Our organisation was founded during the 1920s, and for most of our history has been a European organisation. However, in recent years, the ILRS has expanded its membership and contacts to North and South America, Australia, and Africa, and we currently represent over 200,000 socialists of different faiths in the world’s socialist, social democratic, and labour parties.
We hold international seminars on social and economic issues, and we hold a triennial conference as both a governing body and an issues forum. Our last congress was held in June 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden.
We believe that aside from dealing with the issues of globalisation, marginalisation, and human rights, that we have a responsibility to fight against religious fundamentalism as well as the use of religion as a tool of political conservatism.
The ILRS believes that as people of diverse faiths are created equal before their Creator, we must fight for tolerance of religious diversity, and social and economic equality throughout the world. We must fight to elminate poverty and reverse the widening social, cultural, and economic gap between peoples.
As an associate organisation of the Socialist International, the ILRS seeks to work within the member parties of the Socialist International, to achieve our common political goals.