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Abdullah Öcalan and the Kurdish Question in Erdoğan’s Turkey

Thursday, Nov 15 2018
19:30 - 20:30
Thomas Jeffrey Miley
location: Bookshop

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This event takes place in the Bookshop.

The Kurdish struggle for self-determination has become known for its commitment to cultural plurality, grassroots democracy, and feminist liberation. These ideas have become the primary ideological tenets of the movement through the thought of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan, who has been illegally imprisoned in Turkey for nearly 20 years.

In 1999, Öcalan was kidnapped from Kenya and taken to Turkey, where he was placed in solitary confinement on the island prison of İmralı. Since this time, continuous efforts have been made to improve his imprisonment conditions and lobby for his release. For a number of years, Turkey has prevented anyone from visiting Öcalan, eventually banning his lawyers and family members; there has been no news concerning his condition since 2016.

Your Freedom and Mine is a collection of pieces from a variety of contributors involved in all aspects of the movement to free Abdullah Öcalan, including from his legal team, members of delegations to İmralı prison, and representatives of international campaigns and solidarity movements. It places Öcalan’s imprisonment in context, framing it within the history of the conflict, analysing its significance for the broader region, and discussing the future prospects for the Kurdish question in Turkey.

Come and join us for a discussion with Thomas Jeffrey Miley, co-editor of Your Freedom and Mine and lecturer in political sociology at the Cambridge University.

** As always we have 15 free places available for this event, first come first served, just get in touch by giving the bookshop a call or popping in and we will add your name to the guest list! **

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