KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 02 – 29 MARCH 2018

NEWS
1. “Invasion of Afrin was a repeat of what happened in Shengal”
2. Thousands march for Afrin and condemn silence in Brussels
3. Claudia Roth: “What is the reason for this great silence on Afrin?”
4. Thousands march for Afrin and condemn silence in Brussels
5. 10.000 Turkey-backed FSA militia ready to start offensive against Manbij: pro-government newspaper
6. Turkey jails 28 people who attended Newroz in Istanbul
7. HRW slams Turkey’s social media crackdown
8. US Defense Secretary says Turkey’s actions hurt fight against ISIS, PKK needs to leave Sinjar US
9. Two Turkish soldiers killed, six others wounded in Afrin
10. Sweden’s SSU calls for international action for Afrin
11. Syrian Democratic Forces formed its first brigade in Raqqa
12. Egypt: “Events in Afrin are reminiscent of the Armenian Genocide”
13. Series of demonstrations for Afrin in Italy
14. Police arrest protesters as they promise Anna Campbell ‘we will fight on’
15. Protest for Afrin in front of the Council of Europe
16. HDP MP Botan sentenced to 18 years in prison
17. Die Linke MPs: “Europe should consider Afrin the new Vietnam”
18. NATO ally Turkey found guilty of war crimes
19. In Afrin the Turks are Looting and Pillaging with Gunfire
20. British woman killed fighting Turkish forces in Afrin
21. Syria condemns Turkish aggression on Afrin, calls for withdrawal
22. Pro-Kurdish protests close King’s Cross and Manchester Piccadilly stations
23.While the world looks to Eastern Ghouta, civilians in Afrin are being slaughtered in their hundreds by Turkish forces
24. Ankara Faces Mounting Pressure Over Syria Operation
25. ‘Dossiers are being built up’ for prosecution of crimes in Syria, says UN rights chief
26. Turkey accused of recruiting ex-Isis fighters in their thousands to attack Kurds in Syria

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. Britain is supporting a terrorist regime. It’s time to say ‘enough!’
2. Erdogan Ramps up Repression of Kurds and Leftists, Even Outside Turkey
3. Unpacking Syria war propaganda with Patrick Cockburn, from Afrin to Eastern Ghouta
4. Kurdish Afrin is democratic and LGBT-friendly. Turkey is crushing it with Britain’s help
5. Letter to British PM on Turkish aggression in Syria’s Kurdish Afrin
6. Soro: “The forces collaborated against Öcalan repeating it on Afrin”
7. [Analysis] UNSC Forces Risk of Losing its Credibility and Obligation
8. The father of a fallen anti-terror fighter has a powerful message for the government
9. Women rising up
10. Kurdish women journalists pioneering a new way of reporting
11. Salih Muslim: Syria’s Kurdish problems will be solved by Syrians, not Turkey
12. Why are world leaders backing this brutal attack against Kurdish Afrin?
14. Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy

PRESS RELEASES
The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds

STATEMENTS
GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION FOR AFRIN 24 MARCH 2018

DOCUMENTS
1. The Women’s Revolution In Northern Syria is our Revolution too. Rahila Gupta Speech House of Commons.
2. Weekly Update from Afrin 6

EVENTS, CAMPAIGNS, ACTION
1. NEWROZ Celebrations 2018  with text of speeches.
2. Call for a Women’s Alliance for Peace in Afrin

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NEWS
1. “Invasion of Afrin was a repeat of what happened in Shengal”
28 March 2018/ANF News
Swedish doctor Nîmal Xefûrî, who has witnessed the Turkish state attacks against Afrin and the migration of the civilian population, said “it was a repeat of what happened in Shengal [Sinjar province in Iraq]”
https://anfenglish.com/rojava/invasion-of-afrin-was-a-repeat-of-what-happened-in-shengal-25775

