KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 16 MAY – 7 JUNE 2018

NEWS
1. KNK: Stop the Turkish invasion of South Kurdistan
2. SDF fighters liberate a village east of Shaddadi
3. HDP MP candidate and two others detained in Istanbul
4. Southern Kurdistan people protest against Turkish invasion
5. Report on torture by Turkish soldiers in Şemdinli
6. Caricaturist Kurtcebe arrested for ‘insulting’ President Erdogan
7. YPG: “Last advisory group withdrew from Manbij”
8. Turkey Threatens Strike on Kurds in Iraq
9. Syrian Kurds to leave Manbij under delicate US-Turkey deal
10. Turkey: Kurdish Militants Leaving Syria’s Manbij will be Disarmed
11. 16 Turkish soldiers killed in guerrilla actions
12. U.S. and Turkey Agree on Kurds’ Withdrawal From Syrian Town
13. Turkey threatens to invade Kurdish stronghold of Qandil mountains soon
14. Free Journalists Initiative releases monthly report
15. It was a bad weekend for the BBC, as protesters accused it of ‘complicity’ in Turkey’s invasion of Syria
16. Syrian Democratic Forces capture Turkish militant sleeper cells SOFREP Original Content

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. Deploring the Deal on Manbij
2. Turkey’s Erdogan Expands Militaristic Foreign Policy, Amid Economic Crisis at Home
(Pt. 1/2)
3. Turkey’s Erdogan Expands Militaristic Foreign Policy, Amid Economic Crisis at Home
(Pt. 2/2)
4. Turkey—the currency panic, the political and economic troubles (AUDIO)
5. Turkey’s Lira in Free Fall – Erdogan Calls Snap Election (Pt 1/2)
6. Turkey’s Lira in Free Fall – Erdogan Calls Snap Election (Pt 2/2)
7.
Official’ counter-terror document slammed as ‘political propaganda masquerading as public safety information’
8. Purges and Paranoia: Ella George on Erdoğan’s ‘new’ Turkey
9. Kurdish groups accuse Theresa May of ‘racism’ in the House of Commons
10. Resistance is life: The Kurdish fight for freedom
11. Building a new society against all odds: Scots activist tells of the hopes and challenges facing Kurds in Syria
12. In Erdoğan’s warped world, even intellectuals are now ‘terrorists’
13. Time to recognise the courage and sacrifice of those in the Middle East trying to make their lives better
14. Grubby trade deals with strongmen now shape our foreign policy
15. Erdoğan ends UK state visit by calling jailed journalists ‘terrorists’
16. CounterPunch interview with Yassamine Mather – Episode 102
17. Guardian Opinion Cartoon
18. Campaigners call for UK to act on rights as Turkish president arrives

DOCUMENTS
1. Weekly Bulletin about Developments in Afrin and Northern Syria
2. Weekly Bulletin about Developments in Afrin and Northern Syria
3. May World Afrin Day by Council of Afrin Canton

NEW PUBLICATION
1. Sakine Cansiz – Sara: My Whole Life Was a Struggle
2. Who was Sakine Cansiz?

EVENTS, CAMPAIGNS, ACTION
Peoples’ Permanent Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds
1. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal
2. Peoples’ Tribunal finds Turkey violated international laws
3. Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds – Verdict
GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
4. KCDK-E joins Global Action Day for Afrin on 26 May
5. Moslem: Let’s protest against Turkish invasion on May 26
6. Global Day of Action for Afrin 24 MARCH 2018
24 March 2018/Peace in Kurdistan
ELECTION
8. Kürkçü: What ever may be the results, 24 June elections will have a tremendous impact on Turkey’s future
TRIAL OBSERVERS’ REPORT
9. The Trial of Selahattin Demirtas: Observations on the trial and the future of democracy

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NEWS

1. KNK: Stop the Turkish invasion of South Kurdistan
07 June/ANF News
Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) released a statement about the Turkish state’s invasion of southern Kurdistan, and the apparently imminent invasion of northern Iraq. ANF News published the statement in its entirety.
https://anfenglish.com/news/knk-stop-the-turkish-invasion-of-south-kurdistan-27259

