Final Resolution of the 1st International Women’s Conference “Revolution in the Making” . Frankfurt 6-7 October 2018.

We are well aware of the fact that a global war against women is being waged by patriarchy. We have been struggling against patriarchy for thousands of years in different forms. This new wave of global war against women is directed against us because of the things we achieved and because of the fact that we have been growing the means to imagine and realize an equal and free life ever more; in all parts of the world. Continue reading

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“Democracy has already left Turkey”

The original article was published in Greek in the London-based newspaper ‘Eleftheria’ on 4 October 2018. By Penny Papadopoulou.

The recent developments in Turkey and the implications for the region were discussed in a series of fringe events at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool last week. Continue reading

In Memory of Mehmet Aksoy

Debbie Bookchin spoke at the memorial for Memo:

I am very honored to stand before you today and say a few words about Mehmet. Mehmet spoke words of inspiration effortlessly, from his heart, channeling a river of passion for justice and righteousness, with a wisdom that it sometimes seems he was born with, though we all know that he worked hard to become the extraordinary person he was. Unlike him, my words don’t come easily, especially at a time like this. So please forgive me for reading a few comments. Continue reading

The 20th Anniversary of Abdullah Ocalan’s Expulsion from Syria

PEACE IN KURDISTAN

FREEDOM FOR ABDULLAH OCALAN NOW!

Abdullah Ocalan, founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has led the struggle for Kurdish rights for many years. 9th October marks the twentieth anniversary of his expulsion of Abdullah Ocalan from Syria, where he had lived in exile for nearly 20 years. The Kurds view the expulsion as part of an ‘international conspiracy’ against Ocalan and themselves. Abdullah Ocalan was subsequently abducted from Kenya on 15 February 1999 and taken to Turkey, where he was subjected to a show trial and has been imprisoned ever since, kept on Imrali Island, Turkey’s equivalent of Robben Island. For more than 10 years he was isolated as the only prisoner on the island. Continue reading

A Conference marking 25 years of PKK ban, 20 October, Berlin.

It is time for analyses and discussions to fight for an end to the ban.

This November marks the 25th anniversary of the ban of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)  initiated in 1993 by Chancellor Dr. Manfred Kanther. Since then thousands of criminal procedures have been taken against Kurdish activists and supportive left activists, who publicly displayed the allegedly forbidden PKK symbols. Due to the Vereinigungsdelikte (Association Offences) of the criminal law paragraph 129, 129a and 129b (membership in a criminal/terrorist organisation), we have seen hundreds of indictments, arrests and sentences of people who did nothing more than engage in a political struggle for the Kurdish Freedom Movement. Continue reading

The Saturday Mothers

Following a recent visit to Istanbul, Ali Has writes:

The Saturday Mothers (Cumartesi Anneleri) is a group who gathers 12pm every Saturday for half an hour at Galatasaray (district), Istanbul (Turkey), holding photographs of their “lost” loved ones. Mainly composed of mothers of victims, and renowned as a model of civil disobedience, they combine silent sit-in with communal vigil as their method of protest against the forced disappearances and political murders in Turkey during the military coup-era of 1980s and the state of emergency rule of the 1990s. In September 2018, they held their 700th sit-in protest, which was violently disrupted and has not been allowed since. But decide to disrupt and ban this peaceful protest now? It would appear that with the addition of former Turkish prime minister Tansu Ciller during the 1993-1996 and the then chief of police for Turkey Mehmet Agir in the current political arena alongside the ruling government that the banning of this protest is a gesture of good will or a “wink of the eye” aimed at appeasing them. Indeed, it is largely believed that it was at the direct orders of the two said actors or on their watch that most of the disappearances were ordered and occurred.  Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 29 AUGUST – 16 SEPTEMBER 2018

NEWS

  1. Joe Robinson: Turkish court convicts former UK soldier
  2. Kongreya Star launches hunger strike for Afrin
  3. Turkish government arrests 2 more Austrian citizens
  4. Al Idlibi: Turkey could lose all its cards in Idlib
  5. Diyarbakır’s Art Scene and the Voice of Kurdish Resistance
  6. UN Commission: Turkey violated international law in Afrin
  7. HDP delegation held press conference in Berlin
  8. German opposition and a significant portion of the public object to Erdoğan being received with an official state ceremony.
  9. Turkish communist faces trial over anti-war remarks
  10. 18 dead as Syria Kurds clash with regime forces
  11. ISIS officer: Suicide bombers were sent to Europe by MİT
  12. Turkey HDP: Court jails pro-Kurdish leader Demirtas
  13. Kurdish forces ambush Turkish-backed fighters in Afrin, killing two
  14. Turkey: Over 50 journalists currently face trial on “terrorist propaganda” charges
  15. Kurdish youth continued Long March
  16. Six thousands refugees returned to Rojava in two months
  17. Women prisoners to protest conditions in Elazığ
  18. Human rights are constantly violated in Afrin
  19. Saturday Mothers to defy protest ban imposed by Turkey’s Erdogan
  20. Rûken: Isolation is part of the special war
  21. Tunç: Soldiers are threatening the villagers in Dersim to leave

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The 73rd genocide of the Yazidis, and building a new life – 1

Thursday, 2 Aug 2018 – 08:00

ÎBRAHÎM ÊZIDÎ/SINJAR

4 years have passed since the 73rd genocide of the Yazidis in Sinjar (Şengal), but tens of thousands of people are still displaced from their homes, and thousands remain captive in the hands of the terrorists who perpetrated this crime against humanity. However, the people of Sinjar survived and emerged from the genocide to build a new life.

