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Open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May

Open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May

The Rt Honourable Theresa May MP 10 Downing Street   Dear Prime Minister On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019, the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign calls on you to acknowledge the great strides that Kurdish women have achieved towards gaining equality between women and men. On this day, we stand alongside and commend to you all Kurdish women, across Kurdistan and in the diaspora, who are engaged in the struggle for Kurdish liberation and their just and democratic rights. In particular this year we stand with Leyla Guven MP, who is now on day 121 of her indefinite hunger strike…
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Turkey’s war against Öcalan’s direct democracy project in the Middle East

Turkey’s war against Öcalan’s direct democracy project in the Middle East

Erdogan continues to marginalise and criminalise opposition and Öcalans isolation continues. The experiment in direct democracy inspired by his writings is imperilled by the aggression of the Turkish state. This article is based on a speech delivered by Sinn Féin MP for South Down Chris Hazzard in the House of Lords on February 15th 2019 at an event marking the 20th anniversary of Öcalan’s abduction by the Turkish state. This week the international community marked the 29th anniversary of Nelson Mandela walking free from prison in South Africa - he had spent 27 years in prison; 18 of those on the infamous Robben Island.…
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Event in Lords marks the anniversary of Öcalans abduction

Event in Lords marks the anniversary of Öcalans abduction

The FreedomForÖcalan.org trade union campaign was joined by academics, politicians and leading civil rights lawyers for a special conference in the House of Lords on the 20th anniversary of Abdullah Öcalans capture. The meeting called on the Turkish government to honour its own legal framework and the internationally accepted “Mandela Rules” and end the isolation of Öcalan. Kurdish leader Öcalan was abducted and renditioned from Kenya by Turkish security forces on the 15th of February 1999. He was en route to South Africa, at the invitation of the Mandela government. Denied his legal rights he was summarily sentenced to death…
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