FREEDOM FOR OCALAN

FREEDOM FOR OCALAN

Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan and the political prisoners in Turkey. Ocalan’s freedom will mark a breakthrough for the democratization of Turkey and peace in Kurdistan.

www.freedomforocalan.org

A UK TRADE UNION CAMPAIGN
4 April 2018 –                       For immediate use

 Birthday Greetings to jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan

 The trade union based Freedom for Öcalan Campaign has asked the British Ambassador to Turkey to help them deliver birthday greetings to jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.

They have sent a card (design below) to Öcalan on his 69th birthday on the 4th of April. However as it is unlikely that the Turkish authorities will allow the card to be delivered via the post office they have sent it to the British Ambassador, Sir Dominick Chilcott KCMG, and asked him to deliver it to Öcalan.

Campaign Secretary Stephen Smellie said

“Öcalan has been in prison for 19 years, mostly in solitary confinement on Imrali Island, where for a number of years he has not had access to his family, lawyers or independent medical advice. Given these human rights are denied to him it is very unlikely that they will allow him a birthday card from trade unionists in the UK.

Therefore we thought it would be appropriate to seek support from the Ambassador to allow UK citizens to deliver birthday greetings to an elderly gentleman whom we believe is crucial to the efforts for a democratic and peaceful solution to the conflict in Turkey.”

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For more information contact – Stephen Smellie 07740096864
Freedom for Ocalan Campaign

c/o UNISON South Lanarkshire, 21 Beckford Street, Hamilton ML3 7Y Co-Convenors: Simon Dubbins and Christine Blower

Secretary: Stephen Smellie                  stephen_fs59@hotmail.com         Tel. 07740096864

The text of the letter to the Ambassador is below:

Dear Ambassador

Today, 4 April, is the birthday of Abdullah Öcalan, Kurdish leader, philosopher and teacher. As you will know Mr. Öcalan is detained in Imrali prison in solitary confinement as he has been for most of the nineteen years he has been in prison.

You will also know that Mr. Öcalan has been denied access to visitors including his family, lawyers and political colleagues for a very long time. During a recent health scare he was not able to access any independent medical advice. This isolation is a violation of his human rights.

The Freedom for Öcalan Campaign has been set up by UK trade unions to raise awareness of his incarceration and the refusal to afford him his human rights of access to family and legal advice.

Over the years Mr. Öcalan has written and spoke of the need for a democratic and peaceful resolution to the conflict in Turkey and the wider region. His teachings on democratic Confederalism, equality and ecology have inspired millions of Kurdish people and a growing number of UK citizens.

We believe that Mr. Öcalan is the key to resolving the Kurdish Question and achieving a peaceful solution. It is fact that it is he who the Turkish government has turned to on a number of occasions when they sought to achieve a negotiated peace. As recently as 2014/15 government officials were engaged in negotiations for peace with Mr. Öcalan until these talks were ended on the instructions of President Erdoğan.

It is not known whether he is able to receive any information from outside his prison accommodation. It does therefore seem unlikely that he will receive birthday wishes on this his 69th birthday. We therefore ask that you undertake to arrange for the enclosed card to be delivered to Mr. Öcalan on behalf of the UK trade union movement.

Yours faithfully

Stephen Smellie

Secretary

 

Cc        Boris Johnson, Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary

Abdulhamit Gül, Minister of Justice, Republic of Turkey

 

 

 

 

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..Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan and the political prisoners in Turkey. Ocalan’s freedom will mark a breakthrough for the democratization

of Turkey and peace in Kurdistan.

www.freedomforocalan.org

 

 

 

A UK TRADE UNION CAMPAIGN

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

4 April 2018 –                       For immediate use

 

Birthday Greetings to jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan

 

The trade union based Freedom for Öcalan Campaign has asked the British Ambassador to Turkey to help them deliver birthday greetings to jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.

 

They have sent a card (design below) to Öcalan on his 69th birthday on the 4th of April. However as it is unlikely that the Turkish authorities will allow the card to be delivered via the post office they have sent it to the British Ambassador, Sir Dominick Chilcott KCMG, and asked him to deliver it to Öcalan.

 

Campaign Secretary Stephen Smellie said

 

“Öcalan has been in prison for 19 years, mostly in solitary confinement on Imrali Island, where for a number of years he has not had access to his family, lawyers or independent medical advice. Given these human rights are denied to him it is very unlikely that they will allow him a birthday card from trade unionists in the UK.

 

Therefore we thought it would be appropriate to seek support from the Ambassador to allow UK citizens to deliver birthday greetings to an elderly gentleman whom we believe is crucial to the efforts for a democratic and peaceful solution to the conflict in Turkey.”

 

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For more information contact – Stephen Smellie 07740096864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Freedom for Ocalan Campaign

c/o UNISON South Lanarkshire, 21 Beckford Street, Hamilton ML3 7Y Co-Convenors: Simon Dubbins and Christine Blower

Secretary: Stephen Smellie                  stephen_fs59@hotmail.com         Tel. 07740096864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The text of the letter to the Ambassador is below:

 

Dear Ambassador

 

Today, 4 April, is the birthday of Abdullah Öcalan, Kurdish leader, philosopher and teacher. As you will know Mr. Öcalan is detained in Imrali prison in solitary confinement as he has been for most of the nineteen years he has been in prison.

 

You will also know that Mr. Öcalan has been denied access to visitors including his family, lawyers and political colleagues for a very long time. During a recent health scare he was not able to access any independent medical advice. This isolation is a violation of his human rights.

 

The Freedom for Öcalan Campaign has been set up by UK trade unions to raise awareness of his incarceration and the refusal to afford him his human rights of access to family and legal advice.

 

Over the years Mr. Öcalan has written and spoke of the need for a democratic and peaceful resolution to the conflict in Turkey and the wider region. His teachings on democratic Confederalism, equality and ecology have inspired millions of Kurdish people and a growing number of UK citizens.

 

We believe that Mr. Öcalan is the key to resolving the Kurdish Question and achieving a peaceful solution. It is fact that it is he who the Turkish government has turned to on a number of occasions when they sought to achieve a negotiated peace. As recently as 2014/15 government officials were engaged in negotiations for peace with Mr. Öcalan until these talks were ended on the instructions of President Erdoğan.

 

It is not known whether he is able to receive any information from outside his prison accommodation. It does therefore seem unlikely that he will receive birthday wishes on this his 69th birthday. We therefore ask that you undertake to arrange for the enclosed card to be delivered to Mr. Öcalan on behalf of the UK trade union movement.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Stephen Smellie

Secretary

 

Cc        Boris Johnson, Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary

Abdulhamit Gül, Minister of Justice, Republic of Turkey

 

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