Kurds turn their backs on the UN in Geneva in protest at the ongoing silence

Kurdish activists continued a sit-in protest in front of the United Nations Office in Geneva. In a symbolic action, they turned their backs on the UN building to protest its ignorance in the face of their demands.

Kurdish activists have been staging a sit-in protest in front of the UN Geneva Office since January 25 to demand freedom for Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and to draw attention to the massive hunger strikes by political prisoners in protest at isolation and severe violations of rights in Turkish prisons.

The activists resume their protest in a tent they set up in front of the UN Geneva Office every Wednesday. This week’s action was led by Kurds from Solothurn. In protest against the ignorance of the United Nations in the face of the demands of the Kurdish people, the participants symbolically turned their backs on the UN building. 

Speaking here, Geneva Kurdish Community Center Co-Chair Salih Sağlam made it clear that freedom of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan was the main demand of the Kurdish people.

Sağlam said: “The European states that take pride in so-called human rights maintain their silence in the face of the isolation torture that targets the will of the Kurdish people. We protest this silence and announce that we will continue to take to the streets everywhere we are, reclaiming the “Time for Freedom” campaign, until the freedom of our leader, our sole demand, is achieved.