Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria
Dear Prime Minister
On International Women’s Day 2018 we call on your government to acknowledge and condemn the Turkish invasion of Afrin and the attacks currently taking place there against a women’s revolution in Afrin in Northern Syria.
The invasion constitutes a war of aggression and is therefore in breach of international law. Its continuation is in clear breach of Security Council Resolution 2401. Continue reading
Foreign Relations Commission
Yazidis in Afrin
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The Yazidis have a historical presence in Syria that goes back to thousands of years, and they are indigenous to the region. Despite attempts to obliterate the Yazidi identity and history and to hide and distort archaeological sites, archaeological discoveries in several areas of Syria, including the “Lilon Mountains” in the Syrian northwest, The Yezidi religious symbols found on the walls of the temples and the monuments discovered in Afrin are the best proof of the existence of Yezidis there. Continue reading
Peace in Kurdistan
Campaign for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish question
Press Release 27 July 2017
Peace in Kurdistan- Women Alliance has launched a petition in support of Yezidi Women in Sinjar, Iraq to mark the 3rd Anniversary of the Genocide and Feminicide perpetrated by ISIS.
The petition supports the call from the Free Yazidi Women’s Movement (TAJÊ) to make 3rd August an International Day Against Feminicide.
On the 3rd August 2014 ISIS attacked and massacred the Yazidi community in Sinjar, Iraq, systematically targeting women and girls who were killed, raped and enslaved in their thousands. This amounted to feminicide, a feminicide which continues to this day as thousands of women remain captive and used as sex-slaves, across Iraq, Syria and the Arabian Gulf.
Three years on there is still no justice for these women or any concerted attempt by the international community to rescue the thousands still enslaved. The petition supports the self-determination and self-defense of women who have returned to Sinjar and who have organised to ensure they are never victimised in this way again and stands as a challenge to the continued inaction of the international community.
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!
The 3rd August 2017 marks the third anniversary of the day in 2014 when ISIS attacked and massacred the Yazidi community in Sinjar, Iraq, systematically targeting women and girls who were killed, raped and enslaved in their thousands. This amounted to feminicide, a feminicide which continues to this day as thousands of women remain captive across Iraq, Syria and the Arabian Gulf.
The United Nations has officially designated what happened in Sinjar as genocide. For the Yezidis this was the 74th Genocide that they have endured in their history and one which was perpetrated by way of feminicide. With this feminicide, the Yazidi people have to face the bitter reality that their existence, their belief and their freedom can only be secured through self-determination, self-organization and self-protection. Women in particular hold the vital role in this process of self-organization in response to genocide and feminicide. They have thrown off their victimhood and will now determine and take control of their fate organized as the Free Yazidi Women’s Movement (TAJÊ) in Sinjar and in Europe.
We agree that August 3rd will be the International Day of Action against Feminicide and will raise our voices in support of this self-organisation and for the freedom of the kidnapped, enslaved and murdered women of Sinjar.
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Let’s make August 3rd the International Day of Struggle
against Feminicide through our joint organization!
On August 3rd 2017 is the third anniversary of the genocidal attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Êzidi (Yazidi) Kurds in the Northern Iraqi city of Sinjar. Starting on August 3, 2014 the attacks and massacres caused a humanitarian catastrophe but importantly had the genocidal objective of eradicating the whole Êzidi community. Women were systematically targeted within this genocide and therefore it also constitutes a feminicide.
On August 3, 2014 the world became witness to a genocidal attack by IS, having the ultimate goal of eliminating one of the oldest religious communities in the world, the Êzidis. Rendered helpless and defenceless when the peshmerga troops of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) withdrew from their positions in Sinjar without prior warning, the Êzidi community suffered systematic massacre, rape, torture, displacement, enslavement of girls and women and forced recruitment of boys as child soldiers.
“In the midst of our brutal war against terrorism and extremist forces, with
approaching victory against the terrorist organization known as IS in Tabqa
and Raqqa, the Turkish military used airstrikes to bombard media centers and
safe villages in the Derik region as well as attacking the Shingal region
and targeting the Yazidi people. Continue reading
Report by Peace in Kurdistan Women Alliance:
The first International Conference for Ezidi women took place in Germany last weekend providing an opportunity for a diverse group of women to come together to discuss, in their mother tongue, the Ezidi genocide and its aftermath. The high-level conference gave a platform to an authoritative group of women, representing both those who had survived the genocide, and those whose expertise ranged from the ethnic, political, historical, and psychological aspects of what had occurred. Continue reading
BROKEN RELATION BETWEEN KRG (KDP AND THE YAZIDI’S
How the KRG Restrictions Harm Yazidi Recovery
Some evidence about Sinjar and KDP policy regarding Yazidi`s
- Urgent call by Yazidi-Sinjar council and its YBŞ Self-Defense force
- Disproportionate Limits on Goods Entering, Leaving Sinjar
- Report Human Rights Watch: Iraq: KRG Restrictions Harm Yezidi Recovery (Human Rights Watch)
- Kurdish Officials Shut Down Group Aiding Yezidis (Human Rights Watch)
Turkey and it’s ally Mahmoud Barzani have in the last weeks threatened to attack Sinjar. We as Yazidi’s are baffled that they want to attack the survivors of a genocide.
At the same time we declare that we will defend ourselves this time against any attack. We as YBS and YJS will fight against any force that attacks us.
Turkey has no right to attack a minority in another country. The KDP Peshmerga have no right to attack us as Sinjar is not part of the KRG but falls under the jurisdiction of Baghdad. We remind the world that the KDP Peshmerga fled when we were attacked by ISIS. Continue reading
FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA
1. Suspect in Kurdish activist killings dies in Paris
2. Kurdish women continue their diplomatic efforts in Germany
3. Êzidî Kurdish women that escaped ISIS cruelty receive Sakharov Price
4. YPJ fighters: We will liberate not only women but also men
5. Iran: Release Zeynab Jalalian and give her the urgent medical care she needs
6. Ocalan’s ‘Liberating Life: Women’s Revolution’ Published in Tamil
7. HDP Co-chair Yüksekdağ sends a letter to women to mark November 25
8. November 25 message from the imprisoned KJA Spokeswoman Ayla Akat
9. Kurdish female fighters commemorate International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women
10. International Women’s Alliance expresses solidarity with Kurdish women
11. A center of Free Women Body opened in Sheikh Maksoud
12. Women in Iran get lashes instead of personal freedom
1. HDP Parliamentary Women’s Group: We will resist your rapist laws
2. How one woman is standing up to Turkey’s purges
3. VIDEO: Turkey’s War Against the Kurds – Women in War YPJ and the struggle for Women’s Rights in Syria. VIDEO The Experiment of the Rojava System in Grassroots Participatory Democracy: Its Theoretical Foundation, Structure, and Strategies Continue reading