2. Thousands march for Afrin and condemn silence in Brussels
28 March 2018/ANF News
Thousands of Kurds and their supporters marched on the streets of Brussels to protest Turkey and NATO for their role in the invasion of Afrin. Protestors urged NATO members to end their support to Turkey.
https://anfenglish.com/news/thousands-march-for-afrin-and-condemn-silence-in-brussels-25769

3. Roth: “What is the reason for this great silence on Afrin?”
28 March 2018/ANF News
Seasoned politician and leader of Greens Claudia Roth spoke to the Deutschland Funk radio about the European Union-Turkey summit in Varna, Bulgaria – in which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan participated. Roth said she fails to comprehend the sudden warm relationship between the EU and Erdoğan, and protested the refugee deal between Brussels and Ankara.
https://anfenglish.com/news/roth-what-is-the-reason-for-this-great-silence-on-afrin-25780

4. Thousands march for Afrin and condemn silence in Brussels
28 March 2018/ANF News
Thousands of Kurds and their supporters marched on the streets of Brussels on Tuesday, 27 March, to protest Turkey and NATO for their role in the invasion of Afrin. Protestors urged NATO members to end their support to Turkey.
https://anfenglish.com/news/thousands-march-for-afrin-and-condemn-silence-in-brussels-25769

5. 10.000 Turkey-backed FSA militia ready to start offensive against Manbij: pro-government newspaper
28 March 2018/ The Region
According to a pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper, Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces have completed most of their arrangements to start an offensive against Manbij, the Kurdish-controlled Syrian district, and are awaiting orders from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to begin. Manbij today also is a hub for the US Combined Joint Task Force – “Operation Inherent Resolve” training of new SDF recruits in the fight against ISIS and other Islamist militias in Syria.
http://theregion.org/article/13135-10-000-turkey-backed-fsa-militia-ready-to-start-offensive-against-manbij-pro-government-newspaper

6. Turkey jails 28 people who attended Newroz in Istanbul
28 March 2018/ANF News
Out of the 43 people who were detained during Newroz (Kurdish new year) celebration in Istanbul city of Turkey, 28 have been imprisoned.
https://anfenglish.com/news/turkey-jails-28-people-who-attended-newroz-in-istanbul-25771

7. HRW slams Turkey’s social media crackdown
28 March 2018/ANF News
Human Rights Watch criticised the Turkish government for its crackdown on social media, especially after the invasion of Afrin. “Detaining and prosecuting people for tweets calling for peace is a new low for Turkey’s government” said Europe and Central Asia director at HRW.
https://anfenglish.com/news/hrw-slams-turkey-s-social-media-crackdown-25774

8. US Defense Secretary says Turkey’s actions hurt fight against ISIS, PKK needs to leave Sinjar US
28 March 2018/ The Region
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis on Tuesday told reporters that Turkish attacks on Afrin has stopped the ‘offensive effort on the ground’ against ISIS in Deir az-Zor. However, he also added that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) needs to leave Sinjar. The PKK have already left and been replaced by Iraqi forces that moved into Sinjar.
http://theregion.org/article/13129-us-defense-secretary-says-turkey-039-s-actions-hurt-fight-against-isis-pkk-needs-to-leave-sinjar

9. Assyrian Leader Urges U.S. to Help Kurdish Allies Who Protected Christians in Afrin
27 March/Assyrian International News Agency
The U.S. has turned a blind eye to Turkey and their jihadi allies “dismantling” the pluralistic model established by the Kurdish groups in northwestern Syria’s Afrin region that allowed Kurds, Christians, and Arabs to live side by side in peace and protected the area from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), suggested a Syriac activist.
http://www.aina.org/news/20180327153011.htm

10. Sweden’s SSU calls for international action for Afrin
28 March 2018/ANF News
The youth organization of Swedish government partner Social Democratic Workers’ Party condemned the Turkish invasion of Afrin and called on international community to act against invasion.
https://anfenglish.com/news/sweden-s-ssu-calls-for-international-action-for-afrin-25787

