Posted by: hevallo | March 9, 2010

South African Kurdish Rights Group Protest Against European State Terror Against Kurds.


The Kurdistan Human Rights Action Group (KHRAG) of South Africa

Press release, 5 March 2010

The Kurdistan Human Rights Action Group (KHRAG) of South Africa has learnt
with great disquiet and shock of the recent police raids by the Belgium
authorities on the offices of legitimate organisations and institutions of
the Kurdish people in Brussels. The Belgium police also raided the homes and
offices of the leaders of the Kurdish people in Brussels. We learnt with
concern and consternation of the arrest and detention of some of the leaders
of the Kurdish people in Brussels, the seat of the European Union.

The raids on these organisations and the arrests of the leaders of the
Kurdish people in Brussels are a violation of the fundamental human rights
entrenched in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The right to freedom of association, freedom of expression including freedom
of the press and the right to liberty and security have been violated by
these raids and arrests. The Kurdish people are entitled to exercise their
right to self-determination in accordance with International Law and
International Human Rights Instruments and Protocols. Such activities can
under no circumstances be regarded as terrorist activities.

Reverend Matthew Esau, an executive member of KHRAG, on 2-4 February 2010
attended the 6th International Conference on European Union, Turkey and the
Kurds at the European Parliament in Brussels. The conference organised by
the European Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) had as its theme: “Turkey and
the Kurdish Conflict: Political Dialogue and Peace-Building. Reverend Esau
met a number of activists on both sides of the Kurdish and Turkish divide,
who are intimately involved in efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the
Kurdish question in Turkey.

It is unfortunate that some of the Kurdish leaders he met and who
unequivocally committed themselves to the peaceful resolution of the Kurdish
question are now victims of the raids and arrests in Brussels.

KHRAG SA calls upon the Belgium authorities;

· To promote and protect the fundamental rights of the Kurdish people
both inside and outside Belgium

· We call upon the Belgium authorities to forthwith release all those
that have been arrested and detained in the raids.

· We call upon the Belgium authorities to return all the assets
confiscated from these organisations and the leaders, particularly from Roj
TV,

· To ensure that Kurdish organisations and their leaders pursue their
legitimate activities and are afforded protection from illegitimate police
raids.

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