I am writing to ask your support for the family of Anna Campbell, the young feminist, antifascist who was killed by Turkish forces in Afrin where she was defending the Kurdish region from Turkey-sponsored jihadist invasion. Anna had joined the Kurdish women's forces the YPJ who defeated ISIS in northern Syria with support from coalition forces, including the heroic defence of Kobane from ISIS invasion, and have been crucial to establishing a socialist, feminist, cooperative society in Rojava, northern Syria.
Anna's family are devastated that Turkey has ignored its Geneva Convention obligations of allowing the safe reclaiming of the bodies of those killed in warfare as Anna's body lies in the spot where she was killed on March 15th. The family met with Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt who said that, if the family could supply the location of Anna's body, he would take action to pressure Turkey to allow in International Committee of the Red Cross workers to locate and retrieve Anna's body. It is thought that Turkey do not want this to happen as it would reveal to the Red Cross the war crimes that have been committed by Turkey and their jihadist allies. With great difficulty and emotional pain, Anna's family worked with the YPG and YPJ forces to establish the exact location of Anna's body. They supplied the information to Mr Burt, who has failed to act on behalf of this grieving family as he had promised. Full details explained in this Morning Star article: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/family-grief-exacerbated-tory-governments-inaction-over-repatriation-anna-campbells-remains
Please call on Alistair Burt to make firm representations to the Turkish government to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to enter Afrin and retrieve Anna's body and bring it home to her family so they can have some sort of closure. Please push for the Labour Party frontbench to speak out on this for the sake of Anna's family and in memory of a young woman who chose to join the International Brigadiers in protecting against violence, injustice and evil.