KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING – PROTESTS IN IRAN – 16 NOVEMBER – 6 DECEMBER 2019

INTRODUCTION

After using force to put down protests across the country, Iranian security forces launched a series of raids and detained many individuals who organized and participated in the protests. Hundreds of Kurds remain in Iranian jails since mass protests began on November 15. In Mazandaran Province’s Kelardasht city, Iranian authorities arrested a prominent Kurdish writer and activist named Mozhgan Kawasi. Kawasi was accused of “supporting the protests” in the Kurdish region. In Bokan city, Iranian intelligence officers (Ettel’aat) arrested a Kurdish activist named Azad Mahmodian. Concurrently, Fereshta Chraghy, a Kurdish journalist and member of the Yarsani religious minority, was arrested in Sarpol-e Zahab while dozens of activists and demonstrators were detained in Kermanshah, Marrivan, Sanandaj, Saqqez, Salas-e Bawajani, and Javanrud. According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association (KMMK), Iranian security forces have killed 300 people and wounded over 4,000 since November 15. Continue reading

NEWS IN BRIEF Update – Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 8

No 8  18 – 27 Nov 2019

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/2019/11/27/news-in-brief-update-turkish-invasion-of-rojava-north-east-syria-no-8-18-27-nov-2019/

For all of the latest developments, see these sources:

 Rojava Information Center:

 https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

 https://rojavainformationcenter.com

ANF English:

 https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News:

 https://www.hawarnews.com/en/

Women Defend Rojava:

 http://womendefendrojava.net/en/

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NEWS IN BRIEF Update – Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 7 9 – 17 Nov 2019

For all of the latest developments, see these sources:

Rojava Information Center:

https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

https://rojavainformationcenter.com

ANF English:

https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News:

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

Women Defend Rojava:

http://womendefendrojava.net/en/

 

NEWS

‘No Friends But the Mountains.’ What Life Looks Like for the Kurds of Syria, Now That the U.S. Has Pulled Back
14 Nov 2019 | Karl Vick, TIME
The modern Middle East was formed exactly 100 years ago when, in the wake of World War I, the victors began creating new countries. Among the populations deemed deserving of nationhood — along with Armenians and Azeris — were the Kurds.
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NEWS IN BRIEF Update – Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 6 30 Oct-5 Nov 2019

For all of the latest developments, see these sources

Rojava Information Center:

https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

https://rojavainformationcenter.com

 ANF English:

 https://anfenglishmobile.com/

 Hawar News:

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

 

 We stand in solidarity with Rojava, an example to the world

1 Nov 2019 | LaDonna Brave Bull Allard et al., The Guardian

Leaders from social movements, communities and First Nations from around the world, including LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Eve Ensler and Stuart Basden on the Turkish invasion in north-east Syria

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/01/we-stand-in-solidarity-with-rojava-an-example-to-the-world

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NEWS IN BRIEF Turkish invasion of Rojava/North East Syria – No 4 14 – 20 October

For all of the latest developments, see these sources

Rojava Information Center:

https://twitter.com/RojavaIC

https://rojavainformationcenter.com

ANF English:

https://anfenglishmobile.com/

Hawar News:

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

 

Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria

October 17, 2019 | Lara Seligman, Foreign Policy

Turkish-backed forces appear to be using munitions loaded with white phosphorus—a chemical that can maim and kill when it comes in contact with human flesh—in their violent campaign against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, Foreign Policy has learned.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/17/turkish-proxies-chemical-weapons-syria-kurds/

 

Syria: Damning evidence of war crimes and other violations by Turkish forces and their allies

18 October 2019 | Amnesty International

Turkish military forces and a coalition of Turkey-backed Syrian armed groups have displayed a shameful disregard for civilian life, carrying out serious violations and war crimes, including summary killings and unlawful attacks that have killed and injured civilians, during the offensive into northeast Syria, said Amnesty International today.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/10/syria-damning-evidence-of-war-crimes-and-other-violations-by-turkish-forces-and-their-allies/

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WOMEN’S ALLIANCE FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

NEWS BRIEFING August 2019

REMEMBERING SHENGAL 5 YEARS ON.