11. Syrian Democratic Forces formed its first brigade in Raqqa
27 March 2018/ANF News
SDF named this brigade after a fallen fighter who fought against Turkish invaders in Afrin. In a speech, SDF commander Luqman Xelîl said that the peoples of northern Syria paid a heavy price for freeing their homeland from terror.
https://anfenglish.com/rojava/sdf-forms-its-first-brigade-in-raqqa-25754

12. Egypt: “Events in Afrin are reminiscent of the Armenian Genocide”
27 March 2018/ANF News
The Egyptian Parliamentary committee on the matters of Arab countries issued a statement and stressed that the invasion of Afrin is “an ethnic cleansing”, stating that the massacres and forced removals involved in the invasion of Afrin are reminiscent of the 1915 genocide against the Armenian people. The committee called on the United Nations (UN) and demanded Turkey withdraw their troops from Syria and Iraq.
https://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/egypt-events-in-afrin-are-reminiscent-of-the-armenian-genocide-25762

13. Series of demonstrations for Afrin in Italy
26 March 2018/ANF News
Italian citizens have held a series of demonstrations in solidarity with the Resistance of the Age in Afrin in the Pisa and Florence provinces.
https://anfenglish.com/news/series-of-demonstrations-for-afrin-in-italy-25733

14. Police arrest protesters as they promise Anna Campbell ‘we will fight on’
28 March/The Canary
Six people were arrested outside an arms fair in Cardiff on 27 March. Friends of Anna Campbell, the UK woman recently killed in Afrin, chanted her name outside the Defence Procurement Research Technology Exhibition (DPRTE) as the arrests were made. As police moved in, people shouted: Anna is with us! We fight on!
https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2018/03/28/police-arrest-protesters-as-they-promise-anna-campbell-we-will-fight-on/

15. Protest for Afrin in front of the Council of Europe
23 March 2018/ANF News
Kurds and their supporters continue to protest the Turkish invasion of Efrin (Afrin) in front of the Council of Europe.
https://anfenglish.com/news/protest-for-afrin-in-front-of-the-council-of-europe-25669

16. HDP MP Botan sentenced to 18 years in prison
23 March 2018/ANF News
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Lezgin Botan was sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Turkish court for “harming the integrity of the state”, “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” and “being a member of a terrorist organization”.
https://anfenglish.com/news/hdp-mp-botan-sentenced-to-18-years-in-prison-25676

17. Die Linke MPs: “Europe should consider Afrin the new Vietnam”
22 March 2018/ANF News
Die Linke MPs in the Federal Parliament celebrated Newroz (New Year) for the Kurdish people and saying solidarity with Afrin should continue.
https://anfenglish.com/news/die-linke-mps-europe-should-consider-afrin-the-new-vietnam-25659

18. NATO ally Turkey found guilty of war crimes
21 March 2018/The Canary
A tribunal has found Turkey guilty of war crimes against Kurds. During the tribunal session on 15 and 16 March, attended by The Canary, judges of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal listened to eyewitnesses and experts on Turkey’s treatment of Kurdish people both at home and abroad.
https://www.thecanary.co/exclusive/2018/03/21/nato-ally-turkey-found-guilty-of-war-crimes/

19. In Afrin the Turks are Looting and Pillaging with Gunfire
20 March 2018/TRNN
Journalist for the Independent, Patrick Cockburn, returning from Northern Syria says, one of the most peaceful places in the region has turned into a swamp of human misery for the Kurds
http://therealnews.com/t2/story:21399:In-Afrin-the-Turks-are-Looting-and-Pillaging-with-Gunfire

20. British woman killed fighting Turkish forces in Afrin
19 March 2018/The Guardian
Anna Campbell, from Lewes, East Sussex, was volunteering with the US-backed Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) – the all-female affiliate army of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) – in the besieged city of Afrin when the convoy she was travelling in was struck by a Turkish missile on 16 March.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/19/briton-kurds-anna-campbell-dies-fighting-turkey-syria-afrin

