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Parliament of South Africa: Fostering solidarity to build a just and better world Parliamentary Solidarity Conference in support of the people of Palestine, Western Sahara and Cuba - 6 February 2014, Good Hope Chamber

29 January 2014

The Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation wishes to invite you to the Parliamentary Solidarity Conference in support of the peoples of Palestine, Western Sahara and Cuba to be held 6 February 2014. The solidarity conference is a first of its kind in Parliament. It is a culmination of extensive work carried out by the Committee in response to the call by President Zuma in his successive State of the Nation addresses since 2010, with a message that solidarity is and should feature as a strong element of South Africa’s internationalism. The Committee’s activities have resulted in Parliament adopting deliberate and conscious resolutions in support of the respective campaigns by these countries for equal treatment and the right to self-determination.

The primary focus of the conference is to make the people of South Africa aware of the common challenges facing the peoples of Cuba, Palestine and Western Sahara, relating to the denial of human rights and the right to self-determination as a people. As a product of international solidarity itself, South Africa is thus committed to join the international campaign towards a tangible and lasting reprieve to the suffering peoples of the three nations.

The solidarity conference is aimed at creating a forum for public participation on these issues. It is further aimed to produce an action-oriented Declaration which will form a Parliamentary Plan of Action taking the solidarity campaign forward towards a peaceful resolution of the challenges facing the three nations.

The conference will be comprised of addresses and presentations by individuals from various backgrounds. Selected organisations will be given an opportunity to make statements of solidarity during the opening plenary. This will be followed by discussion sessions whereby presentations will be made on the key themes of the conference and participants will be able to actively engage the themes.

Your attendance will be of great value to the conference

Kind regards

Mr HT Magama
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation