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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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Wales leads international solidarity with Öcalan

Wales leads international solidarity with Öcalan

The Welsh Assembly has taken a historic stance in support of Newport resident and hunger striker Imam Sis and his calls for international solidarity and action on the isolation of Kurdish political prisoner Abdullah Öcalan. Welsh trade unions including Unite Youth Wales, UNISON Cardiff County, FBU Wales, PCS and IWW Cymru campaigned with precision and passion to support the motion raised by Plaid Cymru. Without the grassroots activity of rank and file trade unionists and activists applying pressure on AM's the motion in support of Imams demands might not have passed. The Council of Europe raises concerns Imam was himself…
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Manuel Cortes and Tony Burke join call for meeting with European Council

Manuel Cortes and Tony Burke join call for meeting with European Council

Leading trade unionists, legal professionals, activists, actors, filmmakers and a former finance minister are calling for an urgent meeting with the European Council in order for the Committee for the Prevention of Torture to reopen its investigation of Imrali Island. Turkey breaking own laws The group which included the actor Maxine Peake and former finance minister for Iceland Ögmundur Jónasson formed an international peace delegation in February 2019 with the intention of visiting Imrali Island with Abdullah Ocalan's legal team. The visit, which is Mr Ocalan's legal right under Turkish and international law, would have been the first since 2011.…
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Jeremy Corbyn calls for lawyers to be allowed to visit Öcalan

Jeremy Corbyn calls for lawyers to be allowed to visit Öcalan

NEWPORT (WALES) On 30 March Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party, met with activists working closely with Imam Sis, a Kurdish hunger striker on day 104 (since 17 Dec 2018) protesting the isolation of imprisoned Kurdish leader, Abdullah Öcalan. The activists have also been working with three Kurdish activists in London who have been on hunger strike since 14 March 2019. Corbyn expressed sympathy with the hunger strikers and agreed to raise the issue with the Foreign Secretary as well as to inform the Labour Shadow Cabinet on the matter. He expressed a will to visit the three…
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Will Wales be the first nation to show solidarity with Kurdish hunger strikers?

Will Wales be the first nation to show solidarity with Kurdish hunger strikers?

Hunger strikers enter life-threatening phase as Plaid Cymru tabled debate proposes the Welsh Government, on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales, write to the Committee for the Prevention of Torture calling on them to visit Imrali Prison to assess the conditions of Abdullah Öcalan, the Kurdish leader. Solidarity with the Kurdish community A Kurdish-Welshman from Newport has entered day 94 of his hunger strike as the Senedd prepares to vote on solidarity with the Kurdish community. If passed, the motion would make Wales the first nation worldwide through its government and Parliament to show its solidarity with the Kurdish…
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#ImamsMotion Welsh Assembly to debate a motion on Öcalan solidarity

#ImamsMotion Welsh Assembly to debate a motion on Öcalan solidarity

Tomorrow, Wednesday 20th of March, Welsh Assembly Members will vote on #ImamsMotion calling on the Welsh Government to message the Committee for the Prevention of Torture to re-open its investigation into the isolation of Kurdish political leader, Abdullah Öcalan, and to support the Kurdish hunger strikes campaign. Newport hunger strike nears 100th day Newport resident, Imam Sis, has been on hunger strike since 17th Dec 2018. On the day of the motion, he will be on day 94. He and the other hunger strikers are asking That Turkey allows Abdullah Öcalan access to his lawyers (which he has been denied…
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Turkey abuses counterterrorism laws to silence academics

Turkey abuses counterterrorism laws to silence academics

Member of the Academics for Peace, Prof. Zübeyde Füsun Üstel has been charged with “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” (Article No. 7/2 of Turkey’s Counterterrorism Law No. 3713) for signing the Academics for Peace statement “We will not be a party to this crime”. The statement criticized military actions in the Kurdish regions of Turkey and called for international observers to monitor the situation in place. Prof Üstel makes a principled stand Prof. Dr Zübeyde Füsun Üstel is an academic at Galatasaray University. Her articles have mostly focused on the history of Turkey, nationalism and issues of identity. Initially sentenced…
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Hunger strike spreads as shocking treatment of prisoners is revealed

Hunger strike spreads as shocking treatment of prisoners is revealed

Hunger strikes are spreading, the AKP government remains indifferent! The hunger strikes initiated on 8 November 2018 by the HDP Deputy for Hakkari and Co-Chair of Democratic Society Congress, Ms Leyla Güven, demanding the end of aggravated isolation imposed on Mr. Abdullah Öcalan, held in Imralı Island Prison for 20 years, continue with the participation of politicians and activists in Erbil, Wales and Strasbourg as well as more than 330 prisoners from Turkish prisons. As of March 7, 2019, Leyla Güven has been on hunger strike for 120 days; Nasır Yağız in Erbil has been on hunger strike for 107…
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