War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity, in Flagrant Violation of the Rules of International Law

                                      The Hostilities on Afrin

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Introduction

The security requirements of public order are not inconsistent with the rules of international law, which governs the conduct of public and military operations. However, such laws cannot be invoked to justify security-related acts if human rights and the sovereignty of a state are violated, especially by neighbouring countries. Respect for the rules of international law during armed conflicts requires all states concerned to implement these laws to contribute to the cessation of unjustifiable hostilities. Continue reading

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DEFEND AFRIN – DEFEND HUMANITY – UNITE AGAINST WAR

March and Demo
Saturday 27th January 2018 Assemble 1.00pm at BBC Portland Place, W1A 1AA, Oxford Street tube station
Rally 3pm at Downing Street, Westminster 
“The battle symbolizes the two options that the peoples and communities of the Middle East face today: between militarist, patriarchal, fascist dictatorships on the one hand, controlled by foreign imperialist interests and capital, or the solidarity between autonomous, self-determined, free and equal communities on the other. The defense of Afrin is an opportunity for the left to unite against fascism and mobilize against militarism, occupation and war.”
Dilar Dirik
 
Organised by Defend the People of Afrin Platform 

 

The threat to Turkish democracy – Paul Maskey MP

On early December 2017 I joined an international delegation to observe trials the Turkish government had brought against leaders of the HDP (Peoples Democratic Party). The party’s co-chairs Ms. Figen Yüksekdağ and Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş were tried on 6th and 7th December respectively.

Throughout the delegation, which consisted of representatives from over a dozen countries, our contact with leading HDP officials was frequent. Deputy Chair, Mr. Hişyar Özsoy MP, was responsible for the general coordination of the international delegation. Continue reading

Turkey must not be allowed to attack Afrin

PEACE IN KURDISTAN
It is our duty to support the Kurds!
A major military operation by the armed forces of Turkey on the Kurds in Syria looks imminent.
Reports of the build up of Turkish forces to intervene in Kurdish run Afrin Canton come at a time amid renewed tensions across Syria.
The decision of the US to back a border force in cooperation with the Kurds has enraged Turkey provoking President Erdogan to threaten to “drown” the “army of terror”.
Erdogan has claimed that Turkey is acting with the support of Syrian rebel forces, by which he means the extreme Islamist factions with whom Ankara has long been aligned.
Fears are growing that the world will remain silent while Turkey carries out yet another atrocity against the Kurds. A Pentagon spokesman has been reported as stating that the US would not oppose a Turkish military action against Afrin.
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Erdogan gives order to attack Kurds and Arabs in Northern Syria`s Afrin and Manbij 

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                       Kongreya Neteweyî ya Kurdistan Kurdistan National Congress

                       Congrès National du Kurdistan, Rue Jean Stas 41 1060 Bruxelles tel: 00 32 2 647 30 84   fax: 00 32 2 647 68 49

             Homepage: www.kongrakurdistan.net     e-mail: kongrakurdistan@gmail.com

Turkish army and Al-Qaeda in action after Erdogan’s orders

Hayet Al-Tahrir (previously known as Al-Nusra Front and Al-Qaeda) in Idlib opened artillery fire against the Kurdish city of Afrin right after Erdogan’s statements on Saturday. The extremist groups targeted Iska and Celeme villages in the south of the canton of Afrin. Continue reading

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

CONCERN OVER THE WELL BEING OF MR ABDULLAH OCALAN

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)

URGENT CALL TO THE EU-INSTITUTIONS, PRESS & PUBLIC

KURDISH PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF KURDISH PEOPLE’S LEADER ABDULLAH OCALAN

There is  worrying news surrounding the health of the Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Ocalan. For two days, news has been spreading on social media that Mr Ocalan has died in prison. We as the Kurdish people are deeply concerned about Mr Ocalan’s life. Continue reading

Belgian Court Rules that the PKK is Not a Terrorist Organisation.

Case Commentary.
On the 14 September of this year a judgement was handed down in the case of a group of Kurdish activists who faced trial on terrorism charges in Belgium. The defendants were acquitted as the  court found that the PKK is not a terrorist organisation but rather a party to an internal armed conflict in Turkey.
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This case in the Belgian Court of Appeal centred around the Defence proposition that the activities which the prosecution relied on to make out a case of terrorism occurred in the context of an internal armed conflict in Turkey and should therefore be governed by the rules of international humanitarian law rather than domestic terror provisions.

The question that fell to be considered by the court was whether or not the PKK was involved in an armed conflict in Turkey. If it was, then the domestic criminal law of Belgium would not apply and the matter would be subject to the Geneva Conventions, in international law. Continue reading

 Worldwide actions for Hasankeyf! Stop Ilisu Dam!

+++ Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive +++

23.09.2017, Statement on the 2nd Global Hasankeyf Action Day

Today in 16 cities actions have been organized against the Ilisu Dam at the Tigris River, one of the most worldwide controversial dams. If completed the Ilisu Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant Project with its expected grave social, ecological, cultural and downstream impacts would become a large scale disaster.
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