Category Archives: Ocalan

Öcalan’s lawyers request a retrial

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KT News: Lawyers for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence on Turkey’s Imrali island, yesterday filed a request for his retrial, on the grounds that recent changes in the law could pave the way for a fairer trial. According to Firat News Agency (ANF) and bianet, Öcalan’s…

Öcalan ‘salutes’ Turkey protest movement

In a letter handed to BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) leader Abdullah Öcalan expressed his support for the protests that have engulfed Turkey this past week, beginning with a demonstration against the demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul and escalating following the violent police reaction. “I…

Ocalan v. Barzani: Two contradictory worlds

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By Kamal Chomani: The Changes in the PKK’s Policies towards the KRG The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its legendary leader, Abdulla Ocalan, pose a strong challenge to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and its leader, Masoud Barzani. The PKK is no longer a party just for northern Kurdistan: Today it also impacts significantly on…

With Abdullah Ocalan from Athens to Nairobi

EXCLUSIVE interview with former Greek intelligence officer Savvas Kalenteridis Interview by Noreldin Waisy: Savvas Kalenteridis is a blogger, columnist, and a former Greek intelligence officer. In this exclusive interview he talks for the first time about his travels with Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned founder of the PKK. Kalenteridis accompanied Ocalan from Athens to Russia, and…

Lawyers of jailed Kurdish leader set to face judges once again

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Press Release: Just days after the much-celebrated announcement of a ceasefire by jailed leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, a long running mass trial of 46 lawyers is set continue this week with the fourth hearing in Istanbul. A delegation of five lawyers from the UK will travel to Istanbul to…

PKK calls ceasefire

Ocalan believed to have called for PKK ceasefire

KT News and Comment: The PKK has officially announced a ceasefire. This move is a positive response to Abdullah Öcalan’s historic Newroz message calling for the conflict between Kurds and the Turkish state to be resolved by peaceful, political means. In a statement today, the KCK said that PKK forces will retain the right to…

Öcalan’s historical Newroz 2013 Statement

By Abdullah Öcalan: I SALUTE THE FREEDOM NEWROZ OF THE OPPRESSED I salute the people of the Middle East and Central Asia celebrating this awakening, revival and resurgence day of Newroz with extraordinary participation and unity… I salute all the peoples celebrating Newroz, which is the daylight and turning point of a new era, with great…

Öcalan makes Newroz call for PKK ceasefire and withdrawal

KT News and Comment: As expected, a highly significant statement by the jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan was released today, as millions of Kurds celebrate Newroz. Calling for a PKK ceasefire, Öcalan declared that: “It is time for arms to be silenced and ideas to speak. The bloodshed is going on, giving harm to all…

PKK should only surrender to lasting peace

By Mufid Abdulla: The big news is that jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan is about to issue an historic message to the Kurdish people, which will probably call for the disarmament of the PKK. Although there is still no transparent and detailed agenda for the peace process – such as the one outlined in Ocalan’s…

Turkish media says that Ocalan is ‘proposing PKK withdrawal by August’

KT News: According to media reports – which first appeared in the pro-government Sabah and Star newspapers – the jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan is proposing the withdrawal of PKK fighters from Turkish territory by 15 August This would mark a critical stage in the current peace negotiations. Reuters reports that Ocalan has drafted a…

‘This visit is a historic step’: Ocalan

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KT News: Making a short statement after the BDP delegation’s visit to Imrali island today, BDP group deputy chair Pervin Buldan quoted PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan as saying: “This visit is a historic step and all sides must act carefully and sensitively in this ongoing process. The state has PKK prisoners, so does the PKK…

BDP to report on latest talks with Ocalan

KT News: A delegation of three Kurdish politicians has today been meeting with the long-incarcerated PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, marking a new stage in the current peace process. BDP deputy Parliamentary Group Chair Pervin Buldan, Istanbul deputy Sırrı Süreyya Önder and Diyarbakır deputy Altan Tan travelled from Istanbul this morning for İmralı island, where Öcalan…

Turkey bombs the Kandil during peace talks

KT News and Comment: Once again Turkish fighter jets have crossed the border and bombarded the Kandil valley. Their latest attack has cut electricity supplies to three villages in the area. This offensive action happens at the same time as the Turkish government is in peace negotiations with the jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan. Bookmark…

Turkey keeps up pressure for PKK to disarm and withdraw its forces

KT News and Comment: The Turkish state appears to be stepping up its campaign for the PKK to disarm before any comprehensive peace negotiations have begun. There are reports in the Turkish media that jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan “might” call on PKK fighters to withdraw from north Kurdistan/Turkish territory over the next 10 days. Turkish…

Kurdish politicians meet Ocalan

KT News: Abdullah Ocalan, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader, held a rare meeting on his island prison yesterday with two leading Kurdish politicians and a lawyer, according to Reuters. Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputy Ayla Akat Ata and prominent Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk went with a lawyer to Imrali, where Ocalan has been held…