Two Speeches by Meral Cicek of REPAK

AFTER GENOCIDE: GENDERED TRAUMA, TRANSMISSION AND REINVENTION, YEREVAN SEPTEMBER 17-18-19

  1. Is there an ongoing genocide against Kurds in Turkey?

The imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan named his in 2010 drafted defence writing “The Kurdish question and the Democratic Nation Solution: Defending the Kurds under the yoke of cultural genocide”. Many Kurds maybe found this warning exaggerated. Wasn’t the era of genocide in Kurdistan over? The 20th century has been a century of uprisings and genocides in Kurdistan. To cite just a few: Continue reading

Review of Abdullah Ocalan’s Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization Dr. Thomas Jeffrey Miley, University of Cambridge

 

 Introduction

Respect for Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the Kurdish Freedom Movement, “chained to the rock of Imrali,” a symbol of resistance, of fortitude and resilience, a responsible leader, a prophet, a man with a powerful political vision.

A vision that has inspired the revolutionaries in Rojava in Syria, and that fuels the Kurdish resistance to Erdogan’s tyranny in the southeast of Turkey (and beyond).

The heroic defence of Kobane caught the world’s attention, the movement’s will to struggle, its ability to mobilize the people for collective self-defence, to sacrifice and to die for a cause, and not just for any cause, for a good cause: the project of “democratic confederalism,” a project which represents the only alternative to the negative dialectic of tyranny and chaos currently tearing the Middle East apart, or, in Ocalan’s terms, the only alternative to “hierarchical and dominated civilization.” Continue reading

Feleknas Uca Speech at Labour Party Conference 2016

Dear all, today I will talk about the political situation in Turkey.

In April 2016, the ‘Freedom for Öcalan’ campaign was started in the UK. The members of the campaign are now totally convinced that a peaceful solution to the current conflict will only be found if the jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan is freed and allowed to play a full role in the development of a new peace process. Indeed, for the Kurdish people and supporters across the world, these campaigns that build solidarity amongst trade unionists, for the freedom of Öcalan constitute a significant initiative. Continue reading

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


For immediate release

27th September 2016

The Freedom for Ocalan Campaign is holding a fringe meeting at Labour Party Conference in Liverpool today in Room 3a Conference Centre • 12.30pm – 2pm. Refreshments provided.

The meeting, entitled Building solidarity with the Kurdish struggle for democracy, equality and freedom is co-sponsored by the GMB, UNITE and Peace in Kurdistan Campaign. Continue reading

PYD 8th Congress held in Brussels

The Partiya Yekitîya Demokrat- Democratic Union Party (PYD) Europe Organization held its 8th Congress in Brussels on September 24-25.It was attended by a total of 700 delegates, 135 of whom were women, who came from across Europe, Scandinavian countries, Greece and Bulgaria. Attendees included PYD co-chairs Asya Abdullah and Saleh Moslem, Greek Party Syriza’s Antonios Markopoulos, HDP’s Kemal Aktaş,  and Sinn Fein’s Emma Clancy.

The following message of solidarity was delivered on behalf of Peace in Kurdistan:

Solidarity Message to Conference of PYD on 24-25 September 2016

On the occasion of its 8th Conference in Europe, Peace in Kurdistan extends its solidarity and support to the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdish people. Continue reading

Congratulations Jeremy!

Your re-election as leader of the Labour Party by a figure of 62 to 38% is a cause for celebration and clearly demonstrates that you have the support of the vast number of party members.

The overwhelming majority of party members have cast their vote in your favour for a second time within a year and on this occasion with an even more convincing majority.

This give you a clear mandate to implement the progressive policies to improve the lives of people at home and abroad. It also provides a strong basis for you to lead the party to a historic victory at the next general election.
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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