Call for release of Ocalan and human rights for Kurds at KHRAG AGM

Kurdish Human Rights Action Group (KHRAG) Media Release:

Thursday 24 May 2012

KHRAG held its AGM at the District Six Museum in Cape Town on Wednesday 23 May, during which participants reiterated the call for the release Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and the extension of basic human rights to millions of Kurds in the Middle East.

About 70 people, many from a range of civil society organisations, attended the meeting, which was addressed by High Court Judge Vincent Saldanha.

Saldanha reflected on the oppressed status of the Kurds, the repression they faced and the complexities which a negotiated solution would present. He stressed the importance of South Africans expressing solidarity with the Kurds, given our own history of oppression and struggle.

Marcus Solomon, former Robben Island prisoner, spoke on behalf of the Solidarity Forum which included groups such as Friends of Cuba Society and the Palestine Solidarity Group. He urged collaboration between advocacy groups in order to strengthen their respective causes.

Messages of support were delivered by Dr Joey Moses of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (Nadel) and Mandisi Mjoli of the Struggle Veterans Actions Committee. Continue reading

Greetings to the ANC on its centenary

We send our warm greetings and deep respect to all friends in South Africa as you celebrate the centenary of the African National Congress, an organisation which led one of the great movements of national liberation and resistance against injustice of modern times.

The ANC’s successful struggle to overthrow the oppressive apartheid regime in South Africa has provided inspiration for peoples struggling for freedom and justice all over the world. Continue reading