Silent executions: Another Kurdish activist executed by Iran

 By the Australian-Kurdish Parliamentary Friendship Group:

Samkoo Khorshidi

Samkoo Khorshidi

In August 2012 it was revealed that at least 28 Kurdish prisoners had been sentenced to death on political and security-related charges inside Sanandaj, Orumiyeh, Semnan, Rajaee Shahr, and Saghez prisons. Seventeen of these individuals had received finalized death sentences and 11 had been sentenced to death at their trials in lower courts, and were awaiting appeal rulings by the Supreme Court.

Information about many of these prisoners has been limited due to the limitations security forces impose on the prisoners’ families and the unprecedented restrictions on human rights activists trying to disseminate information within an increasingly repressed social and political atmosphere.

ECHR finds Turkey guilty over 1993 disappearances

KT Report: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this week found Turkey guilty of breaching the European Convention on Human Rights by violating the ‘right to life’. The case concerns the disappearance of six villagers who were detained by security forces in 1993 and never seen again. This ruling follows a 20-year campaign by…

Kurd kills Kurd on the Rojava-KRG border?

KT Report: Rojava Kurds face severe problems trying to cross their borders, not only from Turkish troops but also – at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) border – from Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) peshmarga, reports ANF. From the Turkish border there are accounts of severe beatings and robberies perpetrated by troops against Kurds trying to cross into…

A vote for Gorran could make the south of Kurdistan more Islamist

By Mufid Abdulla: Last July, Babakr Dray, one of Gorran’s most high-ranking members and director of the Wusha company,  told Awene newspaper that Gorran “will not approve any rule in the parliament unless it is approved by Sharia law” This would mean that any new law in the Kurdistan parliament would have to be rooted…

People shocked to see Suli ex-governor’s sentence quashed

KT Comment: Dana Ahmed Majid, former governor of the city of Suli, was censored by the audit office and accused of corruption and wasting public money. Four of his assistants were jailed on related charges but he fled the country, perhaps wisely fearing he might meet the same fate as mayor Zana Hama Salih, who…

An Anfal Survivor tells his story

Translated by Kamal Chomani: Twitter: @KamalChomani Today, 14-04, marks the 26th anniversary of the Anfal Campaign which was carried out by Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and brought death to more than 100.000 innocent Kurds. Anfal is the cruellest atrocity in the modern history of the Middle East. Here is the story of a survivor, Hassan Ali,…

ISIS terror in and around Rojava, March-April 2014 – a diary of death

Compiled By WIFNO: The “Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham” (ISIS) has been engaged in an all-out war against the Kurdish territories in Syria since March 2014. After months of humiliating defeats by the forces of the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG  (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel) – at least 1.000 ISIS fighters (YPG claims 3.000 (1) )…

Fethullah Gülen’s Mission Organization Divided

By Dr Aland Mizell: Men create ideologies, and when a man dies, his ideology dies with him. Men create systems, and when a man dies, his system dies with him. For example, Fascism in Italy, Communism in the Soviet Union, and Nazism in Germany have all perished and disappeared except for a few residual elements….

KDP should not expect any election reward

In the election campaign in the south of Kurdistan to win seats in the Iraqi parliament, there are some key issues. Top of the list is the ongoing shortage of money to pay civil servants’ wages and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) failure to solve this problem. Second, the vacuum caused by the long delay…

KDP should side with the Rojava revolution, not build border ditches: KCK

By the KCK Co-presidency: With the implicit approval of the KDP administration, ditches are being dug on the South Kurdistan (KRG) border with Rojava. The people of Rojava have been reacting against this for days. The border ditches and the resulting tension have caused anger and disturbance in Kurdish public opinion.

Gorran movement may no longer be in charge of its fate

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By Mufid Abdulla: It was back on 18th September 2013 that the Gorran leader told his followers: “we must earn the power .. . it is not going to be given to us by the two ruling parties”. More than six month have pased since Gorran, according to the votes, became the second force in…

By ignoring Rojava, Western powers disregard secular, democratic values: Salih Muslim

KT Report: These are extracts from a statement to the international media this week by Salih Muslim, co-chair of the PYD (People’s Democratic Party). (Source: ANF) “The civil war now engulfing Syria emerged from its people’s desire for political change. But the war is not universal: since the outbreak of protests in 2011 against President…

Sultan’s political suicide in the Kingdom pyramid

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By Ahmet A. Ozbek: The worst kind of dictatorship comes by people’s vote in the elections, because the dictator doesn’t takes his power either from the state or military in the regime, but from the majority of the people. Gun Zileli – Turkish Scholar and Writer I am not a social scientist or political analyst…

Who gassed Damascus?

By a Correspondent: The London Review of Books carries an article by American journalist Seymour Hersh arguing that last August’s chemical weapons attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta was carried out not by the Assad regime but by al Nusra Front terrorists backed by the Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. At the time the…

PUK locks up journalists

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KT News: PUK-controlled security forces have detained two journalists in Sulaimaniyah this week. Hoshiyar Abdullah, manager of the KNN TV channel has been detained in the Serchinar district in Sulaimaniyah city. ‘Awene’ reports that his arrest relates to a KNN TV report about a Iranian Kurdistan Democratic party (KDPI) official. Hoshiyar, an election candidate for Gorran, was…