Kurdish News Weekly Briefing, 5 – 11 September 2014

1. Kurdish Question Litmus Test for Turkey’s New Government, Experts Say
2. Abdullah Ocalan’s message to DTK congress
3. Investigation into murder of three Kurdish women in Paris reopens
4. Dedêran Camp hosts its new guests
5. Sinjar aid crosses into Rojava
6. HDP, DBP and DTK delegation visiting South Kurdistan
7. Kurdish spring: what are the PKK fighting for
8. West widens contacts with Syria’s Kurds in western Kurdistan but suspicion remains
9. VIDEO: How British Kurds are heading to fight IS
10. PHOTOS: Meet the Kurdish Women Fighting ISIS in Syria
11. Yezidi MP: Militants Retreated from Villages to Escape Stench of Massacred Victims
12. Kurds’ Baghdad ties continue to weaken
13. New Iraq oil minister faces security challenge, Kurdish dispute
14. Kurds to US: Give us the heavy weapons we need to fight ISIS
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 30 August – 4 September 2014

1. Davutoglu Says Kurdish Issue is a Priority of New Turkish Government
2. Tensions in Lice as new Turkish PM Promises to Pursue Kurdish Peace
3. 49 Men and 5 Women to Bolster Turkey’s “Left”
4. Suspected PKK leader arrested in Germany
5. AI: ISIS carried out ethnic cleansing on a historic scale
6. Peshmergas kill ISIS amir, capture dozens of gang militants
7. Getting ready to fight back
8. Islamic State sells Kurdish Yazidi women.
9. German Chancellor Merkel says arms aid for Iraqi Kurdistan in Europe’s interest
10. Kurdish oil exports mark 10 million barrels despite Baghdad’s woes
11. Demonstration in solidarity against ISIS in Glasgow Continue reading

Appeal by Co-chairman of the PYD, Mohamed Saleh Muslim, on behalf of the people in the cantons of Rojava, Qamişlo, 01.09.2014

To the international community,
To the members of the United Nations,
To all international aid organisations,

On the occasion of the World Day of Peace, I want, as someone who has not lost his hope for peace, to address this letter to you. The purpose of this letter is not to describe to you the tragic events that have occurred in Syria over the past three years. However, I hereby appeal to you to take responsibility to make an end to this tragedy: I also want to tell you how we are trying to live up to our responsibilities. Continue reading


August 2014

1.Turkey shelters Yazidis running from ISIL
2. Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, to ‘succeed’ Erdogan
3. Kurdish language teachers in Turkey begin hunger strike
4. Turkey makes volte-face, moves to curb ISIL
5. Women to take to the streets against ISIS on September 1
6. Elderly Yezidis brutally massacred in the tomb
7. More Yezidis to be sheltered in Amed
8. Syria and Isis committing war crimes, says UN Continue reading

An Urgent Appeal to the International Community

The Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) has issued this appeal from the Joint Diplomatic Committee of Kurdistan Organisations, formed after a meeting on 17 August 2014 with representatives from all Kurdish parties and organisations which called for unified diplomatic action on the current crisis. The appeal calls for humanitarian aid to be sent to Rojava as well as South Kurdistan, and for the international community to recognise the Sinjar crisis as genocide.


An Urgent Appeal to the International Community

(By the Joint Diplomatic Committee of Kurdistan Organisations)

Due to the brutal ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) attacks on Kurdistan, the Foreign Relations Commission of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) sent an urgent request to the foreign offices of all the Kurdish Parties and organisations to organise joint lobbying and carry out diplomatic relations in unison.

The meeting which took place on 17/08/2014 at the Kurdistan National Congress office in Brussels hosted the representatives from foreign offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Koma Civaken Democratic – Europe (KCD), the Leftist Party of Kurdistan (Hizbi Shuhy Kurdistan), Kurdistan Islamic Union, Kurdistan Islamic Group, The Federation of Yezidi Kurds, The Union of Assyrians in Europe, Democratic Union Party (PYD), The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, (PJAK), the representatives of the Democratic Nations Party in Europe (HDP) and the Kurdish Institute in Brussels. However, due to the short notice and emergencies a number of invited political parties could not attend the meeting, and a request was made to organise another meeting in the near future.

