PRESS RELEASE by the International Peace Delegation

19 February 2017

An international peace delegation organized by the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) and consisting of 11 members from Europe and North America, including Members of European Parliament and of the Council of Europe, academics, and journalists, has been in Diyarbakir and Istanbul this past week.  The delegation has met with representatives from the Kurdish Freedom Movement, political parties, trade unions, academics, journalists, and other civil society organizations.


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CALL FOR THE LONG-MARCH & RALLY in LONDON FOR THE FREEDOM OF OCALAN

AND TO CONDEMN THE 15 FEBRUARY INTERNATIONAL PLOT AGAINST THE KURDISH FREEDOM MOVEMENT!
KURDISH PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY: March Date: 11-12 February 2017

The 15 February 1999 international plot reserves its place in history as a dark day for our people, our nation and our movement. Now with the plot in its 19th year, the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan continues to display immense resistance. We salute our leader with the spirit of the Rojava revolution, the Kobane victory, and the Sur-Cizre-Silopi-Nusaybin-Sirnak resistances. Continue reading

INFORMATION FILE 10.01.2017 The Freedom of Abdullah Öcalan Will Guarantee the Success of the Peace Process in Turkey

The Committee for Freedom of Öcalan c/o KNK Rue Jean Stas 41, 1060 Bruxelles  

Contents

  1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
  2. 2016 REPORT ON RIGHTS AND INFRINGEMENTS IN IMRALI PRISON  ……………….4-7
  3. IMRALI PEACE DELEGATION IN ISTANBUL……………………………………………….8-10
  4. IMRALI PEACE DELEGATION IN STRASBOURG…………………………………………10-11
  5. TRANSFORMATION PERIOD………………………………………………………… …….11 – 12
  6. EFFORTS FOR PEACE AND RESPONSE……………………………………………………..12-13
  7. IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE EAST………………………………………………………………13-14
  8. ISOLATION…………………………………………………………………………………….14 – 15
  9. ISOLATION: FACTS AND FIGURES……………………………………………………… …….16
  10. THE EU AND THE REALITY IN TURKEY…………………………………………………………………… 17
  11. UNITE and GMB APPEAL TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THE ‘FREEDOM FOR ÖCALAN’ CAMPAIGN………………………………………………………………………………………… ….18
  12. ASSASSINATION PLANS AGAINST MR ABDULLAH ÖCALAN……………………………19
  13. FREEDOM FOR ÖCALAN SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN FORM……..…………………………20
  14. NOTARY APPROVAL………………..…………………………………………………………….21

 Introduction:

In 1998, Turkey threatened Syria with war if Syria did not expel the Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan from the country. As a result of this threat, Abdullah Öcalan left Syria and travelled to Europe in order to promote a political solution. However, due to continued pressure from Turkey, Öcalan could not find amnesty in Europe and eventually found himself in Kenya. Continue reading

CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF STUDENTS ARBITRARILY DETAINED IN TURKEY

 

TO THE GOVERNMENT, JUDICIAL AUTHORITIES, UNIVERSITIES, DEANS & LECTURERS IN TURKEY

We are deeply concerned that approximately 400 students are being held in arbitrary detention in Turkey. Pre- trial detention should only be used as a matter of last resort, as an exceptional practice, however, now in Turkey it is now used as a matter of course and, in effect, as a method of punishment without trial. Continue reading

Fear of genocide in South-east Turkey

 Report on an emergency visit to HDP MPs in Diyarbakir, Turkey, 18th -20th November 2016 by Julie Ward MEP and Melanie Gingell, barrister

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

MPs in South-East Turkey have expressed fears that the next step in the repressive, downward spiral in the mainly Kurdish district of South-East Turkey will be a genocide.

Julie Ward, Labour MEP for North West England, and Melanie Gingell, Barrister, visited Diyarbakir in South East Turkey between 18th and 20th November 2016 in response to an urgent call from the HDP in a mission facilitated by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign. Both women have made previous visits to the region, Ward as recently as mid-October 2016. Continue reading

PIK Emergency Visit to HDP MPs in Diyarbakir – 18th- 20th November 2016

Julie Ward, MEP for North West England, and Melanie Gingell, Barrister, visited Diyarbakir in South East Turkey between 18th and 20th November 2016 in response to an urgent call from the HDP and facilitated by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign.

