International Peace Initiative Welcomes News of Negotiations between the Turkish State and Abdullah Öcalan


Issued: 9th January 2013

For Immediate Release


The International Peace Initiative welcomes the positives steps that have been recently taken by the Turkish State to resume talks with PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, in the wake of a joint call in December, led by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and supported by other leading international figures, for a Resumption of Dialogue between Turkey and Öcalan, for a lasting and peaceful settlement of the Kurdish issue in Turkey.

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International Peace Initiative to be launched in Brussels



Monday 3rd December , 10h30,  International Press Centre, Maelbeek Room

Résidence Palace, Rue de la Loi n.155, 1040 Brussels  (B)

Launch of the International Peace Initiative and call from  Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for the Resumption of Dialogue on the Kurdish question in  Turkey
The  Secretariat of the IPI invites you attend a press  conference to launch The International  Peace Initiative on Monday  3rd December 2012 @10h30 at the Residence Palace in  Brussels.

This  initiative is launched with the support of Archbishop  Emeritus Desmond Tutu. To mark the occasion, he and a list of eminent  signatories including Nobel Peace Prize recipients and former heads of state  and of government from the United States, Europe and Asia, including East  Timor and Tibet, have issued a joint call for a Resumption of Dialogue  between Turkey and the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, for a  lasting and peaceful settlement of the Kurdish issue in Turkey. This statement  will be read out and distributed at the press  conference. Continue reading

International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative to hold press conference

The International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative, established in December 2012 with a call for a restart to peace talks in Turkey, will hold a press conference next week in the European Parliament. They will report back on a fact-finding mission relating to the peace process in Turkey:

Results and report of the fact-finding mission of the International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative (IPRI) on the peace process relating to the Kurdish Question in Turkey

Thursday 11th December, 14h00, EP press room, BXL

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Honorary Elder (founding member and chair of the Elders 2007-13); a veteran anti-apartheid activist and peace campaigner widely regarded as ‘South Africa’s moral conscience’, South Africa Continue reading

New international initiative calls for peace talks

A new initiative was launched at a press conference on Monday with a call for the reopening of dialogue between the Turkish government and the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. The call, made by Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, has the support of a number of world leaders.

The International Peace and Reconciliation Initiative  was launched with statements from South African Judge Essa Moosa and Ngodup Dorjee, representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the joint call was signed by such prominent dignitaries as former President of the USA Jimmy Carter and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. The joint appeal can be read in full below.

The IPRI will work towards finding a lasting and durable peace in Turkey through a process of dialogue and negotiations between the Turkish government and Abdullah Ocalan representing the Kurdish people. Its main objective is to facilitate a lasting peaceful solution to the Kurdish question by providing an international forum to highlight key issues in the Kurdish question and inform policy makers and the public of development on this issue. Continue reading

Briefing on the International Peace Delegation to Imrali 11-16 February 2019

Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdish people, is under a harsh state of aggravated isolation, having been granted only two visits since April 2015. Öcalan has been imprisoned in the F-type high-security prison on İmralı Island in the Marmara Sea, Turkey, since 1999, when he was abducted in a clandestine NATO operation involving the intelligence agencies of Turkey, Israel, and the United States. Abdullah Öcalan has not been allowed access to or communication with a lawyer since 2011, and is forbidden from contacting the outside world in any way. This condition of aggravated isolation violates not only International Law and the European Convention on Human Rights, which Turkey is obliged to follow as a member of the Council of Europe, but also Turkey’s own constitution and legal code. Continue reading

Call for a Women’s Alliance for Peace in Afrin

The olive tree is a symbol of peace, freedom, and fertility in the Middle East. It symbolizes the natural beauty of a region, which historians refer to as “the cradle of civilization” – Mesopotamia. The olive tree is also a vital part of the life in Afrin, a Kurdish region in the northwest of Syria. In Afrin today, it is Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs of the Muslim, Christian, Alevi, and Yazidi faiths, that jointly organise their lives in the shade of thousands of olive trees. In the spirit of the olive tree, Afrin is considered the last stable area in the country and has been largely spared by the war. Continue reading

On International Human Rights Day join us in the march for the FREEDOM of ÖCALAN!

A revolutionary leader


“Peace is more difficult than War. We were not scared when we resisted, we will not be scared when we make peace.”

– Abdullah Öcalan

DEMONSTRATION – Sunday 10th DEC 2017

Start @ 12:00 at BBC, Portland Pl., W1A 1AA

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Dear Prime Minister… Letter to Theresa May from Peace in Kurdistan.

The Rt Honourable Theresa May MP

10 Downing Street
27th April 2017

Dear Theresa May,

We are writing to you to express our deep concern and indignation about the nature of the current relationship between the UK and Turkey. We will touch on four matters namely the Referendum of 16th April, the Turkish State’s War against the Kurds and the plight of political prisoners in Turkey, a large proportion of whom are Kurdish and finally arms sales to Turkey.


Having won by the slimmest of majorities and without any criticism from your government, President Erdogan now has his mandate to derail Turkish democracy and set in stone the repressive measures he had imposed by virtue of a series of emergency decrees. The OSCE official election observers, as you will know, have reported that the Referendum of 16th April 2017 did not meet Council of Europe standards, was not a genuinely democratic process and that the mass arrests of journalists and the closure of media outlets denied the Turkish people a real choice. Continue reading