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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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

JUSTICE FOR SAKINE CANSIZ, FIDAN DOGAN AND LEYLA SAYLEMEZ THE PERPETRATORS MUST BE HELD TO ACCOUNT

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE

FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

 Four years have passed since the murders of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez in their office at the Kurdish Information Center in Paris. The women died by gun shots to their heads at close range, assassination style on 9th January 2013[1]. The suspect in the case, who was linked to the Turkish security services in Ankara, died in prison suddenly on 17th December, a month before his trial was due to start. There had been no prior indications of ill health. Continue reading

OPEN LETTER TO THE TIMES


Dear Sir,

We write in response to an article “Corbyn linked to Lobbyists behind Istanbul bombers” published in your newspaper on 17th December, 2016. See article here.

We appear to be the so-called lobbyists referred to in the title of the article.

Peace in Kurdistan is a voluntary organisation formed in 1994 by the late Lord Avebury, the playwright Harold Pinter and several other leading writers and journalists with the objective of campaigning for a peaceful political solution to the Kurdish Question, as is stated in its title.

This campaign has widespread support from independent analysts, lawyers and academics in the UK, Europe and internationally including Noam Chomsky. Our list of Patrons includes MPs and members of the House of Lords from a broad spectrum of trade unions and UK political parties including the Labour Party, The Liberal Democratic Party, the Green Party, Plaid Cymru, Sinn Fein and the Scottish National Party, including, as your article points out, Jeremy Corbyn and Kate Osamor. We note with interest that you highlight only those two names out of the full list of 30 patrons. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 11 – 19 DECEMBER 2016


NEWS
1. Pro-Kurdish party calls for peace after deadly bombing in Turkey
2. Call for solidarity with the people of Nusaybin facing ongoing demolition
3. [VIDEO] Pro-Kurdish HDP offices under attack across Turkey following Kayseri blast
4. [VIDEO] HDP headquarters attacked in Kayseri following terrorist attack
5. ECHR demands written statement from Turkey on Cizre and Sur cases
6. The fall of Eastern Aleppo
7. US says concerned about large-scale detentions of HDP politicians
8. Turkey dismisses 2,341 doctors in post-coup witch-hunt
9. EU to hold summit with Turkish leaders in coming months amid strained relations
10. HDP issues urgent call for action for Müjgan Ekin missing since October
11. Coalition: SDF have ‘proven their ability in battle’
12. Syrian Democratic Forces train new Arab recruits to join anti-ISIS operations
13. 270 fighters joined Wrath of Euphrates campaign
14. US to deploy additional soldiers to support Syrian forces in fight against ISIS
15. Suspect in Paris murder of Kurd rebels dies
16. Cansız, Şaylemez and Doğan families protest the non-trial of Ömer Güney
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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