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The Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty (PRNTT) is a nonviolent organization following Gandhian principles. Its symbol is a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi constructed from the words “Radical Party” written in over 50 languages. In its campaigns PRNTT seeks to achieve, raise awareness about and engage different political policies, by encouraging its members to pursue nonviolent actions that induce cross-border national and international institutions to comply with their laws and principles. The party does not participate in national, regional or local elections.

The Radical Party has been registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with general category consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1995. In this framework, the PRNTT has made it possible for a large number of people and organizations working in the field of democracy and human rights to be represented at the UN Human Rights Commission and to present their claims in that forum to diplomats, international media and other NGOs. For these reasons, on several occasions, the PRNTT has been subjected to requests for sanctions by the Russian Federation and Vietnam, who with the support of China, Iran and other totalitarian or authoritarian states, have requested the exclusion of the party accusing it of being “guilty” of giving non-represented states the possibbility to present their case before the highest international institution. These processes have, on two occassions, led to a vote being taken at ECOSOC and said votes confirmed the correctness of PRNTT’s actions: this was the first occasion when a vote of this nature at the UN led to an NGO prevailing over a Member State.

Since obtaining consultative status with ECOSOC, the PRNTT has participated in the work of various UN bodies on matters relating to the promotion of civil and political rights; the support of bilateral and multilateral actions for the promotion of democracy in the world; the support of the activities of the ad hoc Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda; the establishment of the International Criminal Court, the statute of which was voted on in Rome in 1998 following a long campaign by the Radicals; the adoption of the resolution for a moratorium on executions by the UN General Assembly; the global use of internet technologies to extend civil liberties and democracy; for freedom of scientific research and for the transfer of military expenditure to civil means.

During this time the PRNTT has sustained relationships with various international NGOs such as Freedom House, Human Rights Watch, the World Federalist Movement, Amnesty International, the Democratic Coalition Project and Parliamentarians for Global Action, as well as unrepresented peoples and those in political exile to help them publicize their cases and to keep decision-making bodies informed. These groups include, for example, Tibetans, Uighurs, Degar (also known as Montagnards), Kosovar Albanians, Chechens, as well as political dissidents from south-east Asia, the Balkans and Cuba.

The PRNTT is also engaged in a number of activities related to the initiative for a Community of Democracies launched in 2000 to promote a coordinated effort by democratic states for the establishment of civil and political rights around the world. PRNTT aims at promoting an international policy of law, freedom and democracy, by amending a ‘process’ that has permitted economic and social development in many parts of the world, but which continues to be unavailable to a large proportion of the population. The fact that entire populations are deprived of their fundamental rights, is still not considered as a priority by States and international organizations.


The global fight against the death penalty
One of the constituent members of the PRNTT is Hands Off Cain (Nessuno tocchi Caino), founded in Brussels in 1993. It consists of a league of citizens and parliamentarians fighting for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide. Its main goal was to obtain a worldwide moratorium on executions with a view to the abolition of the death penalty. The name “Hands Off Cain” is inspired by Genesis. The first book of the Bible includes not only the phrase “an eye for an eye” but also “And the Lord set a sign for Cain, lest any finding him should smite him”. Today this is interpreted as meaning that a state cannot decide on the lives of its citizens. Hands off Cain does not mean that Abel should not be kept in mind. It stands for justice without vengeance.

With regards to this extraordinarily important human and civil objective, Hands off Cain has managed to mobilize parliaments, governments and public opinion around the world. On December 18, 2007, 14 years after its foundation, Hands off Cain finally received approval at the United Nations General Assembly, through a Resolution for a Universal Moratorium on capital punishment. This was a historic victory for the whole world, and particularly for Italy, which can be meritted for convincing the representatives of countries from all continents to support an initiative that represents a major advancement in the entire human rights system. Through the vote in favour of the Moratorium, the United Nations confirmed the principle that the death penalty violates an individuals human rights and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity. The UN vote was of great significance to States, both in achieving the dream of nonviolence as well as in the administration of justice. Now, Hands off Cain is engaged in projects for the concrete application of the Moratorium on several fronts and in all cases of capital punishment: from Africa, where in recent years significant positive steps towards abolition have been made, to Asia, a continent where almost the total number of executions worldwide are carried out … with the aim that these countries cease to be Cain, by carrying out and witnessing the perversion that life is safeguarded by inflicting death.

