KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 13 – 20 NOVEMBER 2017

NEWS
1. Gerry Adams: Ocalan should not be imprisoned
2. GUE/NGL Chair: An official delegation should visit Ocalan
3. BBC’s credibility at stake
4. “AKP wanted to use the KDP against Rojava and the PKK”
5.  One week of balance sheet in the Operation Cizire Storm
6.  Press conference on PKK ban in German Parliament
7. 704th appeal to visit Ocalan rejected
8. GUE/NGL Group Chair: Öcalan must be contacted
9. Indefinite sit-in by the CPT continues with resolve
10.  SDF: Turkish intelligence involved in the disappearance of Silo
11. Parliament: Kurds to withdraw from Iraqi political process uf calla for dialogue are ignored
12. The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons
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On International Human Rights Day join us in the march for the FREEDOM of ÖCALAN!

A revolutionary leader

IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT for 19 YEARS

“Peace is more difficult than War. We were not scared when we resisted, we will not be scared when we make peace.”

– Abdullah Öcalan
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DEMONSTRATION – Sunday 10th DEC 2017

Start @ 12:00 at BBC, Portland Pl., W1A 1AA

March to Westminister Sq for the Rally @14:00 Continue reading

Public Forum: The PKK is not a terrorist organisation. Analysis of the Belgian Court Decision.

Belgium Court of Appeal sets an important precedent
The PKK is ‘party to an armed conflict’ and so is not a ‘terrorist organisation’

De-list the PKK

 Organised by CAMPACC, Peace in Kurdistan and The Centre for Kurdish Progress
Monday 20 November, 7 – 9pm, Committee Room 4, Houses of Lords, Westminster

This event will be kindly hosted by Lord Glasman and chaired by Melanie Gingell barrister and associate tenant at Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers include Jan Fermon, Belgium lawyer and Acting Secretary General of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers; Alastair Lyon, BirnbergPeirce Solicitors and Les Levidow, Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC).

For more than two decades, Western governments have been persecuting Kurdish communities, attempting to silence their support for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).  Key instruments in this persecution have been anti-terror powers which authorise various executive punishments without trial, as well as prosecution for vague crimes of association.  This legislative ban on the PKK operates at both national and international levels, e.g. the EU and UN. Continue reading

FUNERAL AND BURIAL CEREMONY OF KURDISH HERO MEHMET AKSOY SET FOR LONDON

For immediate release. Press Contact: Elif Sarican, +44 7939 809542

Funeral services for fallen British-Kurdish activist and filmmaker Mehmet Aksoy will be held in London on Friday 10th November 2017 at the Kurdish Community Centre beginning at 09:30.

As the world watched closely while the Kurdish people fought and defeated ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Mehmet Aksoy, a long-time activist and cherished leader of the Kurdish community in the UK, went to Syria in June 2017 to document this resistance. He was killed in an ambush by ISIS who stormed a compound just outside of Raqqa on Tuesday 26th September 2017. His body was returned to the U.K. on Wednesday 25th October. Continue reading

Open Letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May on World Kobane Day on 1 November 2017

On World Kobane Day, 1st November, the British government has the opportunity to demonstrate support for rebuilding peace and strengthening popular democracy for the men and women of the Middle East who have fought bravely to successfully resist the encroachment of ISIS, whose aggression and politics has been viewed as a threat to all humanity.

The vision of a future society propounded by the Kurds stands at total opposition to the nightmare of ISIS’ autocratic tyranny that had been enforced against the wishes of the people. The repressive Islamist doctrine imposed a strict code of behaviour on every single aspect of life where women and people of other faiths were compelled to conform and dissenters were eradicated by systematic slaughter. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 17 – 31 OCTOBER 2017


NEWS
1. Youth of Kurdistan starts “Rise Up!” campaign
2. Analysts: Turkey May Pay Heavy Price for Iraqi Kurdish Leader’s Resignation
3. Qadir: Barzani failed and should leave the office
4. Iraq’s Kurds Resume Pumping Oil by Pipeline to Turkish Port
5. Iran to lift border curbs with Iraq’s Kurdish region in coming days
6. Ankara, Moscow coordinate steps ahead of new round of Astana talks
7. ‘Isolation on Ocalan is equal to treason against the people’
8. Demonstration for Öcalan in front of the CPT on its third day
9. International Imralı Delegation requests urgent meeting with CPT
10. British fighter plays Ariana Grande song in Raqqa’s main square
11. Fierce clashes between SDF and ISIS in Operation Cizire Storm
12. SDF Commander: Liberation of Raqqa marks a new beginning
13. Peshmerga commander reveals details about Kirkuk attack
14. Iraq Turmoil Threatens Billions in Oil Traders’ Kurd Deals
15. Kurdish officials say thousands flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover
16. 11 activists, including local Amnesty International chiefs, on trial in Turkey
17. Turkey sees ‘village uprising’ as rural areas hit hard by liberal economic policies
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Belgium’s Court of Appeal rules that the PKK is not a terrorist organisation

PEACE IN KURDISTAN

In a significant ruling made on 14 September 2017, the Belgium Court of Appeal ruled that the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) is not a terrorist organisation as defined by Belgian law. Rather, the PKK is ‘a party to an armed conflict as defined by and subject to international humanitarian law’. The government of the United Kingdom classified the PKK as terrorists in 2001 and the European Union did so the following year. It is testimony to the determination of the Kurds to fight for justice and the legitimacy of their cause that the Belgium Court of Appeal has now reversed the previous definition. It is to be hoped that the Belgium Court’s decision will set a precedent that other judicial bodies will follow. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 9 – 16 OCTOBER 2017

NEWS
1. Bayık: Kurds should unite against alliances of the enemies
2. KNK Congress calls for support for Southern Kurdistan
3. Final resolution of Kurdish workshop in Den Haag released
4. KCK warns Ankara over security of Ocalan
5. Desperate IS mounts last stand in Raqqa
6. Syria war: Turkish forces set up positions in Idlib
7. The ‘era of heroes’ is not over yet: Raqqa
8. Deir ez-Zor Civilian Council’s call to the world
9. Massacre near Deir ez-Zor: 9 civilians killed, 43 others wounded
10. Suicide attacks kill Deir Az Zor refugees and Kurds
11. Sit-in in front of the CoE to conclude today with a rally
12. Panel discussion by Rojava officials in the Council of Europe
13. Sit-in in Strasbourg continues with new participants
14. PACE urges Ankara to release arrested MPs immediately
15. Books on Kurds banned in Turkey
16. Wall Street Journal says reporter convicted in Turkey Continue reading

CONCERN OVER THE WELL BEING OF MR ABDULLAH OCALAN

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)

URGENT CALL TO THE EU-INSTITUTIONS, PRESS & PUBLIC

KURDISH PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF KURDISH PEOPLE’S LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN

There is  worrying news surrounding the health of the Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan. For two days, news has been spreading on social media that Mr Ocalan has died in prison. We as the Kurdish people are deeply concerned about Mr Ocalan’s life. Continue reading

DEMOCRATIC CONFEDERALISM: THE ALTERNATIVE TO TYRANNY AND CHAOS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Public Forum
Organised by Peace in Kurdistan in association with Centre for Kurdish Progress

 Monday, 23 October, 7-9pm in Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, Westminster

The meeting is hosted by Kate Osamor MP and chaired by the journalist Steve Sweeney

 Speakers include Dr Radha D’Souza Reader in Law, Westminster University ; Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley lecturer in Political Sociology, the University of Cambridge; Dimitri Roussopoulos publisher, author and community organiser; De Zeynap Kurban, Kurdish Women’s Movement. Continue reading