KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 17 – 23 SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS
1.Sarıyıldız: Kurds defend the values of humanity, what about you?
2. HDP letter to international organizations on academics and teachers
3. Öcalan’s messages to be discussed in panels in Europe
4. International İmralı Delegation calls on CPT to visit İmralı
5. Kurds protest appointed trustees and the isolation of Öcalan
6. U.S. considering arming Syrian Kurds to halt Islamic State
7. Medico: Turkish soldiers distribute confiscated material as aid
8. Jarablus MC Commander: Erdoğan aims to occupy Girê Spî
9. Britain in Syria: No Plans, No Strategy, Only Phantom Allies
10. Muslim: we are not aspiring to any anything but a democratic Syria
11. Syria’s Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham backs Turkish offensive against ISIS and Kurds
12. Syrian Kurds prepare census for eventual elections in Rojava
13. International Conference on Gender and Post-Genocide in Yerevan
14. Belgium prosecutes Kurds that are victims of state terror
15. Sarıyıldız speaks at the UN on Cizre massacre
16. ‘Settlement schmettlement’: Turkish purges target Kurds
17. TUC: We are in solidarity with the Kurdish people
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A PROCESS OF RECONCILIATION : KURDS, ARMENIANS, AND TURKS DISCUSS THE LEGACY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE Continue reading

Building solidarity with the Kurdish struggle for democracy, equality and freedom

Tuesday 27th September • Room 3a Conference Centre • 12.30pm – 2pm

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The situation in Turkey has deteriorated rapidly in the last 12 months with thousands arrested and detained for daring to speak out against government actions, in addition President Erdogan is now using the failed coup attempt to crack down even further. Academics, journalists, trade unionists, and civil and human rights activists have all fallen foul to this unrestrained repression and nowhere has this crackdown been felt more violently and oppressively than amongst the Kurdish population. Continue reading

OVER A THOUSAND SIGN URGENT APPEAL TO CONDEMN TURKISH STATE INVASION OF SYRIA

URGENT APPEAL

 

We, intellectuals, writers, artists, politicians and human rights defenders, seek to draw urgent attention to the Turkish state’s invasion in Northern Syria and Rojava.

The Turkish army invaded the Northern Syrian City of Jarablus on 24 August 2016, using anti-ISIS operations as a pretext. The operation was in collaboration with the Syrian arm of El-Qaida (Jabhat Fatah al-Sham) and groups like Ahrar El-Sham.

ISIS handed over the city, Jarablus, without a single bullet being fired. This is a clear indication that there was a prior agreement between the parties that Jarablus would remain as a base for Salafi groups. Therefore, Jarablus will remain as a corridor for foreign fighters to cross into Syria to receive training and then to cross back over in order to be distributed throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

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PUBLIC FORUM ‘ARMENIANS, KURDS AND TURKS: TOWARDS A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF A PAINFUL PAST’

September 12, 2016 at 7pm – 9pm

The London-based Centre for Kurdish Progress in partnership with the Gomidas Institute organised a public forum on bridge-building between the Armenian and Kurdish communities in Turkey. Lord Hylton hosted the event in Committee Room 4A in the House of Lords. 

Four guests spoke at the event: Ara Sarafian, the Executive Director of the Gomidas Institute; Huseyin Olan, co-mayor of Bitlis representing the Peace and Democracy (BDP) party; Ozcan Birlik, co-mayor of Mutki and hailing from the same party; and Dr Tunc Aybak, Programme Leader of International Politics and Law at Middlesex University’s School of Law. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 10 -16 SEPTEMBER 2016

 

NEWS

  1. Baluken: European officials attach importance to Öcalan’s message
  2. Muslim: Kobanê resistance a basis for federal system and future of Syria
  3. KCK’s Bayık: Peace and solution only possible through struggle
  4. PEN Int’l Vice President: PKK should be removed from the terror list
  5. Syria war: Kurds stand ‘at the crossroads’ of the region’s long term hopes for peace
  6. Syrian Kurds, allies to approve federal plan despite Turkey
  7. WE ARE TRYING TO PREVENT FURTHER CHAOS IN TURKEY
  8. Ankara Suspicious About Washington’s ‘Federalization’ Plan in Syria
  9. Government-appointed trustee removes Kurdish signboard on municipality in Turkey
  10. American member of YPG: Turkey’s intervention in Syria aimed at impeding our advance against ISIS
  11. Senior US official: Kurds are part of Syria’s ceasefire agreement
  12. US: Syrian truce applies to Turks, Kurds
  13. Kurds reject Syrian opposition’s transition plan
  14. Turkey to continue bitter war with Kurds despite peace calls: experts
  15. Massive Kurdish Rally Demands Ocalan’s Release
  16. KURDISH CULTURAL FESTIVAL

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Emergency motion speech at TUC Conference on Kurdish Question

Chair, conference, ………………. Unite the Union moving emergency motion ….. on Turkey and solidarity with the Kurdish population.