Ten HDP deputies (elected members of parliament) have been detained by the Turkish State in the last 3 weeks following the brutal crack down of opposition parties in the wake of the failed coup attempt on 15th July 2016. The HDP had condemned the coup-attempt at the first possible opportunity, describing it as an assault on democracy. Continue reading

Call for solidarity with rule of law, human rights, democracy and freedoms- Trial of Kamuran Yuksek.

05/10/2016 For immediate release PARTÎYA HERÊMÊN DEMOKRATÎK
To the international press and public opinion

Call for solidarity with rule of law, human rights, democracy and freedoms
The Democratic Regions Party (DBP) is a Kurdish political party that works towards developing democracy, human rights, rule of law, freedom and the status of Kurds in Turkey. DBP follows the tradition of the struggle and line of the Kurdish political movement. The Kurdish political movement has been fighting against the status quo and its supporters since the beginning of 90’s. DBP and the Kurdish political movement have a strong tradition of struggle of progressive forces. Continue reading

Model Letter: Urgent Appeal to Convention against Prevention of Torture -CPT

Council of Europe / Conseil de l’Europe

F – 67075 Strasbourg Cedex

Tel +33 (0)3 88 41 22 79

Fax +33 (0)3 88 41 27 72

cptdoc@coe.int; corinne.goberville@coe.int; Jeroen.SCHOKKENBROEK@coe.int

To CPT officials,

Re: Demand for urgent meeting with Abdullah Ocalan

 As you are well aware, the coup attempt in Turkey on 15th July 2016 proved to be unsuccessful, but it is clear that the aftermath will have significant political implications.

When President Tayyip Erdogan took a decision to intensify the war on the Kurds and destroy Kurdish towns and cities a year ago, at the same time he took measures to repress Kurdish civil society. The immunities on MPs were removed which was seen as aimed at the HDP in particular and Mayors were imprisoned and removed from their posts. The scale of this repression of the Kurdish people was unprecedented in recent history. Continue reading

OPEN LETTER Urgent Appeal to European Committee for the Prevention of Torture -CPT

OPEN LETTER

Urgent Appeal to European Committee for the Prevention of Torture -CPT

 Council of Europe / Conseil de l’Europe
F – 67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel +33 (0)3 88 41 22 79
Fax +33 (0)3 88 41 27 72

To CPT officials,

Re: Demand for urgent meeting with Abdullah Ocalan

 As you are well aware, the unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey on the 15th of July, 2016. Even at this early stage it is clear that this coup attempt will have significant reverberations.
When President Tayyip Erdogan took a decision to intensify the war on the Kurds and destroy Kurdish towns and cities a year ago, he also moved to suppress Kurdish civil society. The immunities of MPs were removed and Co-Mayors were being imprisoned and removed from their posts. The suppression in Kurdish people was unmatched by any previous historical record. Continue reading

Press Conference in Strasbourg To mark the 4th Anniversary of the Permanent VIGIL for the freedom of Abdullah OCALAN and other political prisoners

Invitation to the Press Conference in Strasbourg

To mark the 4th Anniversary of the Permanent VIGIL for the freedom of Abdullah OCALAN and other political prisoners

 Date: 23th June 2016

Time: 13.00

Place: In front of the Council of Europe

 At the press conference will speak:

  1. KRANBICHLER Florian – MP of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe SI-SEL Bolzano-Italy
  2. HEUSCHMANN Maya, Amnesty International, Swiss, Turkey-Desk
  3. FLUCKIGER Martin, Party BASTA General Secretary, Swiss
  1. VENTURINI Federico, School of Geography, University of Leeds; advisory board member of Transnational Institute for Social Ecology, UK, Member of Imrali Delegation
  2. SWEENEY Steve, Branch Secretary, Unite National Publishing and Media Branch (Trade Union-UNITE), UK, On behalf of “ Free Abdullah Ocalan“ campaign
  3. KARTAL Remzi, Co-President of KONGRA-GEL
  4. KAV Fuad, Freedoom for Ocalan Committee

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