22 November 2014
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Commissioner for Human Rights
Willy Oergel & Marcus Weller
CEOs of E. Breuninger GmbH & Co.
Secretary General Jagland and Commissioner Muižnieks,
For five years now, a beleaguered European citizen, Nazlia Ismaili (a.k.a. Naki), has camped outside the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to seek justice from Europe’s premier human rights bodies with respect to her unlawful dismissal by her employer, Breuninger GmbH & Co., while on sick leave.
For just as many years, Naki has been ignored or given the runaround from one legal jurisdiction to another to exhaust her financially and emotionally, which is the sole remaining purpose of the institutions responsible for legal standards, human rights, democratic development and the rule of law, all of which are being flouted throughout Europe with impunity by governments and corporations alike, which is why increasingly more people end up desperate and destitute at the gates of the ECHR.
In the absence of progress and hope, Naki began a hunger strike on 23 June 2014 and has since lost 16 kilograms or 26% of her initial body weight. She continues to be on hunger strike five months later and her health is deteriorating quickly. Given her extended battle and extraordinary sacrifices, Naki has lost much of her strength and could pass away anytime from hunger.
The Arab Spring began with the self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in January 2011, whose pleas for justice were ignored by the officialdom, the same way Naki’s pleas are being ignored. Public anger in Europe has intensified in the past ten years because those in power, cocooned in their ivory towers, no longer listen to the people’s needs and problems even though as public servants they are supposed to serve the public rather than be self-serving.
I warn you that by ignoring Naki’s pleas and the pleas of tens of thousands like her you are inviting civil conflict since violence is the only avenue left to people like Naki to obtain redress for their injuries.
If Naki dies at the doorsteps of Europe’s governing institutions I promise that I will hold you personally responsible for failing in your duties and costing Naki her life.
As Chairman of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance from 2010 to 2012, Mr. Muižnieks you should have intervened a long time ago to resolve Naki’s case, which shows clear evidence of racism based on her Roma ethnicity. You are now in an even more powerful position and I hope that this time you will not refuse to exercise your authority in Naki’s favor and fail like your predecessor Thomas Hammarberg.
As Secretary General of the Council of Europe since 2009 and Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Mr. Jagland, Europe expects a higher standard from you and you are failing miserably in reaching that standard if a case as simple and compelling as Naki’s remains unresolved for the past five years, time during which you are gorging on public funds and Naki is wasting outside your office window due to systemic failure.
As chief executive officers of Breuninger GmbH & Co., Mr. Oergel and Mr. Weller, you will certainly agree with me that Naki’s predicament reflects poorly on your company and that in the likelihood of her death during a hunger strike caused by the injustice she has suffered at the hands of the company you lead there will be serious and negative consequences for Breuninger’s sales and more importantly its reputation, perhaps even criminal charges. Naki’s death may even spell your company’s bankruptcy.
Should you ignore this letter and continue to pretend that Naki does not exist, you will one day awaken to a different and brutal reality.
Center of Global Consciousness