Archiv für den Monat Februar 2012

Hunger strike in Strasbourg

29 February 2012
Initiative for Freedom for Öcalan has launched protest action

Fifteen people have today started an indefinite hunger strike in Strasbourg to demand freedom for Öcalan and guarantees about his health and security conditions. Protestors will also call on the European Council and the European Union to take action against the pressures the Turkish state puts on the Kurdish people.The group of protestors, naming themselves as Initiative for Freedom for Öcalan, will start their act with a press statement to be made in front of the European Council building.

The spokesman for the Initiative, journalist-writer Fuat Kav, remarked that the group consisted of Kurds from different parts of Europe and called on the Kurdish people in the region to support the act for Kurdish people’s leader Öcalan.

The act with the slogan “Freedom for Öcalan, status for Kurdish people” will also demand the exclusion of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) from the terror organization list of the European Union.

Journalist and writer Kav stated that all the initiatives and organizations that demand freedom for Öcalan could come together under a single roof in the coming process.

D.F. – ANF / STRASBOURG

ANF NEWS AGENCY

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BDP mayors to join hunger strike

29 February 2012
Hunger strike in many cities as mayors join in
BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) mayors will embark on a three-day hunger strike in the BDP Kayapınar Branch building in Diyarbakır. The hunger strike will begin today and it is called in solidarity with the hunger strikers in prisons. Over 400 prisoners, including three deputies and mayors, are currently on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the isolation of PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) leader Abdullah Öcalan and to demand an end to the military and political operations.Hunger strikes also continue outside prisons with new groups taking over in Diyarbakır, Malatya, Hakkari, Batman, Nusaybin, Cizre, Doğubayazıt, Viransehir and Başkale.

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Hunger strike targeted by police

27 February 2012
Hunger strike by Kurdish protestors expanding throughout the country
The building of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in Güroymak (Norşên) district of Bitlis has been raided by police early this morning.

While hunger strike protestor Adnan Calp has been taken into custody on the grounds of arrest warrant issued for him, police also seized the protestors’ banners writing „Ez livirim“ (I am here).

In a statement about the police raid, BDP District Chair Hakan Tadik remarked that the raid was carried out with an aim to intimidate the protestors. Tadik underlined that the resistance will continue till the end of the operations and the isolation imposed on Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan.

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Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace express solidarity with Kurdish Hunger Strike

„As Cenî – Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace, we declare our solidarity with the demands of the political prisoners on hunger strike. We ask all human rights organisations and UN-human right mechanisms to take urgent actions to prevent any harm to the health of the prisoners on hunger strike by to support by advocating for a political solution of the Kurdish question, the freedom of Abdullah Öcalan and all other political prisoners.“

 

Ceni –Kurdish Women’s Peace Office – Statement on the Hunger Strike of 400 Kurdish political prisoners

 

Ceni –Kurdish Women’s Peace Office
Corneliusstr. 125, 40215 Düsseldorf
Tel. +49 (0) 211 / 5 98 92 51
Fax +49 (0) 211 / 5 98 92 53
Web: http://www.ceni-kurdistan.de

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400 Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

On 15 February 2012 political prisoners went on an indefinite and non-alternate hunger strike in prisons of Turkey and Kurdistan. Among the 169 prisoners starting the hunger strike in Diyarbakır D and E-Type Prisons, Mardin E-Type Prison, Elbistan E-Type Prison and Bitlis E-Type Prison are also Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Şırnak MPs Selma Irmak and Faysal Sarıyıldız. They demand freedom for Kurdish people’s leader Öcalan, assurance of education in mother language and an end to political and military operations against the Kurdish people.

Diyarbakır D Tipi Prison (62 prisoners on hunger strike):

Lütfi Dağ, Özgür Yıldırım, Sinan Kaplan, Nadir Yıldırım, Nihat Varlı, Mirhan Göktaş, Mahsum Akbaş, Murat Yıldeniz, Müstafa Türkan, Umut Özer, Sıddık Çete, Serdar Ziriğ, Ahmet Çelen, Ali Ekinci, Aykut Eroğlu, Recep Güler, Ercan Sezgin,
Tuncay Ok, Enver Özkartal, Mehmet Ermiş, Mahir Birgül, İlyas Efe, Yücel Çelik, Ramazan Malçok, Saffet Durmaz, Serhat Keskin, Necmetin Kaçar, A. Kemal Türk, Mikail Çağrıcı, Savaş Aslan, Hekim Denli, Talat Uçar, İsmail Öndeş, Erdal Işık, Ömer Atlı, Mustafa Kaplan, Diyar Kaydu, Emrah Ubiç, Ulaş Telsaç, Murat Kozat, Ali Kurt, Ömer Sipek, Mehmet Aksu, Maşallah Özmen, Şafi Kayhan, Aslan Demir, Çetin Atlan, Mazlum Timuçin, Ufuk Fidan, Mehmet Taş, Bülent Buluç, Müslüm Tıkız, İrfan Bozencir, Osman Kılıç, Ozan Alpkaya, Selami Kızıl, Hüseyin Barsak, Cengiz Ünal, Murat Canşat, Salih İlem, Şerif Aslan, Yakup Borukanlı

