The Kurdish Action Group in South Africa (KHRAG) and the Federation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) issued a joint statement saying:
The time has come to launch a campaign entitled “Freedom for Leader Abdullah Ocalan for Equal Peace in Turkey”.
Through this campaign, the group and the union leaders called on the United Nations to take immediate action to release the leader Abdullah Ocalan in order to bring peace to Turkey.
It was announced in the invitation that an open letter had been sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.
The letter, written to Guterres, stated, “According to the results of studies conducted by the European Committee Against Torture in Detention (CPT) and the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Imrali in August 2020, an immediate action was requested.
The call also referred to the actions taken by the United Nations against the apartheid regime in South Africa, and stated that the same standards of Nelson Mandela should be applied to the leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Both the Kurdish Action Group in South Africa (KHRAG) and the Federation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) invited everyone to join this campaign.
The statement said: "Our primary goal of this campaign is to pave the way for peace in Turkey and the region. In recent years, the authoritarian regime of President Erdogan pursued an expansionist policy and hostility inside and outside the country, and this policy had a negative impact on the Kurds in Turkey, and the peace efforts in the Middle East also failed. North Africa, the Caucasus and Europe. "
He continued, "The freedom of the legitimate leader of the Kurdish people, Abdullah Ocalan, is necessary for peace in Turkey and the region."
"We know from our experience in South Africa that the reversible reality and condition of the peace process is that legitimate and credible leaders must be released, and international criticism of Turkey is increasing as a result of its expansionist policies and violations of human rights."
The statement added, "We saw that when the liberals mobilized in the international arena against the apartheid regime, the way was opened for the release of Nelson Mandela and the establishment of a democratic state in South Africa, we are convinced that a similar release of leader Abdullah Ocalan will create the necessary conditions for a peaceful solution to the war in Turkey and the region."
"To this end, we are launching a campaign with regard to Turkey and the United Nations, and we believe that through a coordinated international support campaign, we can influence the United Nations to move immediately regarding the release of leader Abdullah Ocalan, because the United Nations was an example in its call for the release of Nelson Mandela, as well as The United Nations has played a major role in drafting detainee laws, with the example known as the Nelson Mandela Criteria.
The example (the Nelson Mandela Standards) laid a basis for an approach to political prisoners on the one hand, and on the other hand emphasized that the release of real and credible leaders is crucial in any peace process.
The organizations contacted, as part of the campaign, asked everyone to prepare an open letter to be sent to the UN Secretary-General, via e-mail, mail, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
The campaign organizers also requested that the letter be sent to this address:
Mr. Antonio Guterres.
Secretary-General of the United Nations.
United Nations Headquarters S-3800.
New York, UN 10017.
United States of America