• Statement by Yuksel Koc on day 64 of the Strasbourg hunger Strike

    Adresse: Rue de Porto 132, 4020 Liège / BELGIQE TEL 003271318719 . Email: info@kcdk-e.com

    TO THE EUROPEAN PUBLIC OPINION

    Dear Friends:

     

    I, Yüksel Koç, am 55 years old and the father of two children.  Since my arrival in Germany 30 years ago, I have been employed and also active in politics.  At the moment, I am co-chair of the European Democratic Kurdish Society Congress (KCDK-E), the largest Kurdish non-governmental organization in Europe, which includes 457 institutions and associations across Europe.  Since 17 December 2018, my 12 comrades and I, as part of the Freedom for Öcalan Initiative, have been on an indefinite hunger strike in Strasbourg.  We are on the 64thday of this action, and our health is deteriorating. Continue reading

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  • 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

  • OPEN LETTER TO THORBJORN JAGLAND, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

    Dear Mr Jagland

     RE: TURKEY’S NON-COMPLIANCE WITH ‘NELSON MANDELA RULES’ AND THE CASE OF ABDULLAH OCALAN AND POLITICAL PRISONERS IN TURKEY

     The Council of Europe’s abject failure to condemn Turkey’s treatment of prisoners cannot be excused and now threatens to undermine the credibility of the core values of the European Convention on Human Rights.

    As you well know, the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners was first adopted by the UN in 1957. They were revised in 2015 and adopted as ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ unanimously by the UN General Assembly to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, ‘who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for global human rights, equality, democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace’. Continue reading

  • REPORT ON ABUSES OF RIGHTS, LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AND CURRENT STATE OF IMRALI PRISON 2018

     

    1. INTRODUCTION

    2018 has been a year when anti-democratic form of government was institutionalized and deepened in Turkey. The emergency rule, declared on 15-20 July 2016, has been unlawfully rendered permanent by the decree laws which were supposed to be temporary. As it is frequently encountered in the history of 20-year İmralı Isolation System, the most important reflection of this situation was experienced in İmralı Prison. The arbitrary and unlawful isolation until July 15, 2016, continued by the Decree Laws based on the emergency rule. Then, especially in the year 2018, the Decree Laws were transformed into law and isolation continued in disguise of the law. However, it should be noted that the continuation of these practices under the law will not give them legal qualifications and cannot prevent them from being condemned according to universal human rights measures. Continue reading

  • 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

  • LETTER FROM A KURDISH POLITICAL PRISONER TO MARGARET OWEN

    Our dear friend Margaret Owen;

    We greet you with the excitement and enthusiasm of hunger strikes that began with comrade Leyla Guven and which became widespread with us, political prisoners. We send our sincere greetings, love and respect to you and our dear friends who came from the UK together with you and other countries to share the message of solidarity and supported us, the revolutionary prisoners who are on a hunger strike. Together with my five other comrades in this prison, we have been in absolute resistance since December 2018 to break the absolute isolation (quarantine) on our leader. Until this isolation on Leader Apo is not removed, our action will continue at the expense of our death and we will continue. Continue reading

  • Leyla Guven : Letter to President of the European Parliament

    28th January 2019

    Mr Antonio Tajani

    President of the European Parliament

    Rue Wiertz 60
    1047 Brussels
    Belgium

    Dear MrTajani,

     We are currently facing serious tremendous on the path towards democratization and normalization in Turkey, as was also made known in sessions held at the European Parliament. The most critical of these obstacles is the persistence of total isolation imposed on Mr Abdullah Öcalan held in Imrali Prison since April 5, 2015. Mr Öcalan has played a key role in the pursuit of a peaceful solution to the conflict, especially by all his efforts during the peace process that took place between 2013 and 2015. He continues to be the person best placed to continue playing this historic role.I believe that the clear positions taken byall the institutions that collectively constitute the European Unionare going to be crucial for the restarting of the process of conflict resolution. The consistent demand for this stance in turn will enable a normalization to take place in Turkey, in my firmly held view. Continue reading

  • KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 5 JANUARY – 20 JANUARY 2019

    NEWS

    1. Kurdish roadmap to Damascus proposes continued autonomy, SDF to become border guards
    2. Leyla Guven’s letter: Whatever the price may be, we will prevail!
    3. Thousands rallied in Amed: End isolation
    4. Muslim: We don’t accept a ‘safe zone’ that Turkey will be in
    5. Merkel government issues statement on Ocalan
    6. KCK’s Bayık warns against Turkey’s psychological war
    7. Reception for freedom for Ocalan in London City Hall
    8. Jailed Kurdish opposition leader remains defiant ahead of trial
    9. Palestinian revolutionary Leila Khaled writes in support of Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven
    10. Hunger strike in Wales reached day 30
    11. EXCLUSIVE: Unions and progressives refuse to be intimidated by Turkish state
    12. Conference at the European Parliament: Isolation must be lifted
    13. Vigil in Dublin for Leyla Güven
    14. MEPs and lawyers from Europe denied meeting with Leyla Güven
    15. HDP Honorary Chair Kürkçü Faces Up To 20 Years in Prison
    16. 7 Kurdish Parties Form Alliance for Local Elections
    17. Prison Sentence of Selahattin Demirtaş Taken to Constitutional Court

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