Category Archives: France

Free Adem Uzun

By Friends of Adem Uzun: Initiative by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPACC) UK The Kurdish politician Adem Uzun was arrested in France on 6 October 2012. Having been denied bail, Adem remains in detention awaiting a trial which could be months away. Adem Uzun is a prominent activist working to…

Open Letter to the French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira

Dear Mrs Christiane Taubira The arrest of the prominent Kurdish peace advocate Adem Uzun in Paris last year came as a great shock to us all as it coincided with progress towards the opening of peace talks between Turkey and the Kurds. Over 200 public figures, lawyers and politicians with expertise in the matter of…

French police charge ‘driver’ with Kurdish womens’ murders but say others could have been involved

KT News and Comment: UPDATE: Güney ‘not Sakine’s driver’ and had ‘no ties with the PKK’ … French prosecutors have filed preliminary murder charges against a man they describe as an occasional driver for Sakine Cansiz, co-founder of the PKK and one of the three Kurdish women activists assassinated in Paris on 9 Jan. French…

Why do assassins choose France?

Vigil in Paris

By Mufid Abdulla: The recent tragic, brutal events in Paris serve as a stark reminder of other political assassinations that have happened in recent decades in Paris and France. The Belgian police told the PKK and the French authorities that they believed that there were two hit squads in Europe planning to strike against the…

French authorities ‘know who killed three Kurdish women activists’

KT News and Comment: The Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has asked the French government to speed up its investigation into the brutal assassination of three female PKK activists in the centre of Paris on 9 January. The BBC reported last night that the French authorities are holding two suspects, one of whom was a…

Assassinations and secret arms caches: new revelations of Turkish ‘deep state’ operations

KT News and Comment: Turkey’s prime minister Erdogan has dismissed the idea that Turkish ‘deep state’ agents could be responsible for last week’s brutal assassinations of three Kurdish women activists in Paris. But he was quick to to speculate about PKK ‘splits’ and has even referred to the murdered women as terrorists. Bookmark on Delicious…

Call for a thorough investigation into the assassination of three Kurdish women activists in Paris

By KNC-NA: Los Angeles, CA – As members of the Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNC-NA) and the Kurdish Americans of California, we will hold a peaceful demonstration in protest to the recent  political  killing of three Kurdish women activists in Paris.  This protest will start  on Monday, January 14, 2013 between  the hours of 11:00 AM …

KCK statement on the Paris assassinations

Vigil in Paris

By the KCK Executive Council Presidency: 10.01.13 One of the founders of our party the PKK, the elite and advance guard of our movement, a symbol of dignity and resistance, the head cadre representative of the immoveable will of Kurdish women, comrade Sakine Cansız (Sara); Representative of KNK in Paris, the talented diplomat of Kurdish…

‘Kurdish women and people will be free. Nobody is strong enough to kill them’: BDP leader

KT News: Speaking in Paris today, following the brutal executions of three Kurdish female activists, the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) co-chair Gültan Kışanak declared: “We promise, the Kurdish women and people will be free. Nobody is strong enough to kill them.” She told reporters that the murders on Wednesday night were directed at…

Brutal execution of Kurdish women activists is a cynical attempt to derail the peace process that won’t succeed

Mourning

Press statement by Kurdistan National Congress UK & Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: In the early hours of Thursday morning, in the heart of Paris, an appalling crime was perpetrated against the entire Kurdish nation: the cold-blooded murder of three of our most dedicated Kurdish women activists. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin…

Why have you assassinated peace?

By Mufid Abdulla: The Turkish state has long been reluctant to talk and make peace with the Kurdish nationalist movement in the north of Kurdistan. This approach has endured since Ottoman times and the chauvinist ideas of Kamal Attaturk, the founder of the modern state, live on everywhere in Turkey today. In the 1990s, when…

In memory of our friends: Sakine Cansız, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Söylemez

Press Release by EU-Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC): It was with shock and grief we received the horrible news about the deaths of our dear friends who were massacred in Paris today in the most grotesque way. Sakine Canziz, the co-founder of the PKK in 1978 holds a crucial role in the party. Fidan Dogan (Rojbin),…

Release Kurdish political campaigner Adem Uzun!

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign & Campaign Against Criminalising Communities: Press statement, 20 October 2012 We unreservedly support members of the Kurdish community who are protesting outside the French parliament today. They are protesting against the unjust and provocative arrest of Kurdish political campaigner and strategist, Mr Adem Uzun, on 6th October and the intensification of…

TV satellite operator usurps court’s prerogative to silence Kurdish TV station

By Reporters Without Borders:  Reporters Without Borders is stunned by Paris-based TV satellite operator Eutelsat’s decision to stop carrying the broadcasts of Copenhagen-based Kurdish TV station Roj TV on the grounds that a Danish court found it guilty of supporting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed separatist group regarded by Turkey as a terrorist…