SOUTH Africa’s largest trade union confederation has launched a joint campaign today in support of jailed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has written to United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres, urging him to press for the release of Mr Ocalan. The letter highlighted the precedent set by the UN in calling for the release of Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years behind bars before his release in 1990. The UN helped to establish the Nelson Mandela Rules which set out standards for the treatment of political prisoners, the letter notes. Cosatu compared Mr Ocalan’s continued incarceration and Turkey’s brutal treatment of the Kurdish people to that of Mr Mandela and the apartheid system.
Source: The North Africa Journal January 10, 2021 18:33 UTC