Category Archives: Kurd news

Coronavirus: South of Kurdistan Upbeat While UK Scrambles to Respond

By Arian Mufid: When I look at the latest coronavirus statistics in the south of Kurdistan, I cannot help but feel proud. Since the 11th of March 2020 the whole region of KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) is locked down and people only go to the local mini-market to get their basic food. KRG are banning and…

Why is the World Silent about the Imprisoned Kurdish Leader Ocalan?

By Arian Mufid: 15th February marked the 21st anniversary of the leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan’s imprisonment. Abdullah Ocalan was kidnapped by the Kenyan state who were paid and motivated by a joint operation involving several state intelligence services such as MIT, CIA and Mossad. Abdullah Ocalan is nicknamed ‘APO’ (meaning uncle in Kurdish),…

After 21 Years,Time to Free Ocalan and Grasp the Peace

By Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: Statement marking the 21st anniversary since Ocalan’s abduction in Nairobi, 15th February 1999, by Turkish MIT agents supported by the CIA. It is difficult to believe that it is now more than two decades since Abdullah Ocalan, the leader and founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, lost his freedom. It…

In memory of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla

Statement by Peace in Kurdistan campaign: Today, 9 January 2020, we mark the seventh anniversary of the brutal assassinations of Sakine Cansiz and her colleagues Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez in their office at the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris on 9 January 2013. We remember them in love, respect and gratitude and pay tribute to…

PUK: Party of Division and Disunity

By Arian Mufid: The time is ticking for the PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan) to hold its fourth conference. This will be the fourth conference since the organisation was founded in 1975 and the first in the absence of its founder, Jalal Talabani. When Talabani passed away, it was like when a father dies without…

Open Letter to UK Foreign Secretary: on NATO, Turkish Invasion of North-East Syria, Human Rights Violations & War Crimes

By Peace in Kurdistan: Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP Foreign Secretary Foreign and Commonwealth Office Dear Foreign Secretary Ref. Turkish invasion of North-East Syria – human rights violations and war crimes As NATO heads meet in Downing Street today to discuss the Turkish invasion of North-East Syria among other matters, we write to emphasise the…

Turkish State Relations with the Terrorist Organization ‘Daesh’

Introduction to document issued by Department of Foreign Relations, Self-Administration of North-East Syria: The policies of Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan and his interventions in the Syrian and Iraqi affairs, raised many questions in the region, as well, several European media and the Turkish opposition have published about the relationship between Turkish President Erdogan and the…

Kurds Condemn CAIR-LA Hosting Event in Support of the Turkish Invasion of Rojava (North and East Syria) 

Southern California Kurds in Defense of Rojava and US citizens condemn 23 annual CAIR-LA banquet sponsored by Turkish Airlines The Southern California Committee in Defense of Rojava ( North and East of Syria)  in response to the Turkish military invasion of  Rojava will hold a demonstration in front of Anaheim Hilton Hotel on November 2nd from 4:00-7:30 PM to protest…

World Silence on Turkish Aggression Against Rojava

By Arian Mufid: The Turkish aggression received a green light from Trump when he abruptly decided to withdraw US forces from the north of Syria (Rojava). It’s hard to look at what the Trump administration has done and not conclude that it is an utter betrayal of the Kurds in the north of Syria. Kurds…

Gorran’s Fragmented Forces

By Arian Mufid: When Gorran’s founder addressed the movement’s first conference in 2016, he stated that he wanted it to be “a solid, coherent and structured organisation with a strong system which cannot be undermined by the disappearance of one or two leaders”. Nawshirwan Mustafa passed away on 19 May 2017 and subsequently Gorran suffered…

HDP Urgent Statement: The “Civil Coup” Against Elected Kurdish Metropolitan Mayors in Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van

  By the Central Executive Board, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP): We will not be silenced, we will not be stopped… Our Municipal Co-chairs, who were elected with 63% of the vote in Diyarbakır, 56% of the vote in Mardin and 53% of the vote in Van, have been removed from duty with an Interior Ministry…

Ilisu Dam: A Critical Juncture – Open Letter to UK Foreign Secretary

Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP Foreign Secretary Foreign and Commonwealth Office King Charles Street Whitehall London SW1A 2AH 7 August 2019 Dear Foreign Secretary, The Ilisu Dam: a critical juncture Over the past two decades, we have written to your predecessors on numerous occasions (most recently on 10 June 2019) to express our grave concerns…

Sardasht Osman Remembered on the Ninth Anniversary of his Murder

By Ismael Aziz: Journalists and human rights activists have been remembering Sardasht Osman, who was murdered nine years ago this month. On 5 May, the 23-year-old Kurdish freelance journalist and anti-corruption campaigner was commemorated across the Kurdistan Region and around the world. In Kurdistan’s Erbil region, there was a gathering at Sardasht Osman’s graveside in the village of…

Imrali – New Film on the Isolation of Ocalan, Narrated by Maxine Peake

A group of human rights activists, among them British actress Maxine Peake and former Icelandic Minister of Justice Ögmundur Jónasson travels to Turkey. They want to visit Imrali Prison. But the prisoners there cannot be visited by anyone… This short film (8 mins) tells the story of the 2019 international Imrali Peace Delegation and places…

KRG’s Failure to Form Government as the Two Parties Fight for Posts

  By Ismael Aziz: A couple of years ago Kurdish politics in the south of Kurdistan was awash with nice predictions. However, since then, with an end to the terrorist attacks of ISIS, but also the referendum disaster, political shocks and economic crisis and uncertainty, Kurdish politics today is at its lowest ebb among the…