2. SDF fighters liberate a village east of Shaddadi
07 June 2018/ANF News
SDF forces have advanced 8 km during the past 24 hours and liberated the village of Murjan, from ‘SIS gangs in Operation Cizire Storm, following fierce clashes.
https://anfenglish.com/news/sdf-fighters-liberate-a-village-east-of-shaddadi-27261

3. HDP MP candidate and two others detained in Istanbul
06 June/ANF News
Police attacked the demonstration of dismissed public officers in Kadıköy, Istanbul and detained HDP MP candidate Sema Uçar and two other people.
https://anfenglish.com/news/hdp-mp-candidate-and-two-others-detained-in-istanbul-27248

4. Southern Kurdistan people protest against Turkish invasion
06 June 2018/ANF News
Kurdish youth organizations staged a demonstration in Sulaymaniyah in protest at the Turkish invasion attacks against southern Kurdistan (Bashur), northern Iraq.
https://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/southern-kurdistan-people-protest-against-turkish-invasion-27237

5. Report on torture by Turkish soldiers in Şemdinli
06 June 2018/ANF News
A delegation of jurists confirmed there was torture in Şemdinli. The villagers of Korgan in Şemdinli (Hakkari) were subjected to ill-treatment and torture by Turkish law enforcement officers on 31 May. The delegation met with 4 victims of torture, who are shepherds. The Şemdinli Chief Public Prosecutor rejected the delegation’s request to meet with them.
https://anfenglish.com/human-rights/report-on-torture-by-turkish-soldiers-in-Semdinli-27233

6. Caricaturist Kurtcebe arrested for ‘insulting’ President Erdogan
05 June 2018/The Region
Comic artist, caricaturist Nuri Kurtcebe has been arrested. His sentence of 1 year 2 months and 15 days in prison, which was issued for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his caricatures, has been finalized.
http://theregion.org/article/13588-caricaturist-kurtcebe-arrested-for-insulting-039-president-erdogan

7. YPG: “Last advisory group withdrew from Manbij”
05 June/ANF News
YPG General Command issued a written statement today and said the Manbij Military Council has reached a level that they can organize their own trainings, and that the last group remaining in Manbij to aid the council in military training has withdrawn.
https://anfenglish.com/news/ypg-last-advisory-group-withdrew-from-manbij-27217

8. Turkey Threatens Strike on Kurds in Iraq
05 June 2018/Voice of America

Turkey is warning it will launch a decisive strike on the PKK at the group’s base in northern Iraq. U.S. officials have yet to confirm their participation in or cooperation with such an assault.
The offensive that Ankara is planning will coincide with elections later this month.
https://www.voanews.com/a/turkey-threatens-strike-on-kurds-in-iraq/4425807.html

9. Syrian Kurds to leave Manbij under delicate US-Turkey deal
05 June 2018/Military Times, The Associated Press
The US backed Kurdish led YPG militia announced on 04 June that it will leave the strategic town of Manbij. The US and Turkey offered differing descriptions of what the deal entailed, how it would be carried out and when.
https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2018/06/04/us-turkey-say-plan-reached-to-resolve-rift-over-us-backed-kurdish-fighters-in-syria-town/

10. Turkey: Kurdish Militants Leaving Syria’s Manbij will be Disarmed
05 June 2018/Voice of America
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday work on the roadmap will begin in 10 days and finished in six months. Cavusoglu said in future the model of disarmament should also be applied to Syria’s Raqqa, Kobani and other areas controlled by the YPG.
https://www.voanews.com/a/turkey-kurdish-militants-leaving-syria-s-manbij-will-be-disarmed/4425005.html

11. 16 Turkish soldiers killed in guerrilla actions
04 June 2018/ANF News
HPG guerrillas carried out a series of actions against Turkish troops in southern and northern Kurdistan, which left at least 16 soldiers dead.
https://anfenglish.com/kurdistan/16-turkish-soldiers-killed-in-guerrilla-actions-27197

