4 May 2015

KNK/PIK appeal to all parliamentary candidates


KNK/PIK appeal to all parliamentary candidates

How do you view the conduct of the
 Turkish government in general, and President Erdogan’s behaviour in particular,
 with regards to the peace process?


 I am concerned by a move towards authoritarianism under President Erdogan and failure to engage with the peace process.
 
 
 
 Do you agree that in order for the peace process to have any chance of
 success, the PKK must be unbanned in order to be able to negotiate as an equal
 partner, as the Apartheid regime had to do in South Africa in 1990?

 
 
 The PKK should be unbanned, it is promoting peace and the peace process can only proceed by engagement.

By banning the PKK, isn’t the British government simply criminalising our
 community? And is it not supporting the repression of Kurdish people in Turkey
 and justifying Turkey’s human rights abuses?


Even if the PKK ban was justified, which it is in my opinion not, this is no excuse for criminalising Kurdish people.

 Do you agree that Ocalan should be released from solitary confinement in
 order to be able to communicate with all parties in the peace process and play
 his crucial role in negotiations? Is Turkish government showing any commitment
 to the peace process at all by keeping in solitary confinement?

 I strongly agree that Ocalan should be released. Ocalan is the Kurds Nelson Mandela, the peace process would be advanced by his release.

Furthermore, the conditions of Ocalan’s have been shown to be equal to torture
as defined by the European Court of Human Rights. Would you use your
 influence in government to press Turkey to be held accountable for violations
 of his human rights?


 Yes I would, the UK is uncritical of Turkish policy towards the Kurds and on human rights, this must change.

 Do you agree that the UK government has the responsibility to hold Turkey to
 international standards of human rights? What would you do to stop the UK
 government’s own anti-terror laws leading this country’s human rights record
 down a slippery slope?


The Green Party especially via the work of Jenny Jones has a strong record on defending human rights, it is vital that we continue this work.  The UK has already proceed in a direction where human rights are increasingly disregarded.  I am proud of Jean Lambert MEP and Jenny Jones in showing long term solidarity with the Kurds.

 What is your position on the role of the Turkey in the Syrian conflict in
 general, and towards the Kurdish regions of Syria in particular?


In my opinion it is sadly negative, its shocking that, for example, Turkey made it difficult for people to cross the border to help during the seige of Kobane

 Do you agree that Rojava has the right to self-determination within a
 federal and democratic Syria? Would you push the UK government to recognise the
 right to Rojava to exist? Do you agree that the Rojava administration has the
 right to participate in peace talks as its own bloc, and not part of the Syrian
 National Council? Do you agree that any proposal for the future of Syria must
 take the demands for self-determination by the Rojava administration seriously?

 I do, Rojava is a shining example to the world of an attempt to create secular, non sectarian, deep democracy.  We can all learn from Rojava.

Can you commit to pursuing any possible means for ensuring humanitarian aid
 from the UK provided for the people of Rojava, and to encouraging UK-based aid
 organisations to work with Rojava based humanitarian organisations such as
 Heyva Sor?

 I will and personally I have donated to Heyva Sor


Dr Derek Wall, Green Party candidate Windsor.

14 Apr 2015

Green Party candidate endorsed by Democratic Union Party (PYD)

Press Release:  Windsor General Election candidate endorsed by Syrian Political Party

Dr Derek Wall, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Windsor has been endorsed by Dr Alan Semo, UK representative of the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

This follows ongoing contact with the Green Party, of which Dr Wall is International Coordinator, and the PYD.

The PYD is the largest political party in Rojava, the autonomous region of Northern Syria.  The PYD is a mainly Kurdish political party which shares a number of key ideological stances with the Green Party.

The Kurds and their allies have been fighting the so-called Islamic State and creating a democratic, self-governing and secular form of governance.

Dr Semo stated 'We would be privileged to endorse you and support your candidacy in Windsor! We trust that you would be successful at least to raise Green Party values, social justice, grassroots democracy, ecological sustainability which we are implanting in Rojava alternative model.​

Long live joint struggle for fairer and more just society !'


Dr Wall stated, 'I am proud and humbled to be endorsed by the PYD, I have been hugely inspired by their work especially in challenging fundamentalism and defending freedom.  There has been increasing contact between members of the Kurdish community and Green Parties, for example, the Turkish Green Party has joined the pro-Kurdish HDP to contest the Turkish General Election this June.'

Dr Wall organised a meeting at the Autumn 2014 Green Party conference in Birmingham where Dr Alan Semo spoke about the crisis in Syria and Iraq and the fight against Isis.

'I am horrified that Shilan Ozcelik, a young women from Croydon, is currently imprisoned on remand in Holloway for allegedly wanting to travel to Rojava to fight against ISIS as part of the People's Protection Units (Kurdish <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdish_language> : Yekîneyên Parastina Gel)) known commonly as the YPG.  I will use the General Election to call for  her freedom and to raise awareness of the situation in Rojava.

The PYD is a party that promotes ecological sustainability, grassroots democracy and women’s leadership, along with a celebration of diversity and religious freedom. These are all values that the Green Party supports.'

Green Party General Election candidates in North London have recently held meetings with the Kurdish community http://another-green-world.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/green-party-general-election-candidates_6.html

Links http://www.pydrojava.net/en/index.php/about

http://supportkurds.org/news/free-shilan-ozcelik/


http://ypgrojava.com/en/index.php/ypg


ENDS

8 Apr 2015

WWF condemned for restrictions on indigenous in Cameroon

Dear WWF Director,


I am extremely concerned to learn that Baka men and women in Cameroon are regularly victims of violence and intimidation by wildlife officers and the soldiers that accompany them on patrols.
WWF provides essential funds and support to these patrols via the Ministry of Forests and Fauna. It therefore has a responsibility to make sure that these funds are not used to violate the rights of the Baka and their neighbors.

I am also concerned by the fact that WWF continues to support protected areas and restrictions on subsistence hunting on Baka land, despite the fact that the Baka have not consented to these. This violates WWF’s principles on indigenous peoples.
I urge you to take immediate action to ensure that WWF’s funds are not being misused for this kind of abuse, and that WWF’s work in Cameroon complies with its own principles on conservation and indigenous peoples.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Derek Wall, International Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales.

Background from Survival International here http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/10708