PYD condemns deadly ISIS massacre in Kobane

The Executive Committee of the PYD has released this statement on the massacre in Kobane last week, the worst single atrocity committed by ISIS in Syria since the conflict began.

Statement of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) to the Syrian and International Public Opinion: Kobane massacre, a moral test for all humanitarian organisations.

The despicable and cowardly massacre in Kobane against unarmed civilians committed by ISIS, is a blatant crime against humanity and challenges the conscience of the world and all relevant human rights organizations. The world needs to stand on the side of the people’s protection units, YPG, and the women’s protection units, YPG, together with fighters from Burkan al Firat, who have bravely fought the barbaric ISIS gangs and their masters in Ankara.

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 20 – 26 June 2015

Witnessing HDP victory in Turkey: Election monitors report back

Where: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
When: Tuesday 7 July 2015 // 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Hosted by Kate Osamor MP

Speakers:

Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Lecturer in Political Sociology in Department of sociology at Cambridge University
Melanie Gingell, human rights lawyer; barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Bronwen Jones, family and immigration barrister, Mansfield Chambers
John Hunt, journalist, writer, and editor
Sean Hawkey, photojournalist and Green Party member
Derek Wall, International Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales

NEWS

  1. Islamic State kills at least 145 civilians in Syria’s Kobani – monitor
  2. ISIS Re-Enters Kobani Amid Major Assault On Syrian Kurdish Cities
  3. ISIS militants disguised as Kurdish fighters infiltrate Syrian town
  4. Syria crisis: IS makes deadly return to Kobane
  5. KCK: Perpetrators of the Kobanê massacre will be brought to account Continue reading

EVENT – Witnessing HDP victory in Turkey: Election monitors report back

Where: Committee Room 15, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

When: Tuesday 7 July 2015 // 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Speakers:

Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Lecturer in Political Sociology in Department of sociology at Cambridge University

Melanie Gingell, human rights lawyer; barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Bronwen Jones, family and immigration barrister, Mansfield Chambers

John Hunt, journalist, writer, and editor

Sean Hawkey, photojournalist and Green Party member

Derek Wall, International Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales

Hosted by Kate Osamor MP

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International Initiative reps speaks at award ceremony for Ocalan in Scotland

Reimar Heider text of speech (short version)
International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan”
Glasgow, 20 June 2015

As much as I am happy to be here, I am very sorry to be here. I am sorry to be here, because the reason that I am here is that the person who has been granted Honorary Life Membership in the University of Strathclyde Student’s Association, Abdullah Öcalan, cannot come and thank you all in person. He has been held under strict isolation on a Turkish prison Island  for more than 16 years now.
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Strathclyde students honour Kurdish leader imprisoned for 15 years

Press Release

Leading Scottish writer James Kelman was among the speakers at a ceremony to honour imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan held at the University of Strathclyde Students Association (USSA) in Glasgow on Saturday 20 June.

Kelman reflected on history and recalled how,

“The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) had been a legitimate political party until the Turkish State began its operation to have the party criminalised as a terrorist organisation. In the 1990s they discredited PKK by blaming them for a massacre in an attempt to influence members of the European Parliament. This was later exposed as a fabrication of the truth, but the Turkish State succeeded in its aim, and the PKK leadership, including Abdulla Ocalan, was outlawed as a result.”  Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 13 – 19 June 2015

 

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association grants Honorary Life Membership to Kurdish Leader Abdullah Ocalan

 June 19th 2015

Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned Kurdish leader, will be granted honorary life membership of the USSA at a ceremony on Saturday 20 June at the University of Strathclyde Students Association in Vertigo at 5pm.

Joining the students at the ceremony will be award winning prominent Scottish writer and cultural and political campaigner James Kelman and Reimer Heider, spokesperson of the International Initiative “Freedom for Ocalan-Peace in Kurdistan”.

James Kelman said “It is a great thing that the students of Strathclyde University should honour Abdullah Ocalan in this way. The people of Kurdistan have been struggling for decades for the right to determine their own existence. This honour recognises the justice of the struggle. From Scotland the message is one of support and solidarity. Let the politicians heed the students.”

NEWS

  1. Thousands Of Syrian Refugees Pour Into Turkey As Kurds Advance On ISIS Stronghold
  2. TEV DEM celebrates liberation of Girê Spî
  3. PKK congratulates Girê Spî victory
  4. As Kurds progress against ISIS, Turkey fears Kurdish autonomy in Syria Continue reading

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association grants Honorary Life Membership to Kurdish Leader Abdullah Ocalan

June 19th 2015

Ocalan flagAbdullah Ocalan, imprisoned Kurdish leader, will be granted honorary life membership of the USSA at a ceremony on Saturday 20 June at the University of Strathclyde Students Association in Vertigo at 5pm.

Joining the students at the ceremony will be award winning prominent Scottish writer and cultural and political campaigner James Kelman and Reimer Heider, spokesperson of the International Initiative “Freedom for Ocalan-Peace in Kurdistan”.

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 6 – 12 JUNE 2015

NEWS
1. UK election monitors return from Turkey following stunning HDP result
2. Sean Hawkey Photo Series of the Turkey election weekend
3. Turkey elections: Erdogan licks his wounds while Kurds gain hope peace process will be reignited
4. Turkey election: Erdoğan accepts no party has mandate to govern alone
5. Turkey’s first Roma and Yazidi representatives to enter parliament
6. VIDEO: Kurds celebrate HDP’s success
7. Turkey’s election is a blow to Erdogan and a victory for Kurds
8. Kurds Hope for Turkey Peace Boost From Electoral Surge
9. Winners Are in Fourth Place as Kurds Join Turkey Parliament
10. Demirtaş says ISIL behind bombings at HDP election rally
11. European Parliament highlights dismal state of democracy, freedom in critical Turkey report
12. Ankara to return EP report on Turkey: Turkish EU Minister
13. University of Strathclyde Students’ Association grants Honorary Life Membership to Jailed Kurdish Leader Abdullah Ocalan Continue reading

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association grants Honorary Life Membership to Jailed Kurdish Leader Abdullah Ocalan

20th of June at the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association in Vertigo at 5pm.

 

The University of Strathclyde Students’ Association (USSA) has recognised Abdullah Ocalan, the founder and leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), for his fight for freedom, justice and self-determination of the Kurdish people, for which he has been imprisoned by the Turkish state since 1999.

Ocalan has redefined the historic struggle of the Kurds as one of achieving democratic autonomy and called for dialogue between the PKK and Turkey with the aim of replacing armed conflict with democracy and reconciliation, continuing his life long fight for freedom, equality between peoples and recognition for the Kurds. [1] Continue reading

EUTCC calls for renewed focus on peace talks after election

The EUTCC has released a statement following the election:

8 June, 2015

Press release: for immediate release 

HDP – THE WINNER OF THE 7 JUNE ELECTION IN TURKEY

The Turkish people have spoken in an honest and democratic election, so it is now time to implement what they want. All parties must compromise and take some major steps to solve the KURDISH problem in Turkey among others by resuming the peace process between the government and the imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. Continue reading

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