November 10, 2012  : To the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), – To the Parliament of the European Union, – To the Parliament of the United Kingdom, – To Amnesty International, – To Human Rights Watch, To international media outlets, and To all political parties, trade unions and freedom lovers across the world:

The lives of hundreds of Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey must be saved.

We are writing to you regarding the recent wave of mass protests and hunger strikes in Turkey by Kurdish people. 63 Kurdish political prisoners have been on hunger strike for political solution to the Kurdish Question in Turkey since Sept 12th 2012. The hunger strike has been spreading day by day.

While by the end of October the number of prisoners on hunger strike reached about 700 in more than 50 prisons, on November 5th spokesperson of the political prisoners declared that from now on 10,000 political prisoners are on hunger strike.

They are striving to gain respect from the Turkish state for their basic human rights that have been suppressed for many decades.

These basic rights include such rights as the right to respect for their basic human dignity, which already is enjoyed by people who are not treated like third-class citizens and who do not have to endure degrading discrimination due to their ethnic identity; the right to speak and to write in their mother tongue; and political rights such as the rights to freedom of expression and the right to equal citizenship.

In addition, the strikers seek freedom for Abdulla Ocalan, the Kurdish leader of the Workers Party of Kurdistan (PKK) who was kidnapped by the Turkish authorities and has been imprisoned under terrible conditions in Turkish prisons for over 13 years.

Turkey claims to be a modern democratic state while at the same time thousands of Kurds are forced to be Turkish, to renounce their origins, and to live under a false Turkish identity forced upon them violently by the racist, discriminatory laws of the Turkish state. Furthermore, millions of Kurds in Turkey have been subjected to mass murder, displacement, forced relocation, imprisonment, torture, the denial of equal citizenship.

While Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has tried to appear as a saviour to other “Muslim” people in Palestine and Somalia by deploying “humanitarian aid”,

thousands of Kurdish people in Turkey have been imprisoned and battered simply for wanting to enjoy the same basic rights and freedoms as the rest of the Turkish population.

Since September 2012, more than 700 Kurdish political prisoners in Turkey have been on hunger strike.

Their lives are now in grave danger. Medical professionals in Turkey have warned that deaths will start to occur at any moment due to the prolonged hunger strike.


For decades, the nationalist state of Turkey has refused to recognise the existence of Kurds and has banned the Kurdish language and culture.

In addition, any political or even cultural activities by Kurdish people have been met by violence.

If Turkey calls itself democratic, why then are its prisons overcrowded with Kurdish political activists, mayor, MP’s, women, children, intellectuals, academics, and journalists?

This says a lot about the nature and state of Turkish democracy!


We therefore call upon the United Nations organizations and agencies, the Parliament of the European Union, the Parliament of the United Kingdom,

and all nongovernmental organisations worldwide to intervene and to put all necessary pressure on the Turkish regime so that Turkey will respond respectfully to the Kurdish people’s demands and will accept their demands.

At the same time, our hearts go out to the political prisoners in Turkey and we call upon them to stop this hunger strike so that their lives will be saved.

Too many precious lives already have been lost in the struggle for equality in Turkey.

The undersigned:

Yanar Mohammed: Women’s rights activist-Iraq

Houzan Mahmoud: Political activist, and women’s rights campaigner-Kurdistan/Iraq

Sarwar Penjwnei: Writter-Kurdistan-Iraq^

Hans Branscheidt, Writer, Germany

Shamal Ali: Political Activist Sweden

Helena Pinto, Member of Parliament, Portugal


Dr. Dana Saeed Sofie: Memebr of Kurdistan Parliament-Kurdistan-Iraq


Dr Sarwar Abdulrahman: Memebr of Kurdistan Parliament-Kurdistan-Iraq


Kamal Raouf: Editor in chief of Hawlati newspaper-Kurdistan/Iraq


Naliya Ibrahim: Politician- Sweden


Najiba Mahmood: Journalist and women’s rights activist- Sweden


Venus Faiq: Journalist-Kurdistan


António Avelãs, president of the Great Lisbon Teacher’s Union (SPGL), Portugal


Dr. Choman Hardi: independent writer and academic


Asos Hardi: Owner of Awene Company for Newspaper publishing-Kurdistan-Iraq


Shadi Amin: Political activist-Germany


Halal Rafie: Women’s rights activist-Sweden


Shadi Sadr: lawyer and feminist-UK/Iran


Jamal Xambar: Lawyer & Poet- Australia


Saeed Arman: International Organisation of Iranian Refugees


Paulo Fidalgo, Doctor, President of Communist Renovation, Lisbon, Portugal


Dr Rebwar saeed: Art lecturer University of Sulaimany-Kurdistan-Iraq


Elhamy Elmerghany: Socialist People’s Alliance Party-Egypt


Reza Manochehri: Journalist and Civil society activist-Germany


Jeffery Humfeld: Kansas City, MO, USA


Sara Mohammad: chairwoman of the Never forget Pela and Fadime organisation in Sweden


