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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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:

TO OUR PEOPLES AND THE PUBLIC OPINION

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

HDP: HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN SHENGAL, MAXMUR AND ROJAVA

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.

12.08.14

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

EUTCC STATEMENT ON ISIS

5 August, 2014

Press release: for immediate release

 
The EUTCC urgently calls in the strongest voice for the United Nations, USA, EU, and all regional powers who believe in the inherent rights of human beings to be free from arbitrary executions and denials of basic human rights to immediately take all necessary steps to secure Kurdish rights from the depravations of ISIS which has recently struck at the Kurds in Sinjar (Shengal) in Northern Iraq. ISIS’ attacks have led to a mass civilian displacement of about 200,000 people, mostly from the Yezidi community. The yezidis will create a huge new refugee problem and call for immediate humanitarian aid. The ISIS attacks constitute serious war crimes and even possibly genocide as defined by the Genocide Convention.

What the world is witnessing in the wake of ISIS ravages is no less than a threat against humanity and the EUTCC call upon the UN, USA and EU to act immediately – not by empty words but by their concrete actions. We also call upon Turkey to stop intervening and withdraw its support to ISIS.

Unless a stand is taken now, more and more innocents will be threatened and murdered.

 

Kariane Westrheim Michael Gunter
Chair of EUTCC Secretary general

 

Contact:

Kariane Westrheim, Kariane.westrheim@gmail.com, +47 976 42 088

 

PYD co-chair calls for urgent assistance from international community

Full statement below:

Appeal to International Public Opinion


The international community is aware that Middle East is exposed to a conflict between peoples demanding freedom, democracy and a dignified life on the one side and on the other side the tyranny of ISIS and terrorist gangs and the peoples’ enslavement. Thus, the Kurdish people and other peoples who live together in Rojava have become a main target of the brutal ISIS terrorist gangs including their very existence and its holy places and historical roots. Previously, this brutal force destroyed and eradicated what they could in Rojava, Mosul and Nineveh, and currently are attacking Shingal to exterminate people who stuck to their land and faith over thousands of years.

This human tragedy is taking place in front of the eyes of humanity and followed moment by moment, where civilians are beheaded, killed, displaced and so far, we have not seen any serious effort to stop this humanitarian tragedy whether to fight against these dark forces or to give aid and a helping hand to those people who are displaced from their villages and towns and from their historical homeland trying to escape the slaughter and genocide to save their lives.

We, in the democratic self –administration areas, endeavour to protect all the peoples that are exposed to extermination by defending them, we do our utmost to help and assist whether in their regions or in the areas that they are fleeing to in Rojava and we do this to defend human values ​​and human civilization.

We call on the United Nations, the European Union and all organizations and global institutions who claim to defend human values ​​and on humanitarian relief organizations all over the world to stand with us in our adversity and to provide us with all possible means of assistance and support so that we can maintain our presence and to prevent the ethnic genocide against the peoples of Mesopotamia, one of the oldest of human civilizations.

For further information please contact the administration of Al-Jazeera canton:

Mr. Akram Hissou 00905386195775 – E mail: ekrem-hasso@hotmail.com

Mr. Akeed Ibrahim (Heyvasor). Telephone: 0090539672732 – egid77ms@gmail.com

We look forward for your cooperation and support

Kind regards

Salih Muslim Muhammad

Co-chair for PYD

6 August 2014

 

 

65 civil society organisations from South Kurdistan sign appeal for Kobane

Kurdish Civil Society Call for Urgent Action on Kobane

 

July 21, 2014

To: His Excellency Ban Ki –Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

CC: Presidents of the permanent member states of the Security Council of the United Nations

  • President of the People’s Republic of China, President Xi Jinping
  • President of the Republic of France, President François Hollande
  • President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama
  • President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin
  • Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Prime Minister David Cameron

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Free Media Union reports on chemical weapons attacks in Rojava

The Free Media Union, an independent body of Rojava-based journalists and activists, has released new report documenting the extreme violence and torture against Kurdish civilians in Kobane and surrounding areas. The reports also look into allegations of the use of chemical weapons against Kurdish fighters by ISIS. The report includes graphic and disturbing images.

Free Media Union: ISIS violations and chemical weapons on civilians in Kobani canton (pdf)

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