KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 22 DECEMBER 2019 – 12 JANUARY 2020

For all of the latest Kurdish news, see these sources:

ANF English: https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News: https://www.hawarnews.com/en/

Rojava Information Center: https://rojavainformationcenter.com

https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

Women Defend Rojava: http://womendefendrojava.net/en/

Rojhelat: http://rojhelat.info/en/

Rojava Centre for Strategic Studies

http://nrlsrojava.com/en/

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In memory of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla

Statement, 9 January 2020

Today, 9 January 2020, we mark the seventh anniversary of the brutal assassinations of Sakine Cansiz and her colleagues Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez in their office at the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris on 9th January 2013. We remember them in love, respect and gratitude and pay tribute to their remarkable achievements and fortitude. Continue reading “In memory of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla”

Free Women’s Congress condemns killing of activists in Silopi

 

WOMENA CALL TO ALL WOMEN

Turkish State carries out a brutal massacre since July 2015 in cities/towns where the People’s Assemblies declared self-governance. Women are targeted by the state specifically no matter where they are −in front of their house, inside home on a breakfast table, in all forms of resistance standing against war or in massive demonstrations. AKP government, the representative of patriarchal mentality, is directly responsible for 89 women massacred in recent period.

Kurdistan is going through a great ferocity; civilian houses and neighborhoods are under attack, even health service personnel are targeted and prevented from reaching wounded people. Dead bodies can’t be buried since neighborhoods are under curfew, while relatives of victims try to protect dead bodies in refrigerators inside their homes. In addition to this, pictures and footage of dead bodies tortured and dragged behind the military vehicles by Turkish security forces are released which shows that all values in reference to ethics and justice are violated. Continue reading “Free Women’s Congress condemns killing of activists in Silopi”

KCK: ‘These murders couldn’t have taken place without the support of intelligence services”

 

KCK-INFO

Kurdistan Democratic Communities’ Union -Info

Koma Civaken Kurdistan – Info

 

TO OUR PEOPLES AND THE PUBLIC OPINION

 

One year passed over the assassination of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Shaylemez in Paris; but neither the French nor the Turkish governments have taken any step to find the killers. However, with the escalation of power conflict in Turkey, documents related to Paris killings have begun to emerge. The voice records of Ömer Güney, the alleged killer, and the leaking of documents related to the MIT’s (Turkish intelligence Service) involvement in the killings validate claims about the role of Turkey in planning and carrying out the killings. These murders had been committed at a time when the Fethullah Gulen’s movement had cooperated and collaborated with AKP to form the government. As a matter of fact, these murders couldn’t have taken place without the support of intelligence services. The documents leaked recently point to the MIT’s complicity in the murder. Unless otherwise proven, the MIT will be held responsible for planning and carrying out the Paris assassinations.

Both the AKP spokespersons and the Gulenists drew attention to internal feud, immediately after the news of the murder spread. From the start, these kinds of arguments were enough to prove that the the alliance between the AKP and the Gulenists had carried out the killings. It is quite well understood that the leaking of the voice records and related documents is closely related to the Gulenists’ intention to put pressure on the AKP. Whatever their intention, it was very important that the role of the MIT in the assassinations has been revealed.

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KCD-E: ‘Confessions of a Murderer’

Below we reproduce a press release on new information about the murders of Sakine, Leyla and Fidan in January last year:

KCD-E (The Kurdish Democratic Society Congress in Europe,
Press Release 13.01. 2013

‘Confessions of a Murderer’

A recording that was leaked on the 12th of January 2014 – exactly a year after the murders – has provided the public with new information about how and by whom the Paris murders were planned.

In the recording Omer Guney, currently the only suspect and in French custody, clearly states that he was working in conjunction with the Turkish state and that it was he who planned and carried out the attack. It is clear from the recording that Omer Guney and Turkish state officials had been planning not just one attack but several attacks on various targets.

From the start, Kurdish political organisations insisted that this incident was a carefully planned professional attack backed by the Turkish state. Despite the fact that the French authorities never released any information to the public, these political murders can be traced back to Ankara.

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“We Want Justice for Sakine Fidan, and Leyla” Campaign, 1 year on

One year since the tragic and callous assassination of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan (Rojbin) and Leyla Saylemez in Rue La Fayette in Paris, we still wait for answers from the French authorities about who is responsible for their murder.DavidBrunetti_Paris_Rally_15

The Ufficio di Informazione del Kurdistan in Italia (UIKI), The International Representation of Kurdish Women and CENI – Women’s Office for Peace have put together a document with the latest information about their campaign for justice for the three courageous women.

We Want Justice (pdf)

 

The European Peace and Democracy Assembly (ABDEM) has also called for mass participation in the demonstration to be held in Paris this Saturday, 11 January for Sakine, Leyla and Fidan.

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Conference on Democracy, Self-Determination and Liberation of Peoples

Held at the European Parliament, 23 September 2013. The final outcomes of the conference, set out in a declaration, are published below.

PRESS RELEASE

European Parliament
Brussels, Belgium
September 23, 2013

BRUSSELS, Belgium—Over a hundred representatives from various countries, civil society groups and grassroots organizations gathered at the European Parliament to hold the Conference on Democracy, Self-Determination and Liberation of Peoples last September 23, 2013. Organized by the offices of Members of the European Parliament Jürgen Klute and Iñaki Irazabalbeitia, IBON International and KONKURD (Confederation of Kurdish Associations in Europe), the conference aims to reaffirm the fundamental principles enshrined in the various UN declarations on the collective rights of peoples to self-determination and liberation.

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