Category Archives: Ocalan

Kurdish Freedom Struggle and the Ideas of Ocalan – University of Manchester, 27th Oct

Organised by Friends of Kurdistan – Manchester: Date and time: Thursday 27 Oct, 6.30pm Place:  Room LG12, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester (off Oxford Rd) Speakers: Havîn Guneser – Kurdish woman’s activist, journalist and Abdullah Öcalan’s translator Dr Federico Venturini – researcher and activist, specialising in Social Ecology Bert Schouwenburg – International Officer, GMB Simon…

50 Kurdish Politicians on Indefinite Hunger Strike in Amed/Diyarbakır

Joint Statement by DTK, HDK, KJA,  HDP and DBP: 50 Kurdish politicians began an indefinite hunger strike demanding that the state abide by international human rights and allow either his family or his lawyers of a party delegation to see Mr.Abdullah Öcalan with whom all communication has been cut for the last 515 days. Moreover, it is certain…

Judge Essa Mossa: Solidarity With the International Call for the Freedom of Ocalan

By Judge Essa Moosa, chairperson of the International Peace and Reconciliation Intitiative (IPRI): IPRI unconditionally supports the international call for Freedom of Abdullah Ocalan initiated by the international trade union movement Unite and GMB which are based in London. IPRI has consistently called for peace in Turkey between the conflict of the Turkish state and…

International Call for the Freedom of Öcalan

Press Conference Report: Several European parliamentarians and human rights defenders met in front of the Council of Europe last Friday and issued a call for the freedom of Öcalan. As the vigil for the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan being in front of the Council of Europe by representatives from institutions in the European Kurdish Democratic…

Trade Unions Launch Freedom for Ocalan Campaign

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Press Release: On 25th April 2016, the trade unions, GMB and Unite, joined forces to launch a campaign to free Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan from prison. The launch took place at a meeting at the Houses of Parliament packed with members of the Commons and the Lords, Journalists and members of…

Freedom for Ocalan Campaign – London Launch, 25 April

The UK campaign launch, hosted by Kate Osamor MP, will be held on Monday 25 April, 2016, 7-9pm in Committee Room 10, Houses of Commons. The event will be chaired by Sir Paul Kenny, former General Secretary of the GMB. This new initiative has been set up by trade unions GMB and Unite and other…

Mark Thomas: ‘Proud to Stand in Solidarity With the Brave Men and Women Who Organise Together and Fight as Equals’

By Mark Thomas: This was the message by the comedian Mark Thomas to Sunday’s UK national ‘Stop Turkey’s War on Kurds! Break the Silence!’ demonstration: Comrades and friends, I am sorry not to join you today but despite my best efforts the vagaries of privatised public transport have prevented me joining you. I am massively…

Athens Conference on Ocalan and the International Conspiracy Against the Kurds

By Margaret Owen O.B.E   (UK Barrister and Patron of Peace in Kurdistan): Athens Conference, Monday 13th February The International Legal Context of Ocalan’s Abduction and the Conspiracy of States in this Violation of International Law Finally, 17 years after Abdullah Ocalan was brutally and unlawfully abducted in Nairobi, drugged, blindfolded and taken to Turkey…

Free Abdullah Ocalan

Peace in Kurdistan Statement: Peace in Kurdistan Campaign statement on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of his abduction on 15th February 2016 Abdullah Ocalan was captured in Kenya in 1999 and flown to Turkey where he has been imprisoned ever since. For millions of Kurdish people in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq and across the…

Roadmap of the Escalation: How Did the Turkish-Kurdish Conflict Upsurge Again?

By Kurdistan Women’s Community (KJK): Download the Background Information File in full (pdf) I. Political Evaluation by KJK The Turkish state has declared total war on the Kurdish people. The decision to undertake this strategy of total war was made at the meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council on 30 October 2014, when the resistance…

Declaration to the Peoples of Turkey and the World, Signed by 232 Academics in Turkey

Support Us In Our Call! Declaration to the Peoples of Turkey and the world, Like many people in Turkey, we, as academics, were emboldened by the peace/solution process between the Turkish state and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) officially initiated in January 2013, hoping for a new era that would end the conflicts continuing for over…

Strathclyde Students Honour Kurdish Leader Imprisoned For 15 Years

Peace in Kurdistan Press Release: Leading Scottish writer James Kelman was among the speakers at a ceremony to honour imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan held at the University of Strathclyde Students Association (USSA) in Glasgow on Saturday 20 June. Kelman reflected on history and recalled how, “The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had been a legitimate…

Turkey and the Kurdish Issue

By Sami Jamil Jadallah: Former president Abdullah Gul, President Recep Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu as leaders of the Justice and Development Party over the last decades have transformed Turkey into an economic and political powerhouse. Much remains to be done. Turkey has gone from a country sinking in debt to a country thriving…

Turkey’s Future: Erdoğan, Elections and the Kurds

By Nora Fisher Onar: This article was first published by Open Democracy Turkey is gearing up for pivotal elections on 7 June. At their heart is a complex interplay between presidential ambitions, party fissures, and Kurdish aspirations. Turkey’s election campaign began to the sound of fireworks. The first flash came in late January when the pro-Kurdish…

Öcalan’s historic Newroz message calls for a new era: full text

By JINHA:  AMED – Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party), has released a historic Newroz message calling for an era of peace and democratic change to overcome the violence of the nation-state form in the Middle East. The crowd shouted as one, “long live the leader Öcalan,” in the moments of silence…