Throughout history, the Yazidi society has faced many genocides, and in 2014 this happened once again – this time occurring in front of the eyes of world. On the fourth anniversary of this genocide, though the wounds of Sinjar have not completely healed, the Yazidi society has created a new life for themselves after surviving the killing, kidnapping, torture, and pain of this most recent genocide. Continue reading

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA: NEWS BRIEFING August 2018

On the Fourth anniversary of the Yazidi genocide:
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/ 
1. Yazidi Women from Afrin: We’ll struggle to liberate home
2. 3 August, the day humanity was lost
3. KCK: Everybody owes the Yazidis in the name of humanity
4. Kurds Commemorate Fourth Anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide
5. Women remember Shengal victims in Istanbul
6. Kurdish women in Afrin protest rebel group detention of young men
7. Despite increased women representation in parliament, Turkey’s political gender equality still long way to go.
8. Druze women and children kidnapped by Islamic State in Syria’s Sweida
9. In pictures: the women’s revolution of northern Syria
10. In pictures: the women’s revolution of northern Syria part II
11. JINWAR an ecological women’s village in Rojava
12. YJŞ: Organized women are the best response to the genocide
13. Betrayed by extremists and abandoned by their governments, these women and children have nowhere to go
14. IHD’s Onaran: Women prisoners are facing severe conditions
15. ‘I still feel the need for resistance in my writing’: Sudanese author Leila Aboulela
16. Traces of the Goddesses

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1. Yazidi Women from Afrin: We’ll struggle to liberate home
3 August/ANF News
Yazidi women from Afrin said that whoever tries to annihilate someone’s identity begins with women first.
The women emphasized that they would increase the struggle to liberate Afrin and would not allow the Turkish state occupation to annihilate the Kurdish people.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/yazidi-women-from-afrin-we-ll-struggle-to-liberate-home-28708

2. 3 August, the day humanity was lost
3 August/ANF News
The biggest attack carried out by DAESH (ISIS) mercenaries in the Middle East was in Shengal.
The mercenaries sold hundreds of Yazidi women as slaves at their markets and killed many others. Some women were rescued or managed to escape from captivity and tell their stories, four years after that massacre.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/3-august-the-day-humanity-was-lost-28694

3. KCK: Everybody owes the Yazidis in the name of humanity
3 August/ANF News
Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council Co-Presidency commemorated the people who lost their lives in the August 3 genocide and stated that the abducted women and children are “an oath to fight” for them. KCK stressed that ending the firmans against the Yazidi people would “mean an end to oppression and massacres against all peoples of the Middle East.”
https://anfenglishmobile.com/news/kck-everybody-owes-the-yazidis-in-the-name-of-humanity-28684

4. Kurds Commemorate Fourth Anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide.3 August/Morning Star
THE genocidal killing of thousands of Yazidis four years ago was commemorated by Kurds today, who pledged “an oath to fight” for freedom and democracy in their honour.
“Standing with the Yazidi people will mean an end to oppression and massacres against all peoples of the Middle East, ” the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) said a statement marking the anniversary of the August 3 genocide carried out by the Isis death cult.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/kurds-commemorate-third-anniversary-of-the-yazidi-genocide

5. Women remember Shengal victims in Istanbul
3 August/ANF News
The Struggle for Kidnapped Women Platform condemned the massacre carried out by DAESH against the Yazidi people in Shengal, four years ago. The action was organised in Taksim square.
HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) deputy and HDK (Peoples’ Democratic Congress) co-chair, Gülistan Koçyiğit, delivered a speech at the action which saw the participation of numerous women’s organizations.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/women-remember-shengal-victims-in-istanbul-28712

6. Kurdish women in Afrin protest rebel group detention of young men
21 July/Kurdistan 24
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – At least a dozen women in Afrin’s town of Jindires, northwestern Syria, took to the streets on Friday to protest the detainment of Kurdish men by Turkish-backed armed rebel groups and demand the release of the detainees.
http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/76f3c9b8-3014-45c3-bd8a-83eded7d3f46

7. Despite increased women representation in parliament, Turkey’s political gender equality still long way to go.
4 July/Global Times
Turkish activists say that the female representation in Turkey’s parliament has increased in the latest election, but it is insufficient and there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in politics. The number of Turkish women lawmakers has steadily increased in the past two decades. In the June 24 election, the percentage of women lawmakers in the Turkish parliament increased to 17.3 percent, with 103 female members in the 600-seat assembly, from 14.7 percent in 2015 and 9.1 percent in 2007.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1109411.shtml

8. Druze women and children kidnapped by Islamic State in Syria’s Sweida
30 July/Middle East Eye
Dozens of members of the Druze religious minority were captured by IS last week according to residents of Sweida
http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/druze-women-children-kidnapped-syrias-sweida-638990499

