THE FINAL RESOLUTION OF THE 14th ANNUAL EUTCC CONFERENCE 2017

14th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON “THE EU, TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE KURDS”

Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 of January 2017 European Parliament, Brussels

DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVE TO TYRANNY AND CHAOS IN THE MIDDLE EAST – KURDISH VISION AND STRATEGIES

 The Annual International Conference on the EU, Turkey and the Kurds was hosted by the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) in cooperation with the GUE/NGL Group, the Greens-European Free Alliance and the Groups of the Free Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. The conference was successfully held on 6 and 7 December 2017 in the European Parliament in Brussels. Continue reading

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Petition for Representation at Geneva Peace Talks.

We call for the representation of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (previously Rojava) on the Geneva Peace talks

The seventh round of the Geneva Peace talks on Syria concluded in July 2017 without a resolution. This is partly due to the obduracy of Assad’s envoys who are reluctant to discuss a transitional political process and partly the inefficacy of the UN. Nonetheless this remains the only non-military option on the table and must be seriously pursued. Continue reading

LABOUR PARTY 2017 FRINGE MEETING

Resisting dictatorship in Turkey and building a democratic alternative in Syria – the critical role of the Kurds in defining a new Middle East.

Tuesday 26 September, 12.30 – 14.00

The Charlotte Room, The Grand Hotel, Brighton

 Speakers

Chair: Simon Dubbins – Director of International UNITE
Julie Ward – MEP
Bedia Özgökçe – HDP MP for Van, Turkey
Havin Guneser – International Initiative Freedom for Ocalan – Peace in Kurdistan
Dilar Dirik – Activist of the Kurdish Women’s movement and Cambridge University
Ibrahim Dogus – Director, Centre for Kurdish Progress
Paul Maskey – Sinn Fein MP

All Labour Party delegates and friends welcome

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AN URGENT DOSSIER ABOUT TURKİSH INVASİON

                

The Turkish state is preparing for war against the Kurdish city of AFRIN (Rojava-Kurdistan)

Stop the Turkish Invasion!

The Turkish army and its sectarian affiliates are attacking liberated villages in Şehba and Afrin (Rojava-Kurdistan, Syria). As many as 6 civilians have been killed, dozens injured and many settlements destroyed. Several Kurdish villages were forcibly evacuated and some besieged.

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STATEMENT BY REPRESENTATION OFFICES OF ROJAVA-NORTH SYRIA IN EUROPE

25 APRIL 2017

URGENT: Condemnation of Aggression by Turkish Military Forces Against

Civilian Populations in Rojava-North Syria and Yezidis in Shingal, Iraqi

Kurdistan

The Representation Offices of Rojava-North Syria in Europe hereby strongly

condemn the actions of the Turkish military taken last night, 25 April 2017.

The Turkish army conducted at least 13 air strikes against the General

Headquarters of the YPG in Qarachox area in Cezire canton, Rojava-North

Syria as well as multiple attacks against the Shingal region in an act of

blatant aggression and disregard for the sanctity of human rights and the

lives of civilians. Continue reading

General Coordinator of the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava-North Syria

Statement:

“In the midst of our brutal war against terrorism and extremist forces, with

approaching victory against the terrorist organization known as IS in Tabqa

and Raqqa, the Turkish military used airstrikes to bombard media centers and

safe villages in the Derik region as well as attacking the Shingal region

and targeting the Yazidi people. 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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OVER A THOUSAND SIGN URGENT APPEAL TO CONDEMN TURKISH STATE INVASION OF SYRIA

URGENT APPEAL

 

We, intellectuals, writers, artists, politicians and human rights defenders, seek to draw urgent attention to the Turkish state’s invasion in Northern Syria and Rojava.

The Turkish army invaded the Northern Syrian City of Jarablus on 24 August 2016, using anti-ISIS operations as a pretext. The operation was in collaboration with the Syrian arm of El-Qaida (Jabhat Fatah al-Sham) and groups like Ahrar El-Sham.

ISIS handed over the city, Jarablus, without a single bullet being fired. This is a clear indication that there was a prior agreement between the parties that Jarablus would remain as a base for Salafi groups. Therefore, Jarablus will remain as a corridor for foreign fighters to cross into Syria to receive training and then to cross back over in order to be distributed throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

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“Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing to Rojava” Article in Junge Welt, translated by Janet Biehl.

 

Turkish army attacks almost daily along the border with northern Syria, resulting in deaths and injuries
A conversation with Meike Nack by Gitta Düperthal, published in junge Welt, Sept. 7, 2016, trans. Janet Biehl

Meike Nack is the European speaker of the Fundation of Free Women in Rojava (Weqfa Jina Azad A Rojava, WJAR)
Q. In northern Syria, just south of the Turkish border in the Kurdish autonomous region of Rojava, attacks by the Turkish military are escalating. You’ve lived there for a year and have contacts there. What effect are the attacks having on the people?  Continue reading