UN must reverse its aid cuts in Syria

PEACE IN KURDISTAN

 Peace in Kurdistan is dismayed by the UN decision to cut humanitarian aid to Northern Syria, which exposes 4 million people who are already facing a dire situation, to the prospect of no daily aid, including food and basic medicines. We call for this short-sighted decision to be urgently reversed. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 22 DECEMBER 2019 – 12 JANUARY 2020

For all of the latest Kurdish news, see these sources:

ANF English: https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News: https://www.hawarnews.com/en/

Rojava Information Center: https://rojavainformationcenter.com

https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

Women Defend Rojava: http://womendefendrojava.net/en/

Rojhelat: http://rojhelat.info/en/

Rojava Centre for Strategic Studies

http://nrlsrojava.com/en/

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“It is completely illegal”, says human rights barrister Bill Bowring about Turkey’s invasion of Syria

9 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan

Barrister Bill Bowring speaks to journalist Alaettin Sinayic about international law, Turkey’s invasion of Syria, and possible solutions for the Kurdish plight of self-determination.

Bowring is Professor of Law in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London, and a practising barrister at Field Court Chambers, Gray’s Inn. He is well known for his work in the field of human rights and combines his academic work with practice at the Bar, appearing in the European Court of Human Rights, and advising the Council of Europe, European Union, OSCE, United Nations, on human rights, minority rights and related issues. He is Executive Committee Member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales; President of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH); and Founder and Chair of the International Steering Committee, of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC).

SEASON’S GREETINGS from Peace in Kurdistan!

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Painting by Lukman Ahmad, Kurdish artist, born in Rojava

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”

Malcolm X

Thank you for your support in 2019! We look forward to working with you in the New Year!

Love and Solidarity

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

 

Patrons: John Austin, Baroness Blower of Starch Green, former GS NUT, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP,  Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director,  Jill Evans MEP, Desmond Fernandes, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Christopher Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Ali Gul Ozbek, Former Councillor and Mayor of Haringey; Gareth Peirce, Dr Felix Padel, Maxine Peake, actor, Trevor Rayne, writer, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Stephen Smellie, Jonathan Steele, Steve Sweeney, Gianni Tognoni, General Secretary Permanent People’s Tribunal, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP.

 

 

 

 

 

(AUDIO) The Kurdish Women’s Movement: On Revolution, Militarism and Body Politics

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The Kurdish Women’s Movement: On Revolution, Militarism and Body Politics

https://podtail.com/en/podcast/lse-middle-east-centre-podcasts/the-kurdish-women-s-movement-on-revolution-militar

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Women have been at the forefront of many of the political and military struggles in the Kurdish Middle East, most visibly so since the outbreak of the ‘Rojava Revolution’ in 2012. But women have in fact since the foundation of the PKK in 1978 played an integral role in the ideological and political development of the Liberation Movement as a whole; as guerrillas, activists, politicians, mothers and prisoners. Isabel Käser will trace the complex history of the Kurdish Women’s Liberation Movement, discuss how women’s autonomous organisational structures have emerged and how they operate today between the mountains and the cities of the four different parts of Kurdistan. Her talk analyses the emancipatory power this movement holds but also unpacks some of the tensions that emerge from the interplay between militarism, the party’s body politics and the movement’s revolutionary quest for a more democratic Middle East. Recorded on 4 June.
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Isabel Käser holds a PhD from SOAS where she worked on the Kurdish Women’s Movement. Her work contributes to debates around gender and war, feminism and nationalism, as well as conflict and body politics.

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EU condemns Turkey again while sticking to its position on the Kurdish administration in north-east Syria 

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, The Brussels Times

An international conference took place last week in the European Parliament on the deteriorating humanitarian and military situation in North-East Syria following the Turkish invasion in beginning of October.

The conference ended with a strongly worded condemnation of the invasion and a call to the EU and the international community to recognise the Autonomous Administration in the region (Rojava) and include it in the UN-led Constitutional Committee tasked to draft a new constitution for Syria.

 

Read more: https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/eu-affairs/84361/eu-condemns-turkey-again-while-sticking-to-its-position-on-the-kurdish-administration-in-north-east-syria/

 

KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 6 DECEMBER 2019 – 21 DECEMBER 2019

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2019/12/21/kurdish-news-briefing-6-december-2019-21-december-2019

 NEWS

  1. HDP co-chair Buldan: The end of the tyrant is near
  2. UN’s Mueller: Turkey’s offensive displaced over 200,000 people
  3. MEPs call for immediate action to stop Turkey’s attacks on Kurds
  4. Disciplinary sanction for Öcalan and other 3 prisoners in Imrali
  5. Activists from Villiers-le-Bel take over Freedom for Öcalan Vigil
  6. Dictator defends occupation and demands oil revenues in Geneva
  7. KESK calls on workers to join rallies for a “dignified life”
  8. Recognition of Armenian genocide will prevent Turkey’s “massacre” of Kurds: SDF commander
  9. Turkey sentences 7 Syrian Kurds to aggravated life sentences on terror charges: report
  10. First Kurdish candidate elected for the Labour Party
  11. Over objections from Trump and Turkey, Senate passes Armenian genocide remembrance measure
  12. The 70th NATO Summit and the Looming Crisis around Turkey
  13. Russia opposes expansion of Turkey’s north Syria ‘safe zone’
  14. “Öcalan is the only person who can lead the way to peace”
  15. Wife of ailing, jailed Kurdish leader Demirtas relays message after visit
  16. European Parliament to host Rojava Conference on 11 December
  17. ‘In cold blood’: Syria Kurds say killed, robbed by Turkey proxies

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 6 DECEMBER 2019 – 21 DECEMBER 2019

NEWS

  1. HDP co-chair Buldan: The end of the tyrant is near
  2. UN’s Mueller: Turkey’s offensive displaced over 200,000 people
  3. MEPs call for immediate action to stop Turkey’s attacks on Kurds
  4. Disciplinary sanction for Öcalan and other 3 prisoners in Imrali
  5. Activists from Villiers-le-Bel take over Freedom for Öcalan Vigil
  6. Dictator defends occupation and demands oil revenues in Geneva
  7. KESK calls on workers to join rallies for a “dignified life”
  8. Recognition of Armenian genocide will prevent Turkey’s “massacre” of Kurds: SDF commander
  9. Turkey sentences 7 Syrian Kurds to aggravated life sentences on terror charges: report
  10. First Kurdish candidate elected for the Labour Party
  11. Over objections from Trump and Turkey, Senate passes Armenian genocide remembrance measure
  12. The 70th NATO Summit and the Looming Crisis around Turkey
  13. Russia opposes expansion of Turkey’s north Syria ‘safe zone’
  14. “Öcalan is the only person who can lead the way to peace”
  15. Wife of ailing, jailed Kurdish leader Demirtas relays message after visit
  16. European Parliament to host Rojava Conference on 11 December
  17. ‘In cold blood’: Syria Kurds say killed, robbed by Turkey proxies

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