Tara Jaff: Musician-UK


Jani Diylan: journalist /Broadcaster/ Artist


Bill Weinberg: journalist-U.S.A


Evan Darraji: writer & painter \Iraq


Dr.Eshur Kumar, Psychiatrist (Pakistan)


Zafar Imam Writer/Columist (Pakistan)


Dr.Haresh Kumar: Psychiatrist and Activist, Editor of Monthly class Struggle (Pakistan)


Mohamed Khan Ahmadani: Trade Unionist (Watan Dost Mazdor Fedration), Sindh Pakistan


Jilah Bakhshayesh: Political activist for anti-racist and anti-discrimination issues


Suhail Zahawi: Writer and political activist- Erbil Kurdistan/ Iraq


Shamal Aba Rash: Actor-Kurdistan-Iraq


Koband develeopmet-Political Organsiation-Kurdistan


Akam Noaman Halabjaey: Journalist and student-Kurditan-Iraq


Fatah Zaxoye: Political observer-Kurdistan-Iraq


Twana Omar: Deputy Editor in chief of Honya Magazine-Kurdistan-Iraq


Reza Rauf: University lecturer-Austria


Dr.Zafer Fehmi Yörük: Izmir, Turkey


Khanim Rahim Latif: Women’s rights activist-Kurdistan/Iraq


Awder Abdulrahman Rahim: Student-Kurdistan-Iraq


Emad Ali: Political observer-Kurdistan-Iraq


Hiva Panahi: Writer & Professor of political & social sciences -Pantios Universty-Greece


Rebwar Hassan: University Lecturer -Stockholm – Sweden


Qubady Jalizada: Poet and retired Judge-Kurdistan-Iraq


Dr. Nadim Al-Jawahiri: Med.Doc. Vienna, Austria


Qasim Marzani-Lecturer -university of Salahaddin –Kurdistan-Iraq


Soran Ramazan: president of the Federation of civil society organisations in Kurdistan-Iraq


Muslih Irwani: Lecturer and Researcher, Lincoln-UK


Dr.Satya Prakash: Film Maker-Mumbai-India


Hiwa Said Salaim: Memebr of Politcal beurau of Kurdistan Toilers party


Head office of the General Student Union in Kurdistan-Iraq


Shamal Raof: Civil society activist-Kurdistan


Lanja Abdulla: Journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Soraya Falah: researcher & writer –USA


Hasan Mustafa: Journalist-Kurdistan


Ali Mahmood: political activist-Kurdistan/Iraq


Jaza Hama Salih Wali: chairman of Sociologists and psychologists association-Kurdistan


Rebwar Hamid: Cameraman and human rights activist London-UK


Dana Naqishbendi: Freelance Journalist-Vienna – Austria


Hama Rashid Heres: Writer and theatre actor Canada


Maria Hagberg, Women’s Rights Activist, member of coordination IFE- EFI www.efi-ife.org


Kit Larsen Hughes: Retired teacher-Stockholm, Sweden


Lilian halls-french. Co-president European feminist Initiative IFE-EFI . Paris-France


Roman Z. Baban: Journalist-UK


Nicola Stott: Centre for women’s studies-University of York-UK


Muhsin Kareem: Political personality-Kurdistan-Iraq


Kazhal Nory: Civil society activist and women’s rights campaigner-Holland


Renaud Romagnan: IT Worker in Astrophysics-France


Nicolas Dessaux: Solidarité Irak-France


Liam McNulty: Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, London


Mark Manning, maintenance worker, Seattle


Saira Zuberi: Canada


Esther Townsend: Workers’ Liberty and University of East London Students’ Union


Martyn Hudson: workers liberty


Bill Henning: Communication Workers Association Local 1180-New York, NY


Salah Raouf: Musician-Germany


Rabab El-Mahdi, University Professor


Martin Lööf, Vänsterpartiet, Sweden


Gona Saeed: women’s rights activist-UK


Xulfi Mahesar: Political activist-Pakistan


Raoof Sofie: Accountant-Nottingham-UK


Rashid Ali: (Tabqati Jidojahed Marxist)


Dr.Satyaparkash Gupta: Film maker , Mumbai India.


