2019 International Peace Delegation to İmralı meets with Council of Europe

2019 International Peace Delegation to İmralı meets with Council of Europe

On Tuesday, 07 May 2019, representatives of the 2019 International Peace Delegation to İmralı travelled to Strasbourg, France to meet with representatives of the office of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland and the Executive Secretariat of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). Representing the 2019 International Peace delegation to İmralı were Ögmundur Jónasson, former Minister of Justice of Iceland, and Connor Hayes, a student of Philosophy. International Peace Delegation to Imrali Earlier this year, from 11-16 February 2019, the 2019 International Peace Delegation to İmralı travelled to Turkey and the Turkish region of…
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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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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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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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