Newroz 2017: No to Dictatorship – Yes to Peoples’ Democracy and Freedom

Newroz 2017: No to Dictatorship – Yes to Peoples’ Democracy and Freedom

PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN Statement, 20 March 2017 It is at a most inauspicious time that the Kurdish people everywhere are now celebrating Newroz. Embattled in Turkey and Syria ...

Newroz pîroz be! 

Newroz pîroz be! 

Version française en bas. English version below. Newroz pîroz be!  Op 21 maart viert de Koerdische gemeenschap Newroz (lett. ‘Nieuwjaar’), het jaarlijkse feest dat de start van de ...

HRW criticizes Turkey’s crackdown on Kurdish opposition

HRW criticizes Turkey’s crackdown on Kurdish opposition

This article was posted by Ekurd Daily on 20 March 2017. ISTANBUL,— The Turkish government has jailed 13 members of the pro-Kurdish democratic opposition in parliament on terrorism ...

UN says no ethnic cleansing by Kurds in northern Syria

UN says no ethnic cleansing by Kurds in northern Syria

This article was posted by ARANews on 15 March 2017. The U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic released a new report that refused allegat ...

More detentions against the HDP before Newroz celebrations on March 17-21 (HDP statement)

More detentions against the HDP before Newroz celebrations on March 17-21 (HDP statement)

Dear friends, On March 16, 2017 the Turkish police carried out operations against HDP executives and members in several provinces, including Antalya, Adana, Antep, İstanbul, İzmir, ...

On this day: Kawa and the story of Newroz

On this day: Kawa and the story of Newroz

Published by ROAR Magazine 20 March 2016 The story of Newroz is a story of resistance. True to form, and despite a government-imposed ban, many Kurds in Turkey are celebrating the ...

Opinie: “Het is welletjes geweest met de arrogantie van Turkse leiders”, Dirk Rochtus

Opinie: “Het is welletjes geweest met de arrogantie van Turkse leiders”, Dirk Rochtus

De rede lijkt zoek in Turkije. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan zweept zijn aanhangers die in het buitenland wonen op en bruuskeert Europa. Maar zijn fanatisme camoufleert onzekerhei ...

Undemocratic government take-over of Kurdish municipalities continues (update)

Below is the list of democratically elected co-mayors from the Kurdish region imprisoned by the Turkish regime. Added to this is the list of municipalities led by the pro-Kurdish Democratic Regions Party (DBP), regional sister party to the HDP, which were taken over by government appointed trustees as of 8/3/2017. The Data is gathered by the Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities (GABB). On 8/ ...

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Attacks on Yazidi People in Sinjar

The current state is against the interests of the Kurdistanian peoples (KNK statement) Yesterday, 2 March, an armed group related to the Iraqi Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) entered Şingal, intending to force their way into the town of Xanesor (near Musol in Iraq). This gave rise to tension culminating, in this morning, in a confrontation between those armed men and the Şingal Defence Units (YPŞ). There h ...

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Aleppo Mince. Sixty-eight dead lives.

This text was published on Guernica on 25 February 2017. By Selahattin Demirtaş, translated from Turkish by Nicholas Glastonbury This week in the PEN/Guernica Flash series, we feature a short story by Selahattin Demirtaş, translated by Nicholas Glastonbury. Demirtas is co-chair of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and a member of Turkish Parliament. He has been imprisoned since early November 2016. In the ...

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Turkey’s Kurdish HDP party rallies against boosting Erdogan powers

This article was published on Ekurd Daily on 2 March 2017. ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party Thursday launched its campaign for a “No” vote in April’s referendum on whether to give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers as its two leaders remained imprisoned. Hundreds of people turned out for the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) event in Istanbul where the party’s spokesman described the prop ...

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In photos: Animals shot, houses burned, people tortured in blockaded Kurdish villages

Published on KomNews on 2 March 2017. The military blockades of Korukoy (Xeraba Bave) and Doganli (Talate), two villages in Turkey’s southeastern Nusaybin district were lifted on Wednesday. Photos of the aftermath of the blockades began circulating on social media and Kurdish news outlets today showing the violence perpetrated in the villages. Kurdish news agency Dihaber reported that in Korukoy, which was ...

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European Council body: Turkey sliding towards ‘autocratic one-man rule’

This article was posted on KomNews on 2 March 2017. The Council of Europe Venice Commission, an advisory body made up of independent experts in the field of constitutional law has said there is a “dramatic decline in democratic order” and that Turkey “is sliding towards an autocratic one-man rule,” the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. The commission, which advises the Council of Europe on constitu ...

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Syrian Kurdistan administration sees end to economic ‘siege’

Posted on Ekurd Daily on 3 March 2017. AMUDA, Syrian Kurdistan,— The Kurdish-led administration in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), northwest Syria, says a new land corridor to the government-controlled west marks an economic breakthrough for their autonomous Kurdish region that has been under “siege” by hostile parties. Abdul Karim Saroukhan, head of the Kurdish-led administration, also warned that Turkey risked ...

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Syrian Kurds cede buffer as Turkish-backed FSA advances on Manbij

This article was posted on Al-Monitor on 2 March 2017. As if the murky constellation of conflicts in Syria were not tangled enough, Turkey seems poised to muddy the waters further by escalating its battle against the Syrian Kurdish-led force that is helping the United States defeat the Islamic State. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for some time now been vowing to capture Manbij, a Syrian Arab to ...

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Turkey’s Kurdish lawmaker Leyla Zana faces 20 years in anti-PKK probe

This article was published by Ekurd Daily on 1 March 2017. DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Leyla Zana, a prominent Kurdish rights activist and member of Turkish parliament from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP),  is facing several charges over links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK, under an indictment approved Wednesday, according to a judicial source, state-run Anadolu agency repor ...

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Kurdistan’s Barzani says parliament, presidential elections to be held in September

This article was published on Ekurd Daily on 2 March 2017. HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Masoud Barzani said the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament and presidential elections will be held in September this year. “There will be two elections in September: parliament and presidential,” Barzani said during an interview with French Le Monde newspaper published on February 23. Barzani said the presidential ter ...

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