KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 7 – 13 FEBRUARY 2017

NEWS
1. International delegation to visit Turkey applies to visit Öcalan
2. 15,000 European Kurds protest for leader’s release
3. Bayık’s message in Strasbourg calls for a joint struggle by peoples
4. Kartal at Strasbourg rally: We will finish Erdoğan fascism this spring
5. Kurds and Italians condemn the conspiracy against Öcalan in Milan
6. 98 Villages and Hamlets Liberated in the Operation Wrath of Euphrates.
7. ‘Freedom for Öcalan’ demonstration in Stockholm
8. Blackburn activist becomes first British woman to join fight against Isis in Syria
9. KCK leader asks US, Russia to not support Turkey’s anti-Kurdish ‘conspiracy’
10. Syrian Democratic Forces seize more ground east Raqqa amid ISIS retreat
11. Syrian Arab women battle  IS, social stigma
12. Kurdistani delegates to carry out meeting in Moscow
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CALL FOR THE LONG-MARCH & RALLY in LONDON FOR THE FREEDOM OF OCALAN

AND TO CONDEMN THE 15 FEBRUARY INTERNATIONAL PLOT AGAINST THE KURDISH FREEDOM MOVEMENT!
KURDISH PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY: March Date: 11-12 February 2017

The 15 February 1999 international plot reserves its place in history as a dark day for our people, our nation and our movement. Now with the plot in its 19th year, the Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Ocalan continues to display immense resistance. We salute our leader with the spirit of the Rojava revolution, the Kobane victory, and the Sur-Cizre-Silopi-Nusaybin-Sirnak resistances. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 31 JANUARY – 6 FEBRUARY 2017

NEWS
1. Participants of the Long March cover 140 kilometers
2. Internationalist march for Öcalan’s freedom continues
3. 9000 HDP members detained, 2500 jailed in one and a half years
4. Referendum rush in the municipalities usurped by the AKP government
5. KCK vows to enhance resistance across Kurdistan
6. No solution for Kurds in Turkey except democracy and peace, says Ahmet Turk upon release
7. Venice Commission visits HDP in Ankara
8. U.K. parliament foreign affairs committee calls for return to Turkey-PKK peace process
9. Opinion poll: 58.2% will say ‘no’ in Turkey’s constitutional referendum
10. ‘Solution to Kurdish question in Turkey would solve refugee crisis’ opposition tells Merkel
11. Erdogan announces ‘bring along your neighbour’ campaign to boost tourism
12. Kurdish peace ambassador released in Turkey after increasing anger over his arrest
13. Rojava and disinformation
14. Commanders in the Raqqa operation: We will triumph
15. UN opposes creation of ‘safe zones’ in Syria
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INFORMATION FILE 10.01.2017 The Freedom of Abdullah Öcalan Will Guarantee the Success of the Peace Process in Turkey

The Committee for Freedom of Öcalan c/o KNK Rue Jean Stas 41, 1060 Bruxelles  

Contents

  1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 3
  2. 2016 REPORT ON RIGHTS AND INFRINGEMENTS IN IMRALI PRISON  ……………….4-7
  3. IMRALI PEACE DELEGATION IN ISTANBUL……………………………………………….8-10
  4. IMRALI PEACE DELEGATION IN STRASBOURG…………………………………………10-11
  5. TRANSFORMATION PERIOD………………………………………………………… …….11 – 12
  6. EFFORTS FOR PEACE AND RESPONSE……………………………………………………..12-13
  7. IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE EAST………………………………………………………………13-14
  8. ISOLATION…………………………………………………………………………………….14 – 15
  9. ISOLATION: FACTS AND FIGURES……………………………………………………… …….16
  10. THE EU AND THE REALITY IN TURKEY…………………………………………………………………… 17
  11. UNITE and GMB APPEAL TO JOIN AND SUPPORT THE ‘FREEDOM FOR ÖCALAN’ CAMPAIGN………………………………………………………………………………………… ….18
  12. ASSASSINATION PLANS AGAINST MR ABDULLAH ÖCALAN……………………………19
  13. FREEDOM FOR ÖCALAN SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN FORM……..…………………………20
  14. NOTARY APPROVAL………………..…………………………………………………………….21

 Introduction:

In 1998, Turkey threatened Syria with war if Syria did not expel the Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan from the country. As a result of this threat, Abdullah Öcalan left Syria and travelled to Europe in order to promote a political solution. However, due to continued pressure from Turkey, Öcalan could not find amnesty in Europe and eventually found himself in Kenya. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 24-30 JANUARY 2017

 

NEWS
1. 70 people from 13 countries to march to Strasbourg for Öcalan
2. HDP MP Altan Tan detained in Amed
3. Theresa May signs £100m fighter jet deal with Turkey’s Erdoğan
4. Western Leaders’ Silence Emboldens The Tyrant
5. Theresa May’s visit to Turkey is more evidence of her desperate search for trading partners to replace the EU at any cost
6. Statement on the proposed constitutional reform in Turkey by the Monitoring Committee
7. PACE concerned over Turkey’s revised constitution and referendum
8. Ocalan’s isolation is human rights violation: President of European Court of Human Rights
9. Journalist Demir Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison Over 2 Books of Her
10. International PEN Blocked by Gendarmerie
11. Syria’s new national security force pledges loyalty to Turkey
12. Is Ankara waking up to what Trump really represents?
13. Reconstruction work brings more gloom to southeast Turkey
14. HDP MP Mr Garo Paylan Was Suspended From The Parliament For 3 Days
15. Manbij Executive Assembly declared
16. Geneva peace talks over Syria conflict postponed
17. Russia denies proposing Kurdish autonomy in Syria
18. Syrian Democratic Forces condemn their exclusion from Astana peace talks
19. Syrian Kurds Present Draft Constitution for Federalist State
20. Syrian Kurds Rep Arrives in Moscow to Discuss ‘Syrian Project’ With Russian FM
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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING JANUARY 2017

In this issue we publish the video links from the successful Greenwich Conference of 10th December. Please see link below under videos.