21. Syria condemns Turkish aggression on Afrin, calls for withdrawal
19 March 2018/ANF News
While Syria condemns the Turkish aggression and calls on the Turkish invading forces to immediately withdraw from the Syrian territory. The Syrian government also  demands the UN Security Council assume its responsibilities and work for the withdrawal of the invading Turkish forces.
https://anfenglish.com/news/syria-condemns-turkish-aggression-on-afrin-calls-for-withdrawal-25596

22. Pro-Kurdish protests close King’s Cross and Manchester Piccadilly stations
12 March 2018/SkyNews
Demonstrators disrupted transport hubs across Europe in protests opposing the Turkish military offensive in Afrin, northern Syria.
https://news.sky.com/story/protest-on-tracks-halts-train-services-at-manchester-piccadilly-station-11286043

23. While the world looks to Eastern Ghouta, civilians in Afrin are being slaughtered in their hundreds by Turkish forces
09 March 2018/The Independent
Over the last week in Afrin, the siege of heavily populated areas has tightened and the death toll has risen – 220 dead and 600 injured civilians according to the local Kurdish health authority – but the international media gives it scarcely any mention
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/syria-afrin-crisis-turkish-forces-civilians-deaths-eastern-ghouta-assad-a8247206.html

24. Ankara Faces Mounting Pressure Over Syria Operation
02 March 2018/GlobalSecurity.org
The Kurdish Red Crescent reported that between Jan. 22 and Feb. 21, 2018, 93 civilians were killed, including 24 children. A further 313 civilians were wounded, including 51 children. The Turkish military says eight Turkish soldiers and 13 others were wounded in fighting in northern Syria’s Afrin enclave in one of the deadliest days for the Turkish military since it launched “Operation Olive Branch”.
https://www.voanews.com/a/turkey-faces-mounting-pressure-syria-operation/4277955.html

25. ‘Dossiers are being built up’ for prosecution of crimes in Syria, says UN rights chief
02 March 2018/ GlobalSecurity.org
War crimes, potentially crimes against humanity, are likely being committed in east Ghouta and elsewhere in Syria, and the perpetrators of these acts must know they are being identified and will be held accountable, the United Nations human rights chief warned on Friday.
https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/syria/2018/syria-180302-unnews01.htm?_m=3n%2e002a%2e2240%2elx0ao0bqce%2e228y

26. Turkey accused of recruiting ex-Isis fighters in their thousands to attack Kurds in Syria
07 February 2018/The Independent
Former Isis fighter tells Patrick Cockburn of The Independent that Turkey is using the name of the now defunct, Western-backed Free Syrian Army to conceal its use of jihadi mercenaries
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-isis-afrin-syria-kurds-free-syrian-army-jihadi-video-fighters-recruits-a8199166.html

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. Britain is supporting a terrorist regime. It’s time to say ‘enough!’
25 March 2018/The Canary
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey has already committed war crimes against Kurdish communities in recent years, according to the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal. But NATO’s second-largest army has also essentially been recycling Daesh (Isis/Isil) fighters to attack Syrian Kurds. The terror group has suffered defeat after defeat at the hands of Kurdish-led militias in Syria. Now, though, Turkey is pouring fuel on the fading jihadi fire.
https://www.thecanary.co/opinion/2018/03/25/britain-is-supporting-a-terrorist-regime-its-time-to-say-enough/

2. Erdogan Ramps up Repression of Kurds and Leftists, Even Outside Turkey
23 March 2018/TRNN
A Kurdish protester attacked by Erdogan’s agents in Washington, DC speaks out, and connects it to Turkey’s crackdown on Kurds and leftists domestically and its invasion of Afrin, Syria
http://therealnews.com/t2/story:21435:Erdogan-Ramps-up-Repression-of-Kurds-and-Leftists%2C-Even-Outside-Turkey

