WFW-Hawler: From the effort of the Kurdish figure
outside of Kurdistan (Hozan Mahmood) with a group of Kurdish and foreign
activist and journalists ask the international community and the public to take
a stand about "The lives of hundreds of political Kurdish prisoners should
be saved in Turkey" the appeal is as follows:
the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
the Parliament of the European Union,
the Parliament of the United Kingdom,
Human Rights Watch,
international media outlets, and
all political parties, trade unions and freedom lovers across the world:
lives of hundreds of Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey must be saved.
are writing to you regarding the recent wave of mass protests and hunger
strikes in Turkey by Kurdish people. 63 Kurdish political prisoners have been
on hunger strike for political solution to the Kurdish Question in Turkey since
Sept 12th 2012. The hunger strike has been spreading day by day. While by the
end of October the number of prisoners on hunger strike reached about 700 in
more than 50 prisons, on November 5th spokesperson of the political prisoners
declared that from now on 10,000 political prisoners are on hunger strike.
are striving to gain respect from the Turkish state for their basic human
rights that have been suppressed for many decades. These basic rights include such
rights as the right to respect for their basic human dignity, which already is
enjoyed by people who are not treated like third-class citizens and who do not
have to endure degrading discrimination due to their ethnic identity; the right
to speak and to write in their mother tongue; and political rights such as the
rights to freedom of expression and the right to equal citizenship. In
addition, the strikers seek freedom for Abdulla Ocalan, the Kurdish leader of
the Workers Party of Kurdistan (PKK) who was kidnapped by the Turkish
authorities and has been imprisoned under terrible conditions in Turkish
prisons for over 13 years.
claims to be a modern democratic state while at the same time thousands of
Kurds are forced to be Turkish, to renounce their origins, and to live under a
false Turkish identity forced upon them violently by the racist, discriminatory
laws of the Turkish state. Furthermore, millions of Kurds in Turkey have been
subjected to mass murder, displacement, forced relocation, imprisonment,
torture, the denial of equal citizenship.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried to appear as a saviour
to other “Muslim” people in Palestine and Somalia by deploying “humanitarian
aid”, thousands of Kurdish people in Turkey have been imprisoned and battered
simply for wanting to enjoy the same basic rights and freedoms as the rest of
the Turkish population.
September 2012, more than 700 Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey have been
on hunger strike. Their lives are now in grave danger. Medical professionals in
Turkey have warned that deaths will start to occur at any moment due to the
prolonged hunger strike.
decades, the nationalist state of Turkey has refused to recognise the existence
of Kurds and has banned the Kurdish language and culture. In addition, any
political or even cultural activities by Kurdish people have been met by
violence. If Turkey calls itself democratic, why then are its prisons
overcrowded with Kurdish political activists, mayor, MP’s, women, children,
intellectuals, academics, and journalists? This says a lot about the nature and
state of Turkish democracy!
therefore call upon the United Nations organizations and agencies, the
Parliament of the European Union, the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and all
nongovernmental organisations worldwide to intervene and to put all necessary
pressure on the Turkis