Colleagues it’s absolutely right that various unions have come together to submit this motion to conference.

Anyone with even one eye on the news will have seen the dramatic deterioration of the situation in Turkey and the slide towards a violent and authoritarian regime.

While this has been going on the wider world has kept disgracefully quiet, in the hope that if they say nothing then President Erodgan will stick to the deal and keep the refugees from Syria in Turkey and stop them disturbing us here in Europe. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 3 – 9 SEPTEMBER 2016

NEWS

1. Fifth day of the hunger strike for Öcalan in Amed
2. PKK and PAJK prisoners to go on indefinite hunger strike for Öcalan
3. Turkey suspends 11,500 teachers as Erdogan declares largest operation against Kurds
4. HDP: We don’t recognize trustees, people will defend their rights
5. Redur Xelil: Turkey creates conflict with YPG due to its Kurdish enmity
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“Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing to Rojava” Article in Junge Welt, translated by Janet Biehl.

 

Turkish army attacks almost daily along the border with northern Syria, resulting in deaths and injuries
A conversation with Meike Nack by Gitta Düperthal, published in junge Welt, Sept. 7, 2016, trans. Janet Biehl

Meike Nack is the European speaker of the Fundation of Free Women in Rojava (Weqfa Jina Azad A Rojava, WJAR)
Q. In northern Syria, just south of the Turkish border in the Kurdish autonomous region of Rojava, attacks by the Turkish military are escalating. You’ve lived there for a year and have contacts there. What effect are the attacks having on the people?  Continue reading

50 Kurdish Politicians Begin Indefinite Hunger Strike in Amed/Diyarbakır

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5th September 2016

50 Kurdish politicians began an indefinite hunger strike demanding that the state abide by international human rights and allow either his family or his lawyers of a party delegation to see Mr. Abdullah Öcalan with whom all communication has been cut for the last 515 days. Moreover, it is certain that during the 15 July failed coup attempt the coupists targeted him and there were clashes in the İmralı prison island. The whole world must know that there is profound anxiety over Mr. Öcalan’s health and security. Kurdish people and their institutions and representatives will not accept such inhuman and unlawful treatment of their leadership. The group on hunger strike at DBP headquarters in Diyarbakır, includes MPs, co-mayors, municipal assembly members, party executives, members of the women’s movement, lawyers, artists and members of many civil society associations began an indefinite hunger strike in Amed/Diyarbakır. The Hunger Strike has been organised by DTK (Democratic Society Congress), HDK (Peoples’ Democratic Congress), KJA (Free Women’s Congress), DBP (Democratic Regions Party) and HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party). The strike will continue until this most legal and legitimate request is fulfilled. Continue reading

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA NEWSLETTER August 2016

NEWS

  1. Kobanê women: Stop the occupation and pillage
  2. I Don’t Leave This Time
  3. ‘Actions to continue until having a meeting with Abdullah Öcalan’
  4. Yazidis in Afrin denounce Sinjar massacre
  5. Arrest Demanded For Özgür Gündem Board Member Necmiye Alpay
  6. Necmiye Alpay jailed
  7. Police Women Now Allowed to Wear Headscarves
  8. Incredible Photos Show Civilians celebrating freedom in Syria by cutting beards
  9. British mum sells jewellery, takes loans to rescue Kurdish Yazidi sex slaves
  10. Iraqi Woman Shoots Dead ISIS Commander That Once Made Her A Sex Slave
    11. Iraq’s Sinjar Yazidis: Bringing IS slavers to justice
  11. Human Rights Lawyer Eren Keskin Speaks Out On Newspaper Closure
    13. Islamic Sate atrocities against Yezidis documented in new UN report
  12. Seeking solutions to stop crimes against women, meetings held
  13. Arab Women’s Union: ISIS went but their practice continues in Jarablus

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