I am writing to you because I am very concerned that you are selling holidays to people in the UK to a state that supports ISIS and has a totalitarian regime that tortures Kurdish people.
In the UK Imam Sis, a 32 year old Kurdish resident of Newport, has been on an indefinite hunger strike since the 17th November 2018. His condition is rapidly deteriorating. He is part of an international movement of hunger strikers; 7,000 Kurdish activists and political prisoners are on hunger strike worldwide. They are calling for an end to the isolation and solitary confinement of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan, who has been held in a Turkish prison for 20 years and denied access to family and lawyers since 2011. Imam explains why the demands of the hunger strikers are so important here: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/abdullah-calan-erdogan-imam-sis-welsh-parliament-a8846926.html Turkey does not respect its own laws, let alone basic human rights. It was Imam’s hunger strike that brought this issue to light in the UK and the more I have learnt about Turkey as a state, and their collusion with ISIS the more I am convinced that not only are Turkish holidays unethical, economically fuelling Turkey’s war on the Kurds, but they are actually unsafe and irresponsible.
The Turkish state supports ISIS - an organisation that murders and tortures countless civilians worldwide in the name of their fascist interpretation of Islam. Evidence of this can be found widley; Brett McGurk for example was appointed by President Obama as the US special envoy for the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. He spent 4 years in charge of the international coalition that provided close air and logistical support to the Kurdish forces, who together were able defeat ISIS advances in Syria and Iraq.
When Brett McGurk resigned in protest at the decision by President Trump to withdraw forces from Northern Syria he went public with information about Turkey’s relationship with ISIS. Information that the Kurdish forces knew already from evidence on the ground. Brett McGurk spoke on CNN saying that for the first couple of years of the fight against ISIS he spent most of his time flying to Ankara to try to stop the Turkish state supplying weapons and facilitating ISIS! It was well known by the Kurds that Turkey supported and facilitated ISIS, but now the leader of the coalition force is saying it also - publicly!
This is far from the only example of how the Turkish state supports ISIS - this place is totally unsuitable as a place to go on holiday and we ask that you stop selling Turkish holidays immediately in solidarity with the Kurds and all the victims of Islamic State.
If you would like to meet with us to discuss this further we would appreciate the opportunity to help you better understand the background and significance of supporting the Turkish state, and by default ISIS, by contributing to their economy through promoting tourism in the region. Meanwhile we will be launching a campaign, giving people a platform to express their feelings about the fact that a leading travel agent such as yours is selling holidays to a fascist state, with little to no ethical consideration.