KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 26 February – 29 March 2019

NEWS

  1. Demirtas calls on people to go to the polls to “teach a lesson”
  2. (VIDEO)In Memory of Those Fallen in the Fight Against ISIS. Sehid Namirin!
  3. SDF declares victory over ISIS, vows to continue their fight
  4. Gaza writer sent solidarity message to Leyla Güven
  5. French senator: Remove PKK from EU terrorist organizations list
  6. Turkey’s Kurds celebrate New Year, brace for election
  7. In pictures: Turkey’s Kurds celebrate Nowruz in Diyarbakir amid hunger strike 
  8. Rebel Kurdish leader’s treatment criticised by Welsh Assembly
  9. HDP MP Sarısaç: We are the defenders of this honourable cause
  10. (VIDEOS) Kurdish forces pound last remaining ISIS stronghold in Syria
  11. After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle
  12. Free Öcalan call: Freedom for Öcalan campaign ramps up as hunger strikers’ condition deteriorates
  13. Turkish Foreign Ministry summons Belgian ambassador
  14. European rights court orders Turkey to pay news publisher
  15. Kurdish women prepare for life after ISIS
  16. Delegation of Basque women visits Rojava

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

     1.Establishment hacks are using New Zealand massacre to keep their failed                 terror policies alive

  1. An End to the Darkness
  2. Sarah Glynn: As hunger strike rolls on, let’s join the Kurds in a celebration of resistance
  3. Wales has a duty to stand in solidarity with the Kurdish hunger strikers
  4. ‘War on Terror’ advocates have ‘generated’ far-right terrorism, says ex-Guantánamo detainee
  5. A year after Turkey murdered Anna Campbell, a powerful book makes sure her memory lives on
  6. Turkey takes a prisoner’s body and buries it in the middle of the night
  7. ‘All that blood is on their hands’ – an eyewitness calls out the arms industry’s role in Turkey’s attack on Afrin
  8. Palestinian solidarity cannot include supporting Turkey’s fascistic president while ignoring the oppression of Kurdish people
  9. Turkey and views on the Kurdish struggle
  10. Turkey calls itself a democracy. But it’s too dangerous for grieving mothers to meet on the streets.
  11. TEV-DEM: Time to create the Democratic Syria
  12. An anti-fascist who fought against Turkey’s invasion of Syria slams Western support for Turkish war crimes
  13. ‘Our future depends on your solidarity.’ A message from prisoners’ families in Turkey to people in the UK.
  14. I just met hunger striker Leyla Güven in Turkey. She wants peace. And she deserves justice.
  15. Time for peace in Turkey’s Kurdish conflict, 20 years after Ocalan’s capture
  16. Bringing ISIS to Justice: Running Out of Time?

 

EVENTS, CAMPAIGNS, ACTION

  1. The Mesopotamian Water Forum (MWF)
    6-8 April 6-8 2019

STATEMENTS

  1. Peacemakers and Academics Facing Prison in Turkey
    24 March 2019|Socialist Project
  1. YJA Star: 2019 is the Newroz for freedom and women’s resistance
  2. PKK: New year of Newroz will be crowned with victory

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NEWS

  1. Demirtas calls on people to go to the polls to “teach a lesson”
    23 March 2019|ANF English
    Imprisoned former HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtas said the HDP voters have a strategic vote and added: “It is reason enough to go to the polls if just to teach these people a lesson”. Demirtas spoke to the Yeni Yasam newspaper about the hunger strikes and the upcoming March 31 local elections. “Make sure to go to the ballots and cast your precious votes. After that will come a democratic victory, alongside a rightful political struggle.”
    https://anfenglish.com/features/demirtas-calls-on-people-to-go-to-the-polls-to-teach-a-lesson-33801

 

  1. (VIDEO)In Memory of Those Fallen in the Fight Against ISIS. Sehid Namirin!
    23 March 2019|ANF English
    9490 mostly Kurdish people fell in the fight against ISIS. 2,,000+ Arabs and 45 Internationals fell also. Here are many of their faces. We will remember them forever. Sehid Namrin!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX0c4RnBJwI&feature=share

 

