Imprisoned Co-Mayors from Kurdish Region, Turkey

Imprisoned Co-Mayors from Kurdish Region, Turkey

Data Compiled by Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities (GABB)

as of 17/03/2017

Name Title Date of Arrest Prison

1 Mr. Harun Erkuş Co-Mayor of Lice, Diyarbakır 08/05/2015 Diyarbakır D Type Prison, Diyarbakır

2 Ms. Dilek Hatipoğlu Co-Mayor of Hakkari 08/25/2015 Sincan Women’s Prison, Ankara

3 Mr. Nurullah Çiftçi Co-Mayor of Hakkari 08/25/2015 Kırıkkale F Type, Kırıkkale

4 Ms. Handan Bağcı Co-Mayor of Özalp, Van 10/11/2015 Bayburt M Type Prison, Bayburt Continue reading

Newroz 2017: No to Dictatorship – Yes to Peoples’ Democracy and Freedom


Statement, 20 March 2017

It is at a most inauspicious time that the Kurdish people everywhere are now celebrating Newroz. Embattled in Turkey and Syria in particular, the Kurds once again renew their determination during the celebrations to mark this unique occasion when they give collective public expression to their heritage and culture.

Peace in Kurdistan salutes the Kurds and their historic struggle; we offer special greetings to the Kurdish men and women engaged in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) and those Kurds who are facing the wrath of Erdogan’s increasing dictatorial rule in Turkey, especially those languishing unjustly in Turkey’s jails. Continue reading



1. Êzidî mothers: Barzani sold Shengal out to Erdoğan
2. PYD Co-chair Abdullah: International powers should support the Kurds
3. YJA-Star: We will reunite with our Leader
4. Blackburn activist becomes first British woman to join fight against Isis in Syria
5. IS Leader, In Charge of Yezidi Abductees, Killed Near Tel Affar
6. Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament
7. YBŞ/YJŞ vows to respond to every attack on Shengal soil
8. Paris killings: Families file charges for the investigation to be reopened
9. Turkey’s Kurds Demonstrate for their Rights On Women’s Day

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1. Decisions and demands from the International Êzidî Women’s Conference
2. Possible election fraud: Ballot boxes in Kurdish towns relocated
3. Dutch Kurds call on Netherlands to ally against Erdogan
4. Manbij Democratic Civilian Administration Council takes office
5. Former peshmergas: Attack on Shengal serves the enemy
6. Êzidîs in Europe organise a sit-in and long march against KDP’s betrayal
7. Saleh Muslim” International Socialist adopted the federation”
8. MPs Slam Jet Sales To Erdogan Regime
9. Damning UN report slams Turkey, revealing the extent of its anti-Kurdish war
10. UN report on the destruction and rights violations in North Kurdistan
11. Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse
12. Michael Flynn Was Paid to Represent Turkey’s Interests During Trump Campaign
13. All or nothing Continue reading

Plaid Cymru Spring Conference 2017

Peace in Kurdistan and the Kurdistan National Congress attended the Plaid Cymru Spring Conference in Newport last weekend.

Leader, Leanne Wood, gave the keynote speech, recalling the Newport Uprising in 1839 when 10,000 Chartists marched on the town demanding democratic reform. She said the Charter was about regaining control of lives, of communities and a new democratic landscape. She said that this was precisely what was needed today: a new charter, with equality, especially of income and justice. We should be vigilant as we leave the EU, that we don’t lose our hard-won rights. Inequality divides people and regions. Local councils must protect, heritage, culture and language.
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No to Erdogan’s  Presidential Dictatorship Plans


Statement, 8 March 2017

On 16 April the future of Turkish democracy will be in the hands of the people. In calling for a No vote, the HDP and the Kurds are on the enlightened side of history and stand as courageous defenders of democracy.

On 16 April 2017 the citizens of Turkey will be asked to vote in a referendum that could permanently change their lives and alter the nature of their country forever.

President Erdogan is determined that the outcome will be the one that he wants – an overwhelming popular approval for his long cherished constitutional reforms that are designed primarily to grant more power to his office and keep him in the presidential palace for many more years to come. Erdogan has been riding a wave of popularity in the aftermath of the failed coup, but there are emerging signs of economic uncertainties ahead and people’s lives are far from improving. Continue reading

Peace in Kurdistan Women’s Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria Statement for International Women’s Day

In memory of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan, and Leyla Şaylemez, assassinated in Paris in 2013 and three KJA executive members, Sêvê Demir, Pakize Nayir and Fatma Uyar, assassinated in Turkey 2016.

On the 107th International Women’s Day, 2017, we salute the heroic resistance of Kurdish Women in Syria, Turkey, and Iraq.

For 7 years the women of the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units) have battled to liberate themselves not only from the systematic sexual violence of ISIS, but also from the patriarchal values expressed in minds, in communities and across all regions of the world. Their slogan is “We will defeat the attacks of the Islamic State by securing the liberation of the women of the Middle East”. Continue reading


1. YPJ statement on 8 March: Every free woman is a free country
2. YBŞ/YJŞ vows to respond to every attack on Shengal soil
3. KCK urges an immediate end to KDP’s attacks on Shengal and Êzidîs
4. YPG: Turkish army attacked Rojava land 89 times in two months
5. Êzidî mothers: Barzani sold Shengal out to Erdoğan
6. Turkey behind attack on Yazidi force in Shingal: Kurdish expert
7. The current state is against the interests of the Kurdistanian peoples
8. Rival Kurdish factions clash in northwestern Iraq
9. Manbij Military Council denies handing over areas to Assad
10. Kurdish YPG fighters repel Turkish attack near Syria’s Afrin
11. Russian general confirms a Kurdish-Russian deal against Turkey
12. Syria’s Kurdish-led administration sees end to economic ‘siege’
13. US, Russia aim to prevent clashes between Turkey and Syrian Kurds: official
14. Moscow wants to include PYD Kurds in next Geneva talks

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PRESS RELEASE: Joan Ryan MP secures parliamentary debate on Turkey

Issued for immediate release
1st March 2017
  Joan Ryan MP has secured a 90 minute debate in Parliament to discuss the human rights and political situation in Turkey.

The debate, on Thursday 9th March from 3pm to 4.30pm, will provide an important opportunity for Members of Parliament to consider the aftermath of last year’s attempted coup and the forthcoming national referendum, in April, on the new, draft constitution – the result of which could provide sweeping new powers to the Turkish President. Continue reading

Resistance and Living Utopia: Women’s Liberation and Democratic Autonomy in Syrian Kurdistan


The School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester in association with Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria are pleased to invite to a seminar on International Women’s Day.

5.30-7.30pm in Attenborough Tower Lecture Theatre 1

The Rojava revolution in Northern Syria is at its heart, a women’s revolution. The majority Kurdish regions in Northern Syria are undergoing a profound democratic transformation that offers the possibility of peace and freedom with the full participation of women. Continue reading