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The Pyongyang Declaration, officially titled Let Us Defend and Advance the Cause of Socialism was a statement signed by a number of parties on April 20, 1992. Representatives of 70 communist and other parties had come to Pyongyang for the celebration of Kim Il-sung's 80th birthday. While there, the delegates had many bilateral and multilateral contacts with each other and decided to issue a declaration reiterating their commitment to socialism in spite of the collapse of the USSR and a number of other communist regimes in recent years. On April 20 the declaration was signed by delegates of 70 parties, including 48 party leaders.[1]


The following translation of the Pyongyang Declaration appeared in Proletarian #18 (June 2007):[2]

The representatives of political parties from different countries of the world who are striving for the victory of socialism publish this declaration with a firm conviction to defend and advance the socialist cause.

Ours is an era of independence and the socialist cause is a sacred one aimed at realising the independence of the popular masses.

Socialism suffered a setback in some countries in recent years. As a consequence of this, the imperialists and reactionaries are claiming that socialism has ‘come to an end’. This is nothing but a sophistry to beautify and embellish capitalism and patronise the old order.

The setback of socialism and the revival of capitalism in some countries is causing a great loss to the achievement of the socialist cause, but it can never be interpreted as the denial of the superiority of socialism and of the reactionary character or capitalism.

Socialism has long been the ideal of mankind and it represents the future of mankind.

Socialist society is, in essence, a genuine society for the people where the popular masses are the masters of everything and everything serves them.

But the capitalist society is an unfair one where ‘the rich get ever richer and the poor poorer’. In this society money decides everything, exploitation of man by man predominates and a handful of exploiter classes lord it over all. It is inevitably accompanied by political non-rights, unemployment, poverty, drugs, crimes and other kinds of all social evils which trample human dignity underfoot.

Only socialism can eliminate domination, subjugation and social inequality of all kinds and ensure the people substantial freedom, equality, true democracy and human rights.

The popular masses have long carried on an arduous struggle for the victory of socialism and shed much blood in this course.

The path of socialism is an untrodden one and, therefore, the advance of socialism is inevitably accompanied by trials and difficulties. One of the reasons for the unsuccessful construction of socialism in some countries is that they failed to build a social structure conforming to the fundamental requirements of the popular masses and build socialism suited to the demand of the theory of scientific socialism.

The guarantee for the advance of a socialist society lies in that the popular masses become the genuine masters of the society.

Such a society makes a triumphant advance – this is a truth and reality proved by theory and practice.

The parties and progressive mankind aspiring after socialism have drawn a very precious lesson therefrom.

In order to defend and advance the socialist cause individual parties should firmly maintain independence and firmly build up their own forces.

The socialist movement is an independent one. Socialism is carved out and built with a country or national state as a unit. The socialist cause in each country should be fulfilled on the responsibility of the party and people of that country.

Each party should work out lines and policies which tally with the actual situation of the country where it is active and with the demands of its people and implement them by relying on the popular masses.

It should not abandon its revolutionary principles at any time and under any circumstances but uplift the banner of socialism.

The socialist cause is a national one and, at the same time, a common cause of mankind.

All parties should cement the ties of comradely unity, cooperation and solidarity on the principles of independence and equality.

Now that the imperialists and reactionaries are attacking socialism and people in an international collusion, the parties which are building socialism or aspiring after it should defend and advance socialism on an international scale and strengthen mutual support and solidarity in their efforts for social justice, democracy, the right to existence and peace against imperialist domination, subjugation by capital and neo-colonialism.

This is an international duty incumbent upon all parties and progressive forces for socialism and an undertaking for their own cause.

We will advance under the unfurled banner of socialism in firm unity with all progressive political parties, organisations, and peoples of the world who are striving to defend socialism against capitalism and imperialism.

Let us all fight it out to open up the future of mankind with a firm conviction in the cause of socialism.

Final victory is on the part of the people fighting in unity for socialism.

The socialist cause shall not perish.

Initial signatories[edit]

The Declaration was initially endorsed by the following parties:[3]

  • Communist Party of Albania
  • Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola
  • Communist Party of Argentina
  • Workers Party of Bangladesh
  • Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal, Bangladesh
  • Workers Party of Barbados
  • Workers' Party of Belgium
  • Progressive Labour Party of Bermuda
  • Communist Party of Bolivia
  • Brazilian Communist Party
  • Communist Party of Bulgaria
  • Bulgarian Communist Party - Marxists
  • Communist Party of Britain
  • New Communist Party of Britain
  • Caribbean National Movement
  • Communist Party of Chile
  • Socialist Party of Chile
  • Colombian Communist Party
  • Costa Rican People's Party
  • Progressive Party of Working People, Cyprus
  • Workers Party Common Course, Denmark
  • Communist Forum of Denmark
  • Dominican Communist Party
  • United Left Movement of Dominica
  • Dominica Labour Party
  • Communist Party of Ecuador
  • For Peace and Socialism - Communist Workers Party, Finland
  • German Communist Party
  • Maurice Bishop Patriotic Movement, Grenada
  • Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party
  • Communist Party of India (Marxist)
  • Communist Party of India
  • Communist Party of Ireland
  • Movement for Peace and Socialism, Italy
  • Jordanian Communist Party
  • Workers' Party of Korea
  • Syrian Social Nationalist Party in Lebanon
  • Communist Party of Martinique
  • Communist Party of Malta
  • Socialist People's Party of Mexico
  • Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party
  • South West Africa People's Organisation, Namibia
  • Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist)
  • Communist Party of Nepal (Unity Centre)
  • Nepal Workers Peasants Party
  • Communist Party of Nepal
  • Communist Party of Norway
  • Paraguayan Communist Party
  • League of Communists of Poland "Proletariat"
  • New Socialist Party of Romania
  • All-Union Communist Party Bolsheviks
  • Russian Communist Workers Party
  • Communists League of Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
  • South African Communist Party
  • Communist Party of the People of Spain
  • Communist Party of Sri Lanka
  • Workers Party - Communists, Sweden
  • National Democratic Party, Suriname
  • Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party [Nb: Source is unclear which one. As the original source is alphabetical by country and region, it may be Syria, but this is not explicitly stated.]
  • February 18th Movement, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Popular Unity Party, Tunisia
  • Socialist Party of Turkey
  • Communist Party of Venezuela
  • New Alternative of Venezuela
  • League of Communists – Movement for Yugoslavia
  • Communist Party USA
  • Socialist Workers Party, USA
  • Workers World Party, USA

Later history[edit]

By the beginning of 1996 the Pyongyang Declaration was reportedly endorsed by "well over 200 parties and organizations in all parts of the world" including the (single member) 'Communist Organisation of Britain' and the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist).[4]

On December 17, 2000, the Korean Central News Agency ran a story "Pyongyang declaration's vitality increases" claiming that the number of parties endorsing the declaration rose to 170 within a year of its adoption and that 251 parties had signed it up to that date. It also said that there was a meeting in Moscow by "officials of progressive parties from more than 20 countries" to mark the fifth anniversary of the declaration and which issued a statement called "Let us advance under the uplifted banner of the Pyongyang declaration."[5] On the tenth anniversary of the Declaration on April 20, 2002, the KCNA announced that it had been endorsed by 258 parties.[6]

In June 2007 the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist–Leninist) signed the declaration.[7]

In May 2015 the Declaration was signed by the Popular Revolutionary Party of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[8]

In November 2016 the Declaration was signed by the Communist Party of Southern Switzerland.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic Socialism : Struggle against political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union, Turtle Island Research Cooperative, Games for the Many

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