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

NEWS

  1. Nesrin Ebdullah: We will Turn Kobane Into a Women’s City
  2. Peace Mother Sultan Azboy sentenced to 8 Years in Prison
  3. Female Kurdsih Fighters Announce New Training Acadamies fro Arab Women to Take on ISIS in Syria
  4. Two Arab Women Rescued From ISIS in Raqqa Operation Join the PKK
  5. France closes the case on the murder in Paris of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla
  6. Two women from Denmark send medical aid to Rojava
  7. Kışanak: We will build a colourful future through women’s solidarity
  8. Yezidi NGO resumes activities in northern Iraq after talks with Kurdish officials
  9. Kurdish HDP Co-Chairs Sentenced to 225 Years Collectively
  10. What happens to my children’s identity now?
  11. 300 Years Term Issued for Iranian Kurdish Inmates in 2016

COMMENT AND ANALYSIS

  1. Justice for Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez: Perpetrators Must Be Held to Account
  2. PAJK: we will hold conspirers accountable
  3. On This Day in 1919: Rosa Luxemburg Murdered
  4. Women’s Cooperatives: A glimpse into Rojava”s Economic Model.
  5. The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time.
  6. The story of the ‘Angel’ who took on ISIS

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UK must oppose Erdogan’s creeping dictatorship

 

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN
Statement, 27 January 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May is embarking on an official visit to Turkey to talk about trade, defence and security with President Erdogan.

There are many more urgent issues that need to be addressed not least of which is the massive crackdown and repression unleashed by Erdogan that shows little sign of abating.

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Video links to the conference held at Greenwich University on 10th December 2016

Democratic Transformations, Kurdish Women and Regional Conflict: Lessons from Rojava and Beyond

Introduction:

The Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre of the University of Greenwich and Peace in Kurdistan – Women’s Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria, held a workshop, exhibition and roundtable discussion on “Democratic transformations, Kurdish women and regional conflict: lessons from Rojava and beyond”. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 16-23 JANUARY 2017


NEWS
1. Kışanak: We will build a colourful future through women’s solidarity
2. Intellectuals and academics visit Qandil in support of guerrillas
3. IHD: 47 ill prisoners died in Turkish jails in 2016
4. HDP Batman MP Ayşe Acar Başaran Detained
5. Turkey deports NYT reporter for critical article on Kurds
6. Sarıyıldız: AKP tries to change the constitution to avoid standing trial
7. Merkel ‘plans to visit Turkey’ next month
8. Why Ankara’s honeymoon with Trump may be short-lived
9. Prosecutor seeks up to 142 years in prison for jailed HDP co-chair
10. Muslim: Astana meeting is another game doomed to fail
11. PYD holds conference in Hasakah Governorate to discuss future of Rojava
12. Responding to Turkey: US says they only arm SDF Arabs, not Kurds
13. Yezidi NGO resumes activities in northern Iraq after talks with Kurdish officials
14. Iranian Kurdistan: Two Activist Writers Detained in Turkey
15. Hrant Dink Commemorated on 10th Anniversary of His Murder


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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1-8 JANUARY 2017 NEWS

1. Thousands in Paris: We won’t allow the case to be covered up
2. KCK: We will bring the perpetrators of Paris massacre to justice
3. Êzidîs call upon the PKK and the world
4. The Yazidi Forces will defend the Yazidis against Turkey and Barzani!
5. KCK: Peshmergas’ visit to Qandil is a response to Turkish occupation
6. 4 DBP Co-Mayors Arrested, Trustee Appointed to Ömerli Municipality
7. Turkey ousts 6 Kurdish language professors in Artuklu University
8. Call from TİHV for Editors-in-Chief Hearing to be Held on January 11
9. 9 HDP Executives Including İstanbul Co-Chairs Arrested
10. Turkey’s war on Syrian Kurds under scrutiny
11. Syria citadel near Raqqa captured by US-backed Kurds
12. 12. Brits travelling to Syria to fight ISIS should not be treated as terrorists, says foreign fighter
13. Former soldier under threat from extremists after trying to join Kurds against Islamic State
14. Turkey needs Russia, Iran to fight threats: Pundit

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. Turkey Keeps on Bombing the Kurds as it Smiles to the World
2. The Kurdish woman building a feminist democracy and fighting Isis at the same time
3. The Reina atrocity shows how deeply Islamic fanaticism has taken hold in Turkey
4. Turkey: Winner or loser in Syria?
5. Turkey: DAF, anarchist newspaper Meydan #35 — ‘we are being cornered’ (tr)
6. Journalism On Trial In Turkey
7. Turkey and the Alevis
8. Turkey Must Come to Terms With All its Terrorists
9. Controlling the Narrative on Syria by Louis Allday
10. MAKING AN EXAMPLE OUT OF INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS WHO COVER SYRIA

PIK – WOMEN ALLIANCE
1. JUSTICE FOR SAKINE CANSIZ, FIDAN DOGAN AND LEYLA SAYLEMEZ
THE PERPETRATORS MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT
2. Acceptance Speech by Mozn Hassan (Nazra for Feminist Studies) for the 2016 Right Livelihood Award
3. Women’s Alliance News Briefing December 2016
4. Message of solidarity for January 9th, Day of Common Action Against Political

CAMPAIGNS, EVENTS
1. Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan – Media Release: Police action risks criminalising a community
2. Unity of Democratic Forces Protest and march on 15 January 2pm: Unite against Fascism in Turkey!

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