Dr.Ravi Kumar: (Young Droctor’s Association ) SINDH


Dr.Kailash Kumar: Political activist and writter.(Sindh, Pakistan)


Dr.Jae Deep: Dubai


Monika Roli: Sweden


Ata Mufty: London-UK


Tanya Mohammed: Editor in chief of Blesa Monthly Magazine-Kurdistan


Khandan Mohamed Jaza: Writter and women’s rights activist-Norway


Koshan Ali Zaman: MA student in international relations- Kurdistan


Kader Nadir: civil society acitivst-Sweden


Hawar Bazyan: Journalist-Sweden


Dr Yousif Zangana: UK


Fouad Qaradaghi: Writer –Kurdistan-Iraq


Stivan Shamzini: Editor in chief of shapol magazine-Kurdistan-Iraq


Twana Taha: Coordinator of the office of today’s vision for journalist observation-Kurdistan


Faraidon Bewar: Social researcher and journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Rzgar Hama Rashid: Writer and theatre actor-Canada


Nala Hasan: Writer and poet-Canada


Nihad Jami: Writer and theatre actor-Kurdistan-Kurdistan


Shahin Shahlaye: Stockholm-Sweden


Bawan Serdesht: Student at university of Sheffield-UK


Mozafer Ahmadi: Political Activist-


Yadgar Shekh Islami: Political Activist-


Natalia Caruso: NYC-USA


Niaz Art – Artist-Amsterdam-Holland


Thomas Schmidinger: Political scientist- Vienna-Austria


Nat Williams: Poet-UK


Yifat Susskind: NYC-USA


Kristofer Lundberg: Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna Göteborg Sweden


Niyaz Abdulla: Civil society activist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Aram Jamal: Civil society activist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Dr.Yasin Rashid Hasan: University lecturer-Kurdistan-Iraqn


Jahangir Abdollahi- Member of Kurdish Human Rights Association-EU


Sana Sleman Asaf: Journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Sozan Amin: Iraq’s committee for Women’s Right


Tara Taufiq: Iraq’s committee for Women’s Right


Suna Kose, Journalist-UK


Brochot, Hayange: labour activist-CGT France


Lori M. Rob-Connecticut, USA


Afrasyab Grami: Journalist-Germany


Malayka Alam Holi: Civil society activist- Germany


Twana Hama Rashid: Musician-Kurdistan-Iraq


Sophie Boiszeau: Initiative Communiste Ouvrière-France


Aram Osmani: Journalist-France


Sacha Ismael: Alliance for Workers Liberty


Pat Murphy: National Union of Teachers national executive and international committee


Daniel Cooper:University of London Union vice president


Janine Booth: RMT rail union national executive (pc)


