PRESS RELEASE by the International Peace Delegation

19 February 2017

An international peace delegation organized by the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) and consisting of 11 members from Europe and North America, including Members of European Parliament and of the Council of Europe, academics, and journalists, has been in Diyarbakir and Istanbul this past week.  The delegation has met with representatives from the Kurdish Freedom Movement, political parties, trade unions, academics, journalists, and other civil society organizations.


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INFORMATION FILE 10.01.2017 The Freedom of Abdullah Öcalan Will Guarantee the Success of the Peace Process in Turkey

The Committee for Freedom of Öcalan c/o KNK Rue Jean Stas 41, 1060 Bruxelles  

Contents

  1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
  2. 2016 REPORT ON RIGHTS AND INFRINGEMENTS IN IMRALI PRISON  ……………….4-7
  3. IMRALI PEACE DELEGATION IN ISTANBUL……………………………………………….8-10
  4. IMRALI PEACE DELEGATION IN STRASBOURG…………………………………………10-11
  5. TRANSFORMATION PERIOD………………………………………………………… …….11 – 12
  6. EFFORTS FOR PEACE AND RESPONSE……………………………………………………..12-13
  7. IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE EAST………………………………………………………………13-14
  8. ISOLATION…………………………………………………………………………………….14 – 15
  9. ISOLATION: FACTS AND FIGURES……………………………………………………… …….16
  10. THE EU AND THE REALITY IN TURKEY…………………………………………………………………… 17
  11. UNITE and GMB APPEAL TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THE ‘FREEDOM FOR ÖCALAN’ CAMPAIGN………………………………………………………………………………………… ….18
  12. ASSASSINATION PLANS AGAINST MR ABDULLAH ÖCALAN……………………………19
  13. FREEDOM FOR ÖCALAN SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN FORM……..…………………………20
  14. NOTARY APPROVAL………………..…………………………………………………………….21

 Introduction:

In 1998, Turkey threatened Syria with war if Syria did not expel the Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan from the country. As a result of this threat, Abdullah Öcalan left Syria and travelled to Europe in order to promote a political solution. However, due to continued pressure from Turkey, Öcalan could not find amnesty in Europe and eventually found himself in Kenya. Continue reading

UK must oppose Erdogan’s creeping dictatorship

 

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN
Statement, 27 January 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May is embarking on an official visit to Turkey to talk about trade, defence and security with President Erdogan.

There are many more urgent issues that need to be addressed not least of which is the massive crackdown and repression unleashed by Erdogan that shows little sign of abating.

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The Yazidi Forces will defend the Yazidis against Turkey and Barzani

 Turkey and it’s ally Mahmoud Barzani have in the last weeks threatened to attack Sinjar. We as Yazidi’s are baffled that they want to attack the survivors of a genocide.

At the same time we declare that we will defend ourselves this time against any attack. We as YBS and YJS will fight against any force that attacks us.

Turkey has no right to attack a minority in another country. The KDP Peshmerga have no right to attack us as Sinjar is not part of the KRG but falls under the jurisdiction of Baghdad. We remind the world that the KDP Peshmerga fled when we were attacked by ISIS. Continue reading

JUSTICE FOR SAKINE CANSIZ, FIDAN DOGAN AND LEYLA SAYLEMEZ THE PERPETRATORS MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE

FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

 Four years have passed since the murders of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez in their office at the Kurdish Information Center in Paris. The women died by gun shots to their heads at close range, assassination style on 9th January 2013[1]. The suspect in the case, who was linked to the Turkish security services in Ankara, died in prison suddenly on 17th December, a month before his trial was due to start. There had been no prior indications of ill health. Continue reading

OPEN LETTER TO THE GUARDIAN

The plight of the 10 HDP MPs goaled since early November 2016 by the Turkish government

As a matter of urgency we draw readers’ attention to the plight of the ten Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MPs gaoled since early November 2016 by the Turkish government. In particular, we call for action by the British government, parliamentarians and democratic bodies over the life-threatening conditions in which the HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas is being held. Continue reading

CALL FOR THE RELEASE OF STUDENTS ARBITRARILY DETAINED IN TURKEY

 

TO THE GOVERNMENT, JUDICIAL AUTHORITIES, UNIVERSITIES, DEANS & LECTURERS IN TURKEY

We are deeply concerned that approximately 400 students are being held in arbitrary detention in Turkey. Pre- trial detention should only be used as a matter of last resort, as an exceptional practice, however, now in Turkey it is now used as a matter of course and, in effect, as a method of punishment without trial. Continue reading