AN URGENT APPEAL TO THE GOVERNMENT OF TURKEY AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. Imrali delegation.

Abdullah Öcalan’s unlawful and inhumane isolation must be ended immediately. Otherwise hundreds of people who are on hunger strike in Turkish prisons and outside Turkey face certain death in the coming days and weeks. Today, 15 February 2019, marks both the 20thanniversary of Öcalan’s abduction and the 100thday of HDP MP Leyla Güven´s hunger strike. The situation now for Ms. Güven and the more than 330 others on hunger strike around the world is beyond critical. By failing to exert pressure on the Turkish authorities to abide by their own laws and constitution and the most basic international human rights standards, the international community must be regarded as complicit in serious human rights abuses committed by the Turkish government. We therefore urge the international community to break its silence. Continue reading

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Towards a New International Solidarity : Speech Delivered in Brussels at the 15th Annual EUTCC Conference on December 6, 2018

Dr. Thomas Jeffrey Miley

Lecturer of Political Sociology, Cambridge, and Member of the EUTCC Executive Board

Thank you very much.  It is an honor to get the chance to speak here again, I was here last year also speaking, and today on this panel as well, with its very important interventions, with respect to this question of what international solidarity must look like in the 21st century, and I do think that the international campaign of solidarity, particularly with the Freedom for Öcalan campaign, is very important.  And it is important that people spread the message of Abdullah Öcalan.  I myself have been committed to doing that.  This book that we have recently published has been part of getting that message out, and I think it is urgent that we do so. Continue reading

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA NEWS BRIEFING JANUARY 2019

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE

FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

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

  1. Leyla Guven : Letter to President of the European Parliament
  2. Kurdish MP on hunger strike prepared to “protest to the death”
  3. Leyla Guven:MP on hunger strike for 77 days in Turkey.
  4. Jailed Kurdish politician on hunger strike: We are determined 
  5. Welsh Kurds Start Hunger Strike for Ocalan
  6. Co-mayor candidate and many other women detained in Sirnak
  7. Actions for Rojava across the United States
  8. Italian women in solidarity with Leyla Guven 
  9. Solidarity Party of Afghanistan supports Kurdish hunger strikers
  10. Demo against isolation in Paris 
  11. Hunger strike in Strasbourg on day 43
  12. A people’s leader cannot be in isolation, the resistance goes on! 

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A CALL FOR ENDING THE ISOLATION OF ABDULLAH OCALAN AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN TURKEY

International Initiative – Freedom for Ocalan – Peace in Kurdistan

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Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

12 January 2019

 We, the undersigned, call for an immediate end to the solitary confinement of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan and other political prisoners in Turkey who are being held in gross violation of their human rights and of the norms of the internationally agreed-upon Mandela Rules. Continue reading

KNK statement on the current hunger strikes in protest at the continuing imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan

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For Peace and Democracy in Turkey the Isolation of Abdullah Öcalan Needs to be Ended Urgently

The Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is held in the Imrali High Security Prison F-Type since 1999, has not been allowed to meet with his lawyers since July 27, 2011. From 2015 onwards, his family has visited him just once in September 11, 2016.

Since July 21, 2016, the Bursa Executive Court No.1 has cited the State of Emergency declared in the country to completely deny him all his fundamental rights as a political prisoner. All means of communication including letters, fax messages or telephone calls have been banned indefinitely and without exception. The isolationist measures in Imrali were regularly presented to the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).

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Towards a New International Solidarity

Dr. Thomas Jeffrey Miley

Lecturer of Political Sociology, Cambridge, and Member of the EUTCC Executive Board

Speech Delivered in Brussels at the 15thAnnual EUTCC Conference on December 6, 2018

Thank you very much.  It is an honor to get the chance to speak here again, I was here last year also speaking, and today on this panel as well, with its very important interventions, with respect to this question of what international solidarity must look like in the 21stcentury, and I do think that the international campaign of solidarity, particularly with the Freedom for Öcalan campaign, is very important. And it is important that people spread the message of Abdullah Öcalan.  I myself have been committed to doing that.  This book that we have recently published has been part of getting that message out, and I think it is urgent that we do so. Continue reading

Turkey’s Latest Invasion Plans Must be Stopped – Rojava Must Survive

PEACE IN KURDISTAN

Statement, 17 December 2018

President Erdogan of Turkey has once again set his sights on an invasion of Rojava to eradicate the Kurdish administration there which Turkish leaders describe as a “nest of terrorists”.

In a speech on 12 December, Erdogan threatened to launch a major military operation “east of the Euphrates” within “a few days” to cleanse the territory of Kurdish forces.  There are now real fears that the invasion is imminent. Continue reading

Solidarity Greetings on the PKK’s 40th Anniversary

PEACE IN KURDISTAN

Peace in Kurdistan declares its solidarity with the Kurdish people on the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Over the past four decades the party has totally transformed the political landscape of Kurdistan and the Middle East region. The Kurds are now a political force that cannot be ignored. This is true in Turkey, in Rojava and everywhere where the Kurds exist.

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European Court of Human Rights Demands Demirtas’ Release

issued by the Registrar of the Court

ECHR 395 (2018)

20.11.2018

The Court finds several violations of the Convention and orders the termination of the pre-trial detention of opposition politician Selahattin Demirtaş.

In today’s Chamber judgment1 in the case of Selahattin Demirtaş v. Turkey (no. 2) (application no. 14305/17) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: no violation of Article 5 § 1 (right to liberty and security) of the European Convention on Human Rightsa violation of Article 5 § 3 (right to be brought promptly before a judge) of the Convention, no violation of Article 5 § 4 (right to a speedy review of the lawfulness of detention), a violation of Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 (right to free elections); and, by six votes to one, that there had been: a violation of Article 18 (limitation on use of restrictions on rights) in conjunction with Article 5 § 3. Continue reading

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING November 2018

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

#WomenRiseUpforAfrin

 

  1. Dear Women and Sisters: we once again invite you stand besides us in the second phase of
    Women Rise Up For Afrin campaign
    15 November/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
    We are a network of women standing up against the unlawful occupation of Afrin by the Turkish state and its collaborating jihadist groups. On February 8th  2018 Kongra Star started the “Women Rise up For Afrin” campaign in Afrin, focusing mainly on the Middle East. In Europe and South America, it started on the International Women’s Day, on March 8th  2018, when women from all over the world began taking part in different activities against the Turkish occupation. The actions you carried out for Women Rise Up For Afrin had a lot of impact around the world and made visible Turkish true colours and intentions.
    https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2018/11/15/dear-women-and-sisters-we-once-again-invite-you-stand-besides-us-in-the-second-phase-of-women-rise-up-for-afrin-campaign/

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