1.Yazidi women ‘ready to fight’ to avoid repeat of massacre
2.Women of Shengal: We have organized to avoid further massacres
3. YPJ: We reiterate our pledge to avenge Yazidi women
4.TJK-E calls on women to join demos for Shengal on 3 August
5. PKK’s intervention in Shengal
6. Following genocide, Shengal reinvented itself anew
7. Events all over the world to remember Shengal
8. TJA Statement to Remember the Yezidi Genocide of 3 August 2014
9. The 5th Anniversary of Shengal Massacre Infographic
10. My people were massacred five years ago. The genocide continues.


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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 27 MAY 2019 – 17 JUNE 2019

NEWS

  1. Northern and Eastern Syrian women’s assembly to be founded
  2. HDP’s Buldan: Mr. Öcalan is the key to peace
  3. US: Kurds should be represented in political talks on Syria
  4. Turkish novelist details online abuse as authorities crackdown on ‘obscenity’
  5. US official holds counterterror talks with Syria Kurds
  6. Turkey continues to arrest Dutch citizens on suspicion of PKK support
  7. Sinn Fein demand release of Ocalan and return to peace talks
  8. Rail workers vote overwhelmingly to support jailed journalists in Turkey
  9. British Unions continue to work for freedom for Öcalan
  10. Leyla Güven discharged from hospital: I will return stronger
  11. KNK celebrated its 20th anniversary
  12. “Kurdish Struggle” panel discussion at British Parliament

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NEWS BRIEFING May 2019

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE

FOR KURDISTAN, IRAQ AND SYRIA

https://peaceinkurdistancampaign.com/activities/womens-alliance-for-kurdistan-iraq-and-syria/

  1. Kurdish women prepare to protect their gains in Syria
  2. Painting with honey, fruits and blood
  3. Today a NATO country sentenced this woman to nearly two years in jail for journalism
  4. Turkey: Riot police fire tear gas at banned women’s day rally
  5. Women in Berlin: Be the voice of hunger strikers’ mothers!
  6. Women wearing white head scarves rallied in Cologne
  7. Kurdish politicians urge protesters to spare own lives in Turkey
  8. Faster Aydın: Let’s spread the resistance everywhere!
  9. Investigation into Turkish MIT’s role in Paris killings UPDATED
  10. After surviving ISIS and a civil war, these Syrian women built a female-only village
  11. Kurdish women scarred by state violence in Turkey’s southeast report
    12. Kurdish women’s experience of state violence in Turkey
  12. Yazidi spiritual council would welcome children of ISIS rape victims, revokes earlier statement

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  13. Kurdish women prepare to protect their gains in Syria

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KURDISH NEWS BRIEFING, 11 APRIL 2019 – 7 MAY 2019

NEWS

  1. Lawyers for Abdullah Öcalan publicly read his letter, following their historic meeting with the Kurdish leader.
  2. Deir ez-Zor people protest Turkish attacks and wall construction
  3. Ocalan calls an end to hunger strikes and resumption of peace talks
  4. Abdullah Ocalan meets with lawyers for the first time since 2011
  5. Deir ez-Zor people protest Turkish attacks and wall construction
  6. Activists in twelve towns target TUI in campaign supporting kurdish hunger strike.
  7. Jailed journalists in Turkey begin hunger strike in protest over PKK leader’s isolation
  8. *BREAKING* Welsh Government Minister writes to Jeremy Hunt urging him to contact
  9. HDP writes letter to the international community on death fasts
  10. NAV-DEM: Support Kurdish and democratic candidates in Europe
  11. Lawyers: Prisoners’ demand should be accepted
  12. PFLP Secretary General visited MPs on hunger strike in Amed
  13. Turkey protests Kurdish language classes at Japanese University
  14. Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels
  15. Ken Loach backs 7000 Kurdish protesters on hunger strike
  16. Washington can help strike a deal between Turkey and Kurds in Syria – analysis
  17. Syria Kurds say deal made for 31,000 displaced Iraqis to go home

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