1. Strasbourg rally: Victory will be of Öcalan’s children
2. Turkmen fighter: We are defending Afrin together
3. Turkey Carried Out Gas Attack in Afrin: YPG Kurds, Syrian Gov’t
4. Turkey hits Kurds with toxic gas, 6 civilians injured – reports
5. Turkey sentences journalists to life in jail over coup attempt
6. Turkey denies release request from former head of pro-Kurdish party: party official
7. Afrin-Related Detention Tally: 474 on Social Media, 192 on the Street
8. Freedom for Ocalan Committee: Ocalan must be free
9. Police Operation Against “End War” Declaration in Hatay
10. Over 1,000 Kurds march in protest from Lausanne to Geneva
11. Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party replaces jailed chief
12. Afrin Day 24: Turkey warns of total breakdown in US relations
13. Turkey launches investigation into new pro-Kurdish leader
14. Afrin: Five kilometers on five fronts in four weeks
15. ‘No problem’ if Damascus fights Turkey: Syria Kurds
16. Soccer: Turkey bans German-Kurdish player for life over ‘ideological propaganda’
17. Kurdish women occupy Tory HQ as UK-armed ally slaughters more children [TWEETS]
18. Never Again, and Other Empty Promises
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Turkey: International Observers Denied Access to Demirtas’ Trial As Arrests and Detentions Continue



Myself and the other international observers were in a sombre mood as we boarded the bus that would take us to the Sincan prison court so we could watch the trial of Selahattin Demirtas. This was due to developments in Turkey over the past few days and most of us expected that, despite assurances given to us last December, we would not be granted admission to the trial.

Upon arriving at our destination these grave expectations were proven correct. We were not allowed to enter the court. Our party joined the crowds of angry people, including diplomats who were British, Canadian, US, Norwegian, Danish, the foreign press and solidarity action groups, in pushing at the gate, hoping to get inside the courtroom.

IMG_1447(From left to right) Margaret outside court with Bente Knagenhjelm and Ali Has


IMG_2697(From right to left) Margaret outside court with Leila Khaled, Michel Laurent and Sylvie Jan France


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Defend the People of Afrin Platform Letter Delivered to New Scotland Yard on 14 February 2018


Zerdest Zagrosi
33 Dalston Lane
E8 2PE

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is an appalling injustice that the Kurdish community in the UK is being subjected to severe harassment under Terrorism legislation through night raids, port stops, questioning by MI5, and disproportionate and violent policing of demonstrations, despite the tireless campaigns that we have organised over the years against ISIS terrorism.

We deeply regret the fact that this targeting is occurring in the UK, a country in which the Kurdish people have felt safe and integrated over the last four decades, a country in which we have sought asylum from persecution in Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq. It is a tragedy that the UK authorities are now mirroring the intolerance towards Kurdish people that is shown in Turkey and are using increasingly repressive methods to curb any political organisation. Continue reading

Statement to mark the 19th Anniversary of Abdullah Ocalan’s abduction

The 15 February 2018 marks another year since Abdullah Ocalan lost his freedom. It is now 19 years since Turkey abducted and detained the Kurdish leader.
Over the intervening years Ocalan has become a living legend; his status and influence have grown considerably despite his imprisonment and isolation.
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Background on the Trial of Selahattin Demirtas



 Monday 12th February 2018

Written by Margaret Owen, International Trial Observer and Barrister

On 4th November 2016, the Co-Chair of Turkey’s pro Kurdish political party, the HDP (the Peoples’ Democratic Party), Selahattin Demirtas (pictured) was arrested and kept in pre-trial detention at Edirne prison under the country’s anti-terror law. On Wednesday 14th February 2018, in Ankara Demirtas will appear before a court as part of his ongoing trial. I am a member of a delegation from the UK that hopes to observe proceedings as they unfold.

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For Immediate Release

13 February 2018

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Contact Estella Schmid: 020 7586 5892 estella24@tiscali.co.uk

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign has today sent a petition signed by leading academics, trade unionists and activists from across the world, to Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, calling on him to ensure there is proper representation of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS) at the UN sponsored peace talks.

To date the Kurdish-led DFNS has been excluded from the talks despite the fact they administer approximately one third of all territory in Syria under a democratic system. This exclusion delegitimises the talks and has emboldened Turkey to invade Afrin. It also makes a lasting political solution significantly less likely. The process of a Syria-wide peace resolution requires at the very minimum a Syria-wide representation of all the communities whose future depends on the outcome. Continue reading


Kongreya Star Committee for External Relations

Information File

Status Date: 08.02.2018
Kongreya Star Committee for External Relations

Navenda Dîplomasî ya Kongreya Star
مركز العلاقات الدبلوماسیة لمؤتمر ستار
European Representation of Kongreya Star:


On the night before January 20, 2018, the Turkish military and its jihadist allies jointly attacked the Afrin canton. The Turkish army calls this war of aggression “Operation Olive Branch” and claims to defend itself from attacks. International lawyers disagree and in fact, the opposite is the case. In 2017 alone [see attachment 2: chronology of Turkish attacks on Afrin 2017], the Turkish military attacked the area around the northwestern corner of Syria at least dozen times with artillery in order to provoke a war. In this sense, the beginning of the attacks on January 20 was not unexpected but rather planned long ahead of time. Continue reading



We, the undersigned academics and human rights activists, insist that the leaders of Russia, Iran, and the U.S. ensure that the sovereignty of Syrian borders is not breached by Turkey and that the people of Afrin in Syria, be allowed to live in peace.

 Afrin, whose population is predominantly Kurdish, is one of the most stable and secure regions in Syria. With very little international aid, Afrin has taken in so many Syrian refugees in the last five years that its population has doubled to more than 400,000. Afrin is now surrounded by enemies: Turkish-supported jihadi groups, al Qaeda, and Turkey. Continue reading

Barcelona Mayor and over 100 academics, politicians, and human rights activists call for immediate halt to Turkish aggression toward Afrin in Syria.

For Immediate Release: 7 February 2018

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, has joined Noam Chomsky and leading academics, including Judith Butler of U.C. Berkeley, Michael Hardt of Duke, Michael Walzer of Princeton, David Graeber of the London School of Economics, and a number of politicians, union leaders, and human rights activists from Argentina to Italy in calling for Russia, Iran and the United States to stop Turkish aggression toward the peaceful enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. The statement, initially signed by 15 prominent academics and supporters of the Kurds, has quickly grown to include more than 100 additional signatories from leading universities and institutions across Europe and the United States. Continue reading