12. U.S. and Turkey Agree on Kurds’ Withdrawal From Syrian Town
04 June 2018/New York Times
The United States and Turkey agreed Monday on a plan to withdraw Kurdish fighters from the northern Syrian city of Manbij. The State Department statement was vague, giving no details of the plan, and several American officials said the announcement had taken them by surprise.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/04/world/middleeast/turkey-syria-kurds-manbij.html

13. Turkey threatens to invade Kurdish stronghold of Qandil mountains soon
04 June 2018/The Region
Turkish forces have claimed that they are waiting for the right time to carry out an operation in northern Iraq’s Qandil region where high-ranking members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) are located, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Monday.
http://theregion.org/article/13579-turkey-threatens-to-invade-kurdish-stronghold-of-qandil-mountains-soon

14. Free Journalists Initiative releases monthly report
03 June 2018/ANF News
There are currently 192 journalists in Turkish jails.
https://anfenglish.com/freedom-of-the-press/free-journalists-initiative-releases-monthly-report-27165

15. It was a bad weekend for the BBC, as protesters accused it of ‘complicity’ in Turkey’s invasion of Syria
29 May 2018/The Canary
Over a hundred people gathered in front of the BBC building in London on Saturday 26 May. Their aim? To call out British complicity in the Turkish invasion of Afrin in northern Syria. This protest was part of a ‘global day of action’ on 26 May. People also marched and demonstrated in countries around the world.
https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/05/29/it-was-a-bad-weekend-for-the-bbc-as-protesters-accused-it-of-complicity-in-turkeys-invasion-of-syria/

16. Syrian Democratic Forces capture Turkish militant sleeper cells SOFREP Original Content
25 May 2018/SOFREP News
The Manbij Military Council (MMC) announced that they have captured several “sleeper cells” composed of pro-Turkish militants this week. The captured men were supposedly part of the Turkish military’s Operation Euphrates Shield and were attempting to “destabilize” the region.
https://sofrep.com/103715/syrian-democratic-forces-capture-turkish-militant-sleeper-cells/

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. Deploring the Deal on Manbij
05 June 2018/Institute for the Study of Human Rights
David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights, says the agreement between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to withdraw Kurdish fighters from Manbij in northern Syria is a strategic blunder, which undermines the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State.

2. Turkey’s Erdogan Expands Militaristic Foreign Policy, Amid Economic Crisis at Home
(Pt. 1/2)
05 June 2018/The Real News Network
While Turkey suffers through a currency crisis, authoritarian President Erdogan is expanding his aggressive militaristic foreign policy in Syria and beyond. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with political analyst Ekrem Ekici, co-editor of Rupture Magazine
https://therealnews.com/stories/turkeys-erdogan-expands-militaristic-foreign-policy-amid-economic-crisis-at-home-pt-1-2

3. Turkey’s Erdogan Expands Militaristic Foreign Policy, Amid Economic Crisis at Home
(Pt. 2/2)
05 June 2018/The Real News Network
Turkey has grown closer to Russia, despite their differences over Syria and NATO. Political analyst Ekrem Ekici says this growing alliance is based on natural gas exports and the sale of weapons systems like the S400
https://therealnews.com/stories/closer-turkey-russia-relations-are-built-on-fossil-fuels-and-arms-sales-pt-2-2

4. Turkey—the currency panic, the political and economic troubles
31 May 2018 /Behind the News with Doug Henwood
(AUDIO) Economic analyst Sabri Oncu speaks to Doug Henwood on
Interview starts at 27:35
http://shout.lbo-talk.org/lbo/RadioArchive/2018/18_05_31.mp3

