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 (Efrîn) 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 Alipaşa 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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