1st INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ABOUT FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND AGAINST CENSORSHIP IN TURKEY AND INTERNATIONALLY

This international conference will focus on freedom of thought and of the press and of people's right to information in Turkey. Members of the International Federation of Journalists, academics, European, Turkish and Kurdish journalists, policy-makers and activists will speak at the conference. This conference will take place in the European Parliament on the 29th of June. Please find more information in th ...

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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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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’s Kurdish HDP co-chair Yuksekdag gets another jail sentence

Published by Ekurd Daily on 9/6/2017 ADANA,— A court in southern Turkey on Thursday sentenced a former lawmaker and co-chair of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to one year in prison for insulting the government, Anadolu agency reported. Figen Yuksekdag, already jailed for “terrorism-related” charges and links to Kurdistan Workers Party PKK, was not present at the hearing at Adana’s 11th Criminal ...

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Call to Observe the Main Case of Ms. Figen Yüksekdağ (HDP-statement)

Call to Observe the Main Case of Ms. Figen Yüksekdağ whose HDP membership and deputy status have been rescinded through political intervention in outright violation of all laws, norms and procedures HDP Co-Chair Ms. Figen Yüksekdağ was arrested on 4 November 2016 along with Co-Chair Mr. Demirtaş and 7 HDP deputies. After 8 months, the first hearing of the case on grounds of which she was arrested will be he ...

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YPG accuses Turkey of intensifying attacks on Kurdish areas north Syria

Published by ARA News on May 29, 2017 The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said today that the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebels continue to attack YPG positions near Kobane and Afrin. In an official statement, the YPG leadership also said that Turkey uses drones to monitor YPG positions in Rojava-Northertn Syria. “On May 21, Turkish warplanes flew on the border with Kobane from the west at 16:30 ...

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Îlham Ehmed: Russia is threatening Kurds with Turkey

Published by ANF English on 31st of May 2017 Syrian Democratic Council (MSD) Co-chair Îlham Ehmed stated that Turkey approached Russia when they couldn’t find the support they wanted in the US to attack Rojava, and that Russia in turn threatened the Kurds with Turkey’s attacks. Îlham Ehmed wrote at her column in the Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper: “Russia forcing the Kurds to choose between the Baath regime ...

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Turkey declares curfew in Kurdish province of Diyarbakir

Several Kurdish media reports on new curfews being declared on many Kurdish villages in the province of Diyarbakir. Villagers are fleeing as their homes are being bombed. Exact amount of villages currently under curfew is unclear. Published by Kurdistan24 on May 30, 2017 and Dihaber on May 31, 2017 DIYARBAKIR (Kurdistan24) – Renewed curfews on Tuesday were imposed on over 40 villages in the southeastern Kur ...

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Court issues arrest warrant for opposition HDP spokesperson Baydemir

Published by Komnews on May 30, 2017 A Diyarbakir court issued an arrest warrant for the opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Parliamentary Group Spokesperson and Urfa Deputy Osman Baydemir, reports the daily Evrensel. The court issued the arrest warrant because Baydemir did not attend the hearing of an open trial against him, states the report. Speaking in HDP’s parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday ...

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Laat ons niet in de steek nadat we IS verslaan hebben – Sinam Mohamad

Sinam Mohamad, buitenlands afgevaardigde voor de Democratische Federatie van Noord-Syrië, schreef onderstaand opiniestuk in The New York Times van 11 mei 2017. Het is een oproep aan de Amerikaanse regering en de Amerikaanse bevolking om de Syrische Koerden ook na de val van IS te blijven steunen tegen dreigende aanvallen vanuit Turkije. De vrees bestaat immers dat de VS eens Raqqa bevrijd is (en de VS de ov ...

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