ICAD Benefit

Thursday January 23rd 2014, ICAD Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

ICAD, International Committee Against Disappearances, has established in Istanbul in 1996. Direct reason was the disappearance of Hasan Ocak, a Turkish activist, in march 1995. Two months later his body was found. To let disappear is a manner of state terror to paralyse social protest
against oppression and exploitation. Family, friends, political co-activists don’t know if their beloved ones are still alive. Not only political murders, tortures, extra-juridical killings, secret detention centres is a manner of state terror but also “disappearances”.

Disappearances is a practice in countries where exists a big difference between the rich and the poor. There where people resist in an organized way they have to do with all kinds of repression, so as disappearances. Since the end of the Second World War more than one million people has disappeared.

There where exists repression, there will be grow resistance. People who are political active, just like trade union activists, leaders of farmer organizations, journalists, lawyers, human rights activists are potential victims. Paramilitary gangs and death squads are practising disappearances. They can work under the protection of the state apparatus. “Disappearances” is still a practice in countries like Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Afghanistan, Turkey, Kurdistan, Irak, Syria, Sudan, Congo, Mexico.

May 1995 was found the dead body of Hasan Ocak in Turkey (Istanbul). During the founding congress of ICAD in 1996 has been decided to organize every year in the second half of May a Week of actions against disappearances. ICAD organized international conferences in Istanbul (1996), Bogota/Colombia (1997), Manilla/The Phillippines (1999), Nurnburg/Germany (2002), Diyarbakir/Turkey (2006|), London (2010).

ICAD acts for making public disappearances, to give background information, the reasons, who are the responsibles. And for prosecuting the responsibles, who gave the orders.

ICAD activities are for example publiciations (international, via de local sections), organizing demonstrations, picketlines, information meetings. ICAD supports actions of other solidarity and human rights organisations. All those activities which can be a contribution to reach the aims of ICAD.

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, 19:00 PM, vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation.

We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. Enjoying it is a must. If you want to know which days are still available in the schedule, send an email to joe[at]squat.net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Volkseten Vegazulu https://joesgarage.nl/volkseten-vegazulu