Urgent statement KNK

URGENT CALL We call on all democratic forces to condemn alleged state executions by the Turkish state. This actions of Turkey must not be tolerated any longer and the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe and all those who stand for democracy must condemn the actions of Turkey in the strongest terms. In the latest atrocity Turkish security forces are accused of the state execution of five allege ...

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Why the Kurdish referendum is none of Turkey’s business (Asli Aydintasbas, The Washington Post)

This article by Asli Aydintasbas was posted on the website of The Washington Post on 2 October 2017. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was angry last week with the neighboring Iraqi Kurds for holding a referendum on independence. “Once we put our sanctions in place, you’ll be out in the cold,” he said, addressing Turkey’s neighbors to the south. “If we turn off the [crude oil] valve, it’s over. If truc ...

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Stop Turkish massacre in Kurdistan (KNK statement)

Stop Turkish massacre in Kurdistan We condemn the Turkish state’s attack on ƞĂȘladizĂȘ in South-Kurdistan (Iraq) The Turkish state, led by Erdogan, added yet another crime to its gruesome record of human rights violation. On 20 September 2017, Turkish warplanes launched an attack on the region of ƞĂȘladizĂȘ and its surrounding villages, killing a number of civilians (at least 10) and wounding others, excluding ...

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Damage Assessment Report on Old City (Suriçi) of Diyarbakir

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REPORT Conflict Period and following Demolition of the Old city (SURİÇİ) of DIYARBAKIR August 1, 2017 Nevin Soyukaya Archaeologist Former head of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “DIYARBAKIR FORTRESS AND HEVSEL GARDENS CULTURAL LANDSCAPE”   Introduction The Fortress of Diyarbakir and the Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape have maintained their importance for thousands of years because of ...

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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. Since the April 16 referendum that expanded the authority of the presidency, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been urging Turkey's parliament to make drastic changes to its bylaws and internal regulations. On July 7, two right-wing ...

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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 have a fair trial after the president publicly labelled him a terrorist. In a rare interview from prison, Selahattin Demirtas also told Reuters he believed he accepted some blame for failing to halt the collapse of peace talks betwee ...

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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 genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Kurdish southeast of his country. The complaint signed by five lawmakers from the Left and Green parties is the first of its kind in Sweden against a head of state. The suit relate ...

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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 and lawmaker from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of three charges, state-run Anadolu News Agency reported. The chief public prosecutor in the southeastern Kurdish province of Diyarbakir had been seeking a 20-year prison sent ...

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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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