An Urgent Appeal Letter in Defense of Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Turkey

An Urgent Appeal Letter in Defense of Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Turkey

October 27, 2012

Los Angeles,

 H.E. BAN-KI-MOON  Secretary-General

  The Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey are continuing their hunger strike . Please sign the petition of support below, spread the news about the strike that is now entering a dangerous and critical stage. Send the letter to various entities and authorities in your area: the Turkish consulates, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the European Human Rights Commission, NGOs, human rights organizations …etc, urging them to act swiftly to put pressure on the Turkish government to meet the basic demands and needs of the prisoners.



1 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017-3515

Oct 27, 2012

Re: The Kurdish political Prisoners on Strike in Turkey

Dear Mr. Secretary General :

The Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group expresses its deepest concern for the health of over 700 Kurdish prisoners, currently on hunger strike in Turkish prisons. Medical experts have raised alarm over the prisoners’ precarious vulnerability to damaging and life endangering effects of the long strike, now entering its 45 day. We understand that the ongoing hunger strike is a desperate act on the part of prisoners to bring to the attention of the world community the intolerable human rights violations and discrimination against Kurds in Turkey. However, the prisoners’ demands are primarily the right to the mother tongue and freeing Mr. Öcalan from punitive solitary confinement. The Turkish government has thus far adamantly refused to consider these demands in violation of international conventions to which it is a signatory.

As the prisoners on strike enter a critical stage, we urge the Turkish government and international community to find a peaceful solution to end the plight of these prisoners whom we call upon not to undertake measures that would endanger their own lives.

We call upon the international community to demand accountability of the Turkish governments’ treatment of these prisoners. It behooves the Turkish government to enter a meaningful dialogue with the prisoners to address their demands before the incident turns into a human tragedy in which Turkey will be directly implicated.


Dr.Amir Sharifi

Board of the Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group


Kurdish Human Rights Advocacy Group has been formed to mobilize effective action to defend and protect the Kurdish human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These rights include civil, cultural, linguistic, religious, and political rights and freedoms in the countries that Kurds live.

Please sign the petition of support below, spread the news about the strike that is now entering a dangerous and critical stage.

About Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran(kacdhri)

Kurdish American Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran On November 2005 a group of Kurdish-Americans decided to organize a committee to work on Kurdish issues in Iran and to build a relationship among Iranian opposition groups toward democracy in Iran. The following points clarified a need for organizing and helping the Iranian political parties to come together and to start coordinating their efforts We considered that: 1. Iran is not a homogeneous ethnic society and formidable Iranian opposition parties are aligned with separate ethnic groups. 2. Persians are a minority who has been the dominating power since the end of WWI and all other minority groups have revolted at some point during the 20th century and continue to do so in this century. 3.Kurdish struggle for human rights and self-determination is the longest and most mature democratic national movement in Iran, the only one to have developed a constitution for a democratic society (The Republic of Kurdistan, Mahabad 1947). 4. We considered that any political opposition to the Islamic regime without the involvement of Turkmans, Baluoch, Azeri, Kurd and Arab groups would fail. 5. Almost all Persian nationalist parties have vowed to side with the Islamic regime to “fight” minority groups and democracy. Based on the above ideas and considerations, Kurdish Americans from Iran organized a Committee for Democracy on December 2005. “Kurdish American Committee for democracy in Iran” had a sense of obligation to take an active role in organizing the Iranian opposition groups by:

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