TUC FRINGE MEETING 12th SEPTEMBER

Building solidarity with the Kurdish struggle for democracy, equality and freedom TUC 2016 Fringe Meeting Speakers Simon Dubbins – Unite Director of International , Christine Blower – International Secretary of NUT,  Elif Sarican – Kurdish Students Union,  Huseyin Olan – Co-Mayor of Bitlis in South-East Turkey. In Chair – Bert Schouwenburg GMB International Officer.

Open leaflet here: jn7587-a4-tuc-kurdish-struggle-leaflet

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YCR Youth Union Rojava: Call for International Solidarity for Ocalan

Merhaba and Hello dear friends,

Here’s our call for international solidarity for Öcalan’s freedom.

We’re waiting for your support through actions, translating and

forwarding this call!

We’re also happy to get pictures and videos from your actions!

In international solidarity, serkeftin!

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Rally for Freedom for Ocalan

Nearly 300 people rallied in London on Sunday 14th July to protest the continued incarceration of Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned Kurdish leader. Steve Sweeney, UNITE media branch and member of the Imrali peace delegation  and Father Ryan, Chair of Westminster Justice and Peace Commission and delegation member, were among the speakers who emphasised the increasingly precarious situation for Ocalan as the Turkish state spirals out of control following the coup attempt on 15th July. Continue reading

CAMPACC Call to support the “Freedom for Ocalan” Campaign.

AN APPEAL FOR SUPPORTING THE  ‘FREEDOM FOR OCALAN’ CAMPAIGN

WRITE TO THE CONVENTION AGAINST THE PREVENTION OF TORTURE (CPT) TO ENSURE ÖCALAN’S SAFETY AND WELL BEING

In April 2016,  UNITE and GMB, two of the biggest trade unions in the UK, together with a number of sympathetic MPs, launched the ‘Freedom for Öcalan’ campaign. This was the result of a UNITE and GMB delegation visiting the region and engaging in discussions with local groups on the ground. The unions are now totally convinced that a peaceful solution to the current conflict will only be found if the jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan is freed and allowed to play a full role in the development of a new peace process  Continue reading

Freedom for Ocalan Rally and March

Meet at 2pm Trafalgar Square for a rally followed by March to BBC Headquarters. Following the coup attempt on 15th July , the atmosphere is disintegrating and concern is mounting for the wellbeing of the Kurdish leader, Abdullah Ocalan who is being held in solitary confinement in an island prison. No one has been allowed access , including his lawyers and family, since April of last year. Please join the protests all over Europe this weekend to demand his freedom.

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Model Letter: Urgent Appeal to Convention against Prevention of Torture -CPT

Council of Europe / Conseil de l’Europe

F – 67075 Strasbourg Cedex

Tel +33 (0)3 88 41 22 79

Fax +33 (0)3 88 41 27 72

cptdoc@coe.int; corinne.goberville@coe.int; Jeroen.SCHOKKENBROEK@coe.int

To CPT officials,

Re: Demand for urgent meeting with Abdullah Ocalan

 As you are well aware, the coup attempt in Turkey on 15th July 2016 proved to be unsuccessful, but it is clear that the aftermath will have significant political implications.

When President Tayyip Erdogan took a decision to intensify the war on the Kurds and destroy Kurdish towns and cities a year ago, at the same time he took measures to repress Kurdish civil society. The immunities on MPs were removed which was seen as aimed at the HDP in particular and Mayors were imprisoned and removed from their posts. The scale of this repression of the Kurdish people was unprecedented in recent history. Continue reading

OPEN LETTER Urgent Appeal to European Committee for the Prevention of Torture -CPT

OPEN LETTER

Urgent Appeal to European Committee for the Prevention of Torture -CPT

 Council of Europe / Conseil de l’Europe
F – 67075 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel +33 (0)3 88 41 22 79
Fax +33 (0)3 88 41 27 72

To CPT officials,

Re: Demand for urgent meeting with Abdullah Ocalan

 As you are well aware, the unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey on the 15th of July, 2016. Even at this early stage it is clear that this coup attempt will have significant reverberations.
When President Tayyip Erdogan took a decision to intensify the war on the Kurds and destroy Kurdish towns and cities a year ago, he also moved to suppress Kurdish civil society. The immunities of MPs were removed and Co-Mayors were being imprisoned and removed from their posts. The suppression in Kurdish people was unmatched by any previous historical record. Continue reading

International Call for the Freedom of Öcalan

International Call for the Freedom of Öcalan

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Press Conference Report:

Several European parliamentarians and human rights defenders met in front of the Council of Europe last Friday and issued a call for the freedom of Öcalan.

As the vigil for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan being in front of the Council of Europe by representatives from institutions in the European Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (KCDK-E) continues, a press conference was held emphasizing the importance of the Öcalan’s freedom for peaceful solutions in Kurdistan and the Middle East.

Kurdish politician Adem Uzun said they wanted to give a message to institutions and all of humanity with the Freedom For Öcalan Vigil, which has continued for four years. Uzun said they are working towards the freedom of all prisoners, as well as Öcalan, and thanked the people carrying out the vigil for four years. Continue reading

Press Conference in Strasbourg To mark the 4th Anniversary of the Permanent VIGIL for the freedom of Abdullah OCALAN and other political prisoners

Invitation to the Press Conference in Strasbourg

To mark the 4th Anniversary of the Permanent VIGIL for the freedom of Abdullah OCALAN and other political prisoners

 Date: 23th June 2016

Time: 13.00

Place: In front of the Council of Europe

 At the press conference will speak:

  1. KRANBICHLER Florian – MP of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe SI-SEL Bolzano-Italy
  2. HEUSCHMANN Maya, Amnesty International, Swiss, Turkey-Desk
  3. FLUCKIGER Martin, Party BASTA General Secretary, Swiss
  1. VENTURINI Federico, School of Geography, University of Leeds; advisory board member of Transnational Institute for Social Ecology, UK, Member of Imrali Delegation
  2. SWEENEY Steve, Branch Secretary, Unite National Publishing and Media Branch (Trade Union-UNITE), UK, On behalf of “ Free Abdullah Ocalan“ campaign
  3. KARTAL Remzi, Co-President of KONGRA-GEL
  4. KAV Fuad, Freedoom for Ocalan Committee

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Support the Free Ocalan Campaign at the UNISON conference

 

UNISON CONFERENCE FRINGE MEETING

Tuesday 21 June 12.30 to 2.00

Buckingham Suite, Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel Kings Road, Brighton. BN1 2FU

Sandwich lunch provided

 

Support Peace Negotiations

In Turkey and Support Rojava

Stop the violence against Kurds Support the HDP MPs

Support the Free Ocalan Campaign

Peace negotiations between the Turkish government and Kurdish society, including the PKK and imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan, were scrapped by President Erdogan in February 2015. Since then Turkish forces have launched violent attacks on Kurdish towns, killed hundreds of civilians, arrested many Kurdish politicians and now threaten to prosecute Kurdish supporting MPs.

This follows Turkish support for Daesh/ISIS and refusal to support the defenders of Kobane and the struggle to liberate Rojava. Meanwhile a social revolution is taking place in Rojava based on democratic, secular and gender equal values.

At conference Motion 80 supports those arguing for peace and calls for the release of Abdullah Ocalan from prison to lead the peace negotiations.

PRIORITISE MOTION 80 FROM SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

Speakers

Simon Dubbins, Unite International Officer          Michelle Allison, Kurdish National Congress        Erdelan Baran KNK Foreign Affairs, UK                   Elif Sarican, Kurdish Student’s Union UK

In Chair, Stephen Smellie, South Lanarkshire

Speaker