formed group, Coventry Peace Action, are raising the issue of Kurdistan with people in
Coventry on Tuesday, by chalking information on city centre pavements. The Kurdish
situation needs highlighting particularly at the moment because their leader Ocalan is
currently on trial in Turkey.
There are 35 million Kurds but they have no homeland since The Treaty of Lausanne in
1923 to which Britain was a signatory. The redrawing of national borders means that they
now live mainly in Iraq and Turkey where they have been subjected to continual harassment
and annihilation. At Halabja in Iraq in 1988 5,000 Kurdish people were murdered by
chemical weapons. In Turkey over 3,000 villages have been wiped out and millions of Kurds
forced into flight.
Coventry Peace Action member Becqke Young said
"We in Britain still arm Turkey despite their appalling human rights record. We
sell them guns through Heckler and Koch, a subsidiary of British Aerospace and we send
them Land Rovers which they convert to the armoured vehicle Akrep used for internal
repression. Holiday makers to Turkey are unaware of their repression against the Kurds
because the Kurdish South East is off limits to travellers. By our action we are raising
some awareness of the plight of the Kurdish people."
Coventry Peace Action will be involved in many issues where there are human rights
abuses, state violence and genocide.
For more details contact the Peace House 01203 663031