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


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



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.



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


International Initiative expresses concern over Ocalan’s wellbeing


8 January 2016

Concerns about Abdullah Öcalan’s life: What is happening in Imrali Island Prison?

While Öcalan’s and Imrali Island’s total isolation continues since April 2015, now two inmates have been removed from the island and isolated elsewhere. This gives rise to the question: What is happening in Imrali? Is Öcalan’s life in danger?

The Imrali island prison is the Guantanamo of Europe. Over the 17 years of Öcalan’s imprisonment it has had an arbitrary and continuous aggravated isolation regime in place[1]. Bringing in a few other prisoners in 2009 has not removed this regime–on the contrary: the number of persons subjected to an aggravated isolation regime has increased. This regime has only relaxed slightly while a political process was in place; when there is no process the isolation regime turns into total isolation with no news from prisoners, no lawyer-client consultations, family visits, letters or telephone calls for any prisoner in Imrali (Öcalan is denied the right to phone anyway). Continue reading

GMB stands with Kurdish and Turkish colleagues

12 October 2015


Turkish authorities must bring perpetrators of atrocity to justice and ensure that citizens can exercise their inalienable right to engage in peaceful protest says GMB

GMB commented on appalling bomb attack in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Saturday, October 10th where the death toll has reached 128 with hundreds more maimed or wounded.

Bert Schouwenburg, GMB International Officer, said “GMB is outraged by the appalling bomb attack on fellow trade unionists and other marchers for peace in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Saturday, October 10th. The death toll has reached 128 with hundreds more maimed or wounded and GMB wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the relatives of the deceased. Continue reading

EVENT: Pedagogy for Revolution: The Case of Rojava

Public meeting and discussion with author Janet Biehl who will talk about the new women’s science of “Jineology” and the revolutionary transformation of eduction. She has visited Rojava twice and will report on her recent visit. You can view a video of the event here.

The meeting will be opened by Melanie Gingell, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Chaired by Elif Sarican, Kurdish Student Union

Date: Friday 23 October 6.30pm

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS Continue reading

Turkey: Erdogan responds to election with war

This artice was written by Trevor Rayne, for the Revolutionary Communist Group:

31 July 2015

President Erdogan and the Turkish state have responded to the electoral success of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on 7 June 2015 with war and repression. By achieving 13.1% of the vote and 80 MPs in Turkey’s general election, President Erdogan’s plan to change Turkey’s constitution from a parliamentary into a presidential system was thwarted by the HDP. The HDP combines socialist and democratic forces and is primarily Kurdish-led. Immediately after the election increased Turkish military activity was accompanied by murder and arrests of Kurdish activists and their supporters. The peace process, underway since March 2013, was effectively over and unilaterally ended by the Turkish state with the all-out bombardment of Kurdish areas beginning on 24 July. Trevor Rayne reports.

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