5. Turkey’s Lira in Free Fall – Erdogan Calls Snap Election (Pt 1/2)
28 May 2018/The Real News Network
In the coming economic crisis, combined with political repression under emergency rule, President Erdogan is expected to consolidate power without much opposition. TRNN speaks to co-editor of Rupture Magazine
https://therealnews.com/stories/turkeys-lira-in-free-fall-erdogan-calls-snap-election-pt-1-2

6. Turkey’s Lira in Free Fall – Erdogan Calls Snap Election (Pt 2/2)
28 May 2018/The Real News Network
Erdogan invites foreign direct investment and the Turkish diaspora population in Europe to vote for him in the upcoming snap election. We speak with co-editor of Rupture Magazine
https://therealnews.com/stories/turkeys-lira-in-free-fall-erdogan-calls-snap-election-pt-2-2

7.Official’ counter-terror document slammed as ‘political propaganda masquerading as public safety information’
25 May 2018/The Canary
An “official” document from British “counter-terrorism” police lists anti-fascists, animal rights campaigners, and supporters of the Kurdish-led anti-terror fighters of the YPG as extremists – alongside neo-nazi and other far-right extremists.
https://www.thecanary.co/exclusive/2018/05/25/official-counter-terror-document-slammed-as-political-propaganda-masquerading-as-public-safety-information/

8. Purges and Paranoia: Ella George on Erdoğan’s ‘new’ Turkey
24 May 2018/ London Review of Books
The elections due to be held on 24 June, brought forward abruptly forward from 2019 by President Erdoğan, during a period of repression and fear that represents the most serious rupture in the history of the Turkish republic. More than 100,000 people have been detained, and tens of thousands are waiting for their lives to be upended by a knock on the door, or a new emergency decree.
https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n10/ella-george/purges-and-paranoia

9. Kurdish groups accuse Theresa May of ‘racism’ in the House of Commons
23 May 2018/The Canary
Kurdish groups have accused Theresa May of racism after her meeting with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The groups were responding to May’s comments at a joint press conference held with Erdoğan on 15 May.
https://www.thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2018/05/23/kurdish-groups-accuse-theresa-may-of-racism-in-the-house-of-commons/

10. Resistance is life: The Kurdish fight for freedom
23 May 2018/The National
In Tigris and Euphrates people already describe what is happening here as a third world war: an acknowledgement not just of the scale of the fighting, but of the magnitude of the issues at stake.
http://www.thenational.scot/news/16242964.Resistance_is_life__The_Kurdish_fight_for_freedom/

11. Building a new society against all odds: Scots activist tells of the hopes and challenges facing Kurds in Syria
22 May 2018/ Commonspace
Sarah Glynn, of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, visited Kurdish women in Rojava where she was inspired by their commitment in the face of multiple threats. She witnessed firsthand the Kurdish women’s commitment to rebuilding the war-torn region, even as threats and instability continue on all sides.
https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/12790/building-new-society-against-all-odds-scots-activist-tells-hopes-and-challenges#

12. In Erdoğan’s warped world, even intellectuals are now ‘terrorists’
20 May 2018/The Guardian
Imagine a seminar in London. Around the table are Blairites, Corbynistas, Ukippers, Remainers, Scottish Nationalists and Tory Eurosceptics, Islamists and English Defence Leaguers, radical feminists and transgender activists. All discussing Britain’s political future, with deep disagreements but with mutual respect. When I gave a lecture in Istanbul last September, that was just what it felt like.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/20/in-erdogan-warped-world-even-intellectuals-are-now-terrorists

13. Time to recognise the courage and sacrifice of those in the Middle East trying to make their lives better
18 May 2018/The Herald
Some 1,300 headstones, mark those who had fallen in the battle for the northern Syrian city of Kobane. Almost four years have passed since that bitter siege in 2014 when Islamic State jihadists overran most of this city near the Turkish border, only to be beaten back by the determined and near legendary resistance of mainly Kurdish fighters.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16234245.Time_to_recognise_the_courage_and_sacrifice_of_those_in_the_Middle_East_trying_to_make_their_lives_better/

