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Op 30 juni zal het proces tegen Muyeser Gunes plaatsvinden

brief Muyeser Gunes van 9 augustus 2005
brief Minister President Yves Leterme

boodschap Muyeser Gunes
WiB Leuven eist de onmiddellijke vrijlating van Muyeser Gunes
de feiten

Vandaag, 9 augustus 2005 ontvingen wij deze brief van Muyesser Gunes

KURDISTAN/TURKEY – THE TRIAL BEGAN TO MUYESSER GUNES, member of Mother of Peace in Istabul, speaker of the “Human Shields for Peace”, peace ambassador in Europe, and lately candidate with other 999 women for the Nobel Price for peace within the action ‘1000 women for peace’.

In April 2005 Muyesser Günes was in prison for a month in Turkey after she was arrested from the local police in the Turkish Kurdistan during a peaceful protest against Turkish army’s repression towards Kurdish people. After a month of prison and vexations Muyesser was released but charged with the violation of the law regulating assembly and of offering passive resistance.

On July 11th in the Gebze Court was the first hearing of her trial. Muyesser Gunes relatives and members of DEHAP -Kurdish representation party- weren’t allowed to be in the courtroom.  Muyesser Günes said to the magistrate she was involved in the Human shields’ protest as a representative of the Mothers of Peace and that the Police attacked the human shields with clubs, then she rejected each charges against her, saying she’s will firmly struggle until the peace. Her aim is no more deaths, neither among soldiers nor among fighters, and she calls for anyone works to this. The demand to acquit her made from the counsel for her defence was rejected and the Magistrate ordered to transfer the trial at the Mardin Court, in the Turkish Kurdistan too.

 

Minister President Yves Leterme informeert zich over de toestand rond Muyeser Gunes en stuurt Vrouwen in 't Zwart Leuven de volgende brief:

Geachte mevrouw,

Ik heb uw onderstaande mail met grote aandacht gelezen.

Uit de informatie waarover ik beschik blijkt dat Mevr. Gunes inderdaad met 26 andere vrouwen op 2 april werd aangehouden en onmiddellijk terug vrijgelaten, nadat zij via een menselijk schild gepoogd hadden activiteiten van de Turkse gendarmerie te verhinderen. Op 3 april hebben zij hun pogingen herhaald, met schermutselingen met diezelfde gendarmerie tot gevolg. Deze keer echter werden één vrouw en twee gendarmen gekwetst. Bijgevolg werden de vrouwen aangehouden wegens het niet-respecteren van de wetgeving op manifestaties (een niet-toegelaten betoging m.a.w.) en wegens het verhinderen van de openbare ordehandhavingsdiensten om hun werk te doen, en worden zij vervolgd (wegens het toebrengen van slagen en verwondingen).

Op 5 mei werden zij vrijgelaten. Het proces vindt plaats op 30 juni. Zij riskeren blijkbaar slechts lichte straffen die trouwens, ingeval zij beschikken over een maagdelijk strafregister,  voorwaardelijk zullen zijn.

Ik hoop u met deze gegevens van nut te zijn geweest.

Hoogachtend,

Yves Leterme
Minister-President
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Muyeser Gunes is VRIJ !

Boodschap van Muyeser: Dankjewel, allemaal!

Since 1996, as Mothers for Peace, we have followed a path towards peace, both for Turkey and for the Kurdish people. As mothers we don't want any more deaths in armed conflicts or extra-judicial executions. In our work for peace we have met many organizations in the civil society, both Turkish
and European, and also journalists, intellectuals, ambassadors...To make our message understood we have put on the white headscarf and carried white flowers.

Recently, during 2005, we met a secretary of the head of the armed forces to whom we gave many CDs containing images and direct testimonies of the mothers, and we brought white flowers. However, just after that meeting we found out that a military operation had been launched. This made us feel bad: it was as if our efforts had been useless, since they produced no result. For this reason, we decided to make more sacrifices: so we participated together with many others in the creation of the Human Shields initiative. Participants we not just Kurds - there were members of associations of Kurds, Turks and Laz from Kastamono and Zonguldak; mothers, fathers of soldiers, young people.

