Final March 8th, Pen Norway celebrated Ilhan Sami Çomak’s birthday. His lawyer, Ipek Özel, mentioned that when Ilham was advised about his birthday celebration, he mentioned, “Inform them that after 27 years in jail, I’m nonetheless 22.” Ilhan was despatched to jail in 1994 after being tortured and compelled to a confession. Since then, he has maintained his innocence. The European Court docket of Human Rights dominated the illegality of his prosecution in 2007. After an enchantment, the Turkish courts confirmed a life sentence in 2016 based mostly on the identical proof illegally obtained in 1994.
Throughout his imprisonment, Ilhan had written eight books of poetry, and he was awarded the celebrated Sennur Sezer award for poetry. He’s an honorary member of Pen Norway.
To rejoice his life and creativeness, the gathering counted with Ilhan’s mom’s phrases, in addition to the studying of poets from completely different components of the world.
We additionally needed to watch the video of two stunning songs, one “The Ivy” by Suna Alan, Ilhan’s cousin and Øivind Hånes & Karsten Brustad’s “Come to Me,” named after a poem by the identical title written by Ilhan.
Within the upcoming dates, Pressenza will launch an unique interview granted by the poet. However for now, we repeat his phrases with religion in his immediate freedom, “‘I lengthy to see vineyards in bloom, I lengthy to get out into streets the place kids climb over backyard partitions to skip college, I lengthy for rivers that run out of maps.”
|Please go to www.ilhancomak.com for extra data and to assist a marketing campaign for his freedom. Birthday playing cards are additionally welcome.|