OPEN LETTER to EUTELSAT

Dear Sir

We understand that you have notified two Kurdish run television channels, Sterk TV and Ronahi TV, they must stop broadcasting through your satellite following a demand from the Radio and Television Supreme Council of Turkey. We note that you believe that the closure is in line with requirements of the Council of Europe Convention on Transfrontier Television and is based on allegations of support for and glorifying terrorism. Continue reading

Dear Prime Minister… Letter to Theresa May from Peace in Kurdistan.

The Rt Honourable Theresa May MP

10 Downing Street
27th April 2017

Dear Theresa May,

We are writing to you to express our deep concern and indignation about the nature of the current relationship between the UK and Turkey. We will touch on four matters namely the Referendum of 16th April, the Turkish State’s War against the Kurds and the plight of political prisoners in Turkey, a large proportion of whom are Kurdish and finally arms sales to Turkey.

Referendum

Having won by the slimmest of majorities and without any criticism from your government, President Erdogan now has his mandate to derail Turkish democracy and set in stone the repressive measures he had imposed by virtue of a series of emergency decrees. The OSCE official election observers, as you will know, have reported that the Referendum of 16th April 2017 did not meet Council of Europe standards, was not a genuinely democratic process and that the mass arrests of journalists and the closure of media outlets denied the Turkish people a real choice. Continue reading

Hunger Strikes in Turkish Prisons: Information Note

HDP PRISON COMMITTEE INFORMATION DESK
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Prison Committee
10 April 2017

The hunger strike protests of political prisoners in Turkish penitentiary institutions have reached a critical point. The protest was initiated in Izmir Şakran High Security Prison on 15 February 2017 to draw attention to gross human rights violations and inhumane living conditions in prisons, the isolation on the imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, and Erdoğan-AKP Government’s renewed politics violence and war in the Kurdish issue. It soon spread to other prisons across Turkey. Continue reading

Turkey and the Kurds: A Chance for Peace?

Jonathan Steele

A Kurdish militant aligned with the PKK under a banner honoring a fallen comrade in the Sur district of Diyarbakır, Turkey, November 2015

In the months following last July’s failed coup against him, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has mounted the biggest purge of public officials in a century. As has been widely reported, over 100,000 civil servants, teachers, prosecutors, judges, journalists, army officers, and police have been suspended or dismissed. Some four thousand are now in prison. Most of these are accused of links with the movement of Fethullah Gülen, the self-exiled Islamist who used to be Erdoğan’s ally in curbing the political power of the military in Turkey’s secular “deep state” but broke with him in 2013 and is accused of masterminding the coup.

 

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On the Attack on “No” Campaigners in Brussels

 

  1. 03.2017
    The aggressive political climate of conflict and polarization that President Erdoğan has engineered in Turkey to win in the upcoming referendum is now targeting “No” campaigners in European capitals. On March 30, a group of “No” campaigners who went to the Turkish consulate in Brussels to vote were attacked by a group of Turkish racist ne-cons who reportedly affiliate themselves with the “Ottoman Hearts,” an organization that has repeatedly pledged allegiance to President Erdoğan. According to HDP Europe office three supporters of HDP were stabbed in the attack and hospitalized. One of the victims is in bad condition, Ms Sultan Ogras, is and elderly member of Peace Mothers, a well-known initiative to end the violent Kurdish conflict in Turkey via peaceful means. We vehemently condemn this attack.

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No to Erdogan’s  Presidential Dictatorship Plans

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN

Statement, 8 March 2017

On 16 April the future of Turkish democracy will be in the hands of the people. In calling for a No vote, the HDP and the Kurds are on the enlightened side of history and stand as courageous defenders of democracy.

On 16 April 2017 the citizens of Turkey will be asked to vote in a referendum that could permanently change their lives and alter the nature of their country forever.

President Erdogan is determined that the outcome will be the one that he wants – an overwhelming popular approval for his long cherished constitutional reforms that are designed primarily to grant more power to his office and keep him in the presidential palace for many more years to come. Erdogan has been riding a wave of popularity in the aftermath of the failed coup, but there are emerging signs of economic uncertainties ahead and people’s lives are far from improving. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Joan Ryan MP secures parliamentary debate on Turkey

Issued for immediate release
1st March 2017
  Joan Ryan MP has secured a 90 minute debate in Parliament to discuss the human rights and political situation in Turkey.

The debate, on Thursday 9th March from 3pm to 4.30pm, will provide an important opportunity for Members of Parliament to consider the aftermath of last year’s attempted coup and the forthcoming national referendum, in April, on the new, draft constitution – the result of which could provide sweeping new powers to the Turkish President. Continue reading

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