Writing in the New Statesman of 21 June, Mark Thomas supports the call issued by the Kurdish community in the UK and Europe for friends of the Kurds to express support for KONGRA-GEL, the People's Congress of Kurdistan, which was proscribed by the European Union in April as a terrorist organisation. Tony Benn, Harold Pinter, the Scottish novelist James Kelman and the writer Jonathan Bloch are lending their support to the appeal. Kongra-Gel, a successor to the outlawed PKK, says that it is committed to a political, peaceful campaign. The ban will be contested in the European Court of Justice.
Husnu Ondul Chairman Turkey's Human Rights Association (IHD),says the decision will make it more difficult for peace campaigners and encourage supporters of violence.