Collective Against Political Repression

Political repression can take many forms and can be carried out by various means. Still, it always involves the politically motivated persecution of an individual or group, for the purpose of restricting or abolishing their freedom and preventing them from participating in the society.

Political repression is hugely current and omnipresent today, not only in our society but also in every other country, in all parts of the world. Every day we encounter examples of media lynching, judicial repression and police brutality.

Around the world, those who dare to question the social status quo often face an arsenal of political repression: from blackmail and humiliation to abuse and torture, including rigged trials, forced dissaperances and kidnappings, state-sponsored terror, political assassinations and executions.

Every form of political repression should always and everywhere be opposed – both by publicly speaking out and by actions, as well as by organized resistance to repression and those who carry it out.

Organizational Principles

1. The Collective Against Political Repression (KPPR) is an independent, non-authoritarian, non-profit, directly democratic organization with the aim to fight against all forms of political repression. The KPPR provides legal and any other assistance to groups and individuals affected by any political repression; speaks publicly to promote free political expression; organizes and supports protests against political repression and all activities that have anti-repressive connotations.

2. We refuse to cooperate with organizations, groups and individuals who discriminate against people on national, sexual, racial, gender related, religious or other grounds.

3. The KPPR functions as an independent collective in which decisions are made on the principles of direct democracy, by agreement or by at least a two-third majority of the total number of members of the collective.

4. A meeting of the collective is valid if it is scheduled at least seven days in advance, through a common communication channel and if it is attended by at least two-thirds of active members who can attend live or via the Internet.

5. Individuals who disagree with a decision do not have to implement it, but they cannot act contrary to the majority view.

6. KPPR may form work groups for different activities and directions of action. The working group makes decisions by a simple majority of votes of the members present, without a quorum, with the obligation that the meeting is scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. With half of the voices of the total membership of the working group, the working group elects and dismisses the technical secretary of the working group in charge of coordinating the work, scheduling meetings, keeping records on the membership of the working group and the like. The working group is obliged to submit to the collective minutes from its conferences and reports on its work.

7. The collective against political repression decides on the applications for membership by a simple majority of the total membership of the collective. The application request for admission to membership is submitted in writing, i.e. electronically by filling out the application form for memebership with an explanation.

8. In addition to membership, friends of the collective also participate in the work of the KPPR. Friends of the collective can fully participate in the work of the Work Groups, be involved in the activities of the KPPR and be informed on time about everything necessary.

9. The primary documents of the KPPR are the list of members and friends of the collective, the list of Working Groups and the White Paper of Decisions.

10. The Collective Against Political Repression continues the political continuity of the 2009 Campaign Against Political Repression, which was successful in acquitting the “Belgrade Six” and dismissing the charge of international terrorism, which included members of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative.

11. These principles were adopted at the meeting of the anarcho-syndicalist group “Class Solidarity” on July, 13th 2020, which can update them if the need arises.