• KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 29 JULY – 7 AUGUST 2017

    NEWS
    1. HDP MPs joining the Conscience and Justice Vigil in Van
    2. Police attack the HDP MPs staging a march after vigil in Istanbul
    3. HDP’s ‘Vigil of Conscience and Justice’ will continue in Istanbul
    4. Victims of the Shengal genocide commemorated in Europe
    5. Journalism Is Not A Crime In Turkey Or Anywhere
    6. Turkish opposition shows solidarity with pro-Kurdish party
    7. First Kurdish newspaper in Zazaki dialect is shut down
    8. US-led Coalition: Iraqi Kurds put us in touch with Kurdish fighters in Kobani
    9. Turkey reinforces military along Kurdish-controlled Syria border
    10. ‘It’s memorycide’: Turkey dismantles monuments to Kurdish culture
    11. Three Years On From The Yazidi Genocide
    12. Heavy-handed police disrupt minute’s silence
    13. Turkey to ban use of ‘Kurdistan’, ‘Kurdish city’ and ‘Armenian Genocide’ in parliament
    14. Turkey’s opposition HDP to continue ‘justice watch’ in Istanbul
    15. Joe Robinson: Terror charge ex-soldier ‘faces court wait’
    16. Kurdish-led administration in Syria sets election dates
    17. Turkey’s HDP spokesperson says he would vote ‘yes’ in Kurdistan Region referendum
    18. Once against Kurdish initiative, Gülenists turned into sympathizers of Kurds Continue reading

  • PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-ORGANISATION OF YEZIDI WOMEN AND FOR A DAY AGAINST FEMINICIDE

    Peace in Kurdistan Campaign has today sent a petition to Boris Johnson , the Foreign Secretary and Emily Thornberry, the Shadow foreign Secretary calling on them to recognise 3rd August as an International Day against Feminicide. The petition contains the names of over 250 prominent activists, lawyers, and academics.
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    Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

     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!

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  • WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

     

    https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

    NEWS BRIEFING AUGUST 2017

    1. YJA-Star: Forgetting the treason is being party to the cruelty
    2. YJŞ fighters: We are in Raqqa to avenge and free Êzidî women
    3. Building a case for Prosecuting the Genocide of Yazidi Women
    4. Sex-Slavery: One Aspect of the Yezidi Genocide
    5. Yazidi women fighters arrive in Raqqa to battle Islamic State
    6. More YJŞ fighters join the Great Battle of Raqqa
    7. Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock’
    8. Voices of Kurdish women’s liberation: reclaiming ‘the self’ through literary expression
    9. Modern feminism: why we should learn from Kurdish women
    10. The Memorial to the Genocide of the Yazidis
    11. “You lent yourself to freedom, and freedom suited you well”
    12. “Fighting in al-Raqqa, we fulfil our promise” Yazidi fighters
    13. “We will not be stopped!’ Women protest against Erdogan regime after spike in attacks
    14. Three Years On From The Yazidi Genocide
    15. Heavy-handed police disrupt minute’s silence
      16. Call for an International Day of Action against Feminicide
      17. PETITION IN SUPPORT OF THE SELF-ORGANISATION OF YEZIDI WOMEN AND FOR A DAY AGAINST FEMINICIDE.

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  • 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.

    See the statement here:  https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/07/21/call-for-an-international-day-of-action-against-feminicide/


    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.


    Name:                                                                  Organisation/Contact:

    Peace in Kurdistan
    Campaign for a political solution of the Kurdish Question
    44 Ainger Road, London NW3 3AT
    Email: estella24@tiscali.co.uk <../Desktop/News%20Briefings/2017/July%202017/estella24@tiscali.co.uk> <http://estella24@tiscali.co.uk <http://estella24@tiscali.co.uk> >  <mailto:estella24@tiscali.co.uk <mailto:estella24@tiscali.co.uk> >
    http://www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com <http://www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com <http://www.peaceinkurdistancampaign.com> >
    Contacts Estella Schmid 020 7586 5892 <tel:020%207586%205892>  & Melanie Gingell – Tel: 020 7272 7890 <tel:020%207272%207890>
    Fax: 020 7263 0596 <tel:020%207263%200596>   

    Patrons: Lord Rea, Lord Dholakia, Baroness Sarah Ludford, Jill Evans MEP, Jean Lambert MEP, Julie Ward MEP,  Jeremy Corbyn MP, Hywel Williams MP, Kate Osamor MP, Elfyn Llwyd, Dafydd Iwan, Former President Plaid Cymru, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy, John Austin, Christine Blower, NUT International Secretary,  Simon Dubbins, UNITE International Director, Doug Nicholls, General Secretary, General Federations of Trade Unions, Bruce Kent, Gareth Peirce, Julie Christie, Noam Chomsky, James Kelman, Margaret Owen OBE, Prof Mary Davis, Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Mark Thomas, Nick Hildyard, Stephen Smellie, Derek Wall, Melanie Gingell, Steve Sweeney

     

  • KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 22 – 28 JULY 2017

    NEWS
    1. Political genocide operations
    2. Kurds in Finland start a long march for Öcalan in Istanbul and Urfa
    3. Turkish parliament expels more pro-Kurdish lawmakers in absentia
    4. Pro-Kurdish party launches protests against Turkish crackdown
    5. New book details Turkish plot to assassinate PKK leaders
    6. Turkish journalist defends press freedom as grand trial begins
    7. Turkey: Cumhuriyet journalists face trial on 24 July
    24 July/International Federation of Journalists
    8. Washington DC conference to discuss Kurdistan independence referendum
    9. Police stifle Friday prayer, disperse Kurdish protesters with water cannon
    10. Afrin people respond again to Turkish attacks

    11. “Till when and where we would flee Turkish terrorism”
    12. 73 countries support the Civil Council of Raqqa
    13. ISIS loses more ground in Raqqa, Kurdish-led forces announce liberation of 50% of the city
    14. Suruç martyrs remembered in Raqqa: We will make their dreams real
    15. Kurdish police arrests ISIS suspects on Syria-Turkey border
    16. Briton killed in Syria Luke Rutter honoured by Kurds
    17. Accidental Anarchist: Life Without Government

    OPINION, COMMENTARY, ANALYSIS
    1. Turkey’s Kurdish movement seeks to mobilize street protests
    2. Turkey needs new Syria plan as CIA ends rebel support
    3. Turkey: The Wild Man At The Bosporus – Sick Democracy, Persecuted Trade Unions

    4. Turkey Is Undergoing A Radical Shift, From Pluralism To Islamic Populism
    5. The Tortured Politics behind the Persian Gulf Crisis
    6. US special forces commander discusses support for Kurds in Iraq and Syria

    ACTION, EVENTS
    1. Kurdish Cultural Festival 30 July Quorn
    2. International Day of Action against Feminicide on 3 August 2017: VIGIL at Parliament Square
    3. Off Grid Festival Poster 2017

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    NEWS
    1. Political genocide operations in Istanbul and Urfa
    28 July/ANF News
    Executives of Democratic Regions’ Party (DBP) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have been detained by the Turkish police amid mass detainments in Istanbul and Urfa.
    https://anfenglish.com/news/political-genocide-operations-in-istanbul-and-urfa-21239 Continue reading

  • In support of Yezidi Women in Sinjar

    PARLIAMENT SQUARE
    3RD AUGUST 10.30am

    VIGIL
    IN MEMORY OF YEZIDI WOMEN VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE
    AND FOR A DAY OF ACTION 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.

    Come and support the call from the Free Yezidi Women’s Movement for August 3rd to be the International Day of Action against Feminicide and raise your voices in support of this self-organisation and for the freedom of the kidnapped, enslaved and murdered women of Sinjar
    ( https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2017/07/21/call-for-an-international-day-of-action-against-feminicide/).

    Called by Roj Women Assembly, Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance, Kongra Star.

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  • Lugalbanda: Lover of the seed. A new version by Doug Nicholls

    Beautifully designed, printed and written with some stimulating discussion notes, this book is a fund-raiser for the Free Ocalan campaign. It brings to the attention of a modern readers a poem written 5,000 years ago but still with incredible relevance to us today. The imprisoned political leader Abdullah Ocalan draws attention to the first Sumerian civilization built between the Tigris and Euphrates, in the troubled lands today covered by Iraq and Syria. Continue reading

  • KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 15 – 21 JULY 2017

    NEWS
    1. “ISIS and the Turkish state will both face defeat by the Kurds”
    2. Following genocide, Shengal reinvents itself anew
    3. Suruç martyrs remembered in Raqqa: We will make their dreams real
    4. MSD: Rojava Revolution become a national symbol for resistance
    5. Jailed pro-Kurdish leader says fair trial impossible in Erdogan’s Turkey
    6. Turkey issues arrest warrant for pro-Kurdish co-mayor
    7. Final declaration of KNK’s National Unity Workshop
    8. Letter from Demirtaş to Ahmet Şık: We were not detained, but taken hostage
    9. Germany Says Turkey’s Detention of Rights Activist Could Threaten EU Aid
    10. Turkey: Opposition Accuses Erdogan Of Blocking Probe Into Coup
    11. Turkey: Cumhuriyet journalists face trial on 24 July
    12. RED LINES IN SYRIA
    13. Turkey to pay $2.5bn for Russian S-400 missiles: Official
    14. David Lammy MP letter to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP
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  • Call for an International Day of Action against Feminicide

    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.
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  • KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 8 – 14 JULY 2017

    NEWS
    1. “Rojava Revolution also makes a global revolution possible”
    2. Kurdish official: Turkey attacks Afrin to regain influence in Syria
    3. WATCH: Russia asks Kurds to hand Afrin to Syrian regime to stop Turkish attacks
    4. Syrian Kurds must be given role in drafting new constitution: UN envoy
    5. SDF to attend the meeting of anti-ISIS Coalition in Washington
    6. Yüksekdağ: “We return Erdoğan’s comments in full”
    7. Swedish politicians accuse Erdogan of genocide against Kurds
    8. Germany sentences Kurdish politician to 3 years and 3 months
    9. Co-Chair Demirtaş is nominated for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize
    10. OPEN CALL to The Chair Of The AKP
    11. #WeareDemirtaş
    12. British man and two Americans killed fighting Isis in Syria
    KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 8 – 14 JULY 2017
    13. A symbol of solidarity – Two more Turks honoured with Leipzig’s freedom of the press award
    14. EU Parliament urges Turkey to release arrested journalists immediately

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