Turkey’s war against Öcalan’s direct democracy project in the Middle East

Erdogan continues to marginalise and criminalise opposition and Öcalans isolation continues. The experiment in direct democracy inspired by his writings is imperilled by the aggression of the Turkish state. This article is based on a speech delivered by Sinn Féin MP for South Down Chris Hazzard in the House of Lords on February 15th 2019 at an event marking the 20th anniversary of Öcalan’s abduction by the Turkish state.

Chris Hazzard MP Freedom for Ocalan

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On the anniversary of his abduction, demands to break the silence on Öcalan’s isolation grow

The FreedomForÖcalan.org trade union campaign was joined by academics, politicians and leading civil rights lawyers for a special conference in the House of Lords on the 20th anniversary of Abdullah Öcalans capture. The meeting called on the Turkish government to honour its own legal framework and the internationally accepted “Mandela Rules” and end the isolation of Öcalan.

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The Ideas of Abdullah Ocalan conference: Full details and speakers list

Agenda and speakers list for the Ideas of Abdullah Ocalan conference at the House of Lords on 15 February. 



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Resolving the Middle East crisis: The ideas of Abdullah Ocalan


Date: Friday 15th February 2019

Time: 09.00 – 17.00

Place: House of Lords

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Job opportunity - Director of the Freedom for Öcalan Campaign

Applications are invited for the above post to lead this trade union based campaign for the freedom of Kurdish leader, Abdullah Öcalan.

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Freedom for Öcalan stands in solidarity with hunger striking Kurdish MP

The UK trade union campaign Freedom for Ocalan stands in complete solidarity with DTK Co-chair and HDP MP Güven’s hunger strike demanding an end to the aggravated isolation imposed by the Turkish state on Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan.


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Turkey's Latest Invasion Plans Must be Stopped - Rojava Must Survive

Peace in Kurdistan urge the UK, EU, UN and US to employ all political and diplomatic means at their disposal to dissuade Turkey from embarking on this reckless and potentially catastrophic action.

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Freedom for Ocalan Campaign at the Durham Miners’ Gala

This years festivities at the annual Durham Miner's Gala saw a large influence by the Freedom for Ocalan Campaign. The march injected a fantastic sense of Kurdish spirit to the proceedings, and invigorating speeches from influential members of the movement inspired all in attendance. 

UK Trade Union's Request Help of UK Ambassador to Deliver Abdullah Ocalan's Birthday Card

UK Trade Union's have sent a letter to Turkish Ambassador, Sir Dominick Chilcott, to ask that he personally ensure that Abdullah Ocalan receives a birthday card from the TUC. The Sixty-nine year old political prisoner has been denied access to his family, lawyers, and medical advice during his incarceration on Imrali Island. 

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