties across Europe to discuss ways of resolving it.

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16/07/2015 Light at the end of the tunnel for Macedonia?

The undersigned organizations, women activists from social democratic parties in South Eastern Europe, connected through the CEE Network for Gender Issues, and organisation member of Party of European Socialist Women (PESW) and Young European Socialists (YES), have been following with great concern the development of the political situation in Macedonia. The crisis threatened not only democracy and sustainable development in this country but also to destablise the entire region.

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15/05/2015 PES reaffirms its support for IDAHOT

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26/01/2015 PES strongly condemns killing of Egyptian activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh

On the 25th of January 2011, we were all wakened up by an unprecedented mobilisation of thousands of peaceful and hopeful Egyptians who, through the streets of Cairo, conquered Tahrir Square demanding freedom and democracy for their country. Since that day many events have shaped the country and the whole region, both for the best and for the worst – the last one being the killing of 32-year old socialist activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh.

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28/11/2014 PES Women and Rainbow Rose Call for Increased Investment in HIV/AIDS Treatment Globally

1st of December, World Aids day This year two very important reports have been published: the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Report 2014 and a study by the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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21/11/2014 PES announces next Congress in Budapest

The Presidency of the Party of European Socialists (PES) agreed today to organise the next PES Congress in Budapest, Hungary. Meeting at the PES Headquarters in Brussels, the Presidency members decided that the presence of the PES family in Budapest will be crucial as a pillar of support for all the Hungarian citizens who fight for greater democracy and the respect of human rights in the country, including the PES member party MSZP.

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