International campaigners are gearing up for Öcalan Books Day, an initiative aimed at breaking the silence surrounding the isolation of Abdullah Öcalan, a central figure in the Kurdish movement and the incarcerated leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
This initiative forms a key part of the broader international campaign, “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan, A Political Solution for Kurdistan”. The campaign is set to reach a crucial point on 10 December 2023, aligning with International Human Rights Day.
Öcalan has been in solitary confinement for over 24 years in Turkey’s İmralı prison, a situation that has garnered extensive human rights concerns internationally. The campaign’s focus on Öcalan’s prolonged isolation seeks to highlight the violations of human rights and the need for a political solution in the Kurdish context.
The campaign aims to raise awareness and spark discussions on the broader implications of Öcalan’s isolation, not just for him personally but for the Kurdish movement and for the principles of human rights globally. The mobilisation for Öcalan Books Day is a call to action for international supporters, human rights activists and advocates of Kurdish political solutions, emphasising the power of ideas and the need to challenge injustices, even in the face of prolonged isolation.