KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 29 JULY – 7 AUGUST 2017

NEWS
1. HDP MPs joining the Conscience and Justice Vigil in Van
2. Police attack the HDP MPs staging a march after vigil in Istanbul
3. HDP’s ‘Vigil of Conscience and Justice’ will continue in Istanbul
4. Victims of the Shengal genocide commemorated in Europe
5. Journalism Is Not A Crime In Turkey Or Anywhere
6. Turkish opposition shows solidarity with pro-Kurdish party
7. First Kurdish newspaper in Zazaki dialect is shut down
8. US-led Coalition: Iraqi Kurds put us in touch with Kurdish fighters in Kobani
9. Turkey reinforces military along Kurdish-controlled Syria border
10. ‘It’s memorycide’: Turkey dismantles monuments to Kurdish culture
11. Three Years On From The Yazidi Genocide
12. Heavy-handed police disrupt minute’s silence
13. Turkey to ban use of ‘Kurdistan’, ‘Kurdish city’ and ‘Armenian Genocide’ in parliament
14. Turkey’s opposition HDP to continue ‘justice watch’ in Istanbul
15. Joe Robinson: Terror charge ex-soldier ‘faces court wait’
16. Kurdish-led administration in Syria sets election dates
17. Turkey’s HDP spokesperson says he would vote ‘yes’ in Kurdistan Region referendum
18. Once against Kurdish initiative, Gülenists turned into sympathizers of Kurds Continue reading

PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-ORGANISATION OF YEZIDI WOMEN AND FOR A DAY AGAINST FEMINICIDE

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign has today sent a petition to Boris Johnson , the Foreign Secretary and Emily Thornberry, the Shadow foreign Secretary calling on them to recognise 3rd August as an International Day against Feminicide. The petition contains the names of over 250 prominent activists, lawyers, and academics.
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Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

 PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-ORGANISATION OF YEZIDI WOMEN

AND FOR A DAY AGAINST FEMINICIDE

We, the undersigned, express our support for our Yazidi sisters’ call for August 3rd to be declared International Day against Feminicide!

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Lugalbanda: Lover of the seed. A new version by Doug Nicholls

Beautifully designed, printed and written with some stimulating discussion notes, this book is a fund-raiser for the Free Ocalan campaign. It brings to the attention of a modern readers a poem written 5,000 years ago but still with incredible relevance to us today. The imprisoned political leader Abdullah Ocalan draws attention to the first Sumerian civilization built between the Tigris and Euphrates, in the troubled lands today covered by Iraq and Syria. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 8 – 14 JULY 2017

NEWS
1. “Rojava Revolution also makes a global revolution possible”
2. Kurdish official: Turkey attacks Afrin to regain influence in Syria
3. WATCH: Russia asks Kurds to hand Afrin to Syrian regime to stop Turkish attacks
4. Syrian Kurds must be given role in drafting new constitution: UN envoy
5. SDF to attend the meeting of anti-ISIS Coalition in Washington
6. Yüksekdağ: “We return Erdoğan’s comments in full”
7. Swedish politicians accuse Erdogan of genocide against Kurds
8. Germany sentences Kurdish politician to 3 years and 3 months
9. Co-Chair Demirtaş is nominated for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
10. OPEN CALL to The Chair Of The AKP
11. #WeareDemirtaş
12. British man and two Americans killed fighting Isis in Syria
KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 8 – 14 JULY 2017
13. A symbol of solidarity – Two more Turks honoured with Leipzig’s freedom of the press award
14. EU Parliament urges Turkey to release arrested journalists immediately

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AN URGENT DOSSIER ABOUT TURKİSH INVASİON

                

The Turkish state is preparing for war against the Kurdish city of AFRIN (Rojava-Kurdistan)

Stop the Turkish Invasion!

The Turkish army and its sectarian affiliates are attacking liberated villages in Şehba and Afrin (Rojava-Kurdistan, Syria). As many as 6 civilians have been killed, dozens injured and many settlements destroyed. Several Kurdish villages were forcibly evacuated and some besieged.