  1. SDF declares victory over ISIS, vows to continue their fight
    23 March 2019|ANF English
    Having liberated Baghouz in the final operation to “Defeat Terrorism” as part of the Operation Jazeera Storm, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ended the ground control of ISIS in its last pocket. The SDF planted their flag early this morning to symbolize the complete liberation of Baghouz, the last piece of land ISIS had under their control.
    https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-northern-syria/sdf-declares-victory-over-isis-vows-to-continue-their-fight-33804

 

  1. Gaza writer sent solidarity message to Leyla Güven
    23 March 2019|ANF English
    Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout, living in Gaza, sent a solidarity message to HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven. The young Palestinian writer has been telling ANF about the brutal aggression suffered by another writer, Fatah representative in Gaza, Atef Abu Saif. Nayrouz sent a message to HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven on Newroz day, proud of carrying a name of a Kurdish friend of her mother, Newroz, who fought for the freedom of her land, language and people.
    https://anfenglish.com/news/gaza-writer-sent-solidarity-message-to-leyla-gueven-33790

 

  1. French senator: Remove PKK from EU terrorist organizations list
    22 March 2019|ANF English
    French Communist Party Senator Pierre Laurent highlighted the growing pressure on HDP before the 31 March local elections. The Communist senator urged everyone to “support Abdullah Öcalan, who has called for peace negotiations with Erdogan countless times in the past few years”.
    https://anfenglish.com/women/french-senator-remove-pkk-from-eu-terrorist-organizations-list-33778

 

  1. Turkey’s Kurds celebrate New Year, brace for election
    21 March 2019|Al-Monitor
    The pro-Kurdish Peopl’s Democratic Party hopes the 31 March municipal elections will repudiate the government’s removal of its officials from local offices, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that he reserves the right to do so again.
    https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/03/turkey-kurds-new-year-election.html#ixzz5iwY0XTs5

 

  1. In pictures: Turkey’s Kurds celebrate Nowruz in Diyarbakir amid hunger strike 21 March 2019|Middle East Eye
    Colour and music surround this year’s Nowruz celebrations, despite coinciding with the 134th day of hunger strikes initiated by an influential Kurdish leader in Turkey. Turkey’s Kurds welcomed this year’s Nowruz in the heavily Kurdish area of Diyarbakir as health conditions deteriorated for some of the thousands of hunger strikers protesting Turkey’s refusal to allow jailed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan to see his family and lawyer
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/gallery/pictures-turkeys-kurds-celebrate-nowruz-diyarbakir-amid-hunger-strike

 

  1. Rebel Kurdish leader’s treatment criticised by Welsh Assembly
    20 March 2019|BBC
    Abdullah Ocalan is not being held in line with human rights law, a Welsh Assembly motion passed following a Plaid Cymru-led debate said. Foreign affairs are not devolved, but Welsh minister Eluned Morgan said she had discussed the issue with the Turkish ambassador.  Conservative AM Darren Millar called the motion distasteful. Abdullah Ocalan, who has been in a high-security prison in Turkey since 1999.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-47646773

 

  1. HDP MP Sarısaç: We are the defenders of this honourable cause
    16 March 2019|BBC
    As DTK co-chair and HDP Hakkari MP Leyla Güven reached day 129 of her hunger strike, thousands have joined her in prisons, Hewlêr, Wales, Strasbourg, Toronto, Amed and many more cities. The hunger strike carried out by the HDP deputies in the party’s provincial building is supported by 150 people, including HDP, DBP and ESP executives, civil society organization representatives, members of the Peace Mothers’ Assembly, the DBP co-mayors removed by the State and families of hunger strikers in prisons.
    https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/hdp-mp-sarisac-we-are-the-defenders-of-this-honorable-cause-33641

 

  1. (VIDEOS) Kurdish forces pound last remaining ISIS stronghold in Syria
    12 March 2019| RT
    Kurdish fighters and their allies in the Syrian Democratic Forces launched an assault on the final stronghold of the Islamic State terrorist group in Baghouz, Syria. Some IS militants have dug in, prepared to fight to the death. US-backed Kurdish forces have killed “dozens” of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS or ISIL) jihadists overnight, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Twitter. IS militants have dug in to their positions, however, and launched several suicide attacks on the Kurds and SDF.
    https://www.rt.com/news/453565-kurds-attack-isis-baghouz-syria/