The fight against fundamentalist prohibitionists
The prohibition of ‘drugs’ increased the value of these substances, creating parallel economies fully controlled by large criminal organizations, which often hold territorial control of entire regions, like for example in Colombia, Afghanistan and in Mexico, posing a threat to regional and global security and peace. Since 1998 the PRNTT has raised awareness of the need for new policies for the regulated production of opium, for medical industrialisation leading to the production of morphine, in response to the demand for opiumanalgesics, which is denied to 80{be639e75b6647fcdd94f0016eabbfb89e0239a9301f923a7bd7105792ffd323f} of the world’s population, as documented by the World Health Organisation, firstly through nonviolent actions and also through presenting formal documents and resolutions to the UN, both in the Parliaments of Rome and Strasbourg. This fight against prohibitionism is today, more than ever before, necessary and urgent, for the promotion of peace, liberty and democracy in many areas of the world.

The fight against Female Genital Mutilation
The campaign which was started in 2000, in collaboration with the radical association No Peace Without Justice, following a mission in Mali by Emma Bonino, who at the time was a Member of the European Parliament, took a decisive turn in 2003, thanks to the commitment of the then Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak, who organized a conference in Cairo which was attended by the highest Muslim and Coptic religious figures in the country. Within one month, the Cairo Declaration led to the adoption by the African Union of the Maputo Protocol, whichbans FGM as a violation of human rights of women and girls. Since then the campaign has led to 19 out of the 28 countries affected by the phenomenon to adopt a law banning FGM. Today, after 10 years and various conferences held in the main capital cities, the Member States of the African Union are engaging in efforts at the UN General Assembly for the adoption of a resolution banning FGM in 2011.

The World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research
Since 2006, the Radical Party has been working together with the Luca Cosconi Association (Associazione Luca Coscioni), to affirm the freedom of scientific research involving lawmakers, human rights activists, doctors, experts and Nobel laureates. Some of the commitments made during the meetings held in Rome and Brussels cover the monitoring of the state of freedom of research and care in the world, the strengthening or the creation of policies, rules and jurisdictions, including also international and constitutional ones, for the defence of the right to freedom of research, particularly the freedom of stem cell research.
Other commitments included the overcoming of prohibitions by the European Union on the financing of research obtained through the technique of nuclear cell transfer; the overcoming of the proposed bans, albeit in a non-binding way, at the United Nations; the promotion of the teaching of the scientific method; the assertion of self-determination in health care, even if the suspension of such treatment may lead to the patient’s death; the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, particularly in less developed countries.

Environment and Demography
The UN World Conference on Population and Development that was held in Cairo in 1994 established, as an objective, the ensuring by 2015 of the universal access to reproductive healthcare, including family planning. A proposal was put forward for a UN World Conference on Population and Development. However, this was blocked for five years. In fact, there is a vast international network set up in accordance with the goals set in Cairo. The connection which the PRNTT has always proposed, between the “population boom” and the pressure on environmental and food resources, is in common with many players in the global environmental movement, although it was excluded from the conclusions of the Copenhagen summit. The Report of the UN Population and Development Fund 2009 – State of World Population 2009. Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate ” – lists a high birth rate as one of the key growth drivers of global warming and one of its major risk factors.

Enabling international jurisdictions
The degeneration of the ‘real democracy’ must be addressed as a real disease, which is potentially fatal, affecting the democratic ideal. At the Congress, which was held in Tirana in 2002, we launched the proposal for a Universal Organization of ‘democracy’ and “democracies”. Supranational protection of democratic rights – universal rights historically acquired as “natural” – is the fundamental goal of the Radical Party, a goal that must be pursued through non-violence, that the European Parliament (in its resolution on the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World 2008) described as “the most appropriate instrument for the promotion of fundamental human rights.” To date this resolution has not led to any consequences, concrete action or budgetary commitments from the EU institutions and from European political parties. Emphasis on the Radical Party’s aim of “ensuring that people have access to democratic order and legal institutions in order to advance their political and social contexts” was at the heart of the debate of the final stage of the 39th Congress of the Radical Party in Rome, in December 2011.