Journalist Ragıp Zarakolu wrote an article about Swedish MP Amineh Kakabaveh and Turkey’s demands for news website Yeni Yaşam.
Zarakolu has received many professional awards, is a human rights activist, journalist, writer, and translator. He was detained on 27 October 2011 as part of an investigation into the political academy of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). He was released on 10 April 2012, subsequently applying to the European Court of Human Rights for redress.
Turkey has voiced its opposition to Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO on claims that the two countries provide grounds the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is designated a ‘terrorist group’ in Turkey and the EU.
As part of Turkey’s list of demands to be met to back their bids for membership to the security alliance, is the extradition of approximately 30 people from the two Nordic countries. Zarakolu is among the names that Turkey demands to be extradited.
A translation of the article is as follows:
If the Prime Minister makes an attack, will the ambassador fall in line?
The ambassador has demanded Swedish MP Amine (Emine) Kakabaveh’s extradition to Turkey.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this ambassador gets promoted to Foreign Minister soon. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s seat is in danger after the ambassador’s attack. Of course, from the point of view of the lumpen/macho government, Çavuşoğlu’s verbal abuse of the female Swedish Foreign Minister is not a problem. But the diplomat is rewarded, thanks to his attack.
According to the president Tayyip Erdoğan, ‘Kurdish’ means ‘terrorist’, so it is inevitable the ambassador falls in line to this. Sweden expelled many Russian diplomats because they snooped into things and did not know the limits. I hope the same thing doesn’t happen to our diplomats.
The current Swedish coalition government was formed thanks to Amine Kakabaveh’s single vote.
Let’s add that Amine Kakabaveh, by the way, is anti-NATO.
Our politicians and diplomats [Turkish] seem to think that Amine Kakabaveh is a Turkish Kurd. Let’s say there is a circumstance for her extradition. Neither Turkey nor the Islamic Republic of Iran could demand her extradition. Even they don’t have such an ability, as far as I know. Iran already has a province, called Kurdistan.
Perhaps Turkey’s politicians and diplomats think she is a HDP deputy. They are expecting to imprison her next to Demirtaş and Kışanak. [Selahattin Demirtaş is imprisoned former HDP co-chair. Gülten Kışanak is imprisoned former Diyarbakır (Amed) Municipality co-chair from HDP.]
It is best to just read her memoirs, “Amineh-inte större än en kalasjnikov Från peshmerga till riksdagsledamot” (Amineh-Kalashnikov Bound / From Peshmerge to Parliament, Ordfront Förlag 2016), which will be released in Turkish soon.
Kakabaveh left the Left Party because of the approach that legitimises Sharia, with regard to Muslim women.
The Left Party avoided dealing with difficult issues so as not to lose votes in immigrant districts.
Kakabaveh was indeed a guerrilla at the age of 19. This means she was a part of the resistance during the 1979 bloody attack on the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Komola was a resistance movement against the Shah’s regime in Iran. It later turned into a resistance movement against the Mullah regime.
Like the ANC, Mandela’s political party in South Africa, this party is not considered a terrorist organisation by the United States. It has an office in Washington. Two countries consider Komola a terrorist: Iran and Japan. Poor-fellow Japan! Damn oil!
Bianet made a flash interview with Amine Kakabeveh on Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership process, with the headline “NATO never brought security to the world.” I congratulate Bianet for a real example of journalism.
According to Kakabaveh, one of the reasons why President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) chair Recep Tayyip Erdogan opposes Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership is that Erdoğan is not as “popular” in Turkey as he used to be, and he wants to win back his popularity in the international arena.
“I am talking about my own experience as Amineh. We, as Kurds, have been oppressed and attacked by Turkey, Iran, and other countries; we have experienced the war. There are refugees in this country. They have experience in war. That is why I am like many others against war, that is why I am against NATO. We as MPs have not been given the mandate to change Swedish history of 200 years of peace and alliance free. Sweden has been alliance-free for so long and it is very important that it has been free of any alliances. It will be a big mistake if it becomes a member of NATO.”
Meanwhile, Turkey demanded the extradition of Doctor Sıraç Bilgin, who died seven years ago, from Sweden. He is the author of the “Barzani” biography. (Fırat Publications 1992). This book is also banned.
The Turkish government condemned the 2017 self-determination referendum held in Iraqi Kurdistan and rejected its outcome.
This is proof that Turkey is against the Kurds having rights, even outside Turkey’s border, by the alliance with Arab and Persian nationalism.