KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 29th January-5th February 2016



  1. International Delegation led by Judge Moosa asks to visit Ocalan in Imrali.
  2. UN rights chief urges Turkey to probe shooting by security forces
  3. Turkey’s opposition to PYD reveals inconsistency in foreign policy
  4. Democracy’s Challenge with Turkey’ debated at Abant Platform
  5. Under pressure from Turkey, UN excludes PYD from Syria talks
  6. US anti-IS envoy visits Kurdish, Arab fighters in Syria: sources
  7. Syrian civil war: Could Turkey be gambling on an invasion?
  8. Raising the States: ‘Unpredictable’ Erdogan May Start Intervention in Syria
  9. Kurds bomb strongholds of al-Qaeda in Aleppo, ISIS in Raqqa
  10. Canadians Fighting the Islamic State Could Face Terror Charges for Helping the Kurds

  11. Behind Turkey’s war on the Kurds
  12. Erdogan’s failing foreign policy is in ruins
  13. Interview – Nadje Al-Ali
  14. A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s Views on the Kurds
  15. Our People Will Never Accept Slavery
  16. Russia Is Exploiting Syria’s Kurds And U.S. Frustrations To Complicate The Fight Against ISIS


  17. The Turkish Government’s All Out War against the Kurds

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  1. YPS-Jin declared in Diyarbakır
  2. Some 200,000 at risk in Turkey’s fight against Kurdish militants: Amnesty
  3. European Lawyers Delegation visits Diyarbakir
  4. Vandana Shiva Plants Seeds At Yedikule Gardens
  5. Davutoglu visits: Letter critiques Merkel Turkey policy
  6. Turkey rounds up academics who signed petition denouncing attacks on Kurds
  7. The #WarOnKurds and Academics for Peace
  8. Storm on the Horizon: Is A Turkish ‘Ground Invasion’ of Syria Looming?
  9. Turkey Freaks Out After Russia Insists Kurds Participate in Syrian Talks
  10. Ottawa protests atrocities in Kurdistan
  11. Tommy Sheppard MP attends Scottish solidarity demo
  12. The US is considering a new plan for Syria — and the Kurds ‘will not be happy about it’

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Urgent call to feminists and women’s organisations for solidarity

The call below was issued by the Free Women’s Assembly. They also put together a factsheet about the blockades, which you will find below:

To Women’s Organizations;

Urgent Call for Action

Women’s Freedom Assembly (KÖM) is calling on your solidarity against the war and massacres that we have been living through for the past eight months. The AKP government and President Tayyip Erdoğan are repressing, through violence, all opposition forces who have been resisting the authoritarian regime that they have been trying to establish in Turkey and destroying all channels of political struggle. They have brought the Parliament to disfunction and suspended the rule of law by taking the judiciary system under their control. Continue reading

Free Women’s Congress releases report on the war

The Free Women’s Congress (KJA) has released the report below about the impact of the current war against Kurds on the peace process. Also available here are two documents, one giving the names and details of some of the children who have been killed since July last year, and another that gives evidence of the deliberate targeting of Kurdish graveyards by security forces.



10 January 2016

Peace Negotiations Launched

The dialog and negotiations process for the resolution of the Kurdish Issue, launched at İmralı Island on January 2013, entered a new phase on February 28, 2015 following its announcement in the Dolmabahçe Palace before the press by a mixed delegation of HDP and AKP deputies. The Dolmabahçe Agreement, which pronounced a 10-article roadmap for the negotiations process, has enhanced the hope and commitment for peace among the peoples of Turkey, and Kurds in particular. Continue reading

Law Society questions investigations into Elci’s death

The President of the Law Society, Jonathan Smithers, has written an official letter to the Justice Minister of Turkey, Kenan Ipek, with his concerns about the investigation into Tahir Elci’s assassination in November 2015.

The well-known human rights lawyer was shot dead in broad daylight, soon after having made a statement calling for an end to the curfews and state sanctioned violence in Kurdish cities at a press conference. The Law Society president raises concerns about lost evidence, witness  statements and possible interferences in the investigations.

To read the letter download it here

European Lawyers Delegation visits Diyarbakir

Press release

A delegation of European lawyers will visit Diyarbakir from 21st to 24th January 2016. The 13 participants come from Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Austria. Two European lawyers’ organisations are supporting this initiative, the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH) and the European Democratic Lawyers (EDL) and also the “Unione delle Camere Penali Italiane”

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Kurdish Friendship Group in European Parliament calls for end to violence

The appeal below, signed by 5 MEPs of the Kurdish Friendship Group in the European Parliament, was circulated on the weekend:

The crackdown against the Kurdish people must stop

Call of the EP-Kurdish Friendship Group

For a month now, the Turkish army has been running jointly with the special police forces an operation of unprecedented violence against the towns located in the Kurdish region of Turkey.

10,000 men supported by tanks and helicopters are mobilized for this offensive which virtually turned the country’s Southeast into a war zone.
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Tommy Sheppard MP attends Scottish solidarity demo

This weekend Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan held a demonstration in central Edinburgh to protest continuing attacks by the Turkish military on Kurdish cities and civilians.

The group delivered a letter to the Turkish Consul, which expresses concern for the women and children killed since last summer and calls for the Turkish government to end the curfews in Kurdish towns. The letter was signed by several other union members, Scottish Green party members and activists.  Continue reading


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