“Today the politics of isolation on Mr Öcalan are not imposed on him alone, but on a people in his person. Isolation is a crime against humanity. I am a member of this people. I am starting an indefinite hunger strike to protest the isolation on Mr Öcalan. I will not submit any defence to the court from now on. I will continue my protest until the judiciary ends its unlawful decisions and this politics of isolation is terminated.”
Leyla Güven is resisting for democracy and peace in Turkey Leyla Güven – a summary biography: 55 years old, mother of three children Free Women’s Movement (TJA) activist Co-Chair of Democratic Society Congress (KCD) Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP for Hakkari province Previous Mayor of Küçükdikili (2004-2009) and Viransehir (2009-2014) (HDP) Arrested on 22 January… Continue reading Leyla Güven
Urgent Call: Save the Life of Leyla Güven Leyla Güven, a prominent Kurdish activist and democratically-elected member of the parliament of Turkey, was arrested on 22 January 2018 for her criticism of the Turkish army’s invasion of Afrin in Northern Syria and for other statements she has made as a Kurdish politician in Turkey. She… Continue reading Initiative
Some may ask: why Öcalan, why not somebody else? In politics, the development and maturing of leaders happens over a historical period, and those who emerge establish respect and a strong reputation with their ideas and through their actions amongst the people. Those who are attempting to create an alternative to such leadership are embarking… Continue reading Why Öcalan?