Women’s words and actions in support of Leyla Güven from all over the world
Solidarity from Café Rojava, Berlin
Die Linke group in Hamburg State Parliament led an action in solidarity with Leyla Güven.
A human chain action was promoted in Basel to protest the aggravated isolation against Öcalan and to draw attention to the hunger strike protest initiated by Leyla Güven. Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe (TJK-E) led the human chain in Claraplatz under the slogan “Break isolation, destroy fascism.” Ronahi Women’s Council activists also joined the action carrying photos of the hunger strikers and Öcalan.
In London women took to the streets carrying posters of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan in action in front of the British Parliament. The action in solidarity with HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven who has been on hunger strike for 86 days, was also in support of Ilhan Şiş, who has been on hunger strike for 47 days in Wales. During the action women handed out leaflets and chanted slogans like “Bobby Sands yesterday, Leyla Güven today.”
In Paris Kurdish women promoted a civil disobedience action in the Gare de Nord to draw attention to the isolation against Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan and support Leyla Guven and hunger strike actions.
Led by the SMJÊ û DEST DAN Women’s Council, the Yazidi House in Berlin staged a demonstration in front of the central parliament of Germany in order to protest the aggravated isolation of the Kurdish people’s leader, Abdullah Ocalan. Many leaflets were distributed to the passers-by and the goal of the demonstration was explained to the public opinion. SMJÊ’s representative Nujiyan Gûnay spoke on behalf of the activists and stated that the paradigm of Abdullah Ocalan is the only way to freedom and peace for the people of the Middle East and particularly the Yazidi people. “In order to support the honorable resistance that was initiated by Leyla Guven and spread everywhere including Shengal, we the Yazidi women will be undertaking a principal role. At such critical times, the silence of Germany and the CPT (Council of Europe’s Committee for Prevention of Torture) is not accepted. The isolation should immediately end, and Turkish fascism stopped,” said Gunay. Gunay urged the German government, the United Nations, the CPT and the public opinion to break their silence. She called on the Yazidi community to mobilize and take to the streets in February to end the isolation.
A group of people tried yesterday in Amed (Diyarbakir) to reach the home of Democratic Society Congress (DTK) Co-Chair and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Leyla Güven and to express their solidarity with her call for an end to the isolation conditions against Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. Despite obstruction attempts by the police, the group, which included HDP representatives, managed to reach the apartment.
Women prisoners from Izmir Şakran Closed Prison sent a letter to Strasbourg hunger strikers: “Dear beautiful comrades of Resistance, In this season, when nature is experiencing its own cycle of birth you are leading to a certain birth. You are warming up hope in places that were cooled by the effect of modernity. We may not be together, we may be far from you in space, meters and borders taking us apart. But to be resisting for one center and responding with the same pulse is making us one. When you and we unite, who could ever stand before us… The march on this path of resistance has multiplied us… With the resistance led by Comrade Leyla Güven we are now walking ahead in our hundreds. Tomorrow we will be thousands. From the moment we started, we had already won as resistance and resisting people. We’re going to resist more to grow even further. Be aware that there may be thousands of kilometers in between us but joining this process at the same time and with the same feelings and thoughts, brings us very close. We are with you, anytime you feel the warmth of a friend, and in every success. Here, too, there are three friends on indefinitely hunger strike. First of all, let us send you their greetings. Then let us convey the wishes and greetings of the other 6 S (political) female friends. Take good care of each other and your resilient hearts. As your comrades, we kiss your beautiful hearts … Political Women Prisoners, ŞAKRAN”
Solidarity with Leyla Güven from the Women’s Front in Norway
Action in solidarity with Leyla Guven from the women of Rete Jin Italia
