DEPUTATI EUROPEI PER ROJ TV

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DICHIARAZIONE DEI DEPUTATI EUROPEI DEL GREEN PARTY INGLESE, CAROLINE LUCAS E JEAN LAMBERT
Siamo preoccupati dalle notizie che oggi, 4 marzo, in Belgio la polizia ha effettuato un’operazione nella sede di RojTv. Siamo preoccupati per gli arrestati, alcuni dei quali sono attivisti molto conosciuti e rispettati nella campagna internazionale in difesa dei diritti umani dei curdi. La giustificazione di questi arresti non è ancora chiara, e chiediamo alle autorità belghe di chiarire al più presto perché abbiano ritenuto necessario adottare questo passo repressivo all’interno dei presunti ‘sicuri’ confini dell’Unione europea.
RojTv è un media cruciale per i kurdi nel loro continuo sforzo di far cessare la   soppressione, da parte della Turchia, del diritto della comunità kurda di asserire pienamente la sua identità, lingua e cultura. Una simile operazione da parte della polizia belga rischia di compromettere seriamente gli sforzi verso una soluzione pacifica per la Turchia e una situazione migliore per la comunità kurda. (English version of this statement here)


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Belfast Mayor: Everybody must contribute to a peace with justice

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Donostia. Sinn Fein mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, opened on Thursday the international conference “Building Peace Starting at Local Level” organised in Donostia/San Sebastian (Basque Country) by the Donostia city council.

How municipalities can turn peace and reconciliation work into something genuinely lasting?

We must build peace with justice, and that’s a job for everyone. Sometimes big governments talk of peace, but they actually work very little for it. So you have to work for peace with the people, the communities, cities, nations. In Belfast I believe we are all connected .

You said at the opening of the Donostia’s conference that your Belfast has changed a lot after the Good Friday agreement of 1998. How?

Fifteen years have passed. The first time I walked in the Belfast City Council as a councillor it was in 1987, and back then peace was a project. The big change since the 1994 IRA permanent ceasefire is that now in our city there is no more war. The end of the years of conflict has brought many benefits and some of them are related to the 1998 peace agreement. Now we have a government that is just and in which all parties are represented. Peace itself is rewarding, but sometimes it presents many challenges. It has brought improvements in labor, industry, tourism … this is a great reward for those who support the peace process, but I think there is work which still needs to be done and to be consolidated.

The clash between two communities was much harder in Ireland than in the Basque Country, for example. How do you transform all that negative energy into a positive one?

Although the intensity of the conflict was greater, the Basque Country’s conflict is also a great shadow for Europe. There have been many years of political conflict here, many people lost their lives. I think we should be positive all the time and always see the glass half full if we want peace to win. But peace requires progress, and I know the great difficulties there are in Euskal Herria. However, those who believe in peace achieved democratically, rather than violence, will be rewarded. In Belfast we follow that path to political change and get more benefits for our people. Time will help peace prosper, and even if a political segment is against peace, I think we will find more and more people interested in this cause.

On the arrests of 24 December 2009 in Turkey

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TO INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC OPINION On Thursday morning, 24 December 2009, an operation was carried out by security forces against the

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