List of Acronyms

AKP / Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi / Justice and Development Party [currently the ruling party in Turkey]

ANAP / Anavatan Partisi / Motherland Party

ARGK / Artêşa Rizgariya Gelê / Kurdistan People’s Liberation Army of Kurdistan

CHP/ Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi / Republican People’s Party

DBP / Demokratik Bölgeler Partisi / Democratic Regions Party [formerly BDP]

DSP / Demokratik Sol Partisi / Democratic Left Party

DTK / Demokratik Toplum Kongresi / Democratic Society Congress

DTP / Demokratik Toplum Partisi / Democratic Society Party

DYP / Dogru Yol Partisi / True Path Party

ECHR / European Court of Human Rights

ENKS / Encumena Niştimaniya Kurdên Sûriyeyê / National Assembly of Syrian Kurdistan

HDP / Halkların Demokratik Partisi / People’s Democratic Party

HEP / Halkın Emek Partisi / People’s Labour Party

HPG / Hêzên Parastina Gel / People’s Defence Force

HRK / Hêzên Rizgariya Kurdistan / Kurdistan Liberation Forces

KADEK / Kongreya Azadî û Demokrasiya Kurdistan / Freedom and Kurdistanê Democracy Congress

KCK/ Koma Civakên Kurdistan / Kurdish Communities Union

KDP / Partîya Demokrata Kurdistanê / Kurdistan Democratic Party

KJB / Koma Jinên Bilind / High Women’s Council

KNK / Kongra Netewiya Kurdistan / Kurdistan National Congress

KGK / Kongra-Gel / Kurdistan People’s Congress

KRG / Hikûmetî Herêmî Kurdistan / Kurdistan Regional Government

KSC / Desteya Bilind a Kurd / Kurdish Supreme Committee

MGRK / Meclîsa Gelê Rojavaya Kurdistan / People’s Assembly of Western Kurdistan

MHP / Milliyetçi Hareket Partisi / Nationalist Movement Party

MIT / Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı / National Intelligence Service

OHAL / olağanüstü hal / state of emergency

ISIS / Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

PAJK / Partîya Azadîya Jin a Kurdistan / Kurdistan Women’s Liberation Party

PJAK / Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistanê / Free Life Party of Kurdistan

PKDW / Parlemanê Kurdistan Derveyî Welat / Kurdistan Parliament in Exile

PKK / Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan / Kurdistan Workers’ Party

YNK/PUK / Yekitîya Niştimanî Kurdistan / Patriotic Union of Kurdistan

PYD / Partiya Yekitîya Demokrat / Democratic Union Party

SHP / Sosyaldemokrat Halkcı Parti / Social Democratic People’s Party

SNC / Syrian National Council

TEV-DEM / Tevgera Civaka Demokratîk / Movement for a Democratic Society

YJA / Yekitiyên Jinên Azad / Unions of Free Women

YJA Star / Yeknîyên Jinên Azad / Star Free Women’s Units ‘Star’

YPG / Yekîneyên Parastina Gel / People’s Protection Unit

YPJ / Yekîneyên Parastina Jin / Women’s Protection Unit