Turkey’s parliament could be finalizing its own demise – Pinar Tremblay

Turkey’s parliament could be finalizing its own demise – Pinar Tremblay

Published by Al-Monitor on July 20, 2017 It's not possible to regulate people's thoughts, but Turkey's president has come up with the next-best thing: controlling their words. Sinc ...

Jailed Kurdish leader Demirtas says fair trial impossible in Erdogan’s Turkey

Jailed Kurdish leader Demirtas says fair trial impossible in Erdogan’s Turkey

Published by Ekurd Daily on July 19, 2017 ANKARA,— Turkey’s jailed pro-Kurdish opposition leader said no judge could stand up to Tayyip Erdogan, expressing doubts he could ever hav ...

Swedish lawmakers file ‘genocide’ complaint against Turkey’s Erdogan

Swedish lawmakers file ‘genocide’ complaint against Turkey’s Erdogan

Published by Ekurd Daily on 11/7/17 STOCKHOLM,— A group of Swedish lawmakers said Monday they have filed a legal complaint accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of genoci ...

De Mistura says Syrian Kurds need to participate in constitution drafting

De Mistura says Syrian Kurds need to participate in constitution drafting

Published by Ekurd Daily on 11/7/17 GENEVA,— UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura reiterated in an interview with Sputnik the vital need for Syrian Kurds to participate in ...

Turkey’s Kurdish lawmaker Leyla Zana acquitted in ‘terror’ propaganda case

Turkey’s Kurdish lawmaker Leyla Zana acquitted in ‘terror’ propaganda case

Published by Ekurd Daily on 11/7/17 DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— A court in Turkish Kurdistan on Tuesday has acquitted a prominent a prominent Kurdish rights activist ...

KobanĂȘ, two years after Daesh

KobanĂȘ, two years after Daesh

Published on Kedistan on 13 July 2017. This article is based on a series of interviews done in KobanĂȘ in January 2017. The author, Margot Cassiers, is a staff member at the Kurdish ...

Demirtas’s open call to the chair of the AKP

Demirtas’s open call to the chair of the AKP

First of all, I will return your insult that targeted the will of millions in my name. However, from another point of view, I would like to “thank you” because of your confession. ...

Syrian Kurds call on international community to stop Turkish attacks – Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Published by ARA News on June 30, 2017   Kurdish officials have called on the international coalition to stop Turkey’s military operation against Rojava-Northern Syria. The Syrian Kurds say that the operation, which targets Afrin (EfrĂźn) District, could imperil the ongoing Raqqa campaign. Sihanok Dibo, a senior official in the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said on Thursday that Turkey and its proxy for ...

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Turkey’s real target on way to Idlib: Kurds – Fehim Tastekin

Published by Al-Monitor on July 2, 2017 (Pictures altered by Kurdish Institute) Turkey wants to be part of the de-escalation process in Syria, especially if that means it can multitask and wipe out the Kurdish corridor at the same time. Turkey supposedly ended Operation Euphrates Shield, its military mission in northern Syria, March 29. But instead of withdrawing its troops, Ankara actually expanded its mil ...

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Syrian Democratic Council calls on Arab and international community to pressure Turkey over war plans

Published by Kurdish Question on July 2, 2017 The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC/MSD) has released a statement in relation to recent threats by the Turkish government against Rojava's Afrin Canton and condemned the practices of the Turkish state while calling on the Arab and international community to pressure Ankara to stop its aggressive policy. “Together with the International Coalition, the SDF (Syrian ...

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Amnesty Issues Urgent Action: Hundreds at Imminent Risk of Forced Eviction in Sur (Amed, Diyarbakir)

Published by Amnesty International on June 29, 2017 Amnesty International today issued an Urgent Action calling on Turkey to halt forced evictions in the Sur District of Diyarbakir. Hundreds of residents in the AlipaƟa and Lalebey neighbourhoods of the Sur district in Diyarbakır province, southeastern Turkey, are at imminent risk of forced eviction. Since 23 May, during the fasting month of Ramadan, water a ...

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Ankara’s offer to Moscow: Give us Afrin for Idlib – Metin Gurcan

Published by Al-Monitor on July 3, 2017 Tension is escalating rapidly west of the Euphrates River, especially in the area of Syria's Afrin canton controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), and at Idlib, controlled by a motley collection of outfits mostly backed by Turkey. Last week, as the Turkish army continued to amass forces in the triangle of Kilis in Turkey, and Jarablus/al-Bab/al-Rai i ...

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Up to 20,000 FSA, Turkish troops to launch anti-Kurdish operation – Turkish media

Published by KomNews on 2 July 2017 Around 20,000 members of opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA), composed mostly of Islamic fundamentalist groups, and Turkish troops will participate in a new military operation in the northwestern Syrian Afrin region, which is under control of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Turkish media reported on Sunday. The first targets of the operation will be the ...

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HDP PRESS RELEASE: We condemn the arrest of the CHP MP Enis Berberoğlu

We condemn the arrest of the CHP MP Enis Berberoğlu The coup targeting democracy, a process that began on 20 May 2016 with the lifting of parliamentary immunity in Parliament, continued with tens of municipal co-Chairs being arrested, the appointment of government trustees to elected municipal offices and, on November 4, the taking hostage of our Co-Chairs and our members of parliament. The arrest, today, o ...

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CALL FOR TARGETED ACADEMIC BOYCOTT OF TURKEY

Background In January 2016, 2,212 academics working in or researching on Turkey signed a declaration calling on the Turkish government to end the war in the Kurdish region, seek a peaceful resolution of the decades-long Kurdish question, and allow international observers to monitor the situation in Kurdish towns and cities destroyed by security forces. Since then, the signatories, who came to be known as Ac ...

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WHW-report on the destruction of the ancient Sur district in Amed (Diyarbakir, Turkey)

New report on the destruction of large parts of the 7000 years old city (Suriçi) of Amed (Diyarbakir) in North Kurdistan by the Turkish state since the beginning of 2016. The Turkish state attacked Suriçi in a large military operation in Dec. 2015 and destroyed systematically after the end of armed fights in March 2016 around one third of the old city which is the buffer zone of the World Heritage Site "Diy ...

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SDF announces the launch of ‘Great Battle’ for Raqqa

Published by KurdishQuestion on 6/6/17 The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Command announced the launch of the 'Great Battle' for the liberation of Raqqa from ISIS. The historic statement was read by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Spokesman Talal Silo in the HezĂźma town north of Raqqa. Representatives of SDF commanders, representatives of the Raqqa Civilian Council and Co-President Leyla Mustefa and ...

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