Fear of genocide in South-east Turkey

 Report on an emergency visit to HDP MPs in Diyarbakir, Turkey, 18th -20th November 2016 by Julie Ward MEP and Melanie Gingell, barrister

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

MPs in South-East Turkey have expressed fears that the next step in the repressive, downward spiral in the mainly Kurdish district of South-East Turkey will be a genocide.

Julie Ward, Labour MEP for North West England, and Melanie Gingell, Barrister, visited Diyarbakir in South East Turkey between 18th and 20th November 2016 in response to an urgent call from the HDP in a mission facilitated by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign. Both women have made previous visits to the region, Ward as recently as mid-October 2016. Continue reading

Open letter to the Dutch company Bresser Eurasia and the Greek company Korres Engineering both of whom are joining the project to relocate the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf.

1) Bresser Eurasia BV. Viltweg 1p, P.O. Box 5231, 3295 ZJ ’s-Gravendeel, The Netherlands by email: Info@bresser.nu 2) Korres Engineering 9 Varnali Str., Melissia 151 27, Athens, Greece by email: info@korres-engineering.com

Request to withdraw from the relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf/Turkey 05.12.2016

Dear Mr. Taco Bresser, Bresser Eurasia, Dear Mr. Dimitri Korres, Korres Engineering,

As representatives of civil society organisations working to save Hasankeyf, an ancient city in the predominantly Kurdish southeast of Turkey, we write to urge you to withdraw from the project to relocate the Tomb of Zeynel Bey. From recent communication with Korres Engineering we understand that your companies are jointly providing the technical expertise and capability required to the Turkish company “Er-Bu” for the relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb, with Korres Engineering contributing to the planning and Bresser Eurasia in charge of the physical lifting and transporting of the monument. We invite you to meet with us to discuss further the concerns outlined below. Continue reading



We call on the British Government to demand the immediate release of the Diyarbakir co-mayors Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli along with all elected Kurdish officials.

Dear Foreign Secretary

You have shown a determination to develop closer relations between Britain and Turkey since becoming foreign secretary. You have expressed strong support for Turkish democracy in the wake of the failed coup. Continue reading

HDP Europe: Latest updates November 2016

Please find below 4 documents from the HDP setting out information and reactions to the detention of the Diyarbakir co-majors, the court ruling on Figen Yuksekdag, the state of emergency and the speech by Demirtas on 27th October

1.  The court ruling on Figen Yüksekdağ is not lawful but arbitrary and political

Şanlı Urfa 5th High Criminal Court ruled today “to bar HDP co-chair Ms Figen Yüksekdağ from travel abroad by way of judicial control”. This action is entirely arbitrary and in conradiction of legal precedents. Continue reading


PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN – Statement 29 October 2016

We condemn the arrests of Diyarbakir’s Co-Mayors Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli and demand their immediate release.

The Co-Mayors of Diyarbakir, Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli, were arrested in a Turkish police operation on 25 October during a new crackdown on elected officials of the municipalities in the Kurdish southeast of the country.  Numerous other senior officials have also been arrested in what is part of a continuing clampdown on democracy and civil rights in Turkey. Continue reading



Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Department for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Report Date: October 7, 2016 The Fortress and inner city of Diyarbakır and the adjacent Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape have maintained the importance of the city for thousands of years because of its strategic location between East and West boundaries. The city has kept many different cultures and also “engraved” them into its fabric. The city, which has been the heart of many civilizations and states in time, had been the regional capital (center) of the empire in the periods of Persian, Roman, Sassanian, Byzantine and Islamic empires because of its geopolitical importance. On that sense, the city is a World Heritage Site with multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-layered structure. The religious architectural structures consisting of its original civil architecture, mosques, the churches and the public buildings such as inns and traditional baths are the cultural assets of the city which can be seen in the urban conservation area. Continue reading


by Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities (GABB) Nusaybin Municipality 25th of August, 2016, Nusaybin http://www.gabb.gov.tr http://www.nusaybin.bel.tr gabbinternational@gmail.com

Round-the-clock curfews and blockades implemented in Nusaybin and a number of cities located the region of since August 2015 have caused a huge devastation and mass forced migration as well as widespread rights violations including “right to live”. Continue reading

Call for solidarity with rule of law, human rights, democracy and freedoms- Trial of Kamuran Yuksek.

05/10/2016 For immediate release PARTÎYA HERÊMÊN DEMOKRATÎK
To the international press and public opinion

Call for solidarity with rule of law, human rights, democracy and freedoms
The Democratic Regions Party (DBP) is a Kurdish political party that works towards developing democracy, human rights, rule of law, freedom and the status of Kurds in Turkey. DBP follows the tradition of the struggle and line of the Kurdish political movement. The Kurdish political movement has been fighting against the status quo and its supporters since the beginning of 90’s. DBP and the Kurdish political movement have a strong tradition of struggle of progressive forces. Continue reading

Support Turkish Academics under Attack.

Call for Support to the Academics under Judicial Harassment

Please make a small video on your phone in support of the academics who are standing with Kurdish people under attack in South-East Turkey and who are losing their jobs and facing prosecution as a result. See below for details.
Turkish scholars have been subject to heavy pressures and constraints since the declaration of the petition “We’ll not be a party to this crime” launched by the Academics for Peace initiative in mid-January. In Mersin, a middle-sized city on the Mediterranean Coast, this climate of pressure has been experienced in an accentuated manner as the twenty-one petitioners of the city’s University have since then faced very serious threats and sanctions. Continue reading

Attacks Against Women In Turkey, Targeting the Organisation of Women.

The Attacks Against Women in Turkey Target The Organization of Women

 The centre of Free Women’s Congress (KJA) Association was raided anomalously by police on April 10, 2016, around 05:00 am. The Association was raided without any prior notification and in an unusual hour that none of the administrators were there. 16 politicians, including 6 women who are members, administrators and activists of KJA, were detained in the same time with similar illegal methods. Our 4 women members, Çimen Işık, Pero Dündar, Olcay Kanlıbaş and Zozan Toprak are imprisoned after they were judged in the court on April, 11.

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