 

  1. After defeating Islamic State, Syrian Kurds eye political battle
    12 March 2019|Reuters
    Syrian Kurdish authorities that led the fight against Islamic State are prepping for their next battle: a political struggle to win international recognition for their autonomous region and aid to help it recover from the war.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-kurds/after-defeating-islamic-state-syrian-kurds-eye-political-battle-idUSKBN1QT2DN

 

  1. Free Öcalan call: Freedom for Öcalan campaign ramps up as hunger strikers’ condition deteriorates
    12 March 2019|Unite Live
    Kurdish MP Leyla Güven has now been on hunger strike for more than 120 days. Her body has begun to shut down; she can hardly speak. Alongside over 300 other hunger strikers, Leyla is standing in solidarity with the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan – they’re calling for his isolation and solitary confinement at the hands of the oppressive Turkish government to end. And they may pay for this brave stand with their lives. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Unite assistant general secretary Tony Burke told UniteLive, recounting a visit he had with Leyla in February. “She was racked with pain.
    http://unitelive.org/free-ocalan-call/

 

  1. Turkish Foreign Ministry summons Belgian ambassador
    12 March 2019|Unite Live
    Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned Belgian Ambassador to Ankara Michel Malherbe on March 11 over a Belgian judicial decision it said had blocked the prosecution of people with alleged links to the illegal PKK,  a ministry official said. The ministry last week described the decision by the Belgian Chamber of Indictment as unacceptable and said Belgium was expected “to act in line with [its] counter-terrorism responsibilities”.
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-foreign-ministry-summons-belgian-ambassador-141818

 

  1. European rights court orders Turkey to pay news publisher
    12 March 2019|Ahval
    The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday found that Turkey violated freedom of expression regulations by systematically opening criminal charges against the publisher of a pro-Kurdish newspaper, regardless of content. In a unanimous decision, the ECHR ordered Turkey to pay 3,500 euros to Ali Gürbüz, owner of the Istanbul-based daily Özgür Gündem. The case concerned seven sets of government charges against Gürbüz from 2004 to 2011 for publishing statements from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has fought an armed insurgency for self-rule in Turkey since 1984 and is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
    https://ahvalnews.com/press-freedom/european-rights-court-orders-turkey-pay-news-publisher

 

  1. Kurdish women prepare for life after ISIS
    10 March| Channel 4
    Military attempts to clear Islamic State fighters out of final enclave of Baghouz in eastern Syria have stepped up again this evening, with footage emerging of clashes by United States-backed forces taking place. It comes as The Sunday Times reported that two more British women have had their citizenship stripped after travelling to Syria and marrying Islamic State jihadis. The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has insisted that the Government is working on how to rescue the children of these women.
    https://www.channel4.com/news/kurdish-women-prepare-for-a-life-after-is

 

  1. Delegation of Basque women visits Rojava
    9 March 2019|ANF English
    On 7 March a delegation from the Basque country has arrived in Rojava. The delegation, which includes 6 representatives of Basque women’s organisations and groups, said they came to get to know first-hand the Rojava revolution. The delegation joined the 8 March International Women’s Day celebration. The delegation visited the canton of Hesekê on Saturday. During the meeting, experiences of both regions were shared, and the Basque women showed a video about the Basque country.
    https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/delegation-of-basque-women-visits-rojava-33490

 

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS

1.Establishment hacks are using New Zealand massacre to keep their failed terror policies alive
22 March 2019|The Canary
Human rights advocates are blasting what they call the “PREVENT lobby” for exploiting the New Zealand massacre in order to expand the powers of the national security state.  Former counter-terror chief Mark Rowley and former ‘integration tsar’ Louise Casey recently wrote an article calling for more powers to fight terrorism. The article, published by the Sunday Times two days after the New Zealand massacre, attacked opponents of the Prevent surveillance programme
https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2019/03/22/establishment-hacks-are-using-new-zealand-massacre-to-keep-their-failed-terror-policies-alive/

 