Our group set out from Istanbul and at Amed joined another group from Batman. Then, on the way from Amed to Batman we were stopped many times by the police (about every 10 minutes)  during which we were abritrarily and thouroughly searched. We were 80 pople in all (there were 10 Mothers in the group, 5 Turks, and others, young people, and representatives of groups in the civil society). We went to Kiziltepe to visit the place where 12 year old Ugur Kaymaz was killed wiht his father. Then we whent to Derik. We were in a zone of military operations and there 2 young men from the group were arrested because they had not done their military service. All together, we said: "Release them or we want go away. Then I and two fathers of soldiers made up a little delegation. We met an army major to whom the fathers said that they didn't want to receive the bodies of their sons, neither Kurd nor Turk. We expresed our concerns for the armed conflicts that were underway and we received the response that it was useless that we had come here because in the political sphere they were preparing for a general amnesty. We replied clearly: "We don't believe you any more, because every change that is announced turns out to be false. We want to see practical deeds and no more changes that are only on paper."

The following day we found out that an even bigger military operation had been launched in the zone. We continued our march to reach the places where the operations were happening, but then they stopped us. We were under arrest. They bound our hands tightly and beat and kicked us, even though we had all demanded that our rights be respected. They were going to take me to the barracks in a vehicle, but then it seemed that this was insupportable for them and I found myself thrown from the vehicle on to the ground. They treated us as if we weren't Turkish citizens. They beat and threatened us and the handcuffs remained tightly fastened around our wrists for 24 hours. They also made us to watch a theatrical show for about 3
hours. The aim was to show us that they weren't guilty but rather it was we who were guilty. Then they took us to the prison at Mardin. The warders were more respectful towards us, but even so they did not allow us to shower for 15 days and there was no hot water. But that was a small thing.

We followed the reports of the demonstrations in our favour both in Turkey and in Europe (Italy, Belgium, France and Denmark). For this, I personally thank the Women in Black and all the others who supported us, because they were close to us and felt the suffering of us mothers. We ask you to continue your support.

Muyesser Gunes
Mothers for Peace and Spokesperson of the Human Shields.
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Vrouwen in het Zwart van Leuven eist van de Turkse Regering de onmiddellijke vrijlating van Muyeser Gunes en de 26 andere gevangen genomen personen van de vredeskaravaan uit Istanbul.

Vrijheid voor Muyeser Gunes, Vrijheid voor Vrede

Er is ongeveer een maand voorbij gegaan sinds 58 mensen, waaronder Muyeser Gunes van de groep "Moeders voor Vrede" uit Istanbul, tijdens een geweldloze vredesactie in Derik gevangen genomen werden. Op 5 mei komt hun proces voor. Wij roepen de Turkse regering en de Turkse instellingen op om de ketens rond vrede weg te nemen. Wij vragen aan onze Belgische en Gewestregeringen om druk uit te oefenen op hun Turkse collega's om deze vredesactivisten vrij te laten.
Schrijf naar de Turkse Ambassade EN naar onze politici voor de vrijlating van Muyeser Gunes en haar collega's vredesactivisten.
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De feiten:

Op 3 april 2005 kwam Muyeser Gunes, woordvoerster van de vredescaravan uit Istanbul, samen met 70 andere mensen aan in het gebied van Koerdistan om deel te nemen aan een geweldloze demonstratie waarin zij aan de overheid vragen om een einde te maken aan de militaire acties in de steden en dorpen van Turks Koerdistan. Enkele dagen later werden nog eens 31 mensen opgepakt.
Deze dorpen en steden zijn - de facto – bezet en lijden onder een brutaal en repressief militair regime.

De vreedzame demonstratie werd in Derik aangevallen door gewapende strijdkrachten en 27 mensen met inbegrip van Muyeser Gunes werden gevangen genomen. Zij wachten op hun proces in de gevangenis van het district Mardin.

Muyeser Gunes is vredesactiviste, woordvoerster van Moeders voor Vrede in Istanbul en dé internationale stem van de vredesbeweging in Turkije.

U kan uw stem laten horen door een brief te schrijven/faxen of mailen naar de Turkse Ambassade in België om haar vrijlating te eisen.

Turkse Ambassade in België
Montoyerstraat 4
1000 Brussel
tel 02 513 40 95
fax 02 514 07 48
e-mail info@turkey.be

U kan eventueel gebruik maken van het volgende communiqué (in het Engels):

We call for the immediate release of Muyeser Gunes of the association Mothers for Peace, an authoritative international voice of the peace movement and peace activist in Turkey.
The arrest of Muyeser Gunes and of another 26 people, which happened at Derik while they were taking part in a peaceful protest calling for an end to the military operations, represents a serious violation of human rights and a hard blow for the progress of Turkey towards Europe.
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Muyeser Gunes op Internationale Conferentie Vrouwen in 't Zwart, Marina di Massa, Italie, 2003

Stille Wake Vrouwen in 't Zwart Leuven met de oproep tot onmiddellijke vrijlating van Muyeser Gunes - 27 april 2005
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