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

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



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

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


1. Sancar: The power balance will be reshaped after the referendum
2. Thousands join the ‘NO’ rally of the HDP in Istanbul
3. Pro-Kurdish HDP hold rallies ahead of Turkish referendum
4. KCK calls for mass demonstrations to support the prison resistance
5. Social democrats in Sweden launch campaign in solidarity with HDP
6. Danish MPs call on Turkey to release Kurdish politicians
7. British woman who went to fight ISIS in Syria goes on hunger strike – and says she’s ‘homesick’ for her stepmum’s cottage pie
8. Turkey not giving up on dirty plans against Rojava
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1. KCDK-E calls upon Europe to prosecute Erdoğan
2. Guerrillas in Shengal: Our goal is Leader Öcalan’s freedom
3. Hunger strike in Şakran enters its 48th day, prisoners in a critical stage
4. Long line of ‘NO’ voters in front of the Turkish consulate in Paris
5. Brussels assailant turns out to be Erdoğan’s man
6. HDP Co-chair Demirtaş and deputies join prison hunger strikes
7. Hunger strike in Edirne Prison ends after dialogue with the management
8. No NO allowed on TV screens, and no HDP either!
9. HDP and DBP Co-chairs and MP Zeydan to go on hunger strike – UPDATE
10. Turkey deals death blow to Kurdish leadership with DBP conviction
11. Women and Defense workshop kicks off in Rojava
12. At least 5 Turkey-backed rebels defect to SDF’s Manbij Military Council
13. Turkey ‘ends’ Euphrates Shield campaign in Syria
14. Amal Clooney calls for collection of evidence of Isis atrocities
15. 107 defendants receive record prison sentences in KCK main case Continue reading


1. UK Parliament calls for action to stop conflict between Turkey and Kurdish YPG in Syria
2. Turkey’s Kurds could sway tight referendum vote
3. Veteran politician says Turkey referendum a ‘test’ for Kurds
4. Swiss parties and people rally for ‘NO’ against Erdoğan’s regime
5. Turkey’s Erdogan warns Europeans ‘will not walk safely on …
6. CHP MP Tanrıkulu Visits HDP’s Imprisoned Co-Chair Demirtaş
7. Human Rights Association Diyarbakır Branch Chair Bilici Released
8. SDF forces liberate strategic Tabqa Airport, push further into ISIS capital
9. PYD’s Muslim: The US and Russia may tell Turkey to ‘get out of Syria’
10. Êzidîs marching to Brussels for Shengal cover 185 km in eight days
11. On Nowruz, massive pro-Kurdish rallies flood Turkey’s Diyarbakir
12. The Latest: US claims Tabqa dam is not in danger of bursting
13. Russia wants Syrian Kurds in Geneva talks despite Turkey’s resistance
14. The peoples of Rojava celebrates Newroz everywhere
15. Turkey Says Fires Into Kurdish-Held Syria After Soldier Killed by Sniper Continue reading



  1. YJA Star: We will prevail in 2017 with the spirit of Newroz
  2. PKK: Let’s celebrate Newroz with the spirit of resistance
  3. How Erdoğan’s ruthless drive for more power is shaking a divided Europe
  4. Kurdish voters still undecided on Turkish referendum
  5. Kurdish supporters in Frankfurt protest against Erdogan
  6. Academic Freedom Must Be Defended
  7. PYD’s Muslim at Newroz rally in Frankfurt: Victory will be ours
  8. Turkish police detain 740 Kurds over alleged PKK links: minister
  9. PKK Prisoners Around Turkey Start Hunger Strike to Free Ocalan
  10. Turkey bans Kurdish New Year celebrations in Istanbul, Ankara
  11. Erdogan is ‘stoppable,’ pro-Kurdish lawmakers say
  12. Dozens including 3 journalists, 2 deputies detained in anti-HDP operations
  13. Dozens of pro-Kurdish officials arrested in Turkey crackdown
  14. Syrian Kurdish police fears ISIS attacks during Newroz celebrations
  15. Kurdish YPG leader says attack on Raqqa city to start in April
  16. UN says no ethnic cleansing by Kurds in northern Syria
  17. Syria conflict: Unravelling the puzzle
  18. US-led coalition says no plans to incorporate Rojava Peshmergas in fight against ISIS in Syria
  19. British YPG member says ISIS leadership fleeing Raqqa, Turkey excluded from the operation

