January 6, 2017
Civil21 is IRIS its response to the worrying imbalance that exists between civil liberties and the impositions by governments, intergovernmental entities, military alliances and corporative structures and systems.
Civil21 focuses on empowering, defending and inspiring the civil base of the international community.
The history and reality of the world in which we live in today demonstrates that it are the developing countries of the world that are the ones who suffer more intensely from the disregard of international law, from invasions, from the ravages of war and armed conflicts, caused mostly by the geopolitical interests of the great centers of power, as well as from protracted conflicts inherited from colonialism and neocolonialism.
Solidarity, the highest expression of respect, friendship and peace among States [and other sovereign entities], is a broad concept encompassing the sustainability of international relations, the peaceful coexistence, and the transformative objectives of equity and empowerment of developing countries, whose ultimate goal is to achieve the full economic and social development of their peoples.
Validating the founding principles of the NAM and its achievements continues to mark its historical development. The NAM ratifies the fight against colonialism and neocolonialism, racism, all forms of foreign intervention, aggression, foreign occupation, domination or hegemony, as well as the intention of becoming a balancing factor in the international relations, outside of the military alliances of the centers of power.
Right to Self-Determination: It is the inalienable right of all peoples, including those of non-self-governing territories, as well as those of territories under foreign occupation or under colonial or foreign domination, to pursue and enjoy self-determination. In the case of peoples who are subject to foreign occupation and colonial or foreign domination, the exercise of self-determination remains valid and essential to securing the eradication of all those situations and ensuring the universal respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Unilateral Sanctions: It is condemned, the promulgation and application of unilateral coercive measures against countries of the NAM, in violation of international law, particularly the principles of non- intervention, self-determination and independence of States [and other sovereign entities] subject of such practices. In this respect it is demanded, the repeal of such measures, which affect human rights and prevent the full economic and social development of the peoples who are subjected to them. Each State [and other sovereign entity] has full sovereignty over the totality of its wealth, natural resources and economic activity.
The Question of Palestine: The Israeli occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, constitutes a destabilizing factor in the region, and as such the withdrawal of the Occupying Power from those territories occupied since June 1967 is demanded immediately, in accordance with resolutions 242, and 338 as well as other relevant resolutions of the Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations. The continued injustice against the Palestinian people as a result of the Israeli occupation and its related policies and practices, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, the demolition of houses, the acts of collective punishment against the civilian population, including the imprisonment and detention of thousands of civilians, and the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip, are the main sources of the violation of human rights of the Palestinian people, in denial of their legitimate right to self-determination and independence. Moreover, it is condemned, all measures taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to alter the legal, physical and demographic status of the occupied Syrian Golan. Israel must abide by resolution 497 (1981), and must withdraw fully from the occupied Syrian Golan to the borders of 4 June 1967, in implementation of resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973).
New World Information and Communication Order: Information and communication strategies should be deeply rooted in historical and cultural processes and the media of developed countries must respect developing countries in the formulation of their opinions, models and perspectives with a view to enhancing the dialogue among civilizations. Today there still is a deep concern on the use of news media as tools for hostile propaganda against developing countries aimed at undermining their governments and, thus, it is a priority to promote alternative, free, pluralistic and responsible media and communication sources that reflect the realities and interests of the peoples of the developing world.
In practice, from a (geo)political perspective Civil21 is further built upon the recently defined neo-sovereign principles.
Neo-sovereignism (also neosovereignism) comprises a political, social and economic ideology wherein the principles of the agora form the basis of governing a community or a society. By organizing public gatherings, debates and forums, on city squares and municipal public markets for instance, the participating citizens discuss and determine the community’s or society’s policy and guidelines regarding the governance of their respective municipal, city or country and the relations with outside interests, contacts and representatives.
Neo-sovereignists also believe that governments should be as much decentralized as possible and that no person can be punishable at any time for opposing and not conforming with, for instance, laws, guidelines and conclusions concerning taxation, while people who do support and contribute to a taxation model or system, entirely voluntarily, must be rewarded accordingly for doing so.
In a neo-sovereign society freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom of expression and freedom of determination are absolute and not just merely irrevocable rights.
Neo-sovereignism is different from sovereignism – as in sovereignty enjoyed mainly by nations and governments instead of by citizens individually – in that neo-sovereignism puts the power to govern a region in the hands of the population itself through the latter’s consent instead of allowing a centralized government rule and act at will, even if through a representational body such as a parliament that arguably represents the population. Neo-sovereignists are, thus, of the opinion that the sovereignty of the individual is superior to the sovereignty of the state.
Neo-sovereignism can exist in countries, cities, municipalities and smaller communities while allowing the very same communities themselves, as whole entities, be sovereign as well relative to other countries, cities and smaller communities.
In recent times, prior to the founding of IRIS, a striking and popular example of neo-sovereign activity can be found in the actions of the Nuit Debout movement in France where citizens, outside of the conventional political and governmental system, have been attempting to rewrite the French constitution, albeit from a socialist perspective.
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