Today, after a battle of 100 and more days, of which the last 20 were a hunger strike, all 12 families of refugees protesting against racist bureaucracy which unduly delayed their legitimate demands for citizenship under the law of the Cyprus Government, received a written commitment from the Director General of the Ministry of Interior that will finally proceed with calling them for an interview as required by the process. The written commitment of the Ministry allows the refugees to end the hunger strike.
The minister, Sokratis Hasikos, refused to see the striking refugees today. The group of 8 people are entering their tenth day of hunger strike.They come from the 12 families that have been camping outside the parliament in protest of bureaucratic delays they are facing for the last three months.
Tomorrow Thursday, the 24th of November at 2 in the afternoon we will gather outside the Ministry of Interior to demand the immediate conclusion of the applications made by refugees living in Cyprus asking for Cypriot citizenship. The refugees have been outside the Parliament for more than 80 days and have been on hunger strike for the past 9.
Youth organizations in the northern part of Cyprus have been protesting against the ratification of a convention on the establishment of a foreign coordination office on youth and sport ministry. This convention is basically transferring all the activities, administration of the ministry of youth sport and culture to an office and its bureaucrats appointed and run by Turkey.
YKP Statement on privatisation of water In the northern part of Cyprus, we have reached a very critical point regarding the privatisation of water… YKP is against the privatisation of water like it has been since December 2010 when it was first declared that the water would be privatised. The agreed upon text infiltrated the press and when it is examined we can see that it includes very heavy provisions.
- Davita Gunbay declared her conscientious objection during 6th Anti-Militarist Peace Operation event. Her statement follows; 19 months after declaring my conscientious objection on social media I am now sharing this here on this platform publicly.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSTYDuvz1v4 Starting with a march from Lokmacı/Ledra street and arriving at Selimiye Square, the 6th Anti-militarist Peace Operation Concert was a celebration of the year-long struggle against the militarisation of the Cypriot society, gathering hundreds of activists from all over the island, and beyond. The artistic programme included a spectacular dance performance by Studio 21, songs by young musician Koralp, a conscientious objection statement, a round of poem recitals (Brecht, Hikmet, Galeano, and with Halil Karapaşaoğlu and Gürgenç Kormazel reciting their own work), and of course the emblematic Bandista from Istanbul with their highly political music that stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Anti-Militarist Peace Operation movement since its inception. https://www.
This Thursday at 14:00, 13th of August, Haluk Selam Tufanlı and Hilmi Hami, are summoned in front of north Nicosia's Martial Court to be tried for their antimilitarist conscience and their refusal to serve the armed forces. Militarism is essentially the weaponized devaluation of the life of “Others”, and as such it threatens anyone who deviates from the societal norm.
The European Court of Human Rights has accepted Murat Kanatlı's request to examine violations of the rights to liberty, fair trial, and freedom conscience committed by the Turkish Republic. The case was submitted on April 6th and it was admitted this Wednesday, to be heard on a later date.
Sunday, 28th June 2015, Pafos Zoo From the facebook event: The protest will take place at the defined venue for reasons relating to the recent scandal which was provoked by the import of two elephants. We want the release of already enslaved animals, not the enslavement of additional ones.