14. Grubby trade deals with strongmen now shape our foreign policy
16 May 2018/The Guardian
The demo against the visit of President Erdoğan, a man who has oppressed Kurds, imprisoned journalists and sent a creepy Big Brother-style voicemail celebrating himself to the mobile numbers of every Turkish citizen, was no different; except it was different.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/16/grubby-trade-deals-with-strongmen-now-shape-our-foreign-policy

15. Erdoğan ends UK state visit by calling jailed journalists ‘terrorists’
15 May 2018/The Guardian
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ended his three-day state visit to the UK by insisting that all the journalists locked in Turkish jails were terrorist criminals, ignoring a warning from Theresa May not to lose sight of democratic values as he sought to defend his country from “the extraordinary pressures of a failed coup and Kurdish terrorism”.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/15/recep-tayyip-erdogan-theresa-may-uk-state-visit-jailed-journalists-terrorists

16. CounterPunch interview with Yassamine Mather – Episode 102 <https://store.counterpunch.org/yassamine-mather-episode-102/>
14 May 2018/Counterpunch
UK-based Iranian exile Yassamine Mather discusses the latest developments in Iran and the Middle East. Yassamine provides her perspective on the regional and global issues at play, especially against the backdrop of the war in Syria.
https://store.counterpunch.org/yassamine-mather-episode-102/

17. Guardian Opinion Cartoon
14 May 2018/The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2018/may/14/martin-rowson-recep-tayyip-erdogan-uk-state-visit-cartoon#img-1

18. Campaigners call for UK to act on rights as Turkish president arrives
13 May 2018/The Guardian
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan <https://www.theguardian.com/world/recep-tayyip-erdogan> , began a three-day state visit to the UK on Sunday amid claims that Theresa May was disowning Britain’s respect for human rights in pursuit of a post-Brexit trade deal with Ankara.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/13/theresa-may-under-fire-human-rights-as-turkish-president-lands-in-uk

DOCUMENTS
1. Weekly Bulletin about Developments in Afrin and Northern Syria
01 June 2018/ Information Center of Afrin Resistance
(25.05.2018 – 31.05.2018) After 130 days of resistance, the Turkish army and its FSA allies are implementing ethnic cleansing, assimilation and colonisation policies, preventing the population from returning to their villages, and continuing preparations to add the Afrin region to Turkey’s own state territory.
https://icafrinresist.com/2018/06/01/weekly-bulletin-about-developments-in-afrin-and-northern-syria-25-05-2018-31-05-2018/


2. Weekly Bulletin about Developments in Afrin and Northern Syria
25 May 2018/ Information Center of Afrin Resistance
(18.05.2018 – 24.05.2018)
The attacks against Ezidi population still continue in Afrin Canton. On the 21st of May in Afrin city center, the Turkish-backed yihadist forces destroy the Ezidi Center and a statue of Zarathustra, the founder of Ezidi philosophy. The statue had been built as a present for the Ezidi community of Afrin Canton. The next day the Ezidi temple (Sheikh Jened) and the cemetery in the village of Gundê Feqîra were desecrated and destroyed.
https://icafrinresist.com/2018/05/25/weekly-bulletin-about-developments-in-afrin-and-northern-syria-18-05-2018-24-05-2018/

3. May World Afrin Day by Council of Afrin Canton
26 May 2018/ Information Center of Afrin Resistance
The people of Afrin and its defense forces, who fought ISIS on behalf of the whole world, have resisted the heavy weaponry and war crimes of the fascist Turkish state and its jihadist allies for 58 days. Their resistance has become an example for all the peaceful and democratic people of the world.”
https://icafrinresist.com/2018/05/26/may-world-afrin-day-by-council-of-afrin-canton/

