Biji Kurdistan! Biji Newroz! Biji Euskal Herria!

newroz 2014Lawyer Jonan Lekue, from the international department of Basque party Sortu, has been a very “usual” guest in the Newroz celebrations. His knowledge of Kurdistan and the Kurdish issue has to do also with his collaboration for years with the Kurdish movement in the work towards a just and lasting peace both in the Basque country and Kurdistan.

Lekue says “from Sortu on this solemn occasion, once again, we send our solidarity and fraternal greetings to all the Kurdish people and their long struggle for freedom”.

Lekue, who was in Amed last year recalled that “one year Newroz was marked by the historic declaration of Abdullah Öcalan that opened the doors to hope of a new era of peace and democracy. The roadmap to peace presented by the Kurdish leader has been a significant change in the situation of Kurdistan”.

Lekue recalled that “The PKK responded positively to this initiative by relocating its forces outside North Kurdistan and by ending military activities. The political representatives of the Kurdish party BDP  – he added – have reiterated calls for establishing a framework for dialogue and negotiation to overcome the causes of conflict, which lie on the lack of recognition of the Kurdish nation and their rights”.
Moreover, the demand for freedom for imprisoned Kurdish leader Öcalan, said Lekue “is stronger than ever today. This week ‘s decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR ) in which the Turkish state was convicted for inflicting “inhuman treatment” against the leader of the Kurdish resistance was published”.

Lekue underlined that “In the hope that this decision will serve to strengthen the campaign for the release of Öcalan, we can note that so far the Turkish government has turned a deaf ear to all the moves by the Kurdish movement and leader”.

Although the BDP representatives have been able to communicate more or less regularly with Abdullah Öcalan, said Lekue “judicial operations against the Kurdish movement representatives have continued and many elected officials as well as political activists have been persecuted and imprisoned. Prime Minister Erdogan and the AKP should, once and for all, recognize the rights of the Kurdish people. -said the Sortu representative – Popular protests that recur throughout Turkey since more than one year, show that society demands a radical democratization of governance structures. For now, it seems that the Turkish government, with serious internal problems and with a distinct lack of social credibility, is not willing to participate in a democratic process to resolve the conflict in Kurdistan”.

Sortu requires the Turkish state to “seriously address a process of dialogue and negotiation that can build a lasting and final peace in Kurdistan”.

Jonan Lekue also has a word on west of Kurdistan, in Rojava, where, he said “after two years of war, the people have managed to create autonomous institutions working for peace and coexistence among all cultures, nations and beliefs. It is a political example to all the Middle East”.

Lekue congratulates the commitment to peace the party PYD and especially Kurdish women for their active role for freedom and democracy.

As for the Iranian Kurdistan administration it is to be noted, said Lekue that “it continues to suffer a strong repression with continuous episodes of armed conflict. The Iranian denial has to end. Finally, – he said – the Iraqi Kurdish autonomy moves slowly toward the construction of a common workspace for all Kurds”.

Lekue ended his comments by saying that “The Kurdish people’s struggle has created this dynamics of political change and the fight for full recognition of the rights of the Kurdish people. We in Sortu trust that this year Newroz will mobilise the energy needed to push firmly towards a democratic resolution of the conflict and for the release of Abdullah Öcalan and the thousands of Kurdish prisoners. In the Basque Country we have the same goal of giving impetus to the ongoing peace process. Advances in both processes will serve as an help in the path to liberation both in the Basque Country and Kurdistan”.

On March 20th, 2014, posted in: KJKONLINE, KJK Agenda by