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1. Êzidî mothers: Barzani sold Shengal out to Erdoğan
2. PYD Co-chair Abdullah: International powers should support the Kurds
3. YJA-Star: We will reunite with our Leader
4. Blackburn activist becomes first British woman to join fight against Isis in Syria
5. IS Leader, In Charge of Yezidi Abductees, Killed Near Tel Affar
6. Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament
7. YBŞ/YJŞ vows to respond to every attack on Shengal soil
8. Paris killings: Families file charges for the investigation to be reopened
9. Turkey’s Kurds Demonstrate for their Rights On Women’s Day

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1. Decisions and demands from the International Êzidî Women’s Conference
2. Possible election fraud: Ballot boxes in Kurdish towns relocated
3. Dutch Kurds call on Netherlands to ally against Erdogan
4. Manbij Democratic Civilian Administration Council takes office
5. Former peshmergas: Attack on Shengal serves the enemy
6. Êzidîs in Europe organise a sit-in and long march against KDP’s betrayal
7. Saleh Muslim” International Socialist adopted the federation”
8. MPs Slam Jet Sales To Erdogan Regime
9. Damning UN report slams Turkey, revealing the extent of its anti-Kurdish war
10. UN report on the destruction and rights violations in North Kurdistan
11. Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse
12. Michael Flynn Was Paid to Represent Turkey’s Interests During Trump Campaign
13. All or nothing Continue reading


1. YPJ statement on 8 March: Every free woman is a free country
2. YBŞ/YJŞ vows to respond to every attack on Shengal soil
3. KCK urges an immediate end to KDP’s attacks on Shengal and Êzidîs
4. YPG: Turkish army attacked Rojava land 89 times in two months
5. Êzidî mothers: Barzani sold Shengal out to Erdoğan
6. Turkey behind attack on Yazidi force in Shingal: Kurdish expert
7. The current state is against the interests of the Kurdistanian peoples
8. Rival Kurdish factions clash in northwestern Iraq
9. Manbij Military Council denies handing over areas to Assad
10. Kurdish YPG fighters repel Turkish attack near Syria’s Afrin
11. Russian general confirms a Kurdish-Russian deal against Turkey
12. Syria’s Kurdish-led administration sees end to economic ‘siege’
13. US, Russia aim to prevent clashes between Turkey and Syrian Kurds: official
14. Moscow wants to include PYD Kurds in next Geneva talks

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1. Kongra-Gel: Death of Moosa, the ally of the oppressed, gives us pain
2. Reports on the atrocities in Cizre submitted to the UN Security Council
3. KCK’s Karasu: Xerabê Bava is Kurdistan, everyone must rise up
4. BREAKING: Major Human Rights Violations by Turkish Army against Kurds
5. Abdullah Ocalan: EU turns screw on Turkey over jailed PKK leader’s isolation
6. Turkish opposition MPs sit in jail as president seeks more power
7. PRESS RELEASE by the International Peace Delegation
8. HDP MP welcomes President Barzani advocacy in Ankara for their jailed leaders
9. What’s Happening in Xerabê Bava? We demand urgent information from reliable sources
10. Return to Kurdish peace process in Turkey unlikely: Experts
11. Pro-Kurdish HDP leader kicked out of Turkish parliament
12. HDP applies to ECHR over arrests of its leaders
13. Paris killings: Families file charges for the investigation to be reopened
14. Our journey to the front lines with the Islamic State
15. Syria ‘safe zones’ for refugees pose dangers for U.S. Alliances
16. Syria ex-Qaeda affiliate claims Homs attacks killing dozens
17. Top US commander for Middle East in secret Syria trip: SDF
18. US struggles to maintain two key allies in Syria: Kurds and Turkey
19. Turkey to invade Manbij if ‘US does not uphold promise:’ Defense Minister
20. Why Moscow now sees value in Syrian local councils Continue reading