In solidarity with Leyla Güven from the Italian Coordination in Support of Afghane Women (Onlus). Leyla Güven, extraordinary Kurdish women’s rights activist, HDP parliamentarian and co-president of the KCD (Congress of Democratic Society), was arrested on January 22, 2018 for criticizing the Turkish state’s invasion on Afrin. On 7th November, she began a hunger strike to demand the end of the isolation for Abdullah Öcalan, who has been jailed for the last 20 years in the prison of Imrali and in conditions of severe isolation for over 7 years. On 25 January 2019 Leyla, thanks to strong international pressure, was released from prison but her health conditions are very worrying and are progressively deteriorating; she has decided that her hunger strike will continue to the most extreme consequences unless her requests are met. With her, 14 Kurdish activists in Strasbourg and hundreds of political prisoners imprisoned in Turkish jails went on a hunger strike till the bitter end. As an organization that has been struggling for human and women rights for the last 20 years, we ask CPT (European Council), European Commission, OSCE, CPT (Commission for the Prevention of Torture) to do everything will be necessary and press Erdogan’s authoritarian government, that is member of the European Council, to put an end to the isolation of Öcalan and all Kurdish political prisoners in the name of human rights and the political, social, cultural and legal principles to which the European institutions refer. We will consider the European institutions responsible for the inevitable tragic consequences derived from their silence and their inertia. We are with Leyla and with all Kurdish activists and prisoners who demand nothing but justice and peace. CISDA (Coordinamento Italiano Sostegno Donne Afghane) – Italy
Solidarity for Leyla Guven who is on hunger strike to demand the end of the solitary confinement of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. Issued by the Office of the ILPS Chairperson, Prof. Jose Maria Sison – International League of Peoples’ Struggle 29 January 2019 – We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), extend our solidarity and support for Leyla Guven, a Kurdish Parliament member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), who has been on hunger strike for 78 days now to demand the end of the solitary confinement of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan and other political prisoners in various prisons in Turkey. Solitary confinement is considered one of the most serious violations of human rights against persons who are in detention. It is strictly prohibited under United Nations Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules) adopted by the UN in May 2015. The ILPS Chairperson is keenly aware of the gravity of the psychological and physical torture in solitary confinement because he was subjected to this for most of the 9 years when he was imprisoned by the Marcos fascist dictatorship. Ocalan has been in solitary confinement far longer. Leyla Guven is herself in prison for opposing the illegal aggression perpetrated by the Turkish government against the Kurdish town of Afrin in Syria. She has been joined in hunger strike by more than 150 other political prisoners in various jails throughout Turkey and Kurdistan. 15 Kurdish political leaders have also gone on hunger strike in Strasbourg in support of the demand for an end to the continued solitary confinement of Abdullah Ocalan. Abdullah Ocalan, who is the acknowledged leader of the Kurdish liberation movement in Turkey and other Kurdish regions in Syria, Iran and Iraq, has been in solitary confinement in the Imrali island prison since his abduction in 1999. He is therefore entering his 20th year in absolute solitary confinement except for short periods when his lawyers were permitted to talk to him. We join the many prominent progressive personalities around the world who have signed the International Appeal For Ending The Isolation Of Abdullah Ocalan And All Political Prisoners In Turkey and the 50 Nobel Prize Laureates who have issued a call for an end to the continued solitary confinement of Abdullah Ocalan and other political prisoners in Turkey. We call on all member organizations of the ILPS around the world to express their solidarity and support for the call for an immediate end to the solitary confinement of Abdullah Ocalan and all political prisoners in Turkey. We likewise call on all progressive organizations and forces around the world to do the same. Long live international solidarity! Long live the struggle of the Kurdish people for national self-determination!
Letter of support from the International Women’s Alliance (IWA) To The Democratic Kurdish Federation of Canada – January 24, 2019 Dear friends, The International Women’s Alliance is shocked by the treatment of Member of Parliament Leyla Guven, arrested and held without trial for almost one year. We fully support the hunger strike by Leyla and other political prisoners held in inhumane and illegitimate conditions in the prisons of Turkey and we add our voices to the call for her release. We also support her call for an end of the solitary confinement of Mr. Abdullah Öcalan. Marie Boti and Vice Chairperson for the Executive Committee of International Women’s Alliance
Solidarity from Women in Switzerland
Solidarity from the Women’s strike meeting in London
sit-in of women in front of the BBC in London due to the lacking reports on the hungerstrikes
Seminars in german universities on the hungerstrikes and the isolation
EH Bildu Basque Part
Mothers of Peace in East Kurdistan expressed support for Leyla Guven
The National Swiss Women’s Strike Coordination ended its statement by saying: “Leyla became a symbol of peace, we women are Leyla’s voice, we want freedom to achieve peace.”
“This fascism has not managed to bend the determination of the people. If we can resist, it means we still have will. This is what Leyla Güven shows us.”