9. In pictures: the women’s revolution of northern Syria
12 July/The Region
It’s not a surprise why many are saying that the Kurdish freedom movement is undergoing a woman’s revolution. Commanding armies, and armed with heavy weapons, Kurdish women have been at the forefront of the fight against the so-called Islamic State. But it would be misguided to state that this, in itself, is the “woman’s revolution”, for the advances that Kurdish women move beyond the military sphere. To subscribe to this view, is to fall guilty of what Kurdish activist Dilar Dirik calls the “oriental gaze” which fetishizes bad-ass Kurdish women while stripping them from their agency.
http://theregion.org/article/13838-in-pictures-women-039-s-revolution-of-northern-syria

10. In pictures: the women’s revolution of northern Syria part II
14 July/The Region
It’s not a surprise why many are saying that the Kurdish freedom movement is undergoing a woman’s revolution. Commanding armies, and armed with heavy weapons, Kurdish women have been at the forefront of the fight against the so-called Islamic State. But it would be misguided to state that this, in itself, is the “woman’s revolution”, for the advances that Kurdish women move beyond the military sphere. To subscribe to this view, is to fall guilty of what Kurdish activist Dilar Dirik calls the “oriental gaze” which fetishizes bad-ass Kurdish women while stripping them from their agency.
http://theregion.org/article/13859-in-pictures-women-039-s-revolution-of-northern-syria-part-ii

11. JINWAR an ecological women’s village in Rojava
15 August/The Region
Short film.
http://theregion.org/#mobile-nav

12. YJŞ: Organized women are the best response to the genocide
03 August 2018/ANF English
Shengal Women’s Units (YJŞ) Command issued a written statement on their official website for the 4th anniversary of the 74th genocide and said the attacks aimed to annihilate their identity.
https://anfenglish.com/women/yjS-organized-women-are-the-best-response-to-the-genocide-28701

13. Betrayed by extremists and abandoned by their governments, these women and children have nowhere to go
01 August 2018/The Canary
Following an on-site visit, The Canary has learned that ‘Roj Camp’ in northern Syria (Rojava) houses 2,000 refugees. Almost all of them are reportedly the wives and children of current or former members of Daesh. But often, their own governments do not want them back, or simply claim they are unable to help them.
https://www.thecanary.co/feature/2018/08/01/betrayed-by-extremists-and-abandoned-by-their-governments-these-women-and-children-have-nowhere-to-go/

14. IHD’s Onaran: Women prisoners are facing severe conditions
6 August/ANF News
According to the last report of the Human Rights Association (İHD), there is a total of 1025 ill prisoners, 357 of whom are seriously ill. Of the ill prisoners, 86 are women.IHD Istanbul Branch Prison Commission member, Hatice Onaran, said: “For many different reasons, women prisoners are not the same as other prisoners, when they are ill. We know of the degrading and humiliating treatment in prison, and it is also for this reason that women prisoners are experiencing a more difficult situation”.
https://anfenglishmobile.com/women/ihd-s-onaran-women-prisoners-are-facing-severe-conditions-28781

15. ‘I still feel the need for resistance in my writing’: Sudanese author Leila Aboulela
11 July/Middle East Eye
Award-winning Sudanese novelist Leila Aboulela knows what it means to leave one world behind and embrace a new existence with courage and determination. With her roots laying down the foundation for her craft, Aboulela’s works of fiction focus on the exploration of identity, migration and spirituality.
http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/features/I-still-feel-the-need-for-resistance-in-my-writing-sudanese-author-leila-aboulelas-book-1086971281

16. Traces of the Goddesses
8 August/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
“Countless pottery shards litter the ground. With stones carefully worked into tools and building elements, ancient clay walls testify to different eras of life. I step tentatively, because I do not want to injure the goddesses who rest here, or destroy their works … Every time I look at the gir hills or visit historic sites in Rojava, I am overwhelmed by these ambiguous feelings: an awed shudder at the great deeds that have been performed here, but also melancholy and sadness at the ignorance and plunder that these witnesses to human history saw.”
https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2018/08/08/traces-of-the-goddesses/

17. Women Weaving the Future
A major international women’s conference in Frankfurt on 6-7 October 2018: Revolution in the Making. Women in the Mesopotamian and Middle East region have been struggling for freedom for a long time and we want to bring together women of the world to combine our knowledge, power to change, and our experiences.  You may have heard of the Women’s Revolution under way in Northern Syria (Rojava) where an area of self-administration has been declared in which all ethnicities are working together to create a gender equal, ecologically sustainable future. If you are interested to know more, this book is a great introduction
https://www.plutobooks.com/9781783719884/revolution-in-rojava/
For details of conference click here. 

Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
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Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 & Melanie Gingell – Tel: 020 7272 7890
Fax: 020 7263 0596

Patrons: John Austin, Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP,  Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director,  Jill Evans MEP, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert MEP, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, International Coordinator, Green Party of England and Wales;; Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Gareth Peirce, Maxine Peake, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Stephen Smellie, Steve Sweeney, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP.