Trade union general secretary uses the platform of Durham Miners Gala 2019 to call for Ocalan’s release

Trade union general secretary uses the platform of Durham Miners Gala 2019 to call for Ocalan’s release

Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions, has renewed calls for the release of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan at the Durham Miners Gala 2019 an event attended by 200,000 trade unionists, socialists and activists. Durham Miners Gala 2019 The Durham Miners Gala or Big Meeting, now in its 135th year, is attended by senior trade unionists and Labour Party politicians including Lader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn and Laura Pidcock as well as hundreds of thousands of organised working-class people from up and down the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YISF_AB0gAA International solidarity theme The Durham Miners Gala…
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MSP blasts censorship of pro-Kurdish Instagram posts

MSP blasts censorship of pro-Kurdish Instagram posts

Ross Greer MSP has demanded answers from Facebook-owned social media giant Instagram after its censorship of pro-Kurdish Instagram posts. Two of his posts referring to imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan were censored, despite the content of the posts supporting recommendations of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Torture, recommendations which were recently implemented by the Turkish government. Censorship of pro-Kurdish Instagram posts Mr Greer’s first post was of a photo he had taken featuring a mural dedicated to Mr Ocalan by the Falls Road in West Belfast. The mural calls for the Kurdish leader’s release features a quote in which…
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Kurdish Struggle for Democracy in Turkey- UPCOMING EVENT

Kurdish Struggle for Democracy in Turkey- UPCOMING EVENT

We are excited to invite you the next panel discussion titled ‘Kurdish Struggle for Democracy in Turkey’ organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kurds and the Kurdish Peoples Assembly. We will discuss the latest developments about the imprisoned Kurdish Leader Abdullah Ocalan and results of the mass Kurdish hunger strikes. The unlawful decisions against elected Mayors and MP’s will be explored including the upcoming Istanbul local elections and the HDP electoral strategy. Speakers will present on the prospect of mutual dialogue paths and the ways to lasting Peace in Turkey and the wider Middle East. This event is…
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The struggle against isolation continues as the hunger strike ends

The struggle against isolation continues as the hunger strike ends

The historic hunger strike by Kurdish politicians and activists around the world has ended on its 200th day at the request of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, in a statement presented by the Asrin Law Office, after their second visit with Mr Öcalan in eight years. Resistance has prevailed Leyla Güven, Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-chair and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP for Hakkari, who began the strike in November 2018 as part of the struggle against isolation was joined by over 7,000 activists worldwide. Ending her hunger strike after 200 days and shortly before being rushed to a nearby hospital for…
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The legal team and campaigners ask – Is the isolation of Öcalan over?

The legal team and campaigners ask – Is the isolation of Öcalan over?

Is the isolation of Öcalan over? The Minister of Justice of Turkey, Abdulhamit Gül made a statement on the 16th of May 2019, declaring that the ban on lawyers being allowed to visit with their client Mr Abdullah Öcalan had been lifted after a one hour visit was allowed to go ahead on the 2nd of May. However as of the time of writing we have had no confirmation of Turkish courts authorising further access for either Mr Öcalan’s legal team or family despite further applications being made. An expression of what needs to be done Following the declaration of…
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Freedom for Ocalan campaign reiterates call for the release of Abdullah Ocalan

Freedom for Ocalan campaign reiterates call for the release of Abdullah Ocalan

The co-chairs of the Freedom for Ocalan campaign, Christine Blower of NEU and Simon Dubbins of Unite, have issued the following statement on this week's events and restated the call for the release of Mr Ocalan. This has been a vitally important week for the campaign to release Abdullah Ocalan. For the first time in 8 years, Mr Ocalan has finally been able to meet with representatives of his legal team and to issue a short public statement. Although this development is highly significant, and we hope will be followed by further regular visits and meetings, it remains an appalling…
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Ocalans lawyers host press conference after first visit in eight years

Ocalans lawyers host press conference after first visit in eight years

Abdullah Ocalan's legal team hosted a shock press conference today in Istanbul after two of his four man team were allowed to spend an hour with Mr Ocalan at Imrali prison on the 2nd of May 2019. He has been kept in extreme isolation at Imrali Island Prison for twenty years, ever since his abduction in Kenya outside the Greek embassy in 1999. Öcalan is denied access to newspaper and TV news. It is as yet unclear if this is a temporary reaction to the ongoing hunger strikes world wide that had reached a deadly phase or if this represents…
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Welsh-Kurdish hunger striker in critical condition

Welsh-Kurdish hunger striker in critical condition

Plaid Cymru call for UK Government intervention as Welsh-Kurdish hunger striker Imam Sis from Newport in ‘critical condition’ Plaid Cymru have called on the UK Government to intervene ‘with urgency’  following the sudden deterioration of the Kurdish Welshman Imam Sis from Newport who has been on an indefinite hunger strike since 17 December.  End the isolation The hunger strikes, triggered by Leyla Güven, a democratically elected Kurdish MP to the Turkish parliament and who has now been on hunger strike for over 176 days, are calling for an end to the isolation of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. The leader of…
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Imrali narrated by Maxine Peake

Imrali narrated by Maxine Peake

On the eve of the release of the short film and documentary “Imrali” narrated by Maxine Peake, The Freedom for Ocalan campaign had the opportunity to speak with one of the filmmakers, Jon Spaull about his experiences making this important film. Jon Spaull was invited to produce the film together with the writer and long-time international election observer John Hunt. Jon has been a filmmaker and photographer for 20 years his work has appeared in film, television, international film festivals and the web. He’s worked in 50 countries with NGO’s, Trade Unions and TV Channels in Ghana and South Africa…
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STUC condemns harassment of Kurdish community

STUC condemns harassment of Kurdish community

The 122nd annual Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC), which ran from 15-17 April 2019 and represents 37 trade unions and more than 540,000 people across Scotland discussed a motion on the alleged police harassment of the Kurdish community in Scotland. “Stop criminalising the Kurdish community” The motion condemns raids conducted on the homes of members of the Kurdish community in Scotland and the Kurdish community centre in Edinburgh by Police Scotland. Periodic early-morning raids on members of the Kurdish community have been conducted by Police Scotland since 2016, where badges, flags, and scarves featuring the Kurdish colours red, green, and…
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