• 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

  • Labour’s Brexit policies are “very clear to anyone who has actually read it”, says Baroness Blower

    8 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

    Journalist Alaettin Sinayic speaks to Baroness Christine Blower who has been recently appointed to the House of Lords. They discuss the upcoming general elections as well issues being overshadowed by the constant reference to Brexit, such as health, social care, education, climate justice and the ‘Green New Deal’. She also said that while members of the press may not get what Labour’s Brexit policies are about they are in fact “very clear to anyone who has actually read it”. A Corbyn government will seek to renegotiate the current deal, which the Baroness called “terrible”. Following which there would be another referendum within six months with the newly negotiated “better deal” with a “soft Brexit” or “remain”.

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  • Green Party member Jean Lambert discusses Brexit, Turkey’s invasion of Syria and the general election

    8 December 2019|Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

    Journalist Alaettin Sinayic and former Green Party executive chair Jean Lambert spoke about the upcoming UK general elections, Brexit, and the Turkish invasion and occupation of North East Syria. Lambert explained that the political structure of the UK has contributed to a dysfunctional Brexit policy and negotiations.

    Jean Lambert has been an active member of the UK Green Party since 1977 and was Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England and Wales from 1992-93 and 1998-99. She was chair of the Green Party Executive in 1994. She has been London’s Green MEP from 1999-2019. Jean has a close working relationship with community groups, NGO’s, trade unions and policy makers across the capital.

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  • Resisting censorship in Turkey

    This timely meeting took place on 30 November at the Free Word Centre in London. Peace in Kurdistan, like Pen, is determined to keep a focus on  what is happening in Turkey and to not allow the mass violations  to happen under the cover of the currently more newsworthy invasion of  North East Syria.

    The situation for writers and journalists  in Turkey continues to deteriorate and independent media has been all but wiped out and at least 117 journalists are behind bars, making Turkey the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.

    The audience heard stories of writers, artists and activists from Turkey who continue their work despite mounting pressure to self-censor. Award-winning writer Burhan Sönmez, investigative journalist Nurcan Baysaland lawyer Gökhan Ahiwill shared experiences of being harassed and imprisoned for their work, and discussed how people in Turkey remain determined to speak out in the face of censorship. The event was
    moderated by author, journalist, translator and Chair of English PEN Maureen Freely

    Peace in Kurdistan

    Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question

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    Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 & Melanie Gingell – Tel: 020 7272 7890

    Patrons: John Austin, Baroness Blower of Starch Green, former GS NUT, Prof Bill Bowring, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn MP,  Prof Mary Davis, Lord Dholakia, Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director,  Jill Evans MEP, Desmond Fernandes, Lindsey German, Convenor STWC, Melanie Gingell, Christopher Gingell, Rahila Gupta, Nick Hildyard, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, James Kelman, Bruce Kent, Jean Lambert, Elfyn Llwyd, Aonghas MacNeacail, Scottish Gaelic poet, Mike Mansfield QC, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, GFTU, Dr. Jessica Ayesha Northey, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Kate Osamor MP, Margaret Owen OBE, Ali Gul Ozbek, Former Councillor and Mayor of Haringey; Gareth Peirce, Dr Felix Padel, Maxine Peake, actor, Trevor Rayne, writer, Lord Rea, Joe Ryan, Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, Stephen Smellie, Jonathan Steele, Steve Sweeney, Gianni Tognoni, General Secretary Permanent People’s Tribunal, Dr Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Dr Tom Wakeford, Dr Derek Wall, Julie Ward MEP, Hywel Williams MP.

     

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