Karwan Omar: Artist-Dancer-Switzerland


Shadan Fuad: Actress-UK


Avin Fatah: Writter-Kurdistan-Iraq


Dilshad Hafiz: Political activist-UK


Behman Taher Nariman: Journalist-Kurdistan


Fakhradin Tahir: Writter and Journalist-Sweden


Samera Ahmed: Political activist-UK


Aras Nuri Ahmad Taha: Human rights activist-Germany


Chnur Akbarpor: Artist


Fatima Anamaghi: psychologist, writer and translator


Aryan Omed Arif: Journalist-Norway


Nuno Manuel Tito de Morais Ramos de Almeida: journalist. Lisbon – Portugal


Stare Arif: Civil society activist-Kurdistan


Farideh Rezai: Women’s rights activist-Sweden


Shahla Dabaghi: women’s rights activist-Sweden


Özz Nûjen: actor/comedian-Stockholm, Sweden


Terry Moon: Journalist, Chicago, Ill, USA


Joana Vicente Baginha: MA Student, London


Deanne Rauscher: Journalist Sweden


Jude Jackson: Leicester-UK


Rezan Saleh – Artist – Belgium


Lukmani Haci Kerim; Writter-UK


Heather Shaw: Education worker, Sheffield UK


Dr. Selah Germian: Psychologist – Australia


Luis Miguel de Almeida Carvalho: Journalist- Portugal


Naskah Zada: Journalist Washington D.C


Yadgar Fayaq: Journalsit at NRT-Kurdistan-Iraq


Katherine Natanel: Student – London


Media Zahawy: Health and social care Advisor-UK


Alan Mohtadi: National board of education Sweden


Berivan Sindi: Project Executive- Sweden


Sores Armanc: Project Manager- Sweden


Dilara Cetinkaya, Student -Sweden


Avan Faris Jaff- Journalist-Kurdistan


Yekbun Alp: International affairs board left party in Uppsala


Mohammad Mahmoodzadeh: Student at Sheffield University


Elena Budakci: Psychiatric Nurse-Sweden


Dilshad Questani: Artist-Paris-France


Kalé Karim: Worker- Switzerland


Aven Aziz: Writer and Journalist-Sweden


Alan Pary: Poet- Denmark


Edris Ali: Poet-Kurdistan-Iraq


Ophelia Benson: writer, Seattle-USA


Mouloud Swara: Political Activist-UK


Faraidon Arif: Writer -Kurdistan


Masoud Binandeh: Lecturer-Sociologist-Kurdistan-Iran


Özz Nujen: Stand-up comedian -Sweden


Shilan Saidi: Journalist –Sweden


Srud Faruq Barzingi: Student-Kurdistan-UK


Twana Ali: Worker-Switzerland


Berivan Dosky: Councilor, Iraqi Embassy, Syria


Horen Gharib: Theatre actor- Kurdistan


ASO Xanm Hamasalih: Poet- Germany


Mahmood Rash mahmood: Kurdistan-Iraq


Karzan Ali: Teacher, Bromsgrove, UK


Sirwan Jalal: Journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Sangar Salaye: ART of music, Holland


Nia Amen: Human rights activist-Germany


Sarwar Saeed: Social worker


Harem Karem: Lecturer, UK.


Kathy Black: union leader, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Saleh Mirawdaly: writer-UK


Bakr Abdulrahman: Cartoonist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Ala Ali: Women’s rights activist- Kurdistan-Iraq


Soreya Tahir: London-UK


Bahman Omar –Journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Bandi Ali – Author – Darmstadt , Germany


Ranj Hejar: Writer / journalist-UK


Sarkaw Ameen: manager, Oslo-Norway


Saman Hama Gareeb –journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Haval Nazhad Abbas- lawyer- Kurdistan-Iraq


Bora Shamlo – Photographer – London-UK


Soran Omar Mhealden: Design Technical Manager- Sweden-Gothenburg


Shanta Sultana: Journalist/ London-UK


Roman Zagros: Media Analyst, UK


Ezat Malaky: Accountant, Civil Rights Activist; Vancouver, Canada.


Avin Mirawdeli: PhD Student-London


Chnoor Hama Amin: -Independent personality


Parez Sardar: MSc Social Work – Lincoln-UK


Azad Bakir: Political activist- London-UK


Khedir R Khedir: University professor, USA


Adnan Gily: Political observer-Sweden


Yassin Abdullah Rash: Oslo-Norway


Roshna Hama Abdullah: Oslo, Norway


Saryas Qaradaghi: Writer-UK


Nahro Allaey: political activist-Kurdistan


Saman Faraj: Freelance writer& Student at the University Of Sheffield, England


Harez Hassan: Finland


Avin Kakay-belgium


Raper Osman Ozeri: Activist-Kiev- Ukraine


Nehro Shawqi: Kurdistan/Iraq


Hersh Yasin: Poet-Kurdistan/Iraq


Zryan Kaka: Student –Derby- UK


Goshi Baneiy – Civil society activist-Holland


Sherif Kashkoli: Austria


Honar Tofiq: Writter-Denmark


Kochar Namo: Journalist-Sweden


Mzhda Kamil: Kurdistan


Nihad Herki: Journalist-Kurdistan


Nahid Mokri: Women’s/human’s rights activist-Sweden


Farman Sdeiq: Journalist-Kurdistan


Hiwa Barzinji: Journalist-Kurdistan


Aziz Rashid Hariri: Writter and Journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Karzan Osman: Journalist-Kurdistan


