• STUC Declares Solidarity with Kurdish Hunger Strikers and Condemns Criminalisation of Kurds in Scotland

    Connor Hayes | 17 April 2019

    On Tuesday, 16 April 2019, the 122nd annual Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC), which ran from 15-17 April and represents 37 trade unions and more than 540,000 people across Scotland, adopted a motion declaring their solidarity with the people around the world who have declared indefinite hunger strike to the protest the unlawful conditions of isolation imposed on imprisoned Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan. The emergency motion was proposed by Kathleen Kennedy of the Aberdeen Trade Union Council and Stephen Smellie, Depute Convenor of Unison union and co-convenor of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, and was adopted in a unanimous vote by the congress. 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

  • OPEN LETTER TO THE UK FOREIGN SECRETARY JEREMY HUNT

    Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP

    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
    Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    King Charles Street
    London SW1A 2AH

    Dear Foreign Secretary,

    We write to express our deep concern over the UK government’s position in its relations with Turkey as the human rights situation inside the country continues to deteriorate rapidly. In particular, we seek to urgently draw your attention to the 7,000 Kurdish political prisoners on hunger strike in Turkish prisons and the solidarity hunger strikes now spreading across Europe, including in the UK.  Seven Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey have taken their own lives in the last three weeks.

    The hunger strikers are demanding urgent action to end the persecution of the Kurdish people in Turkey as embodied in the person of Abdullah Ocalan who has been kept in a state of aggravated solitary confinement for approaching 20 years: an inhuman punishment in breach of both domestic laws and international conventions to which Turkey is a signatory. 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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  • CANARY COVERAGE ON ELECTION AND HUNGER STRIKE

    The Canary is an independent media organisation based in the UK. It has been providing a platform to cover a range of Kurdish issues and to highlight the repressive actions of the Turkish state.

     The Canary was part of the UK delegation monitoring and reporting on the general election in Turkey in 2018 and the local elections in 2019.

     UK editor Emily Apple was part of the both delegations and also went to Amed in March in response to a call for an international women’s forum in support of Leyla Güven and the hunger strikers. 

    Coverage of local elections: Continue reading

  • 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