Category Archives: Kurd news

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…

50 Kurdish Politicians on Indefinite Hunger Strike in Amed/Diyarbakır

Joint Statement by DTK, HDK, KJA,  HDP and DBP: 50 Kurdish politicians began an indefinite hunger strike demanding that the state abide by international human rights and allow either his family or his lawyers of a party delegation to see Mr.Abdullah Öcalan with whom all communication has been cut for the last 515 days. Moreover, it is certain…

Joint Statement of Kurdish & Allied Parties in Syria on Turkish Invasion

Joint Statement: Following the defeat of extremist forces, such as Daesh, conspiratorial plans have started to unfold. Turkey’s latest attack on the Syrian territory in Jerablus city is a continuation of its old/new imperial policy. It is also a plan to occupy more Syrian territory under the pretext of fighting terrorism, i.e. Daesh. However, Turkey’s…

A Kurdish Journalist Is Brutally Murdered

By Suzan Jamal: I want to inform the entire world about the current situation in my homeland of Kurdistan, although it is difficult to do so. I do not like to speak negatively of Kurdistan, yet there is much injustice taking place there. In my homeland people live under hard circumstances; no salaries paid for…