Diyarbakır E Tipi Prison (9):

BDP Şırnak MP Selma Irmak, Fadile Bayram, Hacire Özdemir, Leyla Deniz,
Ayşe Irmak, Pınar Işık, Dirayet Taşdemir, Hanım Çeşme and Emine Yılmaz.

Mardin E Tipi Prison (22):

BDP Şırnak MP Faysal Sarıyıldız, Ramazan Aktaş, Musa Aslan, Gürhan
Koyuncu, Mahmut Balkaş, Toncay Gündoğan, Mesut Gökhan, Behruz Akgül, Bekir Kılıçaslan, Aziz
Bulut, Mesut Kar, Ömer Kabul, Hayretin Alkan, Cahit Sevim, Zerdeşt Oduncu, Burhan Gök, Mehmet
Ali Güray, Ruşen Erdem, Bahar Cirasun, Asiye Atılgan, Fatma Uyar, Cemile Duman.

Batman M Tipi Kapalı Prison (15):

only the names of Mahsum Bilen, Şehmus Bülbül, İlhan Rengin,
Resul Saçaklıdır and Ahmet Çelik are known. They went on an indefinite and non-alternate hunger
strike on 25 January 2012.

Siirt E Tipi Kapalı Prison (15):

10 male and 5 female PKK and PAJK prisoners went on hunger strike.
While the names of the femal prisoners are unknown, the names of the male prisoners are İbrahim
Akın, Ali Temelkuran, Nusret Yıldırım, Mehmet Şakar, İskan Yiğit, Muhammed Demir, Uğur Eren, Şefik
Uçkan, Kasım Çelik and Abdurrahman Demir.

Bingöl M Tipi Kapalı Prison (14):

Bülent Buluç, Müslüm Tıkız, İrfan Bazencir, Osman Kılıç, Ozan
Alpkaya, Selami Kızıl, Hüseyin Barsak, Cengiz Ünal, Murat Cansal, Salih İlem, Mehmet Şerif Aslan,
Yakup Borukanlı, Hanım Çeşme, Emin Yılmaz.

Malatya Prison (8):

only 4 names of prisoners on hunger strike are known: Nevzat İçen, Suat Daştan,
Ramazan Demir; Çetin İnsel.

Muş:

8 prisoners went on hunger strike, their names are not known.
Tokat F Tipi Kapalı Prison (6): In a letter sent from prison Süleyman Yıldırım, Hüseyin Misto, Erdal
Daş, Abdullah Cin, Hafzullah Kaçmaz and Havil Acar declared that they went on on an indefinite and
non-alternate hunger strike.

Elbistan E Tipi Prison (5):

Bedrettin Uzunboy, Salih Şimşek, Hüseyin Çığ, Emin Mutlu and Hüseyin
Torunoğlu.

Bitlis E Tipi Prison (5):

Pelin Yılmaz, Ediba Ekmen, Ruken Çelik, Ülkem Özkan and Şeyman Kantarcı.
Osmaniye F Tipi Kapalı Prison (5): Emrah Özdemir, Mehmet Akar, Mazlum Kapan, Ekrem Coşkun,
Feridun Kayacan.

Rize Kalkandere L Tipi Prison (5):

Ramazan Özelçi, Haşim İzol, Mahsun Karaman, Abdulmenaf Aslan
and Kamuran Aytaç.
Kandıra 2 Nolu F Tipi Prison (5): Yakup Taş, Hakan Yalçınkaya, Maşallah Yağan, Necat Saçı and Alattin
Semir Zuğurlu.

Erzurum Oltu Prison (4):

The prisoners Mesut Yabalak, İzet Eren, Kaçak Demirci and Metin Serhat
went on an indefinite and non-alternate hunger strike on 20 January 2012. Their health situation is
deteriorating.

Antalya L Tipi Kapalı Prison (2):

Halit İnan and Mehmet Aslan
Tekirdağ Prison (1): Adnan Titiz

 
Further political prisoners of the prisons in Gebze, Urfa, Adıyaman and Midyat declared through
communication with their relatives that they went on an indefinite and non-alternate hunger strike.

(Source: Ceni)

Letter from BDP MP Mrs. Selma Irmak

My Very Precious Co-Presidents,

My Dear Friends,

I greet you with love and longing. I embrace you with hope.

We will soon finish the third year of our separation. We have lived and watched this breathtaking process from the prison; our hearts pounding against iron fences. We experienced a lot. History will become witness to our experience. Just like you, we are struggling to come out clean from this test, which historical circumstances has subjected us to, for the sake of our people. We appreciate and support the work you carry out wholeheartedly and zealously. We derive our strength from watching you; sometimes with a smile on our face and other times with our hearts twisted. There is no doubt that these are difficult times. All of us are obliged to work hard and do our best. Certain moments in history necessitate quick action. Otherwise opportunities to turn defeat into victory, loss into gain will be missed. We are going through exactly such a moment when every event and development must be measured and evaluated with the sensitivity of an alchemist; so that the next movement can be planned carefully and executed successfully .

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Women prisoners joined hunger strike

24 February 2012

Four more women prisoners in Siirt E Type Closed Prison have announced they have been on an indefinite hunger strike since February 15. Fifteen prisoners from the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) and PAJK (Kurdistan Women’s Freedom Party) in the same prison had already started a hunger strike in order to protest the capture and isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.

There are around 70 prisoners on hunger strikes in several prisons, including Diyarbakır E Type Closed Prison where Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Şırnak MP Selma Irmak and six other women prisoners have been on a hunger strike for ten days.

„I am giving up my right to life to close the door of death and to open the door to life,“ says Selma Irmak noting that no way for democratic politics has been left for the Kurds.

Irmak points out that women always played an important role in the struggle for peace and adds that they are hoping their action will bring about a peaceful solution of the Kurdish issue.

ANF/Sêrt – BOTAN

MP on hunger strike: „We are entering a critical stage that will determinate the future of our people“

24 February 2012

The current process is a warning to the government, said deputies.

Deputies of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and Labor, Democracy and Freedom Block who have gone on a two-day hunger strike on 20 February to support those of jailed MPs Selma Irmak and Faysal Sarıyıldız remarked that they were staging the act to let down the AKP government’s ‘concept of war and elimination’. Speaking to DIHA about the act, deputies of the BDP and the Block stated that the current process was a warning to the government. Here are the statements of some deputies who support the hunger strike act of political prisoners; BDP İstanbul MP Sebahat Tuncel: “The war strategy of the AKP government has blocked the process of a peaceful solution to the Kurdish people. The AKP government inherited the policy of destruction and assimilation but there is a need for a new concept on the basis of equal and free citizenship of all peoples in Turkey. Our act is at the same time a call to Turkey’s opinion as we call on the people to not to remain insensitive to the process for building a true freedom.” BDP Muş MP Demir Çelik: „The political operations against the BDP and Kurdish institutions started as a result of the mentality of the AKP government which has brought nothing but cruelty, pressure and violence on Turkey’s peoples who face fascism practices equal to those at Nazi period in Germany.”

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BDP’s deputies on hunger strike

24 February 2012

Deputies of Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and Labor, Democracy and Freedom Block have started a two-day hunger strike on 20 February to support the indefinite and non-alternate hunger strike of jailed MPs of BDP for Şırnak Selma Irmak and Faysal Sarıyıldız and many other political prisoners. The hunger strike act of MPs is staged in protest to the ongoing military and political operations and the isolation imposed on Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan.

BDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, DTK Co-Chairs Ahmet Türk and Aysel Tuğluk, deputies Leyla Zana, Sırrı Sakık and Nazmi Gür, who are currently in Federal Kurdistan Regional Government to attend the 66th anniversary of Mahabad Republic’s establishment, will be included in the act as of tomorrow. The deputies hunger strike takes place in the BDP head office in Ankara, in a hall covered with banners writing „We want negotiations, not war and freedom, not isolation“.

Making a statement on behalf of all deputies on the hunger strike, BDP Co-Chair Gültan Kışanak said that; „With a hope that these acts will pave the way for the solution, we once again state here that we will decisively continue our struggle for freedom and peace. It is beyond any doubt that democratic resistance and democratic opposition will rise and grow in the face of increasing pressures.“

Kışanak pointed out to the repressive and authoritarian process led by the AKP government and said that; „The political slaughter policies have led to the arrest of deputies, mayors, writers, journalists, human rights defenders, representatives of democratic mass organizations, lawyers, union members, women, students and children. More than six thousand people are held under arrest because of their thoughts and political activities.“ Weiterlesen