Solidarity Greetings on the PKK’s 40th Anniversary


Peace in Kurdistan declares its solidarity with the Kurdish people on the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Over the past four decades the party has totally transformed the political landscape of Kurdistan and the Middle East region. The Kurds are now a political force that cannot be ignored. This is true in Turkey, in Rojava and everywhere where the Kurds exist.

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European Court of Human Rights Demands Demirtas’ Release

issued by the Registrar of the Court

ECHR 395 (2018)


The Court finds several violations of the Convention and orders the termination of the pre-trial detention of opposition politician Selahattin Demirtaş.

In today’s Chamber judgment1 in the case of Selahattin Demirtaş v. Turkey (no. 2) (application no. 14305/17) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: no violation of Article 5 § 1 (right to liberty and security) of the European Convention on Human Rightsa violation of Article 5 § 3 (right to be brought promptly before a judge) of the Convention, no violation of Article 5 § 4 (right to a speedy review of the lawfulness of detention), a violation of Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 (right to free elections); and, by six votes to one, that there had been: a violation of Article 18 (limitation on use of restrictions on rights) in conjunction with Article 5 § 3. Continue reading




  1. Dear Women and Sisters: we once again invite you stand besides us in the second phase of
    Women Rise Up For Afrin campaign
    15 November/Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
    We are a network of women standing up against the unlawful occupation of Afrin by the Turkish state and its collaborating jihadist groups. On February 8th  2018 Kongra Star started the “Women Rise up For Afrin” campaign in Afrin, focusing mainly on the Middle East. In Europe and South America, it started on the International Women’s Day, on March 8th  2018, when women from all over the world began taking part in different activities against the Turkish occupation. The actions you carried out for Women Rise Up For Afrin had a lot of impact around the world and made visible Turkish true colours and intentions.

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Trade union leader killed in Turkey: Peace in Kurdistan Solidarity Message

Peace in Kurdistan condemns the murder of the Turkish trade union leader Abdullah Karacan in Adapazari, capital of the province of Sakarya in north western Turkey on 13 November 2018. Abdullah Karacan was president of the DISK/Lastik-is (Rubber and Chemical Workers’ Union). He was visiting workers at the Goodyear tyre factory in the city when he was shot dead and two other union representatives with him were wounded. Karacan and his union had won victories for their members in Turkey, including stopping multi-national tyre companies using outsourced labour in their factories in Turkey. Continue reading

Trade Union leader assassinated in Turkey

Abdullah Karacan, general president of the Turkish union DİSK/Lastik-İş (Rubber and Chemical Workers’ Union) was assassinated today while visiting union members at a Goodyear factory in the city of Adapazarı.
Regional president of Lastik-İş Mustafa Sipahi and shop steward Osman Bayraktar were also hit by the gunman. Bayraktar remains in critical condition after the attack.


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

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