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Press statement: Concerns about Abdullah Öcalan’s life: What is happening in Imrali Island Prison?

While Öcalan’s and Imrali Island’s total isolation continues since April 2015, now two inmates have been removed from the island and isolated elsewhere. This gives rise to the question: What is happening in Imrali? Is Öcalan’s life in danger? The Imrali island prison is the Guantanamo of Europe. Over the 17 years of Öcalan's imprisonment it has had an arbitrary and continuous aggravated isolation regime in ...

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Öcalans’s Newroz 2014 message: Time for Negotiations

Greetings to all those whose hearts are ablaze with the fire of Newroz for peace and freedom! I greet our people who have turned the magnificent Newroz fire into a celebration of revival and democracy in Mesopotamia – the cradle of civilisations. Via all of you I send my love to all the youth and women of my country. I call on all those who have opened room for peace in their heart and hear our voice as wel ...

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Öcalan vs. Turkey decision: A bad day for human rights in Europe

Statement of International Initiative on the ECtHR decision in Öcalan vs. Turkey (No. 2) The European Court of Human Rights today published its chamber decision in a set of applications by Abdullah Öcalan against Turkey. The complaints referred, among others, to the isolation conditions on Imrali Island, the aggravated life sentence with no possibility of parole, the overhearing of all consultations with hi ...

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The Öcalan Moment – Statement of the International Initiative

No-one who walks through a major city in Europe can escape the movie posters these days. In huge letters they portray Nelson Mandela in three words: “Revolutionary, prisoner, president‟. Behind them we see Mandela with a fist raised into the air. Hollywood condenses the history of revolutions into stories of 120 minutes. In real life, the struggles are much longer, too long, painstakingly long. Mandela was ...

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Ocalan’s tribute to Nelson Mandela: “A shining star that enlightened the peoples of Africa”

The tears that are being shed worldwide for Nelson Mandela today, the stories that are being shared about him and the wisdom that he bequeathed to all other freedom movements shows us what an outstanding individual he was. The history of the peoples of the world is mostly shaped through the callous insolence of those trying to hold the masses in their grip. This insolence at times appears because the whole ...

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