Invitation for the 2017 Newroz Celebrations

Invitation for the 2017 Newroz Celebrations

Brussels, february 9, 2017 Dear Friends, We would like to cordially invite you to join us for the Newroz (Kurdish New Year) that will take place in Diyarbakir, Van, Mardin and othe ...

AKP Government Widens Purges in Universities by Decree Laws (HDP statement)

AKP Government Widens Purges in Universities by Decree Laws (HDP statement)

A new state of emergency statutory decree, numbered 686, was issued on 7 February 2017, barring 4464 civil servants from public offices. Of these 330 are academic personnel, includ ...

Ez mafê xwe dizanim! I know my rights!

Ez mafê xwe dizanim! I know my rights!

Ez mafê xwe dizanim! I know my rights! Manual on human rights education and the right to mother tongue education Based on the experiences of Kurdish youth workers and Kurdish langu ...

Long March from Luxembourg to Strasbourg on day 7

Long March from Luxembourg to Strasbourg on day 7

Published by ANF on February 7, 2017 Participants of the Long March that launched in Luxembourg with the demand of freedom for Abdullah Öcalan and status for Kurdistan aim to reach ...

The West is also responsible for Erdogan dictatorship: Kurdish diplomat Adem Uzun

The West is also responsible for Erdogan dictatorship: Kurdish diplomat Adem Uzun

Published by Kurdish Question on 21 February 2017 Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Executive Council member Adem Uzun has accused Western countries of also being responsible for w ...

9000 HDP members detained, 2500 jailed in one and a half years

9000 HDP members detained, 2500 jailed in one and a half years

Published by ANF on February 6, 2017 HDP's Yıldırım said attacks against the HDP have intensified, adding: “We are not just a political party, we are a popular movement. We are a t ...

Turkey bombs Kurdish villages northwest Syria

Turkey bombs Kurdish villages northwest Syria

Published by ARA News on February 7, 2017 Kurdish officials on Monday accused the Turkish army of shelling the villages of Maranaaz, Vilat al-Qadi, Sheikh Issa east of Afrin distri ...

Kurdish politician Ahmet Türk urges ‘new peace era’ in Turkey after jail

Published by Ekurd Daily on February 6, 2017 MARDIN, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— A respected pro-Kurdish politician said Sunday after his release following over two months in jail that both Kurds and the Turkish government should embrace a new era of peace to end a decades-long conflict. Former mayor of the southeastern city of Mardin Ahmet Turk, 74, was held in November on terror charges, but his arrest caus ...

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Moscow to host pan-Kurdish conference on February 15

Published by ARA News + Ekurd Daily on February 7, 2017 A pan-Kurdish national conference will be held in Moscow on 15 February with the participation of Kurds from Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. Abdulsalam Ali, a member of the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), said that they would discuss the current situation in the Middle East and the divisions of zones of influence in the region. Among the participa ...

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U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces launch offensive toward Raqqa

Published by Ekurd Daily, Febr. 4, 2017 RAQQA province, Syria,— The Kurdish-led alliance of U.S.-backed militias said it had started a new phase of its campaign against the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa on Saturday, aiming to complete its encirclement and sever the road to militant strongholds in Deir al-Zor province. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a statement the action was being undertaken ...

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Turkey: Bans on Kurdish arts festivals spark solidarity actions – PELIN BAṢARAN

Arts organisation Siyah Bant examines how emergency rule has affected artistic practices in Diyarbakır Published by Turkey Uncensored on Januari 30, 2017 Turkey Uncensored is an Index on Censorship project to publish a series of articles from censored Turkish writers, artists and translators. Turkey’s state of emergency, announced after July’s coup attempt, was extended for three months in January. While ne ...

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Syria’s new national security force pledges loyalty to Turkey – Amberin Zaman

Published by Al-Monitor on January 25, 2017 When Turkey intervened in northern Syria five months ago, it claimed it had no designs on its former Ottoman dominion and that its only goals were to cleanse its borders of the Islamic State and to eliminate what it called the terrorist threat posed by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the US-allied Kurdish militia that is paradoxically the most effective force ...

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Crushing the Kurds: Unravelling a Conspiracy – Sheri Laizer

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 24, 2017 “I wasn’t framed and imprisoned for being a whistle-blower against the Turkish state: I was targeted because I raised my voice for Kurdish rights, including independence. I helped set up the institutions necessary as part of a road map towards the nation state of Kurdistan, such as the Kurdistan Parliament in Exile and Med-TV…” Re-examining the post-1980 Turkish ...

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France closes court case over murder of Kurdish activists in Paris

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 24, 2017 PARIS,— France has dropped all court proceedings over the 2013 murders of three Kurdish activists after the death of the main suspect, judicial sources said on Monday, despite street protests demanding that inquiries continue. Sakine Cansiz, a founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the early 1980s, and two other Kurdish women activists were assassinated ...

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Turkey arrests Kurdish HDP lawmaker Ayse Acar Basaran

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 20, 2017 ANKARA,— A member of Turkish parliament from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Ayse Acar Basaran, was arrested early Friday in Ankara, according to security sources, state-run Anadolu agency reported. According to the source Ankara Police Department’s Anti-Terror Branch arrested Ayse Acar Basaran, the HDP’s Batman deputy, on charges of aiding and abett ...

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U.S-backed Syrian SDF forces refuse to support Astana meeting results

Published by Ekurd Daily on Januari 19, 2017 CAIRO,— The U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish-led Democratic Forces (SDF) opposition group will not support the results of the meeting on Syria in Astana, as the SDF has not received an invitation to attend it, SDF spokesman Talal Selo said Wednesday. The SDF consists mainly of Kurdish and Arab detachments, and participated in operations against Islamic State group with ...

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[VIDEO] Armenian deputy banned from Turkish Parliament for 3 sessions for calling 1915 ‘genocide’

Garo Paylan, a deputy of Armenian origin from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has been banned from parliamentary sessions for three days for using the word “genocide” to describe incidents that took place in 1915, during an address in Parliament in the early hours of Saturday. Paylan, an HDP lawmaker from İstanbul, was speaking against a switch to an executive presidency during debates in P ...

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