List of State Commissioners Appointed to DBP-led Municipalities as of 17/03/2017

Data gathered by GABB (Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities)

City – Province Population Popular Vote

for the DBP

Name of Appointed State Commissioner

1 Batman Municipality 557K 55,89% Şeref Aksoy- Deputy Governor

2 Hakkari Municipality 275K 66,83% Coney Epçim- Deputy Governor

3 Diyadin Municipality – Ağrı 43K 48,43% Mekan Çeviren- District Governor Continue reading

Imprisoned Co-Mayors from Kurdish Region, Turkey

Imprisoned Co-Mayors from Kurdish Region, Turkey

Data Compiled by Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities (GABB)

as of 17/03/2017

Name Title Date of Arrest Prison

1 Mr. Harun Erkuş Co-Mayor of Lice, Diyarbakır 08/05/2015 Diyarbakır D Type Prison, Diyarbakır

2 Ms. Dilek Hatipoğlu Co-Mayor of Hakkari 08/25/2015 Sincan Women’s Prison, Ankara

3 Mr. Nurullah Çiftçi Co-Mayor of Hakkari 08/25/2015 Kırıkkale F Type, Kırıkkale

4 Ms. Handan Bağcı Co-Mayor of Özalp, Van 10/11/2015 Bayburt M Type Prison, Bayburt Continue reading



  1. YJA Star: We will prevail in 2017 with the spirit of Newroz
  2. PKK: Let’s celebrate Newroz with the spirit of resistance
  3. How Erdoğan’s ruthless drive for more power is shaking a divided Europe
  4. Kurdish voters still undecided on Turkish referendum
  5. Kurdish supporters in Frankfurt protest against Erdogan
  6. Academic Freedom Must Be Defended
  7. PYD’s Muslim at Newroz rally in Frankfurt: Victory will be ours
  8. Turkish police detain 740 Kurds over alleged PKK links: minister
  9. PKK Prisoners Around Turkey Start Hunger Strike to Free Ocalan
  10. Turkey bans Kurdish New Year celebrations in Istanbul, Ankara
  11. Erdogan is ‘stoppable,’ pro-Kurdish lawmakers say
  12. Dozens including 3 journalists, 2 deputies detained in anti-HDP operations
  13. Dozens of pro-Kurdish officials arrested in Turkey crackdown
  14. Syrian Kurdish police fears ISIS attacks during Newroz celebrations
  15. Kurdish YPG leader says attack on Raqqa city to start in April
  16. UN says no ethnic cleansing by Kurds in northern Syria
  17. Syria conflict: Unravelling the puzzle
  18. US-led coalition says no plans to incorporate Rojava Peshmergas in fight against ISIS in Syria
  19. British YPG member says ISIS leadership fleeing Raqqa, Turkey excluded from the operation

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Newroz 2017: No to Dictatorship – Yes to Peoples’ Democracy and Freedom


Statement, 20 March 2017

It is at a most inauspicious time that the Kurdish people everywhere are now celebrating Newroz. Embattled in Turkey and Syria in particular, the Kurds once again renew their determination during the celebrations to mark this unique occasion when they give collective public expression to their heritage and culture.

Peace in Kurdistan salutes the Kurds and their historic struggle; we offer special greetings to the Kurdish men and women engaged in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) and those Kurds who are facing the wrath of Erdogan’s increasing dictatorial rule in Turkey, especially those languishing unjustly in Turkey’s jails. Continue reading


Report of the Third Imrali Peace Delegation, based on its Visit to Turkey, Feb. 13-19, 2017.


The events of the past year-and-a-half demonstrate very clearly that there can be no democracy in Turkey without a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish question. The political situation in the country has deteriorated dramatically over the past year-and-a-half, since the breakdown of the peace process in mid-June 2015, and especially since the failed coup in mid-July 2016.

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1. Êzidî mothers: Barzani sold Shengal out to Erdoğan
2. PYD Co-chair Abdullah: International powers should support the Kurds
3. YJA-Star: We will reunite with our Leader
4. Blackburn activist becomes first British woman to join fight against Isis in Syria
5. IS Leader, In Charge of Yezidi Abductees, Killed Near Tel Affar
6. Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament
7. YBŞ/YJŞ vows to respond to every attack on Shengal soil
8. Paris killings: Families file charges for the investigation to be reopened
9. Turkey’s Kurds Demonstrate for their Rights On Women’s Day

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1. Decisions and demands from the International Êzidî Women’s Conference
2. Possible election fraud: Ballot boxes in Kurdish towns relocated
3. Dutch Kurds call on Netherlands to ally against Erdogan
4. Manbij Democratic Civilian Administration Council takes office
5. Former peshmergas: Attack on Shengal serves the enemy
6. Êzidîs in Europe organise a sit-in and long march against KDP’s betrayal
7. Saleh Muslim” International Socialist adopted the federation”
8. MPs Slam Jet Sales To Erdogan Regime
9. Damning UN report slams Turkey, revealing the extent of its anti-Kurdish war
10. UN report on the destruction and rights violations in North Kurdistan
11. Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse
12. Michael Flynn Was Paid to Represent Turkey’s Interests During Trump Campaign
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Plaid Cymru Spring Conference 2017

Peace in Kurdistan and the Kurdistan National Congress attended the Plaid Cymru Spring Conference in Newport last weekend.

Leader, Leanne Wood, gave the keynote speech, recalling the Newport Uprising in 1839 when 10,000 Chartists marched on the town demanding democratic reform. She said the Charter was about regaining control of lives, of communities and a new democratic landscape. She said that this was precisely what was needed today: a new charter, with equality, especially of income and justice. We should be vigilant as we leave the EU, that we don’t lose our hard-won rights. Inequality divides people and regions. Local councils must protect, heritage, culture and language.
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Ezidi Women’s Conference March 2017 Germany.

Report by Peace in Kurdistan Women Alliance:

The first International Conference for Ezidi women took place in Germany last weekend providing an opportunity for a diverse group of women to come together to discuss, in their mother tongue, the Ezidi genocide and its aftermath. The high-level conference gave a platform to an authoritative group of women, representing both those who had survived the genocide, and those whose expertise ranged from the ethnic, political, historical, and psychological aspects of what had occurred. Continue reading

Break down of relations between KRG (KDP) and the Yazidis.


How the KRG Restrictions Harm Yazidi Recovery

 Some evidence about Sinjar and KDP policy regarding Yazidi`s

  1. Urgent call by Yazidi-Sinjar council and its YBŞ Self-Defense force
  2. Disproportionate Limits on Goods Entering, Leaving Sinjar
  3. Report Human Rights Watch: Iraq: KRG Restrictions Harm Yezidi Recovery (Human Rights Watch)
  4. Kurdish Officials Shut Down Group Aiding Yezidis (Human Rights Watch)

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