Posted by: hevallo | January 10, 2008

Non Stop Protest for Abdullah Ocalan, the Imprisoned Leader of the Kurdish People


“Now it’s enough,
Ocalan’s health is our health!”

The Kurdish people’s leader, Abdullah Ocalan, has been kept in the one-man prison island of Imrali since 15th February 1999.

In this island prison, declared a forbidden area by the military, unlawful treatments are the norm.

Ocalan is under intense solitary confinement.

Not unexpectedly under these conditions, Mr Ocalan is suffering from serious health problems. Yet no diagnosis has been made and no significant treatment has been undertaken.

On 1st March 2007 Mr. Ocalan’s lawyers received laboratory reports on samples of Mr. Ocalans hair which showed chronic poisoning.

The Kurdish people then made its voice heard, through hunger strikes and mass meetings asking for Mr. Ocalan’s health to be taken seriously and for the CPT (European Committee for the Prevention of Torture) to send an independent commission of doctors to Imrali Island to treat Mr. Ocalan.

The CPT’s independent team of doctors went to Imrali on the 20th of May 2007, but issued no statement about Mr. Ocalan’s health and the risk of poisoning.

It is unknown what the CPT’s plans for Mr. Ocalan’s treatment are, and what his current situation is.

If we take a look at the last three reports of the CPT before this visit, we can see that none of the advisory notes made by the CPT were taken seriously by the Turkish authorities; instead the situation and the conditions have become worse.

The Turkish authorities do not respect the CPT reports. All of this leads to rising concerns of the Kurdish people, which call for a response. It is unacceptable on humane grounds that the Kurdish people’s leader’s life be sacrificed for the sensitivities of Turkey.

To stay silent in the face of this also amounts to condoning the Turkish state’s annihilation policy towards the Kurds. Thanks in part to the international support the Turkish state is receiving, it feels able to continue its policies of violence and to neglect attempts at a peaceful and democratic solution.

Regarding Abdullah Ocalan’s health, we call upon the European Council and the CPT to pressure Turkey into taking the CPT’s advisory proposals seriously.

We call upon all people who believe in democracy and human rights: “Do not remain silent towards the crimes of the Turkish authorities against the Kurdish people”.

The Confederation of Kurdish Associations in Europe, established in the last 24 years consequent upon the Turkish Army’s dirty war in Kurdistan, will be conducting an indefinite demonstration in Strasbourg.

This indefinite demonstration will last until the European Council and CPT make a statement regarding the results of the laboratory findings from the samples of the Kurdish people’s leader, the carrying out of the necessary treatment, and the transfer of Abdullah Ocalan from the one-man prison island of Imrali.

We call upon everyone to support our demonstration to ensure that the European Council and the CPT do make such a move.

8 January 2008Protest outside the European Parliament on 10 January 2-4pm

For information call: 04862955581

Hevallo notes: In the eight years of the imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan after the sham of his ‘treason trial’ on the Island of Imrali, off Istanbul, there has been not one, single, new image of him during that whole time.

A Visit to Abdullah Ocalan.

Abdullah Ocalan’s solicitor Omer Gunes gave details of their visit to Imrali Island, where their client is being kept, in the Rojev Program on Roj TV.

‘Our meeting with Mr. Ocalan took place in conditions brought upon him through a cell punishment. This punishment which is now the fifth time he has received any such punishment is in its sixteenth day.’

Gunes went on to claim that Ocalan was being pressurised from administrative, political and legal aspects. Gunes said ‘in our visit Mr. Ocalan said that this cell punishment is no different to capital punishment and should be analysed that way’.

Gunes went onto say ‘we as Mr. Ocalan’s lawyers should be informed of these kinds of punishments, however, we only find out from Mr. Ocalan himself. This is not legal. This punishment is becoming the norm and is almost being adopted into normal practice’.

Gunes, who claims all Ocalan’s rights are being stripped from him, also said ‘during these cell punishments Mr. Ocalan does not have access to books, newspapers or radio. He is also not allowed familial visits. According to the law, cell punishments should be between 10 and 20 days.

However, all of the cell punishments handed down to Mr. Ocalan are of a 20 day period, which means he is always subjected to the harshest possible punishment’.

‘These punishments are always carefully planned to coincide with significant political developments, they are also the reason behind Ocalan’s deteriorating health’ claimed Gunes.

Gunes reminded everyone that they have made all necessary applications within domestic law to object to these punishments, and have also prepared and presented the European Court of Human Rights with a dossier regarding the matter.

However, despite all these regulations, Mr Ocalan did touch upon topical matters. He once again reiterated the need for an atmosphere in which he would be able to play a role in the peaceful solution to the problem. Ocalan once again stated that he wanted to develop a peaceful and democratic process whereby this problem will be solved.

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