Category Archives: Ocalan

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…

10.3 Million Signatures for Peace and Freedom for Öcalan

KNK Press Statement: Today, thousands of people have gathered in Strasbourg for the culmination of a huge international campaign calling for the release of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK, on the 16th anniversary of his abduction. An incredible 10.3 million people from across the world signed a petition demanding freedom for Ocalan. Peace in…

Turkey: Cleavage, Therefore Not Suitable for Any Partnership!

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By Rebwar Rashed: Turkish society, its political parties and groups glide more and more into conflict. Turkey is not just fragile, but it is also too paralyzed to understand the reality and to decide on important questions. The situation of “too many chiefs and not enough Indians” in Turkey has thrown many issues, mainly the…

Free Mr. Ocalan and Solve the Kurdish Question!

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By Rebwar Rashed: In this very moments of writing this article Kurds are being killed either by IS, the Islamic State, or by Turkey, a member of NATO and candidate to the EU. Talking about Mr. Ocalan compels us to retell about much else of the history of the Middle East, otherwise it’s impossible to…

Why Erdogan wants to pursue a hollow peace process

By Arian Mufid: In January 2013 when a co-founder of the PKK was shot dead in Paris, along with two other members of her organisation, the world turned a blind eye to the role of the Turkish security services in commissioning this crime. Sakine Cansız, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Söylemez have become symbols of martyrdom…

KT news briefing, 22nd March 2014

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Ocalan: Pursuing peace is harder than war The imprisoned leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, addressed his people during the Nawroz Celebration in the city of Diyarbakir (Amed). In a letter delivered through the BDP’s leaders to the public, Ocalan said that to pursue peace is harder than launching war. He said “it is our…

Öcalan: Turkey’s critical choice – recurring coups or radical democracy?

KT News: ANF reports from Amed that HDP deputy Sirri Süreyya Önder has read out the following Newroz greeting from Abdullah Öcalan: To all those friends whose heart is ablaze with the fire of Newroz for peace and freedom! Merhaba! I greet our people who have transformed the Newroz fire into an awakening and a festival…

The Öcalan Moment

By The International Initiative: No-one who walks through a major city in Europe can escape the movie posters these days. In huge letters they portray Nelson Mandela in three words: “Revolutionary, prisoner, president‟. Behind them we see Mandela with a fist raised into the air. Hollywood condenses the history of revolutions into stories of 120…

BDP MPs hold press conference on Öcalan and the peace process

By ANF / Rojava Report: BDP MPs have held a press conference in the Turkish Parliament in Ankara. Pervin Buldan, İdris Baluken and Diyarbakir MP Altan Tan all took part. The MPs discussed the recent meetings with imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, ongoing negotiations with the state, and the fragile condition of the peace process…

My real role in Kurds’ struggle for freedom: Abdullah Öcalan

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Letter to ‘The Guardian’ by Abdullah Öcalan: Editorial Note: The following version appeared in ‘The Guardian’ on 20th January and the full text of the letter appears below it. I am writing in response to an editorial published in your newspaper on the occasion of Nelson Mandela’s death (5 December). The article drew comparisons between Mandela, Nehru, Aung Sang…

BDP and HDP delegation visits Öcalan

KT News: A delegation from the BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) and the recently-formed HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Congress) is due to meet PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) leader Abdullah Öcalan in his İmralı island prison today. The delegation comprises BDP group deputy chairs Pervin Buldan and İdris Baluken, and HDP co-chair Sırrı Süreyya Önder. Bookmark on…