NEW PUBLICATION
1. Sakine Cansiz – Sara: My Whole Life Was a Struggle
May 2018/Pluto Press
This memoir by Kurdish revolutionary Sakine Cansiz is one of them. Sakine, whose code name was ‘Sara’, co-founded the PKK in 1974 and dedicated her life to its cause. On 9 January 2013 she was assassinated in Paris. The first paragraph of the memoir, just now translated is available here <https://8768512fb23263ac9a23-f839e98e865f2de9ab20702733bd4398.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/look-inside/LI-9780745338019.pdf> [PDF].
https://www.plutobooks.com/9780745338019/sara/

2. Who was Sakine Cansiz?
For everyone connected with the Kurdish freedom movement, the world stood still on January 9, 2013.  On that day in Paris, one of its most important personalities, Sakine Cansız, was killed, along with her comrades Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez, in a political assassination.
May 2018/Pluto Press
https://www.plutobooks.com/blog/who-was-sakine-cansiz/

EVENTS, CAMPAIGNS, ACTION
Peoples’ Permanent Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds
1. The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal
30 May 2018/Lords of the Blog: Life and Work in the House of Lords
http://lordsoftheblog.net/2018/05/30/the-permanent-peoples-tribunal/

2. Peoples’ Tribunal finds Turkey violated international laws
24 May 2018/ANF News
Turkish State is held responsible for denying the right to self-international determination of the Kurdish People as well as targeted assassinations, extrajudicial executions and forced.
https://anfenglish.com/news/peoples-tribunal-finds-turkey-violated-international-laws-26907

3. Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds – Verdict
24 May 2018/ Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Turkey and the Kurds
http://tribunal-turkey-kurds.org/

GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
4. KCDK-E joins Global Action Day for Afrin on 26 May
https://anfenglish.com/news/kcdk-e-joins-global-action-day-for-afrin-on-26-may-26834

5. Moslem: Let’s protest against Turkish invasion on May 26
23 May 2018/ANF English
The Turkish state’s invasion policies against Kurdistan will be protested worldwide on May 26.
Former PYD co-chair Saleh Moslem called on the Kurds to unite, putting emphasis on the importance of participation in demonstrations against Turkey’s expansionist mentality.
https://anfenglish.com/features/moslem-let-s-protest-against-turkish-invasion-on-may-26-26876

6. Global Day of Action for Afrin 24 MARCH 2018
24 March 2018/Peace in Kurdistan
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/global-day-of-action-for-afrin-24-march-2018/

ELECTION
7. Call for Election Observation Missions to Turkey
30 April 2018/People’s Democratic Party (HDP)
The presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey will be held on 24 June 2018 under state of emergency rule and an extreme climate of fear. We hereby invite all international institutions and individual persons who are concerned about Turkey’s democratic future to observe presidential and parliamentary elections on the ground, with a particular focus on Kurdish provinces. For details please contact HDP’s Foreign Affairs Department at international@hdp.org.tr or +90 505 0071981 (Mr. Evren Çevik) / +90 5356495919 (Ms. Berivan Alataş)
http://en.hdpeurope.com/?p=3507

8. Kürkçü: What ever may be the results, 24 June elections will have a tremendous impact on Turkey’s future
23 April 2018/People’s Democratic Party (HDP)
İzmir MP Ertuğrul Kürkçü gave a brief speech at The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) on behalf of The European United Left Group.
http://www.hdp.org.tr/en/news/news-from-hdp/kurkcu-what-ever-may-be-the-results-24-june-elections-will-have-a-tremendous-impact-on-turkeys-future/11919


TRIAL OBSERVERS’ REPORT
9. The Trial of Selahattin Demirtas: Observations on the trial and the future of democracy in Turkey
Margaret Owen OBE, Ali Has, Solicitor Advocate, and barrister Stephen will describe their observations and set out their concerns about the process, the political context, in particular the forthcoming election and the invasion of Afrin, and about the likely miscarriage of justice that will ensue as the trial approaches its final stages.
Thu 17 May 2018, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
SOAS University of London
Room B111 (Brunei Gallery)
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London WC1H 0XG
http://9bri.com/the-trial-of-selahattin-demirtas-observations-on-the-trial-and-the-future-of-democracy-in-turkey/

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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