Settling political scores hinder of removing PKK from terrorist list

Falsely and slanderously, for nearly 4 decades, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party has been classified on the “terrorist lists.” This accusation that has been still attached to it. The Kurds and their friends are seeking to remove the “terrorist” status from the party, as it has collected 7 million signatures around the world in this regard. What is interesting is that Turkey is exploiting, blackmailing, and putting pressure to disrupt any issue that erases the label of “terrorism” from the PKK.

Settling political scores hinder of removing PKK from terrorist list
28 November 2023   03:01

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was founded on November 27, 1978, in a secret manner by a group of students led by leader Abdullah Ocalan in the village of Fis in the Kurdish city of Amed, Northern Kurdistan. The party fights for the cause of the Kurdish and Kurdish people, but the dominant and colonial powers put the Kurdistan Workers' Party is on the terrorist list.

More than three decades ago, the late Prime Minister of Sweden, Olof Palme, went out with his wife on the night of February 28, 1986 to attend a movie, and that night he dismissed his protection team. While he was passing with his wife through the crowded Svevgen Street, Stockholm Center, a tall man assassinated Palme with a gun. He was shot dead, and his killer fled.

Olof Palme, born in 1927, is a left-wing figure who has always stood outside the Western flock. He is known for his resistance to imperialist ambitions, and liberation movements enjoyed close relations with him.

After Palme's killing, Sweden, the first country after Turkey, included the Kurdistan Workers' Party on the "terrorist" list, and took the story of Olof Palme's killing as an excuse and accused the Kurdistan Workers' Party of that.

With his killing, a major campaign began against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Sweden, Germany, and many European countries. The party was criminalized, and on this basis it led to an expansion of solidarity with NATO-backed Turkey against the PKK.

As a result of the media, diplomatic, and political distortion led by Turkey against the Kurdistan Workers' Party, its political activities and activities were banned in Germany in 1993, and the authorities invoked the "Native Associations Law."

In 1997, America classified the PKK as a “foreign terrorist organization,” Britain in 2000, Canada, Japan, and the European Union in 2002, Australia in 2005, and New Zealand in 2010. Although the PKK did not commit any crime in any of these countries States, on the contrary, calls for building and consolidating human and social values and brotherhood among all societies.

The killing of Palme caused widespread resonance throughout the world, as this socialist and democratic leader stated before his death that the Kurds had the right to obtain their rights like the rest of the peoples of the world, and this aroused the resentment and indignation of many European countries as well as the United States of America.

The Turkish press published broad headlines such as: After his death, “The PKK killed Olof Palme,” despite the lack of any evidence implicating the PKK. Stockholm police chief Hans Holm claimed that the PKK killed Olof Palme, and launched an arrest campaign against the Kurds. Many of them have been in prison for years.

During the era of Olof Palme, Sweden was a friend of the Kurdish people and leader Abdullah Ocalan, but after the murder of Olof Palme, this country turned into an arena in which death orders were issued against PKK militants. The killing of Olof Palme marked the beginning of the phase of including the Kurdistan Workers' Party on the list of "terrorist" organizations and criminalizing the Kurdish people after 1986.

There were two motives by the dominant international powers to assassinate Olof Palme: the first was to silence him and get rid of him for his support of the peoples of what is known as the “Third World”. The second was to strike the Kurdistan Freedom Movement and stop its development.

Olof Palme followed many international policies. He organized a large march in Sweden for Vietnam in 1968. As a result of the march, the United States closed its embassy and severed relations with Sweden.

In 1968 Palme came out against the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia.

In 1975, he visited Cuba, as the United States of America and NATO considered Cuba a terrorist state and its Prime Minister Fidel Castro a terrorist.

Olof Palme was a supporter of the Kurdish cause. Four European countries, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands, submitted a complaint against Turkey to the Council of Europe. They said that Turkey is violating the human rights of the Kurdish people. In this regard, it attracted the attention of external countries.

In South Africa, the apartheid regime practiced a great deal of oppression against blacks. Palme moved against this as well and organized several countries and held several meetings to impose an arms embargo on South Africa.

In 1983, for the first time, Palme received in Stockholm a person considered a terrorist from the point of view of the United States of America, namely Yasser Arafat.

Olof Palme used harsh rhetoric against the major dominant powers such as Russia and America. These powers were partners in getting rid of him for these reasons that we mentioned above.

After 34 years, on June 10, 2020, the head of the investigation committee into the Olof Palme murder, Christer Peterson, and committee member Hans Mallinder held a press conference to announce the results of the investigations into the case. Christer announced that Olof Palme's killer was a member of a right-wing party named Stig Bjerström, and that the case was closed because the perpetrator of the crime was deceased.

The Swedish Public Prosecutor's Office revealed in a press conference that Palme's killer was a Swedish citizen called Stig Engstrom, who committed suicide in 2000. The file on Palme's assassination was closed and the PKK was acquitted.

The world and the Swedish state were not fair towards the Kurdish people. The Kurdistan Workers' Party was falsely accused and criminalized for 3 decades, and throughout these years the Kurds were subjected to massacres and massacres in a variety of ways and methods.

European Court of Justice: The party's inclusion on the "terrorist list" was a grave injustice

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) filed a lawsuit against the "list of terrorist organizations" between 2014/2020, before the Council of Europe.

In 2018, the European Court of Justice ruled on the issue of removing the Kurdistan Workers’ Party from the terrorist list, and confirmed that including the party on the terrorist list between the years 2014/2018 was a great injustice.

The European Court of Justice issued its decision on the issue of removing the name of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party from the “list of terrorist organizations,” and although the court had ruled in its decision that the party should not remain on the list, there was a sudden shift in the court’s decision in 2022, as the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg refused. The request submitted by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in 2021 in protest against its inclusion on the “list of terrorist organizations”, in December 2020.

The Belgian Supreme Court of Cassation denounces the PKK as a terrorist

In January 2020, the Belgian Supreme Court of Cassation, the highest judicial authority in the country, dropped the terrorism charge against the PKK once and for all, and rejected the Turkish government’s appeal of the Court of Appeal decision. It explained that the PKK is in an internal armed conflict.

The court said: “The party is waging a struggle for the rights of the Kurds, and does not target civilians, so it is not considered a terrorist organization.” This decision angered Turkey, which summoned its ambassador to Brussels.

Collecting 7 million signatures to remove the PKK from the “terrorist list”

On November 5, 2021, 29 prominent famous figures (politicians, writers, philosophers, peace activists, lawyers, artists and peace activists) launched the International Justice for the Kurds Initiative to remove the PKK from the European Union’s “terrorist list.”

Then 1,000 prominent figures in more than 30 countries around the world joined and took leadership of the campaign, which carried the slogan: “In the name of peace, democracy and human rights, we call on the European Union Commission to remove the Kurdistan Workers’ Party from the list of banned terrorist organizations.”

The campaign began collecting signatures in various countries of the world, starting in late 2021. In Europe alone, it collected 3 million signatures, and they were delivered to the European Union Commission in Brussels. In southern Kurdistan, he collected one million signatures. In Shengal, it collected 40,446 thousand signatures.

The Popular Initiative for North and East Syria revealed that it collected nearly two million, 476 thousand, and 173 signatures.

Turkey obstructs any case that removes the label of “terrorism” from the PKK

The Swedish state, which oppressed the PKK for 3 decades and accused it of Palme's killing, once again supports the Turkish statements by declaring the PKK a "terrorist organization" in order to accept its membership in NATO.

Turkey is also blackmailing Western and European countries on this issue, for political, security, and economic calculations and interests, and is pressuring to disrupt any issue that erases the label of “terrorism” from the PKK.