KNK Speech at the Demonstration for Kurdish National Unity

Mehri Rezai , KNK representative in London, gave this speech in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 8 December 2019:

Today marks 100 years since the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed. Today we as Kurdish people condemn the decisions made within it, that led to the Lausanne Agreement which divided Kurdistan.

Under the slogan of national unity and believing in the will for freedom and self-determination alongside the leading role of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK); today we proudly say, after 100 years of suffering from mass genocide, execution and torture; we are still the only source of equality and best foundation for democracy in the  Middle East.

Just to let the British people know a majority of the struggles in the Middle East over the past one hundred years can be linked back to the Sykes Picot Agreement and the Treaty of Sèvres.

Forming modern day Turkey, Lausanne set the northern borders of Syria and Iraq, separating ethnic groups and effectively dashing the Kurdish dream of forming Kurdistan.

Today, more than 60 million Kurds, and millions of Assyrians, Yezidis and other ethnicities ride the makeshift borders originally created by Mark Sykes and Francois Picot, 100 years ago. Continue reading

Peace in Kurdistan sends its support and best wishes to Ibrahim Dogus

Peace in Kurdistan sends its support and best wishes to Ibrahim Dogus in this election week. We wish him every success in his bid to become the next Labour MP for West Bromwich East. Ibrahim has worked tirelessly for the Kurdish people throughout his career and we are absolutely certain that he will provide a clear voice on Kurdish issues in Parliament following his election. Continue reading

KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING – PROTESTS IN IRAN – 16 NOVEMBER – 6 DECEMBER 2019

INTRODUCTION

After using force to put down protests across the country, Iranian security forces launched a series of raids and detained many individuals who organized and participated in the protests. Hundreds of Kurds remain in Iranian jails since mass protests began on November 15. In Mazandaran Province’s Kelardasht city, Iranian authorities arrested a prominent Kurdish writer and activist named Mozhgan Kawasi. Kawasi was accused of “supporting the protests” in the Kurdish region. In Bokan city, Iranian intelligence officers (Ettel’aat) arrested a Kurdish activist named Azad Mahmodian. Concurrently, Fereshta Chraghy, a Kurdish journalist and member of the Yarsani religious minority, was arrested in Sarpol-e Zahab while dozens of activists and demonstrators were detained in Kermanshah, Marrivan, Sanandaj, Saqqez, Salas-e Bawajani, and Javanrud. According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK), Iranian security forces have killed 300 people and wounded over 4,000 since November 15. Continue reading

NEWS IN BRIEF Update – Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 8

No 8  18 – 27 Nov 2019

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2019/11/27/news-in-brief-update-turkish-invasion-of-rojava-north-east-syria-no-8-18-27-nov-2019/

For all of the latest developments, see these sources:

 Rojava Information Center:

 https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

 https://rojavainformationcenter.com

ANF English:

 https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News:

 https://www.hawarnews.com/en/

Women Defend Rojava:

 http://womendefendrojava.net/en/

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KNK’s declaration on popular uprising in Iran and East Kurdistan

In the past few decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran has dominated all corners of society, stifling any voice of freedom. Since last year and following the intensification of confrontation with the world, especially with the Trump administration, Iran found itself under a new wave of sanctions. Now, it has reached the level of failing to provide the initial needs of society. The corruptive character of the Iranian state and the domination of the economic system by a group of governmental mafias have led the country’s wealth to be taken away by a few. Continue reading

Briefing on Kurdish community and the 2019 General Election

Kurdish people began arriving in the UK in significant numbers in the 1980s and today there are Kurdish communities across much of the country, with a concentration in London. The people came from Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Syria and Armenia, generally fleeing conflict and repression.

British governments have a particular historical responsibility for the fate of the Kurds. At the end of the First World War the victorious British and French states partitioned much of the former Ottoman Empire. Initially, at the 1920 Treaty of Sevres, the Kurds were to be given land and an administration. However, the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne excluded all mention of the Kurds and their rights, and they were annexed between Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq. Ever since then, each of the four states has been founded on and imposed the denial of rights to the Kurds. The Kurds have periodically resisted their suppression in each state, often with tragic consequences; the Halabja massacre in Iraq in 1988 when 5,000 Kurds were gassed to death drew the world’s attention to the Kurds’ plight. The maintenance of the status quo in the Middle East has depended, to a significant degree, on the denial of the Kurds to the right to self-determination and democratic representation. There can be little progress towards democracy in any of Turkey, Iran, Syria or Iraq without recognition of the rights of the Kurdish people. The Kurds have variously at different times in different countries been denied their rights to use their language, express their culture, form associations or have political parties and representation. Continue reading

Kongra Star urges UN to play its role against Turkish invasion

The umbrella organisation of women called upon the UN to perform the role that they refused to play since the beginning of the crisis in Syria and to not sacrifice the destiny of the peoples for commercial deals.

Kongra Star Coordination wrote an open letter to the non-governmental organisations accredited to the United Nations on the Turkish genocidal campaign that seeks to invade North and East Syria and focuses on displacing the local population through an ethnic cleansing and changing the demography of the region.

The umbrella organisation of women living in North-Eastern Syria and Rojava criticised the United Nations and called for immediate action to stop the Turkish offensive.

The open letter reads as follows: Continue reading

(VIDEO) Solidarity Marches and Speeches in London on World Resistance Day for Rojava | 2 November 2019

11 November 2019|Peace in Kurdistan

On 2 November 2019 hundreds of people marched from London’s iconic Marble Arch down to Trafalgar Square. Speakers from a range of ethnic and national communities spoke out in condemnation against Turkey’s illegal invasion of North East Syria (Rojava) as well as in support and solidarity with the people of Rojava and their revolutionary experiment in Democratic Confederalism (aka libertarian municipalsm).

TO INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC OPINION: HDP STATEMENT

I am writing this letter to you as the Mayor of Diyarbakır, who was elected on the local elections in March 31, 2019 with 62.9% of the votes; however dismissed on August 19, replaced with an appointed trustee; and finally arrested on October 22, 2019.

One of Turkey’s trustee appointed 95 HDP municipalities as of 2016; we got back Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality on 31 March 2019 local elections and started to build up the local democracy once again. However, only 4 months later the central government have appointed a trustee once again and unlawfully seized the local administrations of Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van provinces that it could not succeed to gain through elections. This coup, which was addressed to local democracy on 19 August 2019, has been directly against Kurds’ right to vote and to be elected, contrary to the perception of ‘terror’ that the AKP government tries to create in public opinion. The seizure of local people’ will was not a reasoned decision of law, but a clear statement that the Kurds cannot elect the people who will rule the cities in which they live. Continue reading

NEWS IN BRIEF Update – Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 6 30 Oct-5 Nov 2019

For all of the latest developments, see these sources

Rojava Information Center:

https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

https://rojavainformationcenter.com

 ANF English:

 https://anfenglishmobile.com/

 Hawar News:

https://www.hawarnews.com/en/

 

 We stand in solidarity with Rojava, an example to the world

1 Nov 2019 | LaDonna Brave Bull Allard et al., The Guardian

Leaders from social movements, communities and First Nations from around the world, including LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Eve Ensler and Stuart Basden on the Turkish invasion in north-east Syria

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/01/we-stand-in-solidarity-with-rojava-an-example-to-the-world

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