Appeal International Initiative Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan Peace in Kurdistan



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International Initiative

Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan - Peace in Kurdistan
By an act contravening all international law, an alliance of secret service forces handed over Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, to the very state that can give the least guarantee of a trial with any legal safeguards.

Ignoring the decision of Italian justice and the calls of international human rights organisations which opted against an extradition of Abdullah Öcalan to Turkey on his arrival in Rome, he was forcibly kidnapped and brought under the power of a state which heads the international statistics for torture and human rights violations.

The Kurdish leader was handed over to the military and politicians in Turkey who are responsible for the war in the Kurdish areas and its consequences: the destruction of 4,000 Kurdish villages, countless dead and more than three million displaced persons and refugees - consequences that could escalate into genocide.

No legal act can be more unjust than that in which the perpetrators are found to sit in judgement over the criminalised victim - mocking all the provisions of law.

No fair trial could be thought of in a Turkish court. This is more than sufficiently proven - not only by the total in-camera hearings, the 24-hour video surveillance, the humiliating broadcast of selected video clips and the extensive and unrelenting obstruction of any lawyer's work.

The European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg has already ruled that the State Security Courts of the Turkish Republic breach article 6 of the European Human Rights Convention: The required independence and impartiality of the judges is violated by the status of the military judges working in these courts. (Decision 09.06.98)

We fear that the decision against Abdullah Ocalan has been made a long time ago and that he will be a subjected to merely a show trial. Instead of the examination of evidence, a sentence will be passed, which will presumably be the death penalty which in turn is likely to be executed immediately.

The European governments have completely failed to take any constructive initiative to end the war in Turkey and resolve the Kurdish question. While they have done everything to provide conditions for a political and peaceful solution of the conflicts of the Palestinians at Madrid, the Bosnians at Dayton, and the Kosovo-Albanians at Rambouillet, we have been waiting in vain for a similar initiative for the Kurds for 15 years now.

The current tense situation still contains a chance: The Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan has to be seen as a key person in the political solution to the war in Kurdistan and this should be the context in which his wellbeing must be examined. The safety of Abdullah Ocalan, his freedom, is the acid test for Turkey to prove that it recognises and respects European democratic and legal values as a candidate for EU membership.

We call on the international community and its institutions:


  • to send an international monitoring team accompanied by an independent delegation of medical doctors;




  • to ensure a fair trial for Abdullah Ocalan in an international European court;







  • to immediately strive for an end to the war, to effectively deal with the causes of the conflict and call an international conference on Kurdistan;

Turkey must stop its military operations in the Kurdish areas immediately



and start a dialogue with the Kurdish side.

The first signatories:

Prof. Dr. Elmar Altvater, President, International Lelio Basso Donation for the rights of the peoples, Germany

Heidi Ambrosch, Vice-president and Women Speaker, Communist Party of Austria

Xabier Arzalluz, President, PNV (Basque Nationalist Party)

Lord Avebury, Chairman, Parliamentary Human Rights Group, House of Lords, Great Britain

Uri Avnery, Former Member of Knesset, Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc), Israel

Mag. Walter Baier, President, Communist Party of Austria

Jutta Bauer, Book Illustrator, Germany

Rolf Becker, Actor, IG Medien (Media Union), Germany

Tony Benn, Member of Parliament, Labour Party, Great Britain,

Christine Blower, Former President, National Union of Teachers (NUT), Great Britain

Hans Branscheidt, medico international / Appell von Hannover, Germany

Ken Cameron, General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Great Britain

Josep Lluis Carod Rouira, President ERC, Barcelona, Spain

Geraldine Chaplin, Actress, Madrid, Spain

Prof. Dr. Noam Chomsky, Linguist, Writer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


Ramsey Clark, Lawyer, former Attorney General, USA

Harry Cohen, Member of Parliament, Labour Party, Great Britain


Cynog Dafis, Member of Parliament, Plaid Cymru, Great Britain

Prof. Dr. Helmut Dahmer, Sociology Professor, Darmstadt Technical University, Germany

Prof. Dr. Angela Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Dr. Diether Dehm, Vice President, PDS, Germany

Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Literature Price Award, Argentine

Michael Feeny, Adviser of Cardinal Hume in refugee affaires, Great Britain

Prof. Dr. Luigi Ferraioli, Philosophy and Law Professor, Italy

Paul Flynn, Member of Parliament, Labour Party, Great Britain

Dario Fo, Director, Writer, Actor, Nobel Literature Price Award, Italy

Domenico Gallo, Lawyer, former senator (CI), member of Magistratura Democratica, Italy

Prof. Dr. Uwe Jens Heuer, Law Professor, Berlin, Germany

Lord Raymond Hylton, House of Lords, Great Britain

Walid Jumblat, President, Socialist Progressive Party, Lebanon

Máiréad Keane, Director, International Department, Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland

Dietrich Kittner, Humorist, Writer, Cabarettist, Germany

David MacDowall, Writer, Great Britain

Máiréad Maguire, Nobel Price Award, Northern Ireland

Norbert Mattes, Information Project Near und Middle East, Germany

Danielle Mitterrand, President, Donation France Liberté, France

Prof. Dr. h.c. Ronald Mönch, Chair of Bremen Highschool, Germany

Yayla Mönch-Buçak, Oldenburg University, Germany

Gianna Nannini, Artist, Italy

Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Narr, Comittee for Fundamental Rights and Democracy, Germany

Dr. Mamoud Osman, Kurdish Politician, Great Britain

Prof. Dr. Norman Paech, International Law Professor, Hamburg School of Economy and Politics, Germany

Giovanni Palombarini, Lawyer, former president of Magistratura Democratica, Italy

Gareth Peirce, Lawyer, Great Britain

Livio Pepino, Lawyer, president of Magistratura Democratica, Italy

Franca Rame, Actress, Director, Writer, Italy

Jose Ramos-Horta, Peace Nobel Price Award, East-Timor

Lord Rea, House of Lords, Great Britain

Prof. Dr. Werner Ruf, International Law Professor, Kassel University, Germany

José Saramago, Nobel Literature Price Award, Portugal

Günther Schwarberg, Journalist, Germany

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Stuby, International Law Professor, Bremen University, Germany

Rudi Vis, Member of Parliament, Labour Party, Great Britain

Alice Walker, Writer, USA

Prof. Jürgen Waller, Chair of School of Arts, Bremen, Germany

Frances Webber, Barrister, Great Britain

Prof. Dr. Jean Ziegler, Member of the Swiss National Council, Publisher, Switzerland
I support with my signature the appeal of the International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan/ Peace in Kurdistan”
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International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan! – Peace in Kurdistan!” International Coordination Bureau,

Please return the signed appeal to the following address:

Internationale Initiative
P.O.Box 10 05 11

50445 Koeln


Fax: +49 221 13 93 071


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