Events

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign organises events and meetings as part of its political and solidarity work.  You can find information on our events here, as well as related events held by other organisations from London and across the country.

Saturday 20 June, 12pm
National Demonstration: End Austerity Now
“With the Tories going it alone in government we know exactly what to expect. More nasty, destructive cuts to the things ordinary people care about- the NHS, the welfare state, education and public services. We’ll be assembling the demonstration in the heart of the City of London right on the doorstep of the very people who created the crisis in the first place, the banks and their friends in Westminster. We demand that the bankers and elite should pay for the crisis and not the vast majority who had nothing to do with it. Now is the time to get organizing, to mobilize our communities, to prepare transport and spread the word. We need to do all that we can to make this demonstration bigger and bolder than ever we have done before.”
VENUE: Bank of England (Queen Victoria Street), London (Tube: Bank)

Saturday 20 June, 5pm
Abdullah Ocalan Honorary Life Membership to University of Strathclyde Students Association
Strathclyde University will award Abdullah Ocalan an honorary life membership at a ceremony on Saturday evening. Collecting the award on Ocalan’s behalf is Reimer Heider, representative of International Initiative – Freedom for Ocalan. James Kelman, renowned Scottish author and political campaigner, will also be joining the ceremony.
VENUE: Vertigo, University of Strathclyde Student Association, 90 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JH

Tuesday 30 June, 1-2.30pm
Rojava, Kurdish autonomy and peace-building efforts in Syria – A roundtable discussion
Invite only. Lord Hylton will lead a broad and in-depth discussion sparked by his recent trip to Rojava. Joining the event will be Margaret Owen, patron of Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, human rights barrister and director of the international NGO, Widows for Peace though Democracy, who is currently on her second visit to Rojava with Dr. Carol Mann, academic and specialist in Gender and Conflict. Lord Hylton was recently the first member of the UK parliament to make a visit to the self-declared autonomous Kurdish region of northern Syria. His first-hand experience of the Kurdish-administrated canton of Jazira, where he met administration officials, local assembly members, refugees and aid workers, can offer a useful and important insight into the region’s often hidden but critically important role in peace-building efforts across Syria and Iraq. With ISIS capturing strategic towns in Iraq and the pro-Kurdish HDP winning 80 seats in the Turkish National Assembly for the first time, this discussion comes at a particularly prescient time.
VENUE: Committee Room 3A, House of Commons, London Sw1A 0AA

Tuesday 7 July, 6.30-8.30pm
Witnessing HDP victory in Turkey: Election monitors report back
On 7th May the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, the HDP, won a historic victory in Turkey’s general elections and gained 13.1% of the national vote, surpassing the 10% threshold by a margin unexpected by even their most avid supporters. For the first time in the history of modern Turkey, an openly pro-Kurdish party will officially take up seats in Parliament. Not only did the result prevent the AKP winning a majority, and in doing so curtail President Erdogan’s creeping authoritarianism, it also signifies a potentially dramatic advance for the Kurdish movement, which continues to struggle for self-determination and equality within Turkey and the region. Peace in Kurdistan Campaign invites you to this public event to hear from our team of election observers, who spent 5 days in Turkey’s southeast to witness the outcome of the elections. They will provide insight into the HDP’s democratic project, which incorporates gender equality, pluralism, and ecologism, and the implications of the HDP’s success for the Turkish-Kurdish peace process, strengthening of Turkish democracy and Turkey’s policy towards Rojava and Syria.
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
VENUE: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. This event will begin at 6.30pm – please allow 30 minutes to go through security at the Houses of Parliament.

Wednesday 8 July, 6.30-8.30pm
The Law of the Land: How to Create a New Country
Sir Jeremy Greenstock, former UK ambassador to the United Nations and Chairman of UNA-UK will join Albie Sachs, co-author of South Africa’s constitution and Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo to discuss this question at the British Library on the evening of Wednesday 8 July.  The debate will be chaired by Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government and will explore the challenges of establishing the supreme law and a fair constitution, dealing with the transition from turmoil or arbitrary power. This event forms part of the programme accompanying the British Library exhibition, ‘Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy’, running until 1 September. Booking essential.
VENUE: Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tuesday 14 July, 7.00pm
Uncomfortable Conversations – an initiative for dialogue towards reconciliation
The need for reconciliation across society, and between the islands of Ireland and Britain, must represent the next phase of the peace process. As part of Sinn Fein’s contribution to this, the party’s national chairperson Declan Kearney, initiated a discussion on the theme, ‘Uncomfortable conversations are key to reconciliation’, engaging a range of contributions. Bringing this discussion to Westminster, this event will put a spotlight on the need for reflection and healing between Ireland and Britain, and to assert a new framework to take forward new and improved relations.
Speakers’ panel: Declan Kearney, Sinn Fein National Chairperson; Peter Hain, former Labour Secretary of State; Lord John Alderdice, former Assembly Speaker; Jennie McShannon, Chief Executive Irish in Britain
VENUE: Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1A 0AA. Hosted by: Pat Doherty MP
Please RSVP: jayne.fisher@parliament.uk <mailto:jayne.fisher@parliament.uk>

