Print this article   Email this to a friend

In Memoriam

José María “Txiki” Benegas

It is with great sadness that the Socialist International has received the news of the passing of José María Banegas, on Tuesday 25 August, in Madrid.

Until his death, Txiki served as a member of parliament, a post that he held since the Constituent Parliament of 1977, with a short change in the 1980s when he assumed responsibilities in the Basque Parliament, from where he gave a significant contribution to Spanish democracy.

Txiki Banegas was born in Caracas, the son of exiled parents after the Spanish Civil War, but the family returned to the Basque country when Txiki was aged 7. In 1971 he joined the Euskadi Socialist Party and later on he joined the UGT and the PSOE. In the Basque Socialist Party he served as general secretary from 1977 until 1988, after which he took the role of party president until 2002. At the national level, between 1984 and 1994 he was the PSOE organisation secretary, and from 1994 and 1997 he worked as secretary for political relations.

Those who had the opportunity of knowing and working with Txiki Banegas, will remember him for his commitment to the development and implementation of socialism in Spain, and to the consolidation of its democracy, as well as for his support to the struggles for the restoration of South American democracies, one of the causes on which he collaborated with the Socialist International. For the members of our political family, Txiki’s commitment and work for his party will serve as a lesson for us all.

The Socialist International expresses its condolences and solidarity to Txiki’s family and to its member party PSOE at this sad loss.



Socialist International

in memoriAM



Report to the XXV SI Congress


Resolutions and Decisions of the XXV SI Congress

Press coverage


SI in the News








Member parties in government

List of SI member parties in government 


Member Party Congresses


Ettakatol, Tunisia
8 - 10 September 2017


Frelimo, Mozambique 
11 Congress
26 September - 1 October 2017


Liberal Party of Colombia, Colombia
VII Congress
28 - 29 September 2017



Finances of the InternationAl

Budget and accounts




23 August 2017


Report of the Secretary General

Resolutions and Decisions of the XXIV Congress


International Women's Day 2016

Planet 50-50 by 2030:
Step It Up for Gender Equality


In support of democracy in Uganda

22 FEBRUARY 2016

In recent years the people of Africa have continued advancing and moving forward democratic governance in an important number of countries of the region. Today, more and more people in that continent enjoy freedoms and rights, a precondition for progress, development and peace. Members of the Socialist International in a good number of countries in Africa have been protagonists and actors of an era of change that has been bringing new opportunities and a new face to the political life of the continent. Nevertheless, authoritarianism, oppression and other evils of the past still linger in the political life of some of the countries in the region...


SI Solidarity with the Pakistani people

28 March 2016

The Socialist International expresses its solidarity with the people of Pakistan as they come to terms with the horrendous terrorist attack carried out yesterday near Lahore. Over 70 people lost their lives as they enjoyed a Sunday afternoon in the park, including numerous women and children, and over 300 were injured. We strongly denounce this violent act, as we have other such terrorist attacks in Pakistan and elsewhere. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the deceased and our sympathy is with all those injured and suffering as a result... 


SI denounces ruling against amnesty and reconciliation law in Venezuela

12 April 2016

The Socialist International denounces the grave disregard of the sovereign will of the Venezuelan people and the usurpation of powers by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) of the country, which yesterday declared as unconstitutional the Amnesty and National Reconciliation Law that had been approved by a majority in the National Assembly on 29 March this year. The resounding electoral victory in the elections to the National Assembly at the beginning of December 2015 was based on a clear proposal...

CIS, Caucasus and Black Sea

SI calls for an immediate end to the confrontation between Azerbaijanis and Armenians

04 APRIL 2016

The Socialist International has followed with great concern the hostilities and attacks that have taken place in the last 48 hours between Armenians and Azerbaijanis with a regrettable loss of numerous lives. Our International calls for an immediate ceasefire and for an end to these hostilities, and at the same time reiterates the urgent need for a resumption of dialogue within the framework of the Minsk Group, a body accepted by both Armenia and Azerbaijan and recognised by the multilateral organisations, to resolve through negotiation and in accordance with the principles of international law...


SI condemns terrorist attack in Nice and stands together with France

15 JULY 2015

The Socialist International vigorously condemns the despicable terrorist attack carried out last night during the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice that took the lives of at least 84 men, women and children, and left scores seriously injured. This horrific attack continues the path of successive acts of terrorism against innocent people in France and in other countries across the world, as extremists seek to generate a climate of fear and undermine democracy and the rights and freedoms people everywhere have fought to achieve.....