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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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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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