Monday 20 – Sunday 26 July
The Spark 

A week-long festival of workshops, discussions and education on social justice, with campaigners and activists from a whole range of issues.The Spark will host over 70 workshops covering a wide range of issues from housing to food, from making your own film to making your own music. A session on Rojava, Revolution in Rojava: Why does it matter? will take place on Friday morning.
VENUE: Brady Arts Centre, 192 – 196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU

Monday 20 July, 6pm
Dr Choman Hardi: The situation of genocide-surviving Women, from Anfal to ISIS
Genocide is a violent process of destruction and rupture, which leads to the creation of a traumatised and isolated underclass. It enhances the social and political inequalities already inherent in society.  Addressing the challenges faced by women survivors of genocide requires recognising the links between the social, psychological and the physical domains of life. It requires acknowledging a past full of injustice, violence, and loss as well as tackling the survivor’s existing low socio-economic status. This talk will compare the situation of Anfal and ISIS surviving women in Iraqi Kurdistan.
VENUE: B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS University, London. For further information, please contact Nadje Al-Ali na@soas.ac.uk

Saturday 25 July, 2pm
DEMO for SURUC
A demonstration is taking place in Trafalgar Square, central London for the victims of the recent Suruc bombing in which 38 young people, gathered in Suruc to take part in a solidarity visit to Kobane, were killed. Join the Kurdish community in solidarity!
VENUE: Trafalgar Square, central London.

Sunday 26 July, 4-5.30pm
Green Party Mayoral hustings: Why London Needs a Green Mayor.
The Green Party is holding a public hustings in the Halkevi Turkish and Community Centre for their mayoral candidates. Come and quiz the candidates and vote in the straw poll at the end! The candidates are: Jonathan Bartley, Sian Berry, Tom Chance, Benali Hamdache, Rashid Nix and Caroline Russell. There will be food and a chance to meet other green-minded folk. Hosted by Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest & Redbridge Green Parties.
VENUE: Halkevi Turkish and Community Centre, 31-33 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF London

Friday 31 July, 6pm
Vigil for Kobane
A vigil will be held outside the Turkish Embassy in London for the victims of the latest attack on Kobane and the solidarity workers in Suruc, mercilessly killed by a suicide bomb. We hold this vigil to remember the brave YPG/YPJ and PKK forces who defend a revolution roaring across the region, defending Rojava, its people and its ideals. We’re calling this vigil to celebrate, to sing, to dance! To play our role in defending a promise of a just and equal society, Rojava, and more specifically the people of Rojava, are symbolic of growth, of adaptation, of humanity striving for equilibrium. The evening will include: Talks about Rojava, and revolution across Syria; Reading of translated statement from Sefqan (comrade in Kobanî); A moment of silence and prayer; A large cloth sheet will be present in-order to write messages in solidarity, this sheet will be sent to refugees from Kobanî in Suruç; (Dependant) March from Turkish Embassy with traditional music. Organised by Black Dissidents, Ciwanen Azad, Rojava Solidarity and Peace in Kurdistan Campaign.
VENUE: Outside the Turkish Embassy, 43 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PA

31 July – 2 August
Red Star Festival
Organised as a collaboration between the Communist Party, Morning Star – the people’s newspaper and Marx Library, the Festival this year, is also supported by a range of solidarity organisations. The Festival takes place in and around Marx Library in the heart of historic Clerkenwell, with Farringdon station close by. Speakers, many sharing a platform for the first time, will include Jeremy Corbyn MP, Obed Thembinkosi Mlaba Current High Commissioner of South Africa, Rahana Azam GMB National Organiser for the NHS, Zoe Hennessey, General secretary of Young Communist League and Romayne Phoenix of the People’s Assembly and Green Party. Themes and topics include a session on the Kurdish conflict with Dr Zeynep Kurban, the politics of housing, trade union freedoms, terror and the Middle East, women in the economy, arguments against fascism, equality in sport, learning Marxism, defending the NHS, Southern Africa, building youth movements, support for the people of Greece, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners and so much more.
VENUE: 37a Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU London. For more info visit the Facebook page.