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1. Presidential candidates in Turkey able to campaign freely, but playing field not level, say international observers
2. Kurdish self-confidence gets a boost from polls
3. Striking success of HDP in election
4. KCK: HDP faces a historic responsibility
5. Islamic State extremists deliver ultimatum to trapped Yazidis: ‘Convert today – or die’
6. 700 Yezidi women put on sale by ISIS
7. While their own country is torn apart by war, Syrians are giving aid to Yazidis
8. Jelpke: PKK, not US planes, saved tens of thousands

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Write to your MP! ‘Action on the threat from ISIS’

Whether Parliament is recalled over the crisis in Iraq or not, nonetheless MPs will soon be returning to Westminster and without a doubt the issue will be among the top priorities of upcoming sessions.

This is why it is critical that our MPs – the people elected to represent you and your views – are not only informed properly about what is going on, but are also pushed to pressure the government and put our issues on the agenda. The media has followed events in Iraq closely. However, information about the greater impact of ISIS in Syria and the Middle East, the years of violence perpetrated by them against Rojava, the leading role of the YPG and PKK in the front against ISIS, the humanitarian efforts of Syrian Kurdish people and indeed, the existence of Rojava entirely, have been limited if not ignored completely in high-level discussions of how Britain should act in response to the crisis. Continue reading

Call foraid at Newroz Campa in Rojava

Urgent call for the international community


We are calling for all international organizations, human rights bodies, civil society organizations, United Nations bodies, the League of the Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, all humanitarian relief organizations, the international charity organizations, we are calling on all of them to stand with us, support us and live up to their humanitarian obligations and provide relief for the Yezidi people. The Yezidis are facing genocide, ethnic cleansing and forced displacement by the ISIS. We have been able so far to rescue nearly a hundred thousand of people in very difficult conditions. A large number of them have lost their lives as a result of the hardships, many of them summarily executed, including women and children. Thousands have been forced into the Badush prison in Mosul, where also a large number of women are being held, some of them sold into slavery. Continue reading

KCK: “We salute our people’s resistance”

The KCK condemns the massacres in Shengal, declares those who lost their lives as martyrs, and praises all resistance forces who are struggling against ISIS:


On the 14th of August 2007, our Yazidi people in the Shiba and Shex Khidir villages of Shingal suffered a bloodthirsty massacre in which 450 of Yazidi Kurds lost their lives. We vehemently condemn the perpetrators of this massacre and remember with respect the victims of the massacre. Continue reading


The People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey has released this statement on the drastic humanitarian crisis effecting Shengal, Maxmour and Rojava this week.

Download the full statement here.


Since the Civil War in Syria, ISIS (Iraq and Sham Islamic State) has been caused a large scale tragedy in Syria, Iraq and Kurdistan. Millions of civilians had to flee from the ISIS invasions. Tens of thousands civilians were victims of the mass ISIS executions.

Especially the rapid ISIS Occupation in Mosul Region in Iraq is the milestone for the future of the Middle East. Unfortunately, ISIS has found an opportunity for eliminate all the different religious groups, sects and opposites. ISIS gets many heavy arms and large number ammunition in Mosul. Therefore, peoples in Iraq and Kurdish Regions who live in rural areas became defenseless. Especially Kurdish Ezidi minority in Shengal and Shia Turkmens who escaped from Tel-Afer to Shengal had surrounded by ISIS forces. More than 50.000 people including children, women and elders have sheltered to Shengal Mountain without water and food for nearly 1 week. Due to the ISIS Siege around the Shengal Mountain, the people had no way to escape to secured areas and hundreds of children and elders died of thirst there. Thousands of civilians who couldn’t flee were executed by ISIS in Shengal Town and its villages.

Because of the urgency, Syrian Kurdistan’s (Rojava) armed People Protection Units (YPG) mobilized to protect the besieged people by ISIS in Shengal Mountain. Although the hard clashes with ISIS militants, YPG Forces has succeeded to open a security corridor for transferring the people to the secured areas. So, more than 20.000 Ezidi civilians transferred to the Syrian Kurdistan. Thousands of Ezidi are on way. Administration of Cizire Canton in Rojava Region has started to establish a refugee camp in Derîk region in order to providing their necessary needs.

It is clear that, tens of thousands people needs international support. Therefore, we kindly ask you to take initiative to organizing the aid activities and necessary diplomatic interventions. On the other hand, Turkey should provide a corridor for transmitting the humanitarian aid from Turkey to Rojava Region. So, we ask you to encourage Turkish Government to provide easiness for aid organizations. Especially the transition region Şenyurt-Dirbesiye immediately keeps open for humanitarian aid transfers.

We hope that your efforts for enforced migrated people will create a hope for the peoples in the region.

Respectfully yours,
Selahattin DEMİRTAŞ Co-President of HDP

Figen YÜKSEKDAĞ Co-President of HDP


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