  1. An End to the Darkness
    21 March 2019|Jacobin
    In recent decades the Kurdish New Year has become a festival of resistance against tyranny. This year’s celebrations coincide with victory over the Islamic State.
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/03/newroz-kurdish-new-year-turkey-syria

 

  1. Sarah Glynn: As hunger strike rolls on, let’s join the Kurds in a celebration of resistance
    21 March 2019|CommonSpace
    Today the Kurds celebrate Newroz, the Kurdish New Year. A momentous twelve months has come to a close, and their fate in the year ahead hangs in the balance. For the followers of the liberational ideas of Kurdish leader and radical thinker Abdullah Ocalan, dangers assail them on every front. This week has brought us images of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces celebrating their liberation of the last pocket of Daesh-held land. Their battle against Daesh has cost them thousands of lives, but they know that this victory will not end threats to the very existence of the autonomous Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, where they are putting Ocalan’s philosophy of grass-roots democracy, multiculturalism and women’s rights into practice.
    https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/14013/sarah-glynn-hunger-strike-rolls-let-s-join-kurds-celebration-resistance

 

  1. Wales has a duty to stand in solidarity with the Kurdish hunger strikers
    20 March 2019|Nation Cymru
    Today, Plaid Cymru will ask our National Assembly to support the Kurdish hunger strikers.
    We are calling the motion Imam’s Motion, after Kurdish-Welshman Imam Sis from Newport who has been on hunger strike since 17 December. He is currently living on vitamin B1 and B12 tablets, and one fresh lemonade a day, supplemented with herbal teas and salty water.
    It all began with Leyla Güven, a democratically elected Kurdish MP to the Turkish parliament, who has now been on hunger strike for over 120 days and is nearing death.
    https://nation.cymru/opinion/wales-has-a-duty-to-stand-in-solidarity-with-the-kurdish-hunger-strikers/

 

  1. ‘War on Terror’ advocates have ‘generated’ far-right terrorism, says ex-Guantánamo detainee
    19 March 2019|The Canary
    Activist Moazzam Begg has placed the massacre of at least 50 Muslims in New Zealand into its wider context, blaming advocates of the so-called ‘War on Terror’ for actually ‘generating’ such far-right terrorism. This is a context that’s missing from the mainstream discourse on these killings.
    https://www.thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/03/19/war-on-terror-advocates-have-generated-far-right-terrorism-says-ex-guantanamo-detainee/

 

  1. A year after Turkey murdered Anna Campbell, a powerful book makes sure her memory lives on
    19 March 2019|The Canary
    On 15 March 2018, a Turkish airstrike killed Anna Campbell. As I wrote at the time: “A British woman has died in Afrin, Syria. So many of my friends are grieving. And Theresa May has blood on her hands. But it’s not just Anna Campbell’s blood. May, her government, and her arms trade cronies are smeared in the blood of all the thousands of people who have died in Afrin, Yemen and countless other places”. A year later, several hundred people protested and blocked roads Bristol in her memory and in solidarity with the progressive revolution in Rojava, northern Syria.
    https://www.thecanary.co/opinion/2019/03/19/a-year-after-turkey-murdered-anna-campbell-a-powerful-book-makes-sure-her-memory-lives-on/

 

  1. Turkey takes a prisoner’s body and buries it in the middle of the night
    18 March 2019|The Canary
    The Turkish state has once again shown a disgusting disregard towards its Kurdish population. Hunger striker Zülküf Gezen died in a Turkish prison after reportedly taking his own life. He was one of thousands of Kurdish people on hunger strike around the world, protesting the solitary confinement of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan.
    Gezen’s funeral was planned for Monday. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) had called for a massive turnout at the ceremony.
    https://www.thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/03/18/turkey-takes-a-prisoners-body-and-buries-it-in-the-middle-of-the-night/

 

