International of Anarchist Federations

International of Anarchist Federations

Logo of the IAF

Regions where IAF member federations exist
Abbreviation IAF/IFA
Formation 1968
Purpose/focus Agitation, propaganda and international cooperation
Region served Worldwide
Official languages Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Esperanto

The International of Anarchist Federations (IAF/IFA) (French: L'international des Federations Anarchistes) was founded during an international Anarchist conference in Carrara in 1968 by the three existing European federations of France, Italy and Spain as well as the Bulgarian federation in French exile. Other groups were also present in the formation of the IAF, such as the now defunct London Federation of Anarchists who took part in the preparation for the conference in 1968.[1] According to Time magazine, before the first IAF conference in Carrara could begin, firemen were called to check the venue for bombs.[2] The Carrara congress was a response to a congress held in London from June to August 1958 which "recreated a certain dynamism and wish towards the organisational aspiration of international anarchism".[3].

To counter the internationalisation of state and capitalist powers that are developing their influences ever rapidly on a global scale, the IAF has since aimed to build and improve strong and active international anarchist structures. The federations associated with IAF believe that such an organisation is necessary to co-ordinate their international work and efficiently co-operate towards their mutual aims.

In order to further improve the quality of exchange and co-operation, IAF also keeps close contact with other anarchist organisations, such as the International Workers Association (IWA), an international association of Anarcho-Syndicalist organisations and unions. The IAF contains a large number of Anarchist-Communist federations and individuals.[4]


[edit] Principles

The principles of work within IFA are that of Federalism, free arrangement and Mutual Aid, and as states in their preamble of their principles, the IAF fights for:

1) the abolition of all forms of authority whether economical, political, social, religious, cultural or sexual.
2) the construction of a free society, without classes or States or frontiers, founded on anarchist federalism and mutual aid.[5]

The IAF is committed to Direct Action, Anti-Parliamentarism and an opposition to Reformism, both on a theoretical and a "practical point of view".

To improve co-ordination and communication within IAF, as well as to provide an open contact address for the public and other anarchist groups and organisations, an International Secretariat (Commission of Relations of the International of Anarchist Federations - referred to commonly as C.R.I.F.A.) was set up, CRIFA irregularly rotates among the IAF federations. It is currently based with the Federacin Anarquista Ibrica (Spain). Often, the different member Federations will work with one another on certain agreed issues and campaigns in order to be able to mount a joint worldwide effort to raise awareness and help combat that certain issue.

The different member Federations also produce their own publications, such as Le Monde libertaire in France and Belgium, and El Libertario in Argentina, however there was also an IAF magazine, Anarkiista Debato[6] which produced an issue, however, due to lack of funds were unable to continue.

A number of reports have been written for the IAF, particularly on single issues such as the struggle between the village of Rossport, the Corrib gas field and Shell in 2007.[7] Members of the IAF often congregate at meetings of world leaders, such as Gleneagles in 2005.[8]

[edit] Member organisations

Note: Please keep in mind that the member Federations do not correspond to countries, as the first publication of Anarkiista Debato (the IAF's magazine) explains:

As Anarchists we do not recognise borders or states. The federations group together people who share either a common language (AFed, FAF, FdA...) or a similar culture (Iberian FAI, CSAF...) and often go beyond national limitations.[9]
Country Name Acronym Publications Site link
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina–Ž Argentine Libertarian Federation (Federacion Libertaria Argentina) FLA El Libertario[10] Website
Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus–Ž Anarchist Federation of Belarus (ññññññ ññññññž raquo;ññññ) / FAB --- Website
Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Federation of Anarchists in Bulgaria(ñññ ñññññ ñŠraquo;ññ) / FAB --- Website
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Flag of Slovakia.svg Czech Republic, Slovakia Czech-Slovak Anarchist Federation (Ceskoslovenskfiexcl; Anarchistickfiexcl; Federfiexcl;cia) CSAF A-kontra[11] Website
Flag of France.svg Flag of Belgium.svg France, Belgium Anarchist Federation (Fdration Anarchiste) FA / FAF Le Monde libertaire[12] Website
Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Germany, German-speaking Switzerland Federation of German speaking Anarchists (Fderation Deutschsprachiger AnarchistInnen) FdA --- Website
Flag of Italy.svg–Ž Italy Italian Anarchist Federation (Federazione Anarchica Italiana) FAI Umanit Nova[13] Website
Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Spain,–Ž *Portugal Iberian Anarchist Federation (Federacin Anarquista Ibrica) FAI Tierra y Libertad[14] Website
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Britain, Ireland Anarchist Federation AF / AFed Organise![15] and Resistance[16] Website

There are currently organisations in Venezuela[17], as well as other groups (both formal and informal) and individuals around the world that the IAF is in contact, or holding discussions with.

  • Although the FAI is technically an Iberian organisation (in that it encompasses all the regions in the Iberian peninsula), it does not contain members in Portugal or Andorra.

[edit] Other anarchist internationals

[edit] References

[edit] External links

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