On Human Rights Day

Kongreya Neteweyî ya Kurdistanê    Kurdistan National Congress
Congrès National du Kurdistan

10th December is Human Rights Day which is celebrated internationally. Today we are celebrating its seventieth anniversary. It was sixty-nine years ago, on 10 December 1948, when the world was just emerging from the aftermath of the Second World War whose horrors claimed so many victims and whose impact affected all peoples.
The people of Kurdistan did not go unaffected by the Second World War, in fact since the First World War Kurdistan had fallen victim to unfolding divisions between four states. In a similar way, after the Second World War, the fulfilment of the Kurds’ rights was not granted legitimacy and so their rights were denied to them. As an example, the destruction of the Kurdistan Republic of Mehabad occurred in the preceding year to the adopting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
That Declaration was overwhelmingly ratified by the United Nations. Later with the expansion of the United Nations the new countries which joined approved its articles. Among these countries are the four occupying states of Kurdistan, which have committed themselves to its principles. Continue reading

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Organisers

Freedom for Ocalan Campaign Trade Unioun Group (UK) – Kurdish People’s Assembly UK – International Initiative “Freedom for Ocalan – Peace in Kurdistan” – Peace in Kurdistan Campaign – Democratic Unity of Community Centres in UK – Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign – Kurdistan Students Union

 

PRESS RELEASE

1st December 2017

 Demonstration for freedom of Abdullah Öcalan and all political prisoners in Turkey on International Human Rights Day, 10th Dec 2017

On 10 December, International Human Rights Day, we will call for the release of Abdullah Öcalan, Kurdish freedom fighter, intellectual leader and political prisoner for 19 years.

Like Nelson Mandela before him, Abdullah Öcalan has been a charismatic and intellectual inspiration for his people. In the 1980s he led the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in armed combat against the Turkish State, a state whose violence against the Kurdish people had led to Turkey earning a reputation as Europe’s worst human rights violator. The number of pro-Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey has reached more than ten thousand. In recent years Öcalan has repeatedly called for a political solution to the Kurdish Question, has called on Turkey to lay down its arms and meet Kurdish representatives around a table of peace.

The academic writings of Öcalan have been the inspiration of a new movement in the Middle East: Democratic Confederalism. The idea that administration in the region should be ethnically inclusive, anti-sectarian and fundamentally rooted in gender equality is one that is being put into practice across Northern Syria by the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS). For a region that is better known for sectarianism and gender discrimination these ideas are revolutionary and exciting. Each political position in the DFNS, started by the

Kurds in Syria, is held jointly by a woman and a man, while civil society is being organised on a cooperative basis with great focus on ecological sustainability.

In the international effort to defeat so-called Islamic State (ISIS/Daesh), the military units of the DFNS have been at the frontline of the battle, providing the “boots on the ground” for the International Coalition. The DFNS have lost 6000 lives in this war. Thus far the repayment for this brave fight and heroic sacrifice has been to be excluded from the peace negotiations contrary to UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015) which resolves that “the only sustainable solution to the current crisis in Syria is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people.” If this exclusion continues it will represent one of the most obscene political betrayals of the conflict.

Abdullah Öcalan is approaching his twentieth year in near complete isolation; he has been denied the right to see his lawyers since July 2011. Although he was allowed a number of visits by the Pro-Kurdish (HDP) MPs during the peace negotiations, some of whom are also now imprisoned, since April 2015 the visits have been blocked and the peace process has been abandoned by the Turkish government. The Kurds are deeply concerned for the wellbeing of their leader. It is time for the international community to call for his immediate release. The power, the intellect and the compassion of Abdullah Öcalan stand in stark relief to the repression, the arrogance and the almost complete abrogation of human rights of those such as President Erdogan of Turkey, who stand against him.

The March on 10 December will start at 12 noon at the BBC and proceed to Parliament Square, where a rally will be held with speakers from different organisations, including: Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary; Simon Dubbins International Director UNITE; Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign & Imrali Peace Delegation; Lindsey German, Convenor Stop the War Coalition; Bruce Kent, CND; Margaret Owen, Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance for Kurdistan, Syria and Iraq; Faiz Baloch, Free Balochistan Movement; London Basque Solidarity.

For further information please contact:

 

Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign:

Email: mark@kurdistansolidaritycampaign.org

Tel: +44 (0) 7799285812/ 07799285812

 

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign:

Email: knklondon@gn.apc.org

Tel: +44 (0) 7846666804

 

 

 

 

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 13 – 20 NOVEMBER 2017

NEWS
1. Gerry Adams: Ocalan should not be imprisoned
2. GUE/NGL Chair: An official delegation should visit Ocalan
3. BBC’s credibility at stake
4. “AKP wanted to use the KDP against Rojava and the PKK”
5.  One week of balance sheet in the Operation Cizire Storm
6.  Press conference on PKK ban in German Parliament
7. 704th appeal to visit Ocalan rejected
8. GUE/NGL Group Chair: Öcalan must be contacted
9. Indefinite sit-in by the CPT continues with resolve
10.  SDF: Turkish intelligence involved in the disappearance of Silo
11. Parliament: Kurds to withdraw from Iraqi political process uf calla for dialogue are ignored
12. The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons
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On International Human Rights Day join us in the march for the FREEDOM of ÖCALAN!