3. Unpacking Syria war propaganda with Patrick Cockburn, from Afrin to Eastern Ghouta
22 March 2018/Moderate Rebels Podcast
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton are joined by veteran Middle East reporter Patrick Cockburn to discuss the war in Syria. They analyse several key cities and battles in the conflict, including Afrin, Eastern Ghouta, Idlib, Aleppo, and Raqqa, along with Mosul and other cities in neighbouring Iraq. Cockburn says the Western media reporting on Syria is the worst he has ever seen.
https://soundcloud.com/moderaterebelsradio/syria-patrick-cockburn-episode-15

4. Kurdish Afrin is democratic and LGBT-friendly. Turkey is crushing it with Britain’s help
16 March 2018/The Guardian
Northern Syria’s Kurds are establishing direct democracy and a gender revolution. Why are we arming jihadist-linked Turkey?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/16/turkey-democracy-kurdish-afrin-britain-syria-arming

5. Letter to British PM on Turkish aggression in Syria’s Kurdish Afrin
13 March 2018/Ekurd Daily
Letter by Kurdish writer Kamal Mirawdeli to British Prime Minister Theresa May and British Foreign Secretary
http://ekurd.net/letter-british-kurdish-afrin-2018-03-13

6. Soro: “The forces collaborated against Öcalan repeating it on Afrin”
12 March 2018/ Information Center Afrin Resist
On the 17th day of Turkey’s attacks on Afrin the member of KNK’s External Affairs Committee, journalist Selahattin Soro evaluated the silence of international forces against the attacks from Turkey and the Sotchi Summit
https://icafrinresist.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/soro-the-forces-collaborated-against-ocalan-repeating-it-on-afrin/

7. [Analysis] UNSC Forces Risk of Losing its Credibility and Obligation
05 March 2018/ Information Center Afrin Resist
By failing to hold Turkey accountable for its  violations of international law,  including  its failure to adhere to   the 5 January 2018 UNSC Resolution 2401 on 30-day cessation of hostilities in Syria, the United Nationas Security Council risks losing its credibility.
https://icafrinresist.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/analysis-unsc-foces-risk-of-loosing-its-credibility-and-obligation/

8. The father of a fallen anti-terror fighter has a powerful message for the government
15 March 2018/The Canary
The father of the first UK citizen killed in Syria fighting against Daesh (Isis/Isil) has just sent a message to Britain. In it, he slams the government’s foreign policy as “confused and wrong”.
https://www.thecanary.co/exclusive/2018/03/15/the-father-of-a-fallen-anti-terror-fighter-has-a-powerful-message-for-the-government/

9. Women rising up

08 March 2018/UNITE Live
A collective platform of women and women’s organisations in the UK launched this week to raise awareness of and campaign against the Turkish invasion of Afrin, an area of Northern Syria. The Women’s Initiative for Peace in Afrin UK, which uses the hashtag #womenriseupforafrin, aims to work with political parties, international and human rights organisations and trade unions to achieve peaceful solutions to the conflict.
http://unitelive.org/unite-solidarity-women-afrin-middle-east/

10. Kurdish women journalists pioneering a new way of reporting
08 March 2018/Index On Censorship
Kurdish women at Turkey’s only feminist news website, Jin News, and elsewhere are taking a new approach to journalism. Many have been detained, put on trial or threatened.
https://www.indexoncensorship.org/2018/03/kurdish-women-journalists-pioneering-new-way-reporting/

11. Salih Muslim: Syria’s Kurdish problems will be solved by Syrians, not Turkey
26 Febryary 2018/Al Monitor
In an interview, just days before being arrested in Prague at Turkey’s request, Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim spoke to Al-Monitor about his relations with Ankara.
http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/02/salih-muslim-syria-kurds-turkey-arrest.html#ixzz58MJtXsVD

12. Why are world leaders backing this brutal attack against Kurdish Afrin?
23 February 2018 / The Guardian
Islamist militants – with Turkish army support – are wreaking havoc with a pocket of peace and sanity in the Syrian war.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/23/world-leaders-brutal-attack-kurdish-afrin-turkish-army

14. Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy
12 February 2018/Open Democracy
The war in Afrin starkly highlights how the dynamics of power and resource grabs by the US,  Russia, and their regional alliances, have shaped contemporary struggles for life and democracy.
Why #DefendAfrin? Confronting authoritarian populism with radical democracy

PRESS RELEASES
The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds
15 March/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds is underway in Paris. The session is examining alleged violations of International Law and International Humanitarian Law by the Turkish Republic and its officials in their relations with the Kurdish People and their organisations.
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2018/03/15/the-permanent-peoples-tribunal-on-turkey-and-the-kurds/

STATEMENTS
1. GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION FOR AFRIN 24 MARCH 2018
26 March/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
In London the family, friends and comrades of Anna Campbell marched against the barbarism unfolding in Afrin. Her father Dirk said: “Just as you will never forget my daughter who lived, laughed, danced , shared, fought and died with you. Together we will ensure that she did not die in vain”. See full speech here.
https://wordpress.com/page/peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/9114

DOCUMENTS
1. The Women’s Revolution In Northern Syria is our Revolution too. Rahila Gupta Speech House of Commons.
26 March/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Friends, we are in a make or break moment for the future of Rojava. Erdogan’s troops have entered Afrin city. To put a positive gloss on it, I hope that the Kurds will be able to pull victory out of the jaws of defeat – like they did at Kobane. But in Afrin they appear to be more friendless than in Kobane. The British government has allied itself with the dictators of the world. Here we are, seated at the heart of government, and yet our voices are too faint to reach the powers that be.
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/the-womens-revolution-in-northern-syria-is-our-revolution-too/

2. Weekly Update from Afrin 6
29 March/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
With the defeat of the IS in Syria and especially after the liberation of Raqqa in October 2017, the Turkish state intensified its threats and attacks on the Democratic Confederation of Northern Syria.
On this background the Turkish occupation war on Afrin started the 20th January 2018 violating international law and the sovereignty of its neighbour country. The Turkish army has launched this war in cooperation with jihadist groups of the FSA ranks. Many of them are former Al-Qaida or IS members.
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2018/03/29/weekly-news-bulletin-from-afrin-6/

EVENTS, CAMPAIGNS, ACTION
1. NEWROZ Celebrations 2018  with text of speeches.
27 March/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Despite all the horror of the events of Afrin this weekend the Kurds  renewed their determination  to mark this unique occasion, giving collective public expression to their heritage and culture. The resistance of the Kurds is the resistance of humanity. Long live the grass root democracy of Rojava and the democratic confederal model!The afternoon was filled with music and dancing and many friends and activists gave speeches through the afternoon including Doug Nicolls, General Secretary of the GFTU, Steve Sweeney, journalist, Joe Ryan, Chair of Westminster Justice and Peace Commission, Prof Mary Davis, Patron of Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and a representative from the Indian Workers Association (see full speech here and Trevor Rayne who said:
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2018/03/27/newroz-celebrations-2018/

2. Call for a Women’s Alliance for Peace in Afrin
26 March/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
The olive tree is a symbol of peace, freedom, and fertility in the Middle East. It symbolizes the natural beauty of a region, which historians refer to as “the cradle of civilization” – Mesopotamia. The olive tree is also a vital part of the life in Afrin, a Kurdish region in the northwest of Syria. In Afrin today, it is Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs of the Muslim, Christian, Alevi, and Yazidi faiths, that jointly organise their lives in the shade of thousands of olive trees. In the spirit of the olive tree, Afrin is considered the last stable area in the country and has been largely spared by the war.
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/call-for-a-womens-alliance-for-peace-in-afrin/

Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
Email: estella24@tiscali.co.uk
http://www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com
Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 & Melanie Gingell – Tel: 020 7272 7890
Fax: 020 7263 0596
Patrons: John Austin, Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP,  Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director,  Jill Evans MEP, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert MEP, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, International Coordinator, Green Party of England and Wales; Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Gareth Peirce, Maxine Peake, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Stephen Smellie, Steve Sweeney, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP.

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