What next for Turkey and the Kurdish resistance after the local elections?

 A public forum called by Peace in Kurdistan, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC), London Kurdish Solidarity (LKS) and Democratic Kurdish Peoples Assembly UK.

Date: Monday, 29 April 6pm

Venue: Unite House, 128 Theobald Road, Holborn, London WC1X 8TN

Erdoğan suffered a massive defeat during Turkey’s recent local elections, losing both his strongholds in Ankara and Istanbul as well as suffering defeats across the Kurdish regions with people rejecting the kayuums – ‘trustees’ that he’d imposed there. These defeats took place against a backdrop of massive repression including the detention of hundreds of politicians and journalists who are in prison and a tamed mainstream media that is almost entirely pro-Erdoğan. Continue reading

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ACTIVISTS FAST IN NEWPORT IN SUPPORT OF KURDISH HUNGER STRIKER

FOR RELEASE 19/04/2019

Contact details

Address: Kurdish Community Centre, 119-121 Chepstow Road, Newport, NP19 8BZ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KSCCymru

Email: thomas_muntzer_cardiff@hotmail.co.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 7940 108 146

 

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(NEWPORT, WALES) Today local residents and campaigners will take part in a solidarity fast at the Kurdish Community Centre in Newport. This fast is in solidarity with Imam Sis, the 32 year old Kurdish resident of Newport who has reached day 124 of his indefinite, non-alternating hunger strike. Continue reading

STUC supports Kurdish hunger strikers – report/press release

STUC supports Kurdish hunger strikers – report/press release

From the beginning, and the mention of Welsh Kurdish hunger striker Imam Sis in

Lynn Henderson’s presidential opening speech, the Kurds featured prominently at

this week’s Scottish Trade Union Congress.

An emergency motion, brought by Aberdeen Trades Council, whose secretary, Fiona

Napier, has visited the Kurdish hunger strikers in Strasbourg, mandated the STUC

General Council to show concrete support for the hunger strikers, and their demand

that Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan be allowed his basic human right to visits by

his family and his lawyer, by writing to the Council of Europe (of which Turkey is a

member), the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, and the UK foreign

Minister, as well as informing trade unionists about the hunger strike and

encouraging supportive actions. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 30 MARCH – 12 APRIL 2019

NEWS

  1. Comrade of Bobby Sands: The silence is shameful
  2. Sinn Féin: Irish peace deal must be protected from Brexit crisis
  3. Day 113 of indefinite hunger strike in Strasbourg
  4. Leyla Guven: 152 days on hunger strike against isolation
  5. “Stand against the Turkish state invasion”
  6. Autonomous Administration proposes congress on ISIS prisoners
  7. Hundreds rallied in Wales in solidarity with hunger strikers
  8. Hunger strike resistance continues in many prisons and houses. Newly-elected Kurdish mayors in Turkey under investigation after celebrating victory

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NEWS BRIEFING March-April 2019

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

  1. Owen Joins Hunger Strike
  2. British Human Rights Lawyer Owen: Support the hunger strikers
  3. Kurdish hunger strikers saluted at 8 March rally in London
  4. Paris 8 March celebration commended Leyla Güven
  5. HPG-YJA Star guerrillas celebrate April 4
  6. Isis women must be repatriated and de-radicalised
  7. Women, children leaving IS stronghold overwhelm Syrian camp
    8. Six years of YPJ: growing and changing society – PART I
  8. Kurdish women prepare for a life after IS. VIDEO
  9. Pictures of the Day: 28 March 2019
  10. Syria: Women must play active role in shaping the country’s future | Amnesty International
  11. Elections, expense scandals and Women’s Day in Turkish headlines
  12. Erdogan slams women’s day rally over ‘rude’ behaviour
  13. HDP women win big in Turkey elections despite party setbacks

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FREEDOM POEMS FOR OCALAN

Writing poetry, in a way, is a quest for freedom

Freedom Poems for Öcalan Spreads V2

Abdullah Ocalan

PEACE IN KURDISTAN

Press release, 4 April 2019

The poems collected in this volume are presented to Abdullah Ocalan on his 70th birthday on 4 April 2019.

They are each a gesture of solidarity and token of friendship for Ocalan himself and for the Kurdish people from whom he is inseparable.

Each poem is an expression of admiration for the spirit of the Kurds, inspired by their resilience, resistance and belief in the joy of life. The remarkable awakening of the consciousness and political activism of the Kurdish people in recent years has been engendered by the remarkable leadership and writings of Abdullah Ocalan. Despite enduring decades of incarceration removed entirely from the world, his people and denied all human contacts, Ocalan still communicates through his words and as a living example of the essential strength of the Kurdish spirit. He will not and cannot be silenced. Continue reading

Margaret Owen joins Hunger Strike

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Margaret Owen OBE joins Hunger Strike. Maxine Peake to address the public meeting at 7pm.

On Tuesday 2nd April Margaret Owen OBE, lawyer, Patron of Peace in Kurdistan, and Director of Widows Through Peace and Democracy will commence a hunger strike in solidarity with Kurdish hunger strikers across Europe, calling for an end to the unlawful prison conditions of Abdullah Ocalan the jailed Kurdish leader.  Owen has been a passionate advocate for Kurdish rights for many years, and now at the age of 86 has decided to take this very significant step. Continue reading

Margaret Owen OBE joins Hunger Strike. Maxine Peake to address the public meeting at 7pm.

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Tuesday 2nd April Margaret Owen OBE, lawyer, Patron of Peace in Kurdistan, and Director of Widows Through Peace and Democracy will commence a hunger strike in solidarity with Kurdish hunger strikers across Europe, calling for an end to the unlawful prison conditions of Abdullah Ocalan the jailed Kurdish leader.  Owen has been a passionate advocate for Kurdish rights for many years, and now at the age of 86 has decided to take this very significant step. Continue reading

Letter to Secretary of Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture from the Imrali Delegation.

CPT – Council of Europe Executive Secretary of CPT, Mr. Regis BRILLAT
F – 67075 Strasbourg Cedex,
E-Mail: Regis.BRILLAT@coe.int
CC Head of Division for Turkey of CPT
Mr. Michael NEURAUTER
E-Mail: Michael.NEURAUTER@coe.int
Copy of the letter to Mr. Thorbj.rn Jagland
Secretary General of the Council of Europe

Dear Mr. Regis Brillat,

We are writing to you as members of the 2019 International Peace Delegation to İmralı regarding the unlawful imprisonment conditions of Abdullah OÅNcalan, the leader of the Kurdish people, and the mass hunger strikes that have been undertaken throughout Turkey and across the world to protest these conditions, which are now at a critical point. We write to you to request a meeting with you at the earliest possible time in order to raise our concerns about this situation, and to discuss the findings of the delegation, which are detailed in the report that you will find attached. 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