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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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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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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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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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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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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