• WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/ NEWS BRIEFING APRIL 2017

    NEWS
    1. Twelve Members of Kurdish Women’s Force, YPJ, Killed in Turkish Airstrikes
    2. YPJ Spox: We will withdraw from Raqqa if US doesn’t show concrete reaction to Turkey airstrikes
    3. Women and Defense Workshop Kicks off in Rojava
    4.MSD Co-Chair Ehmad: YPJ is the Guarantee of Women and Future
    5. In Turkey’s Referendum, Women’s Rights are on the Ballot
    6.Merkel Urges Turkey to Respond to Irregularities in Referendum
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    8. Blood Flowed Instead of Tears 2
    9. Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Remain Trapped By Trauma
    10. Ezidi Women Take Over the Vigil for Ocalan in Strasburg
    11. Nine Kurdish Yezidis Freed from IS
    12. The Women Who Escaped ISIS
    13. Self Immolations on the Rise among Kurdish Women in Iraqi Kurdistan Continue reading

  • Dear Prime Minister… Letter to Theresa May from Peace in Kurdistan.

    The Rt Honourable Theresa May MP

    10 Downing Street
    27th April 2017

    Dear Theresa May,

    We are writing to you to express our deep concern and indignation about the nature of the current relationship between the UK and Turkey. We will touch on four matters namely the Referendum of 16th April, the Turkish State’s War against the Kurds and the plight of political prisoners in Turkey, a large proportion of whom are Kurdish and finally arms sales to Turkey.

    Referendum

    Having won by the slimmest of majorities and without any criticism from your government, President Erdogan now has his mandate to derail Turkish democracy and set in stone the repressive measures he had imposed by virtue of a series of emergency decrees. The OSCE official election observers, as you will know, have reported that the Referendum of 16th April 2017 did not meet Council of Europe standards, was not a genuinely democratic process and that the mass arrests of journalists and the closure of media outlets denied the Turkish people a real choice. Continue reading

  • Stop the War Coalition Conference Motion passed April 2017

    This Conference notes that

    1. Since June 2015 when President Erdogan lost his parliamentary majority, the conflict in the Kurdish majority South-East of Turkey has been re-ignited, with the loss of 2000 lives and the displacement of up to 500,000 people, including numerous cases of excessive use of force; killings; enforced disappearances; torture; destruction of housing and cultural heritage; incitement to hatred; prevention of access to emergency medical care, food, water and livelihoods; violence against women.
    2. During 2015 and 2016 Turkish security forces shelled densely populated Kurdish areas with heavy artillery and tanks , including an incident when up to 189 men, women and children who were trapped in basements of buildings were subjected to shelling by security forces and burnt to death.
    3. Since 2015 the UK has sold Turkey £330 million worth of arms, including £26m-worth of ML13 licences, which relate to exports of armoured plate, body armour and helmets. In addition, the UK has sold Turkey £8.5m-worth of ML10 licences, for aircraft, helicopters and drones, and almost £4m-worth of ML4 licences, for missiles, bombs and “counter-measures” and is a priority market for British arms exports.
    4. The OSCE election observers reported that the Turkish Referendum of 16th April 2017 did not meet Council of Europe standards, was not a genuinely democratic process and that the mass arrests of journalists and the closure of media outlets denied the Turkish people a real choice.

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  • Urgent Appeal To the World’s Public Opinion and Humanitarian Organisations

    The failure of the Syrian peace negotiations has led to an unprecedented escalation of violence. In addition, following the start of the 4th phase of the Wrath of the Euphrates Campaign to liberate Raqqa and its countryside, tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) have moved to the Rojava and north Syria regions, which are relatively secure and safe areas thanks to the sacrifices and heroic bravery of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ). Continue reading

  • KURDISH NEWS WEEKLY BRIEFING, 11 – 18 APRIL 2017

     

