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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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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AKP’s Toledo plan: 6 outposts to be built in Sur

Published by Kurdishinfo on 3/1/2017 A whole history has been destroyed by the state forces in the intense clashes in Amed’s Sur district that started on November 28, 2015 and lasted 104 days. Demolition still continues in several parts of the district, where the curfew also continues in 6 neighborhoods. Homes have been demolished and 40.000 people have become homeless. There isn’t even rubble left behind f ...

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REPORT ON DETAINMENT OF GULTAN KISANAK & FIRAT ANLI, CO-MAYORS OF DIYARBAKIR

The Metropolitan Municipality of DIYARBAKIR (Amed) issued the following report on the arrest of their co-Mayors GULTAN KISANAK & FIRAT ANLI last Tuesday, October 25, 2016 REPORT ON DETAINMENT OF GULTAN KISANAK & FIRAT ANLI, CO-MAYORS OF DIYARBAKIR Diyarbakir, with a population of 1.8 million, politically and culturally the most significant city in the Kurdish region of Turkey, is now facing another ...

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De Turkse staat voert de repressie tegen de Koerden op (persverklaring NavBel)

Afgelopen nacht, op 25 oktober, heeft de Turkse politie de 2 co-burgemeesters van de Koerdische miljoenenstad Diyarbakir gearresteerd. Hiermee schakelt de Turkse staat de repressie nog een versnelling hoger. Gülten Kisanak en Firat Anli zijn, naar de beste Koerdische tradities van gendergelijkheid, de mannelijke en vrouwelijke co-burgemeesters van Diyarbakir (Amed in het Koerdisch). Mevrouw Gülten Kisanak h ...

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The government will not be able to make the people’s will surrender (HDP statement)

Last night the co-mayors of Diyarbakir City Council, Ms. Gültan Kışanak and Mr. Fırat Anlı, were detained and their houses and the city council buildings were searched. This is an extremely unlawful and arbitrary practice. The Erdoğan-AKP government is continuing to disrespect the will of the people with feelings of revenge. By taking such hostile attitude toward the political will of Kurdish people, the go ...

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Turkish court documents reveal new details about IS operations

Published by Al-Monitor, 21 July 2016 DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Diyarbakir was the venue of two important events linked to the Islamic State (IS) in the past 12 months. On June 5, 2015, a bomb blast at a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally killed four people. On Oct. 26, security forces raided 17 addresses used by IS. In a clash at one of them, two police and seven IS militants were killed; many pe ...

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Nederlandse onderzoekscommissie bezoekt belegerde Sur-district van Diyarbakir

Van 6 tot 9 mei 2016 heeft een onderzoeksmissie een bezoek gebracht aan Sur, een district van Diyarbakir (Amed in het Koerdisch) gebracht, een van de gebieden die zijn getroffen door het oorlogsgeweld. Aan de delegatie namen deel: Harry van Bommel (Tweede Kamerlid voor de SP), Latif Tali (lid gebiedscommissie Overschie van de gemeente Rotterdam voor de PvdA), Aliye Yurdan en Carla van Os, beiden lid van Kur ...

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Turkey accused of violating rights of Kurds, Syrians

Published by The Washington Post 10 May 2016 By Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel  ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey came under scrutiny on Tuesday for alleged human rights violations committed by security forces against Kurds in the southeast and Syrian refugees trying to enter the country, with two organizations calling for investigations. Human Rights Watch claimed that Turkish border guards have in the past two m ...

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UNOHCHR: Need for transparency, investigations, in light of “alarming” reports of major violations in south-east Turkey – Zeid

Published by OHCHR 10 May 2016 GENEVA (10 May 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Tuesday that he had received a succession of alarming reports about violations allegedly committed by Turkish military and security forces in south-east Turkey over the past few months, and urged the Turkish authorities to give independent investigators, including UN staff, unimpeded access ...

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