Category Archives: Human rights

Stand Up For Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand, On Hunger Strike In Iran

By Dr. Amir Sharifi: Letter to  UN Special Rapporteur Dear Dr. Shaheed I am writing to you with great urgency to call your attention to the tragic case of Mr. Mohammad Sadigh Kaboudvand, a prominent Kurdish human rights activist and journalist, who has been on protest hunger strike since May 8 and his declining heath…

International Appeal: Forced Disappearance of DBP Executive in Police Custody

By HDP Foreign Affairs Commission: Not a single day seems to pass without the war which the AKP government has launched against the Kurdish people in its drive to further entrench its hold on power acquiring new dimensions. Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Şırnak Provincial Executive Mr. Hurşit Güler has been forcibly disappeared after being taken into police custody…

Kurdish PEN Writers Meet, Watched By Police

By Berivan Dosky, Co-Chair, Kurdish PEN: This is to inform you that on 20-21 May 2016 under difficult circumstances we held our 9th Congress in Amed/Diyarbakir as there was a heavy police presence and tense atmosphere. The Congress coincided with a few events: 1. A book fair in Amed 18th – 21st May where there was…

‘My daughter’s name was Cizir’ …The Purging of a People: Kurds in Turkey and How to Support Them

By Z.S.: ‘Kurds have no friends but the mountains’ says the old Kurdish proverb. History and current events in Turkey serve as testimony to this sad conviction. Since 6 August 2015, there have been 58 officially confirmed, open­ended and round­the­clock curfews in cities that have a Kurdish majority in Turkey. These have taken place across seven…

Preliminary Report By Jurists Based On Visit To Cizre

Report by members of the Mesopotamia Lawyers Association, Libertarian Lawyers Association, Asrin Law Firm & Foundation For Society And Legal Studies: This study has been prepared as a report to present an updated and general perspective for the public on the human rights violations that occurred in Cizre, Turkey beginning on December 14, 2015. Reporting and documentation…

Peace in Kurdistan Says: Join our Supporters Network

By Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: Peace in Kurdistan was launched in 1994 in order to support the Kurdish people in their struggle to achieve justice through peaceful and democratic solutions to the persecutions the live under. This includes seeking international recognition of the fundamental right of the Kurdish people to self-determination and achieving their ability to exercise…

The World’s Silence on Turkish Atrocities

By Arian Mufid: In 1988 when the Halabja massacre and chemical attack took place during the Iraq-Iran war, almost 5000 people were gassed and killed, including many women and children. The reaction of the world was patchy and vague. The UK’s Foreign Minister at the time, Geoffrey Howe, stated that his government had grave concerns…

Free Abdullah Ocalan

Peace in Kurdistan Statement: Peace in Kurdistan Campaign statement on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of his abduction on 15th February 2016 Abdullah Ocalan was captured in Kenya in 1999 and flown to Turkey where he has been imprisoned ever since. For millions of Kurdish people in Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq and across the…

New Website Launched for Human Rights in Iran

KT Report: A new website, Iran Rights Transparency (IRT) has been launched to cover news and in-depth issues on human rights in Iran. Its vision states: “Over the last three decades … the United Nations human rights system has been pushing its old-fashioned rhetoric on Iran; nevertheless with its fruitless agenda, policies and operation, the system admits…

ISIS Supporter Turkey Continues Killing Kurds: Over 162 Killed!

Press Release, Democratic Union Initiative, UK: LONDON DEMONSTRATIONS, TODAY: 1st DEMO: 11/01/2016 – 1pm in front of the Turkish Embassy: 43 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PA United Kingdom 2nd DEMO: 11/01/2016 – 6pm in front of the Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing St, London SW1A 2AA The Turkish state executed 12 Kurdish youths in the…

Turkish State and Government Launch All-Out War Against the Kurds

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), Statement: After the coup against the 7 June 2015 elections, under the leadership of President Erdogan, the Turkish state launched a full-blown war against the Kurds. The state, which has even deployed the navy in Kurdistan, is utilising all its traditional dirty tactics. For several weeks curfews have been imposed in…

Kurdish American Education Society LA Condemns Assassination of Mr. Tahir Elci, President of Kurdish Bar Association in Turkey  

Press Release : We the member of the Kurdish American Education Society Los Angles are saddened and shocked by news of the assassination of the prominent Kurdish lawyer, Mr. Tahir Elci in Turkey. We vehemently denounce this assassination and express our condolences to his family and the entire Kurdish nation through out the world. His…

To The International Democratic Opinion: Stop Turkish Aggression!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed, KNK Co-President:While the International Coalition, democracies and many decent people around the world are preoccupied with ISIS´s terrorist activities far beyond Syria and Iraq, Turkey is deepening its war against the Kurdish people as never before. Turkey’s war against the indigenous people in the Middle East comprises prohibiting the mother-tongue, culture and…

Thousands of Turkish Police, Soldiers and Special Operation Teams Are Daily Attacking Kurdish Cities With Heavy Weapons

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Press Release: Since 24th of July, 32 civilians have been killed, and several injured. Turkish military and police forces in Kurdistan reportedly say: ‘Many people will die and we will remain in the districts till the end of elections`. After 48 hours of attacks in Şırnak’s Cizre district and the murder…

Iran: Between Fuad and Behrouz, an Islamic Fascism!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: Iran, according to US President Carter in 1977, was “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world”. But it became a centre of murder and destruction just two years later. The Ayatollahs came to power in 1979 and established the Islamic state which soon developed into…