Category Archives: Kurd news

Turkey: An Embarrassing Experience for the West!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: The Western World is haunted by the problem of how to handle its conscience caused by its avoidance of being adequately critical of Turkey. The West needs a clear-eyed, realistic approach and a revolutionary re-thinking in order to understand and handle Turkey as it becomes the potential trigger to start the third…

The American Presidential Election of 2016 and the Middle East: The Biggest Losers and Winners

By Dr. M. Koohzad: It was a “shock and awe” moment. But, it was good and great. I was delighted that Ms. Clinton, a war criminal, was unable to fool most of the Americans most of the time. Hillary or Killary, with all of the help and support from her political party, the White House,…

Urgent Call: Worsening Situation in Turkish Prisons

By Hişyar Özsoy, Deputy Co-chair of HDP Responsible for Foreign Affairs: Recently there have been several news and claims in the Turkish and international media that uprisings might be provoked in the prisons of Turkey to provide the government the excuse and opportunity to execute planned massacres against prisoners. We know that the government has…

Closing Down of NGOS in Turkey is Another Step Towards Tyranny

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Statement: First the Turkish authorities came for the politicians, then they came for the journalists and the lawyers, the academics and students, then the political advisors and now it is the turn of NGOs. Hundreds of NGOs have become the latest victims to feel the wrath of President Erdogan and his…

The Repression And War Crimes Inflicted On Turkey’s Kurds

By John Hunt: This article was first published by the Morning Star “Be Smart, We’ll Be Back.” Neatly stencilled onto a wall in central Nusaybin, the warning is less crude than other graffiti scrawled by Turkish soldiers on walls and inside homes after they’ve besieged and pulverised Kurdish towns across south-east Turkey, but in context…

Free HDP and Divest From Turkish Fascism: International Appeal and Message of Solidarity

Joint Statement by Armenian, Kurdish and Ezidi Organizations in the USA: We express our outrage at the arbitrary arrests of Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, and its 10 MPs on November 4, 2016. With the charges of treason and association with terrorism, HDP MPs are the latest victims…

HDP: We Will Win – No Matter What!

HDP Statement, issued in Diyarbakir: We would like to begin our statement by first condemning the bomb attack that took place in Diyarbakır on November 4, 2016. We wish mercy on those who lost their lives and extend our condolences to their relatives and to our people. We wish a swift recovery to the injured…

The End of Democracy in Turkey

HDP Statement: Last night the purge of President Erdogan against our party has reached another peak: our Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag, along with 11 further Members of Parliament of our party have been detained across Turkey last night. More arrests are to be expected. The goal of these measures is to shut down…

Belgium Court Decides Not to Prosecute Kurdish Associations and Politicians for Terrorism

KNK Statement: In 2010 an investigation was opened by the Belgian Federal prosecutor against Kurdish politicians and associations for terrorism. Amongst them were Remzi Kartal, Zubeyir Aydar, Adem Uzun, the Kurdish Television and other Kurdish associations in Belgium. Today the Brussels Court decided not to prosecute them. The judge decided that there is an armed…

The Battle for Mosul is Key for Europe’s Peace and Stability

By Arian Mufid: In light of what is happening in the Middle East generally and in the city of Mosul especially, the whole world’s attention is now focused on events in these areas and, indeed, if there is insufficiently serious consideration by advisors and supervisors in Europe this will result in severe consequences. The events…

Public Servants Should Use Court Action if the KRG Keeps Delaying Their Salaries

 By Abdul-Qahar Mustafa: Salary delays are a breach of employment contract and illegal. All governments are obliged by law to pay their public service employees on time and accurately. The government is responsible if public servants suffer pay delay. No excuse can justify a government not paying public service workers for the work they do,…

Hujam and Hemin: All Peshmergas Deserve Dignity, Not Disgrace

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: When Hujam Surchi was beheaded in January 2015 by an Islamic State member and the photos of the atrocity circulated in the media, the entire Kurdish population felt outraged. Kurds all over the world felt disgraced and degraded when it became known that the IS member was speaking Kurdish. Hujam Surchi’s head embodied…

To What Extent Can Demonstrations Change Anything in the Kurdistan Region?

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: Ever since the 2011 17 Shubat (17 February) Demonstrations, which lasted for 62 days, ended, there has not been a month or even a week without rallies, protests and demonstrations in the Kurdistan region, especially in Slemani province. In September 2014, I wrote an article entitled “Does Demonstrating Have Any Value…

Nadia Murad: Symbol of Kurdish Resistance

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: The Yazidi genocide is not the only genocide committed against the Kurds and perhaps, heaven forbid, it won’t be the last as political party rivalries, political leadership crises and internal disunity are growing and have been part of the Kurdish Liberation Movement and Kurdish struggle for centuries. Kurdish national identity is…

Emergency Motion Speech at UK Trades Union Congress Conference on Kurdish Question

Speech by Tommy Murphy, Trades Union Congress (TUC) conference delegate: Chair, conference, ………………. Unite the Union moving emergency motion ….. on Turkey and solidarity with the Kurdish population. Colleagues it’s absolutely right that various unions have come together to submit this motion to conference. Anyone with even one eye on the news will have seen…