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Roadmap to A Just and Democratic Normal

The Mongolian People's Party Secretary General Amarbayasgalan Dashzegve invites everyone to attend the online Conference "Roadmap to A Just and Democratic Normal" hosted by the MPP and co-organized with the Network for Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia) and the Progressive Alliance (PA).

The conference brings together progressives and social democrats from across the globe to discuss how to consolidate a progressive response to the rising tide of authoritarianism and populism on one hand and the threat of the global pandemic. This conference aims to consolidate progressive global responses and strategies: How do we solidify alternatives to the crisis as a political community? What are key battles we need to win to deter attempts to return to the status quo? It will highlight experiences and policies that shape impactful response that not only provide immediate solutions but strategic pathways with which we will build a better future and new normal than before the crisis.

You may register for this conference at: https://bit.ly/sda-mpp

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Network for Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia) Statement of Solidarity with the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia) condemns the recent wave of arrests conducted by the Turkish government against members and leaders of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). Last 25 September, the government’s chief prosecutor issued arrest warrants for eighty-two (82) individuals affiliated with the HDP. This is part of the ongoing campaign by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stifle opposition in the country especially directed at his most persistent opponent, the HDP. As of now, numerous leaders and activists of the HDP have been arrested and jailed including former co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ who are still under detention.

It is also worrying that such arrests are conducted under the existing conditions of a global pandemic and health crisis. While Turkey has been able to decrease the rate of infections from a previous high of about 4,000 infections per day to around 1,000 per day the pandemic continues to ravage the country. Instead of focusing the government’s resources in addressing the health and economic issues that have been created by this pandemic, President Erdogan has chosen to focus his attention on settling political scores and securing the ruling party’s domination of Turkey’s political life.

We urge the immediate cessation of this campaign of political attacks against the political opposition and civil society and we call for the immediate release of all political prisoners. We stand in solidarity with the HDP and the democratic opposition in their fight against the Erdogan government’s unceasing attacks against the people’s democratic freedoms and their legitimate organizations.