Rebwar Saeed: Political activist-Kurdistan


Kajal Ali Hamabor: Cologne-Germany


Payze Ahmad: Writer and activist-UK


Mohamed Goran: Writter and journalist-Kurdistan


Mohammed Fariq Hassan: Writter


Hemn Hama Jaza: Poet and Musician-Kurdistan


Khabat Aref Marouf: Nurse-Sweden


Shwan Khorshid: Writer and journalist


Arsalan Mahmoud: writer and journalist- Kurdistan


Hawraman Ali: writer-Finland


Nazhad Siwaily: Canada


Chia Renwar: IT-consultant, Sweden


Hama Kaka Rash: poet and writer-Sweden


Kamil Ahmad: Artist-Germany


Trifa Aziz: Germany


Fariba Mohamedi: Journalist-Kurdistan


Baxteir Sharazwri: Writer-Kurdistan


Khulia Hussein: Women’s rights activist and poet-UK


Shakar Aziz: Pharmacist-UK


Omar Gholami: Journalist-Kurdistan


Salar Amin Mardan: Kerkuk-Kurdistan


Rebaz Musatafa: Writer and translator: Kurdistan-Iraq


Habiba Hama Salih: House wife-Kurdistan-Iraq


Niga Ahmad: UK


Nyan Ahmad: UK


Mihraban Ali Rasoul: Finland


Nawzad Sherdil: Worker-Canada


Alan Kaka: Lawyer-Canada


Dyar Halabjae: Poet-Kurdistan-Iraq


Aso Khalid: translator- Kurdistan-Iraq


Pshtiwan Latif: Civil Society acitivst-Kurdistan-Iraq


Kirmanj Gundi: University lecturer-USA


Shahla Rostam: Finland


Sarkhel Hashm: Journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Dr Najih Golpi: Halabja-Kurdistan


Arsalan Rahman: Journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq


Hiwa Jamail: Journalist-Kurdistan


Sirwan Saeed: Member of Gorran-Movement for Change-UK


Goran Aziz Hariri: Writer


Lawzha Jawad: Women’s Rights activist-Denmark


Ramona Fransson: Author – Sweden


Jirwan Nuri: Media studies student-Kurdistan


Ara Nasimi: Media studies student-Sweden


Ronak Shwani: Writer and civil society activist-Sweden


Ibrahim Zahawy: London-UK


Rawzia Roustam: London- UK

Parosh Muharam Mhamad: Sweden

Ayub Faek: Canada

Lailan Maronsi:  journalist

Kazm Mahmoud Shamirani: Student-Kurdistan-Iraq

Azad Aziz Mohedin Mawati: Political activist-UK

Sara Omar: Lawyer and poet-Denmark

Juma Muhamad Kakamand: Student-Finland

Niaz Bayati: Artist-Denmark

Farok Karim: Political veteran- Germany

Diyar Kamil: Student- Manchester- UK

Rebaz Muhamad: Switzerland

Mahmoud Mohamed Osman: Writer-Holland

Glena Kurdi: Student, London, United Kingdom

Hawder Khthir: Student English Department – Kurdistan-Iraq

Goran Dukani: Journalist-USA

Aras Rashid: Political activist-Canada

Maryam Abdulrahman: Women’s rights activist-Canada

Hasan Salih: Translator: Sweden

Khabat Marf: Austria

Taeb Baker: Austria

Rzgar Ibrahim: Kerkuk-Kurdistan-Iraq

Dana Sabir: Peterborough-UK

Shapol Said: Hairdresser-UK

Darya Said Student-UK

Askol Said: House wife-UK

Shaswar Baban: London- UK.

Tavga Hassan: Student- London-UK

Tayeb Hooshiar-poet-Germany

Tola Marzani: Student- England

Zhwan Ahmed Saeed: Journalist-Kurdistan-Iraq

Gaziza Ghaderi: Finland

Kawan Kadir: Artist-Canada

Abdull Qeregoli: Civil society activist-Swenden

Kaywan Hawrami: Journalist-Kurdistan

Seido Davood Ali: MA in Clinical psychology, translator –Kurdistan-Iraq

Khalil Ahmad: Student-UK

Herdi Ali: Interpreter and Artist-UK

Salah Fathulla: Political activist-Finlad

Mansour Hafid: Lawyer-Sweden

Nasik Hussein: Poet Canada

Sabah Raji: political activist-Norway

Banaz Saleh: Student-Norway

Ardalan Ahmad: Journalist-Kurdistan

Shahram Nameq: Polytechnic leacturer-Kurdistan/Iraq

Gulstan Saeed: Nottingham-UK

Stefania Pizzotti: Milan- Italy

Vian Meriwani: Hannover – German

Awara Nadr Rashid: Leeds -UK

Kaywan Karim London, United Kingdom

Helime Rasuli: Women’s rights activist-Kurdistan-Iraq

Rommel Mamand: Labou