  1. ‘All that blood is on their hands’ – an eyewitness calls out the arms industry’s role in Turkey’s attack on Afrin
    17 March 2019|The Canary
    An internationalist volunteer has spoken to The Canary about joining the armed resistance against the Turkish invasion of Afrin in northern Syria last year.
    In 2012, a revolution began in the majority-Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. People organised themselves into communes, declared autonomy, and began practising stateless direct democracy. The revolution, however, was under threat from the very beginning and has faced invasion by Daesh (Isis/Isil) and Turkey. Hundreds of women and men from around the world have volunteered to join local people in defending the revolution.
    https://www.thecanary.co/feature/2019/03/17/all-that-blood-is-on-their-hands-an-eyewitness-calls-out-the-arms-industrys-role-in-turkeys-attack-on-afrin/

 

  1. Palestinian solidarity cannot include supporting Turkey’s fascistic president while ignoring the oppression of Kurdish people
    15 March 2019|The Canary
    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu continue their familiar feud, using social media and public speeches to blast each other. Meanwhile, #WeAreErdoğan trends on Twitter, as thousands of people claim to stand with the authoritarian Turkish president, while at the same time supporting Palestinians in their struggle.
    https://www.thecanary.co/opinion/2019/03/15/palestinian-solidarity-cannot-include-supporting-turkeys-fascistic-president-while-ignoring-the-oppression-of-kurdish-people/

 

  1. Turkey and views on the Kurdish struggle
    12 March 2019|IOL
    The Turkish Ambassador in South Africa wrote to the Independent Online (IOL) criticising an OP ED that “praised” Abdullah Ocalan “on a day that should be about honouring the struggle of women”. The IOL editor responded to the Turkish Ambassador. The two letters are published next to each other.
    https://www.iol.co.za/news/opinion/turkey-and-views-on-the-kurdish-struggle-19822695

 

  1. Turkey calls itself a democracy. But it’s too dangerous for grieving mothers to meet on the streets.
    13 March 2019|The Canary
    The Saturday Mothers are a group of women who meet every week to remember and demand answers about their children, who were disappeared by the Turkish state. They hold pictures of their missing children and have traditionally gathered in the street to hold vigils. But women in Istanbul and Amed (Diyarkbakır) are no longer allowed to do this. Their gatherings have been banned by the Turkish authorities.
    https://www.thecanary.co/exclusive/2019/03/13/turkey-calls-itself-a-democracy-but-its-too-dangerous-for-grieving-mothers-to-meet-on-the-streets/

 

  1. TEV-DEM: Time to create the Democratic Syria
    11 March 2019|ANF English
    TEV-DEM issued a written statement on the anniversary of the Qamishlo massacre of March 12, 2004. TEV-DEM said it is time to create a democratic Syria. On March 12, 2004 chauvinist groups started a provocation in the Qamishlo Stadium during a football match between Qamishlo’s team and Deir ez-Zor’s team. Over 40 Kurds and some police officers and soldiers lost their lives. The statement said: “We remember those who were martyred in this provocation attack by the soldiers, police and the chauvinist Arabs under their protection.”
    https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/tev-dem-time-to-create-the-democratic-syria-33516

 

  1. An anti-fascist who fought against Turkey’s invasion of Syria slams Western support for Turkish war crimes
    7 March 2019|The Canary
    An internationalist volunteer has spoken to The Canary about joining the armed resistance against the Turkish invasion of Afrin in northern Syria last year. In 2012, a revolution began in the majority-Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. People organised themselves into communes, declared autonomy, and began practising stateless direct democracy. The revolution, however, was under threat from the very beginning, and has faced invasion by Daesh (Isis/Isil) and Turkey. Hundreds of women and men from around the world have volunteered to join local people in defending the revolution.
    https://www.thecanary.co/feature/2019/03/07/an-anti-fascist-who-fought-against-turkeys-invasion-of-syria-slams-western-support-for-turkish-war-crimes/

 

  1. ‘Our future depends on your solidarity.’ A message from prisoners’ families in Turkey to people in the UK.
    6 March 2019
    On 3 March, The Canary met the Solidarity Association with Families of Prisoners and Convicts (TUAY-DER) in Amed (Diyarkbakır), Turkey. According to the association, there are 15,000 political prisoners in the country. And Kurdish lawyers told The Canary that, from 1 March, 5,500 prisoners are on hunger strike.
    https://www.thecanary.co/feature/2019/03/06/our-future-depends-on-your-solidarity-a-message-from-prisoners-families-in-turkey-to-people-in-the-uk/