    NEWS
    1. Statement by President Juncker, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn on the referendum in Turkey
    2. Yes Vote in Turkey’s Referendum to Give President Unchecked Powers, Increase Rights Violations: UN Experts
    3. HRW: Turkey Must Stop Persecution of Kurds, Unfair Trials, Crackdown on Media
    4. Erdogan benefits from split in Turkish nationalist opposition
    5. Karayılan calls on Kurds to support hunger strikes and vote ‘No’
    6. Referendum violations across Turkey and North Kurdistan
    7. “Yes” marked stamp given to voters in Ankara
    8. Soldiers and village guards threaten the people during voting
    9. AKP supporters kill a father and son in a village of Amed
    10. Scandal in Muş: Village headman enters the booth with the voters
    11. HDP to object to the ballots
    12. AKP’s referendum violations and pressures continue
    13. Turkey: Videos Show Electoral Fraud and Ballot Stuffing

    OPINION, COMMENT, ANALYSIS
    1. Erdogan’s referendum win no clean sweep
    2.Turkey vote curtailed fundamental freedoms, say European observers
    3. Turkey could be about to leap from division to despotism by Elif Shafak
    4. Turkish referendum that is not
    5. What will Turkey’s constitutional referendum mean for Kurds?
    6. Intervention – “‘Democratic Confederalism is for Everyone’: Ethnographic Reflections on The Long March for Kurdistan and Öcalan”
    7. The Real News: Trump Attack on Syria a Deadly Political Game
    8. Interview Kurd Leader to Haaretz: Erdogan and Allies Seek Dictatorship via Turkish Referendum
    9. Turkey – 2017 Referendum Continue reading

  • Updated Information on the Situation in Syria: 1.Human Rights Council report on Syria, and 2.“Meet the Parties” – Presentation to Members of the UN Security Council by Saleh Muslim Mohammed, from the Rojava Democratic Self-Administration, 15 December 2016

    A/HRC/34/CRP.3
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    10 March 2017

     

    English only

    Human Rights Council

    Thirty-fourth session

    27 February-24 March 2017

    Agenda item 4

    Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention

    Human rights abuses and international humanitarian law violations in the Syrian Arab Republic, 21 July 2016- 28 February 2017*

    Conference room paper of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

    Summary
         After almost six years of conflict, civilians continue to bear the brunt of the brutal violence waged by warring parties in the Syrian Arab Republic. Government and pro-Government forces continue to attack civilian objects including hospitals, schools and water stations. A Syrian Air Force attack on a complex of schools in Haas (Idlib), amounting to war crimes, is a painful reminder that instead of serving as sanctuaries for children, schools are ruthlessly bombed and children’s lives senselessly robbed from them. Government and pro-Government forces continue to use prohibited weapons including cluster munitions, incendiary weapons and weaponised chlorine canisters on civilian-inhabited areas, further illustrating their complete disregard for civilian life and international law.

    The terrorist group Jabhat Fatah al-Sham persists in carrying out summary executions including of women, and recruiting children in Idlib governorate. Coordinated attacks undertaken by the terrorist group alongside armed groups launched by indirect artillery fire resulted in dozens of civilian casualties, including many children. Life under the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rule continues to be marked by executions and severe corporal punishments of civilians accused of violating the group’s ideology, and the destruction of cultural heritage sites including the Tetrapylon in Palmyra (Homs).

    Armed groups launched numerous indiscriminate attacks with indirect fire artillery systems, including with unguided, locally manufactured weapons, killing and maiming civilians in Aleppo, Idlib and Dara’a governorates. Armed groups based in Idlib further exacted justice through the use of “shari’a courts” which lacked fair trial standards, while other groups carried out arbitrary arrests, detentions, enforced disappearances and committed torture countrywide.

    Across northern Syria, Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) or Syrian Democratic (SDF) forces have displaced communities in order to clear areas mined by ISIL. In some cases, YPG or SDF forces did not provide adequate humanitarian aid to displaced communities. YPG forces persist in forcibly conscripting men and boys for military service.

    Over the period under review, the number of Member States carrying out airstrikes or deploying ground forces on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic increased, raising concerns regarding the escalation of the conflict and the potential to exacerbate civilian harm.

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