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KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 1 – 7 JULY 2017

NEWS
1. Thousands take to the streets in Hamburg against the G-20 Summit
2. Ahmet Türk: The Justice March should turn into a united struggle
3. Kurdish leader Demirtaş prosecuted on charge of humiliating Erdogan’s government, Turkish army
4. International delegation denied attendance in Yüksekdağ’s hearing
5. German intelligence: PKK is fighting ISIS
6. “Erdoğan is responsible for the assassination plans in Germany”
7. Jagland: ECHR launched efforts for jailed journalists in Turkey
8. PYD says Kurds determined to expel Turkish forces from northern Syria
9. Thousands of Kurds protest against Turkish attacks on Afrin town
10. Clashes with Turkey likely in days: Syrian Kurdish militants
11. Tens of thousands in Syria protest expected Turkey attack
12. “We will never leave our lands to the grandsons of the Ottomans”
13. Turkish massacre in Efrîn: 3 civilians killed, 8 others wounded
14. Turkish, FSA shelling kills mother and two children, critically injures 7 in Shahba region

OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
1. EU parliament votes to halt accession talks with Turkey
2. The Kurds Under Erdogan’s Tyrannical Governance
3. Does the US have answer for Turkish threats against Syrian Kurds?
4. Ankara’s offer to Moscow: Give us Afrin for Idlib
5. Statement regarding the situation of media freedom in Turkey
6. MARGARET OWEN: ROJAVA AS HOME TO OVER TWO MILLION IDPS
7. Feminist Dissent Issue 2, a special issue on ‘Gender and Fundamentalisms’ co-edited by Nira Yuval-Davis and Nadje Al-Ali
8. The RealNews Network: Syria, Anarchism & Visiting Rojava
9. Kobane Calling

ACTION, CAMPAIGNS
1. STATEMENT OF THE DELEGATION TO OBSERVE FIRST HEARING OF HDP CO-CHAIR FIGEN YUKSEKDAG.
2. Amnesty International UK – TURKEY: FREE AMNESTY DIRECTOR IDIL ESER
3. TURKEY: HUNDREDS AT IMMINENT RISK OF FORCED EVICTION
4. CALL FOR TARGETED ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF TURKEY

EVENTS
1. Who is Beating Back ISIS in Syria?
2. Kurdish Cultural Festival, 30 July 2017 in Quorn
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NEWS
1. Thousands take to the streets in Hamburg against the G-20 Summit7 July/ANF News
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hamburg, Germany took to the streets to protest the G-20 Summit. Dozens were injured when the police attacked the protesters and many were detained. The demonstrations continued into the early morning hours.
https://anfenglish.com/news/thousands-take-to-the-streets-in-hamburg-against-the-g-20-summit-20831

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STATEMENT OF THE DELEGATION TO OBSERVE FIRST HEARING OF HDP CO-CHAIR FIGEN YUKSEKDAG.

ANKARA 4 JULY 2017.

A delegation of politicians and lawyers from the UK attempted to observe the first hearing in the trial on terrorism related charges of Figen Yuksekdag, the former Co-Chair of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in Ankara on 4 July 2017. The delegation was subjected to police harassment throughout the day and eventually denied entry to the hearing in breach of well-established international legal principles. The hearing took place in the absence of any international observers and was eventually adjourned to 18th September without bail. Continue reading

ROJAVA AS HOME TO OVER TWO MILLION IDPS

2ND INTERNATIONAL KURDISH MIGRATION CONFERENCE: JUNE 15-16th, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

Margaret Owen

The present dire situation of over two million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Rojava, (refugees in all but name), abandoned by the UN, the US and the EU is a scandal and is a “preventable catastrophe”.

I am describing a humanitarian disaster in Northern Syria that could and should be alleviated providing that humanitarian aid is delivered. It is required now and urgently. Continue reading

Kurdish Cultural Festival – 30 July

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Celebrate Kurdish culture and politics with great music, great food, stalls, bookshop, childrens’ activities, world class Kurdish musicians and dancers, art exhibition, workshop discussions, films,
national and international speakers. We will be joined by many colleagues from Kurdistan from national and local government and the media.

Program:

Kurdish Festival Programme (1 Ed) 33904

To register for free:

Please fill out this form and sent it to hollyb@quorngrangehotel.co.uk

Kurdish Festival registration form

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ABOUT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND AGAINST CENSORSHIP IN TURKEY AND INTERNATIONALLY

Brussels, European Parliament, 29 June 2017
Interpretation is available in English, French, Kurdish and Turkish
Room: Altiero Spinelli-A3G- 2
Address: Rue Wiertz 60, B-1047 – Bruxelles

This international conference will focus on freedom of thought and of the press and of people’s right to information in Turkey. Members of the International Federation of Journalists, academics, European, Turkish and Kurdish journalists, policy-makers and activists will speak at the conference.

The Turkish State is engaged in a massive assault on freedom of expression within its borders. In the last year, 150 television, radio and daily newspapers have been closed and hundreds of journalists have been imprisoned. According to the Reporters without Borders 2017 press freedom index, Turkey is one of the countries where press freedom is mostly violated, ranking 155th out of 180 countries.

Today Turkey is the world’s largest prison with over 150 imprisoned journalists with hundreds of closed newspapers, magazines, and television stations.

Program: Program Media Conference EP 2017