 

  1. I just met hunger striker Leyla Güven in Turkey. She wants peace. And she deserves justice.
    5 March 2019|The Canary
    Occasionally, there are days that are so powerful you know they’ll stick with you forever. These are the days that make writing hard; they make it difficult to know what words to choose to convey an experience. On 1 March, I met Leyla Güven at her home in Amed (Diyarkbakır), Turkey, on day 114 of an indefinite hunger strike calling for an end to Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan’s solitary confinement and to allow him access to lawyers and family visits.
    https://www.thecanary.co/opinion/2019/03/05/i-just-met-hunger-striker-leyla-guven-in-turkey-she-wants-peace-and-she-deserves-justice/

 

  1. Time for peace in Turkey’s Kurdish conflict, 20 years after Ocalan’s capture
    15 February 2019|Ahval News
    Twenty years ago today, Turkey announced Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Öcalan had been captured in Kenya and brought back to Turkey. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the organisation he led, had been fighting the Turkish government for 15 years, seeking national liberation for Turkey’s Kurdish minority. When the PKK was established, it was illegal in Turkey to give a child a Kurdish name, to celebrate Kurdish holidays, or to speak Kurdish in public.
    https://ahvalnews.com/turkey-kurds/time-peace-turkeys-kurdish-conflict-20-years-after-ocalans-capture-0

 

  1. Bringing ISIS to Justice: Running Out of Time?
    5 February 2019|Human Rights Watch
    Sometimes complex policy issues are best captured in a simple question. If ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is captured alive tomorrow, who should prosecute him, where and for what crimes? When I pose this question to policymakers – in Western capitals or in the Middle East – I am often met with a blank stare. Most expect al-Baghdadi to be killed instead of caught. But even if al-Baghdadi is not captured alive, what about the thousands of ISIS members – some of whom held key roles in ISIS – currently detained in Syria and Iraq? What we have is a piecemeal approach that is deeply flawed.
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/02/05/bringing-isis-justice-running-out-time

 

 

EVENTS, CAMPAIGNS, ACTION

  1. The Mesopotamian Water Forum (MWF)
    6-8 April 6-8 2019
    The Mesopotamian Water Forum is an alternative civil society forum for water, an open space to give voice to those who are marginalized and excluded from the discussion about water management in the Mesopotamian region. It will be held from 6-8 April 2019 at the University of Sulaimani in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and will involve civil society actors from the entire region of Mesopotamia within the states of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria.
    Find here registration link in five languages: https://www.savethetigris.org//international-mesopotamian-water-forum/

 

STATEMENTS

  1. Peacemakers and Academics Facing Prison in Turkey
    24 March 2019|Socialist Project
    As cultural workers, unionists and academics working in Toronto and Canada, we strongly condemn the continuing harassment and sentencing of academics and students charged by the Turkish state with “propagandizing for a terrorist organization”. Over two thousand academics in Turkey signed the Academics for Peace statement, “We will not be a party to this crime,” which criticized military actions in the Kurdish regions of the country. So far, 141 academics have received prison sentences ranging 15 to 36 months
    https://socialistproject.ca/2019/03/peacemakers-and-academics-facing-prison-in-turkey/

 

  1. YJA Star: 2019 is the Newroz for freedom and women’s resistance
    21 March 2019|ANF English
    YJA Star Central Headquarters Command said, “Newroz 2019 will be the Newroz of freedom” and called all women to gather around the bonfire of the new day of struggle and to meet in the freedom halay. They issued a statement saying “Having created great meaning for the values of freedom that the peoples of the Middle East have achieved through fighting the slaving systems and through resistance, PKK is a party of the Newroz”.
    https://anfenglish.com/women/yja-star-2019-is-the-newroz-for-freedom-and-women-s-resistance-33749

 

  1. PKK: New year of Newroz will be crowned with victory
    20 March 2019|ANF English
    PKK Executive Committee stated that they are greeting Newroz with a historic and wholistic resistance in the line of victory and said, “All fascist, colonialist and genocidal mindsets see their downfall in this historic struggle”.
    https://anfenglish.com/features/pkk-new-year-of-newroz-will-be-crowned-with-victory-33715

 

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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