A revolutionary leader

IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for 19 YEARS

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

– Abdullah Öcalan
Abdullah_Öcalan

DEMONSTRATION – Sunday 10th DEC 2017

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

March to Westminister Sq for the Rally @14:00 Continue reading

Public Forum: The PKK is not a terrorist organisation. Analysis of the Belgian Court Decision.

Belgium Court of Appeal sets an important precedent
The PKK is ‘party to an armed conflict’ and so is not a ‘terrorist organisation’

De-list the PKK

 Organised by CAMPACC, Peace in Kurdistan and The Centre for Kurdish Progress
Monday 20 November, 7 – 9pm, Committee Room 4, Houses of Lords, Westminster

This event will be kindly hosted by Lord Glasman and chaired by Melanie Gingell barrister and associate tenant at Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers include Jan Fermon, Belgium lawyer and Acting Secretary General of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers; Alastair Lyon, BirnbergPeirce Solicitors and Les Levidow, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC).

For more than two decades, Western governments have been persecuting Kurdish communities, attempting to silence their support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).  Key instruments in this persecution have been anti-terror powers which authorise various executive punishments without trial, as well as prosecution for vague crimes of association.  This legislative ban on the PKK operates at both national and international levels, e.g. the EU and UN. Continue reading

Open Letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May on World Kobane Day on 1 November 2017

On World Kobane Day, 1st November, the British government has the opportunity to demonstrate support for rebuilding peace and strengthening popular democracy for the men and women of the Middle East who have fought bravely to successfully resist the encroachment of ISIS, whose aggression and politics has been viewed as a threat to all humanity.

The vision of a future society propounded by the Kurds stands at total opposition to the nightmare of ISIS’ autocratic tyranny that had been enforced against the wishes of the people. The repressive Islamist doctrine imposed a strict code of behaviour on every single aspect of life where women and people of other faiths were compelled to conform and dissenters were eradicated by systematic slaughter. Continue reading

Belgium’s Court of Appeal rules that the PKK is not a terrorist organisation

PEACE IN KURDISTAN

In a significant ruling made on 14 September 2017, the Belgium Court of Appeal ruled that the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) is not a terrorist organisation as defined by Belgian law. Rather, the PKK is ‘a party to an armed conflict as defined by and subject to international humanitarian law’. The government of the United Kingdom classified the PKK as terrorists in 2001 and the European Union did so the following year. It is testimony to the determination of the Kurds to fight for justice and the legitimacy of their cause that the Belgium Court of Appeal has now reversed the previous definition. It is to be hoped that the Belgium Court’s decision will set a precedent that other judicial bodies will follow. Continue reading

CONCERN OVER THE WELL BEING OF MR ABDULLAH OCALAN

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)

URGENT CALL TO THE EU-INSTITUTIONS, PRESS & PUBLIC

KURDISH PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF KURDISH PEOPLE’S LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN

There is  worrying news surrounding the health of the Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan. For two days, news has been spreading on social media that Mr Ocalan has died in prison. We as the Kurdish people are deeply concerned about Mr Ocalan’s life. Continue reading

DEMOCRATIC CONFEDERALISM: THE ALTERNATIVE TO TYRANNY AND CHAOS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Public Forum
Organised by Peace in Kurdistan in association with Centre for Kurdish Progress

 Monday, 23 October, 7-9pm in Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, Westminster

The meeting is hosted by Kate Osamor MP and chaired by the journalist Steve Sweeney

 Speakers include Dr Radha D’Souza Reader in Law, Westminster University ; Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley lecturer in Political Sociology, the University of Cambridge; Dimitri Roussopoulos publisher, author and community organiser; De Zeynap Kurban, Kurdish Women’s Movement. Continue reading

Delegation Report of the visit to Iraqi Kurdistan – Unite and Centre for Kurdish Progress

  1. Executive Summary:
  • Contained in the pages that follow is a report of a recent delegation visit to Iraqi Kurdistan that took place between 17th and 22nd July 2017. The delegation consisted of the Director of International for UNITE the Union and the Director of the Centre for Kurdish Progress;
  • The delegation met with a whole range of people and organisations including Members of Parliament, the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament, The KRG government’s official spokesperson, senior figures from various political parties, representatives of civil society,

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