Hüseyin Baybaşin was born in Lice (Turkey) on June 25, 1956. He was a businessman and politically active. Until his arrest on 24 December 1995 in The Netherlands he was living with his family in the UK under the protection of the British government. In the past Baybaşin worked for the Turkish Government and was involved in all kind of governmental activities. In this period Baybaşin was informed about drugs trafficking between Turkey and Western Europe and about the involvement of Turkish officials. He therefore became a threat to those officials and was therefore falsely accused himself for trafficking and heavily tortured. After he escaped from Turkey he finally came to live in London. He was also deeply involved in the Kurdish movement trying to find peaceful solutions for the Kurdish political interest. He was for example one of the founders and a main sponsor of the Kurdish Parliament in exile, which was founded on April 12, 1995 in The Hague. The Turkish Government was furious about this at the time and accused the Dutch Government of negligence. Shortly after this event meetings started to take place between officials of the Turkish and the Dutch State.
Gijzelaar in Nederland
De Brits-Koerdische journaliste Sheri Laizer interviewde de Koerdische activist Huseyin Baybasin een half jaar geleden, in maart 2019.
Baybasin is goed op de hoogte. Hij doet enkele opmerkelijke uitspraken, die ook nu nog van belang zijn. Hij voorspelt min of meer de huidige politieke situatie na de Turkse inval in de Syrische grensstrook. Baybasin analyseert scherp de posities van o.a. Poetin, Erdogan, Trump, de EU en de NAVO. Hij vertelt ook over de achtergronden van zijn arrestatie in 1998, die uiteindelijk leidde tot een levenslange gevangenisstraf, in feite een levenslange gijzeling.
Hieronder enkele fragmenten. Het gehele interview is te lezen op de website van EKurd Daily.
Is de Turkse inval een gevolg van Koerdische PKK-provocaties?
“I don’t believe the PYD can be held accountable for provoking the Turkish state in any way as Turkey has no need of ‘provocation’ and uses such things as an excuse to attack and crush the Kurdish people’s ambitions; Turkey openly imposes genocide on the Kurds since the Treaty of Lausanne.
“Most of us will be questioning why the PYD and the YPG forces are using PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan’s portrait and name. I believe they can use these things in order to coordinate Kurdish people for Kurdistan’s independence. They can also protect and show their respect for him. We all know the PYD has protected other minorities from ISIS in the areas they took over from these barbaric militants. The PYD organised a civilised administration for Turkmens, Christians and Arabs in the areas that came under their control.
” However now is the time for change because we are very clear that Syria, Iran, Iraq and particularly Turkey are not going to recognise Kurdish people’s desire for self determination and this is what the people of Kurdistan need most. The countries that have occupied Kurdistan will act in the same way that they have been doing since 1923 to promote a fascist ideology combined with Islam. In such a manner they are causing harm and destruction at the same time to their own people, including Muslims. We the Kurds must co-operate with the USA, Israel and other civilised nation states and focus on unity and independence.
” I recently saw an interview with French political philosopher, Bernard-Henri Levy, who recently published a book called The Empire and the Five Kings (Turkey, Iran, Russia, China and Sunni Islamism that he designates as a threat to civilisation as American withdraws). I was very pleased to see that at least one prominent political thinker has seen this for the threat it is. He also calls for the independence of Kurdistan as a solution to the existing problems of the Middle East.