Government moves to end hunger strike

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Turkey's government has submitted a proposal to Parliament that would allow Kurds to address courts in their mother tongue, a government spokesman said.

Turkish lawmakers may join hunger strike

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Some Turkish lawmakers say they will join the 60-day-old hunger strike by 700 prison inmates if the government does not quickly take steps to end the crisis.

Kurds end hunger strike in Turkish prison

VAN, Turkey, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Most of the 120 Kurdish inmates in a Turkish prison have ended a weeks-old hunger strike to demand a man considered a terrorist be removed from isolation.
Kurds protest arrest of activist in Turkey

Kurds protest arrest of activist in Turkey

SULAIMANI, Iraq, July 27 (UPI) -- The recent sentencing of the Kurdish activist Layla Zana to 10 years in prison for a speech she gave in 2007 to commemorate the Kurdish New Year has prompted protests in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir.
Ankara: 'Syria aids Turkey's rebel Kurds'

Ankara: 'Syria aids Turkey's rebel Kurds'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 2 (UPI) -- Amid the growing tensions between Syria and Turkey over the uprising against the Damascus regime, Turkish officials say Syria is aiding Kurdish secessionists in their 28-year-old war against Ankara,

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 29, 2012.
By United Press International

Pro-Kurdish official sentenced to prison

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, May 24 (UPI) -- Independent pro-Kurdish Deputy Leyla Zana was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Turkish court Thursday for ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party.

Ankara backs bounty for PKK leaders

ANKARA, Turkey, March 9 (UPI) -- The Turkish Interior Ministry said it sent a plan to the prime minister that would approve of a bounty on leaders of the separatist PKK.

Chances for Kurdish resolution slim

BERLIN, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The chances of resolving the conflict between pro-Kurdish groups and the government in Ankara, Turkey, are dwindling, the lawyer for a jailed PKK leader said.
Should Ankara talk to the PKK?

Should Ankara talk to the PKK?

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- With Turkey launching a military assault against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, officials were divided over whether dialogue was the best solution.

PKK honors cease-fire through June

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The blacklisted Kurdistan Workers' Party is keeping its unilateral cease-fire agreement in place through June, the group's imprisoned leader said.

European court refuses PKK case

STRASBOURG, France, July 16 (UPI) -- Ankara satisfied its obligations regarding the imprisonment of Kurdish military leader Abdullah Ocalan, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Friday.

PKK tied to Danish media outlet?

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 1 (UPI) -- There is nothing linking a Copenhagen television station to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, Kurdish groups in Denmark protested.

Kurdish groups divided over Turkish reform

ANKARA, Turkey, March 29 (UPI) -- Officials with the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party withdrew support for constitutional reforms in Turkey following complaints from a militant leader.

PKK protests rocks southern Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Parts of Turkey erupted in violence as pro-Kurdish groups marked the Monday anniversary of the capture of the leader of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party.
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Abdullah Ocalan
WAP99062999 - 29 JUNE 1999 - - ANKARA, TURKEY: PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, seen here in a February 17 photo aboard a jet on his way to Turkey was sentenced to death today by a Turkish court. Ocalan was arrested at the Greek Embassy in Kenya and is blamed for a decades-old Kurdish rebel movement that is alleged to have killed thousands in Turkey. iw/ho/ UPI

Abdullah Öcalan (born 4 April 1948), is a Kurdish militant leader who founded the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in 1978. Between 1984 and his capture in 1999, he led a Kurdish nationalist guerrilla revolt against the Turkish state.

Öcalan was arrested abroad by Turkey, convicted of treason, and sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted to aggravated life imprisonment when Turkey abolished the death penalty in support of its bid to be admitted to membership in the European Union. He is the sole prisoner on the İmralı island, in the Sea of Marmara. Öcalan admitted to the violent nature of the PKK, and that he personally approved and organized attacks and executions. The conflict between Turkey and the PKK has resulted in over 40,000 lives being lost, including PKK members, the Turkish military, and civilians, both Kurdish and Turkish.

From prison, he has published several books, as recently as 2007.

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