KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 14 – 20 FEBRUARY 2017

NEWS
1. What’s Happening in Xerabê Bava? We demand urgent information from reliable sources
2. AKP is carrying out a fresh round of massacre in Kurdistan
3. PRESS RELEASE by the International Peace Delegation
4. International Delegation member: Öcalan’s ideas are important for peace
5. International delegation blocked from visiting HDP’s Demirtaş in prison
6. Kurds pledge to fight Turkey to retain Syria’s Manbij
7. Interests of Kurds unaffected by Russian-Iranian-Turkish cooperation in Syria
8. Turkish President Erdogan eyes Kurdish town in Syria
9. YPJ fighters in Aleppo: Conspirators lost, Öcalan and his ideas won
10. Kurds Call on Russia to Defend Syria’s Federalization on International Level
11. Russia plays Kurdish card as US, Turkey watch
12. Body of YPG fighter Ryan Lock greeted with ‘Martyrs Don’t Die’ slogan
13. Joint press conference by Rojava and Bashur officials in Moscow

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. It’s raining women in Rojava; Bread and Roses TV
2. Erdogan banks on motley crew of Syrian armed groups US not persuaded to ditch Syrian Kurds
3. What’s next for Turkish Kurds’ political movement?
4. Washington quietly rebuffs Turkish delegation’s anti-YPG efforts
5. Is Erdogan promising a ghost army in Syria?
6. Turkish daily scraps anti-referendum interview with Nobel laureate
7. The Press statement by SPOT: DEMOCRACY ON A KNIFE EDGE IN TURKEY
8. The Kurdish region since the coup attempt
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PRESS RELEASE by the International Peace Delegation

19 February 2017

An international peace delegation organized by the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) and consisting of 11 members from Europe and North America, including Members of European Parliament and of the Council of Europe, academics, and journalists, has been in Diyarbakir and Istanbul this past week.  The delegation has met with representatives from the Kurdish Freedom Movement, political parties, trade unions, academics, journalists, and other civil society organizations.


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PRESS STATEMENT KNK Executive Committe

20.02.2017

AKP is carrying out a fresh round of massacre in Kurdistan
Execution, torture, surveillance, and disappearance in Xirabê Baba village of Mêrdin/Nisêbîn

On 1 February, the Turkish government imposed a curfew on nine villages that was lifted on the following day, yet in the village of Xirabe Baba it has been going on. Moreover, Turkish soldiers executed 3 persons, demolished or set on ablaze houses, and put on surveillance many villagers. The militaries have prevented passage to villages, cut the telephone and internet lines, attacked villages with gas bomb, and have not allowed transfer of the wounded to hospital. The embargo that the AKP’s palace forces placed on Xirabê Baba is ongoing. In addition to the execution of 3 persons, Turkish forces tortured 39 persons, and there is no news about 2 more. No connection has been made with the village.
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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 7 – 13 FEBRUARY 2017

NEWS
1. International delegation to visit Turkey applies to visit Öcalan
2. 15,000 European Kurds protest for leader’s release
3. Bayık’s message in Strasbourg calls for a joint struggle by peoples
4. Kartal at Strasbourg rally: We will finish Erdoğan fascism this spring
5. Kurds and Italians condemn the conspiracy against Öcalan in Milan
6. 98 Villages and Hamlets Liberated in the Operation Wrath of Euphrates.
7. ‘Freedom for Öcalan’ demonstration in Stockholm
8. Blackburn activist becomes first British woman to join fight against Isis in Syria
9. KCK leader asks US, Russia to not support Turkey’s anti-Kurdish ‘conspiracy’
10. Syrian Democratic Forces seize more ground east Raqqa amid ISIS retreat
11. Syrian Arab women battle  IS, social stigma
12. Kurdistani delegates to carry out meeting in Moscow
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CALL FOR THE LONG-MARCH & RALLY in LONDON FOR THE FREEDOM OF OCALAN

AND TO CONDEMN THE 15 FEBRUARY INTERNATIONAL PLOT AGAINST THE KURDISH FREEDOM MOVEMENT!
KURDISH PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY: March Date: 11-12 February 2017

The 15 February 1999 international plot reserves its place in history as a dark day for our people, our nation and our movement. Now with the plot in its 19th year, the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan continues to display immense resistance. We salute our leader with the spirit of the Rojava revolution, the Kobane victory, and the Sur-Cizre-Silopi-Nusaybin-Sirnak resistances. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 31 JANUARY – 6 FEBRUARY 2017

NEWS
1. Participants of the Long March cover 140 kilometers
2. Internationalist march for Öcalan’s freedom continues
3. 9000 HDP members detained, 2500 jailed in one and a half years
4. Referendum rush in the municipalities usurped by the AKP government
5. KCK vows to enhance resistance across Kurdistan
6. No solution for Kurds in Turkey except democracy and peace, says Ahmet Turk upon release
7. Venice Commission visits HDP in Ankara
8. U.K. parliament foreign affairs committee calls for return to Turkey-PKK peace process
9. Opinion poll: 58.2% will say ‘no’ in Turkey’s constitutional referendum
10. ‘Solution to Kurdish question in Turkey would solve refugee crisis’ opposition tells Merkel
11. Erdogan announces ‘bring along your neighbour’ campaign to boost tourism
12. Kurdish peace ambassador released in Turkey after increasing anger over his arrest
13. Rojava and disinformation
14. Commanders in the Raqqa operation: We will triumph
15. UN opposes creation of ‘safe zones’ in Syria
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INFORMATION FILE 10.01.2017 The Freedom of Abdullah Öcalan Will Guarantee the Success of the Peace Process in Turkey

