The Confederation of Kurdish Associations in Europe
Rue Jean Stas 41, 1060 Bruxelles BELGIQUE
Freedom for Ocalan Peace in Kurdistan
P.O. Box 100511, D-50445 Koeln
The Signature Campaign
I, from Kurdistan,
recognize Mr. Abdullah OCALAN
as a political representative in Kurdistan
signed by 3.243.627 persons
Brussels, 12 September 2006
From July 14th, 2005 until May 1st, 2006 people living in Kurdistan
and those from Kurdistan living around the world have been conducting
an extraordinary campaign. They have stated in an entirely peaceful
manner, through participating in the signature campaign, that they
want to see Abdullah Ocalan as a political representative.
Although there are hardly any other possible methods which are
more peaceful than expressing one's opinion by signing a declaration,
massive intimidation and repression against the conductors have
taken place all over Kurdistan. In Syria there have been detentions
and house raids. In Iran there have been massive intimidations of
the Kurdish people. In Turkey, hundreds of people imprisoned and
sentenced because of joining the signature campaign, signing the
declaration or organizing it.
Despite all this repression which deterred a number of people from
joining this campaign, more than 3 Million people, exactly 3,243,627
persons, have signed the declaration reading:
"I, from Kurdistan, recognize Mr. Abdullah Ocalan
as a political representative in Kurdistan"
These figures and the fact that the campaign has been conducted
under clandestine conditions gives an impression about how much
higher the actual support for Ocalan is.
"I, from Kurdistan, recognize..."
Of those signing the declaration, 2,042,920 did so in Turkey, 537,335
in Iraq, 332,899 in Iran, 156,341 in Syria, 140,356 in Europe and
33,794 in the Russian Federation.
"...Mr. Abdullah Ocalan..."
Abdullah Ocalan has undertaken remarkable efforts for the de-escalation
of the armed conflict during his trial in 1999, and through his
call for a retreat of Kurdish fighters from Turkish territory the
same year he gave the start to a lasting, one-sided ceasefire. In
his messages and writing, Ocalan has since developed a bunch of
proposals for a peaceful, political resolution of the Kurdish question
in all parts of Kurdistan. These proposals are by no means extreme
or unrealistic. Ocalan calls for the cultural rights and full citizenship
rights of the Kurdish people and a political process that would
eventually enable the rebel fighters to put down their arms and
join the democratic process.
"...as a political representative in Kurdistan."
The massive support for Abdullah Ocalan in all parts of Kurdistan
and abroad, especially in Turkey, where he has been sentenced to
life imprisonment without parole and is still imprisoned under severe
isolation conditions in violation of his human rights, does require
a reconsideration of his role in the political process.
Kurds do not want war. Kurds want a political resolution to the
conflict. For a political solution, political representatives are
needed. Ocalan is the choice of the people. Millions of people from
Kurdistan want this voice of peace to be heard and recognized. Their
call is clear: "Take our political will seriously, support
a peaceful solution, accept our representative."