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Ocalan’s lawyer’s host press conference after first visit in eight years

Ocalan’s lawyer’s host press conference after first visit in eight years

Abdullah Ocalan's lawyer's 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 worldwide that had reached a deadly phase or if this represents a broader thawing…
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STUC supports Öcalan and Scottish Kurdish community – what next?

STUC supports Öcalan and Scottish Kurdish community – what next?

The recent conference of the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) gave support to the Kurdish community living in Scotland and offered solidarity to the hunger strikers demanding an end to the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan by the Turkish authorities. Motions of solidarity with the Scottish Kurdish community The first dealt with the concerns of the Scottish Kurdish community after a number of police raids on family homes under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. These raids over the past 3 years, supposedly seeking evidence of support for the PKK, have led to some members of the local community being less ready…
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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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Scottish trade unions add their voice to Kurdish solidarity

Scottish trade unions add their voice to Kurdish solidarity

Momentum is building in the trade union movement as the Scottish Trade Unions Councils 122nd annual congress agrees on a motion of solidarity with the Kurdish hunger strikers and their demands for the release of Abdullah Öcalan. Scottish trade unions support Imam In her opening remarks to the conference, President of the STUC Lynne Henderson called for support for Imam Sis and his demand for the release of Abdullah Öcalan. Newport resident and lifelong campaigner against racism, Imam is one of the thousands of hunger strikers taking extraordinary measures to demand that Turkey obey its own and international law and…
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Welsh Trade Union stand with Imam and the Kurdish struggle

Welsh Trade Union stand with Imam and the Kurdish struggle

The Welsh trade union movement has a long and proud history of demonstrating solidarity with workers and trade unionists internationally fighting for democracy, equality, justice and freedom. It is against this backdrop that we have worked with our friends across the labour social justice movement, including the People’s Assembly, to lobby our Welsh Assembly, Labour and Plaid members to support a motion, criticising the treatment of Abdullah Ocalan, calling for an ending of the enforced solitary confinement of a political prisoner, stating the imprisonment was “under conditions which are understood to contravene the Turkish state’s legal obligations in relations to…
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Cardiff rally shows the strength of Welsh solidarity with Kurdish cause

Cardiff rally shows the strength of Welsh solidarity with Kurdish cause

Hundreds attended a Cardiff rally in support of the Kurdish hunger strikers worldwide and Imam Sis in particular. Imam is a beloved and well-respected anti-racism campaigner based in South Wales who has now been on hunger strike for over 110 days. Proud history of internationalism On Sunday the 7th April 2019, senior trade unionists, politicians and human rights lawyers shared a platform to express their solidarity with the Kurdish hunger strikers. Speakers at the march included Nejla Ezdan from the Kurdish Women’s Movement, Shavannah Taj from the PCS Union, Allison Hulmes - National Director of BASW Cymru, Memod Aksoy from…
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A message of solidarity for Margaret Owen OBE

A message of solidarity for Margaret Owen OBE

Senior trade unionist and co-chair of the Freedom for Ocalan committee, Christine Blower, has written to Margaret Owen OBE to express her solidarity with Margaret's hunger strike. Margaret, at time of writing, is on a week-long hunger strike to raise awareness of the wave of irreversible hunger strikes taking place internationally. The hunger strikers are protesting Turkey's continued and illegal isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan who is now in his 20th year of extreme isolation on Imrali Island. The hunger strikers demands to end Öcalans isolation are humane and a legal requirement under Turkish and international law and…
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Happy Birthday Apo

Happy Birthday Apo

Today will mark the 70th Birthday of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. On this day and on behalf of UK Trade Union movement, The Freedom for Öcalan campaign restates a commitment to securing Mr Öcalans release and to justice for the Kurdish people. As we reflect on the year ahead, Mr Öcalans 20th in extreme isolation on Imrali prison island and the 8th year his legal team have been denied access to him, we acknowledge the profound positive impact his ideas and writings have had on the region. The ideas of Abdullah Öcalan; democracy, fair representation, the liberation of women…
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