The Committee for Freedom of Öcalan c/o KNK Rue Jean Stas 41, 1060 Bruxelles  

Contents

  1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
  2. 2016 REPORT ON RIGHTS AND INFRINGEMENTS IN IMRALI PRISON  ……………….4-7
  3. IMRALI PEACE DELEGATION IN ISTANBUL……………………………………………….8-10
  4. IMRALI PEACE DELEGATION IN STRASBOURG…………………………………………10-11
  5. TRANSFORMATION PERIOD………………………………………………………… …….11 – 12
  6. EFFORTS FOR PEACE AND RESPONSE……………………………………………………..12-13
  7. IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE EAST………………………………………………………………13-14
  8. ISOLATION…………………………………………………………………………………….14 – 15
  9. ISOLATION: FACTS AND FIGURES……………………………………………………… …….16
  10. THE EU AND THE REALITY IN TURKEY…………………………………………………………………… 17
  11. UNITE and GMB APPEAL TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THE ‘FREEDOM FOR ÖCALAN’ CAMPAIGN………………………………………………………………………………………… ….18
  12. ASSASSINATION PLANS AGAINST MR ABDULLAH ÖCALAN……………………………19
  13. FREEDOM FOR ÖCALAN SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN FORM……..…………………………20
  14. NOTARY APPROVAL………………..…………………………………………………………….21

 Introduction:

In 1998, Turkey threatened Syria with war if Syria did not expel the Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan from the country. As a result of this threat, Abdullah Öcalan left Syria and travelled to Europe in order to promote a political solution. However, due to continued pressure from Turkey, Öcalan could not find amnesty in Europe and eventually found himself in Kenya. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 24-30 JANUARY 2017

 

NEWS
1. 70 people from 13 countries to march to Strasbourg for Öcalan
2. HDP MP Altan Tan detained in Amed
3. Theresa May signs £100m fighter jet deal with Turkey’s Erdoğan
4. Western Leaders’ Silence Emboldens The Tyrant
5. Theresa May’s visit to Turkey is more evidence of her desperate search for trading partners to replace the EU at any cost
6. Statement on the proposed constitutional reform in Turkey by the Monitoring Committee
7. PACE concerned over Turkey’s revised constitution and referendum
8. Ocalan’s isolation is human rights violation: President of European Court of Human Rights
9. Journalist Demir Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison Over 2 Books of Her
10. International PEN Blocked by Gendarmerie
11. Syria’s new national security force pledges loyalty to Turkey
12. Is Ankara waking up to what Trump really represents?
13. Reconstruction work brings more gloom to southeast Turkey
14. HDP MP Mr Garo Paylan Was Suspended From The Parliament For 3 Days
15. Manbij Executive Assembly declared
16. Geneva peace talks over Syria conflict postponed
17. Russia denies proposing Kurdish autonomy in Syria
18. Syrian Democratic Forces condemn their exclusion from Astana peace talks
19. Syrian Kurds Present Draft Constitution for Federalist State
20. Syrian Kurds Rep Arrives in Moscow to Discuss ‘Syrian Project’ With Russian FM
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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING JANUARY 2017

In this issue we publish the video links from the successful Greenwich Conference of 10th December. Please see link below under videos.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

NEWS

  1. Nesrin Ebdullah: We will Turn Kobane Into a Women’s City
  2. Peace Mother Sultan Azboy sentenced to 8 Years in Prison
  3. Female Kurdsih Fighters Announce New Training Acadamies fro Arab Women to Take on ISIS in Syria
  4. Two Arab Women Rescued From ISIS in Raqqa Operation Join the PKK
  5. France closes the case on the murder in Paris of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla
  6. Two women from Denmark send medical aid to Rojava
  7. Kışanak: We will build a colourful future through women’s solidarity
  8. Yezidi NGO resumes activities in northern Iraq after talks with Kurdish officials
  9. Kurdish HDP Co-Chairs Sentenced to 225 Years Collectively
  10. What happens to my children’s identity now?
  11. 300 Years Term Issued for Iranian Kurdish Inmates in 2016

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS

  1. Justice for Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez: Perpetrators Must Be Held to Account
  2. PAJK: we will hold conspirers accountable
  3. On This Day in 1919: Rosa Luxemburg Murdered
  4. Women’s Cooperatives: A glimpse into Rojava”s Economic Model.
  5. The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time.
  6. The story of the ‘Angel’ who took on ISIS

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UK must oppose Erdogan’s creeping dictatorship

 

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN
Statement, 27 January 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May is embarking on an official visit to Turkey to talk about trade, defence and security with President Erdogan.

There are many more urgent issues that need to be addressed not least of which is the massive crackdown and repression unleashed by Erdogan that shows little sign of abating.

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