Category Archives: Kurd news

Stop the Turkish Invasion of South Kurdistan (Iraqi Kurdistan)

Kurdistan National Kongress (KNK) Statement: The Kurds in Iraq and Syria have been engaged in an epic battle against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, an organisation that stands in opposition not only to the Kurds, but also to the region as a whole, in its attempts to create a Salafist system. This…

Solidarity of Kurdish and Armenian Voices on the Armenian Commemorative Events in Los Angeles

By Dr. Amir Sharifi: In the last week of April, Armenian communities in Los Angeles held their annual Armenian commemorative events throughout the city. Members of the Kurdish communities participated in remembrance and protest activities including the Cycle Against Denial, a bike rally through Santa Monica that raised awareness against all genocides. On April 24,…

Has the Iraqi Presidency Become a PUK Slush Fund?

By Michael Rubin: BAGHDAD—Political jockeying is well underway in Baghdad, as Iraqi political leaders seek the magic political formula which will enable formation of the Iraqi government. While a Shi’ite will take the premiership, Iraq’s most powerful post, the jockeying is on for other plum positions. Beyond key ministries—Foreign Affairs, Oil, and Defense, for example—two…

Tribunal Rebukes Turkish President Erdogan For War Crimes Against His Own People

Permanent People’s Tribunal – Press Statement: One month before the presidential election in Turkey, an international Tribunal has issued a stinging condemnation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, charging him with war crimes against Kurds in Turkey and saying that he has been “tormenting” and “causing incalculable suffering” to the Kurdish people in Southeast Turkey….

Kurds Are Not Terrorists

By Dr Ibrahim Yahli: Re: Kurds Are Not Terrorists – Press Conference, Wednesday 23rd May, 11.00-11.45, House of Commons, Committee Room 14 Dear Right Honourable Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn, On behalf of Kurdish People’s Democratic Assembly in Britain, Kurdish Community Centre and Halkevi, I write to you to express my deepest concern and distress about the…

Appeal Letter to the High Commissioner on the Imminent Execution of Ramin Hossein Panahai, a Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Palais Wilson 52 rue des Pâquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland cedaw@ohchr.org Dear Mr. Wilson: Yet another Kurdish human rights activist, Ramin Hossein Panahai is in imminent danger of execution in Iran. According to Hossein Ahmadiniaz, Mr. Panahai’s lawyer the supreme court…

‘Let Kurdistan Elections Be Held According To Applicable Laws And On Time’

Statement supported by 200 organisations and individuals: To: Kurdistan Parliament Presidency All parliamentary blocs Head of Council of Ministers All political parties Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission Consular representatives of all countries in KRG Your Excellencies: it is the duty of all sides we should select a date for the election; please stop this…

Open Letter of Protest to the Spokesperson of the Czech Foreign Ministry

Dear Miss Michaela Lagronová: We, members of the Kurdish Communities in California express our utmost outrage at the illegal arrest of the prominent Kurdish leader, Mr. Saleh Muslim by your police in Prague on Feb 24, 2018. Mr. Muslim is a veteran human rights activist, a leading Kurdish intellectual, and a strategist whose diplomatic endeavors…

Solidarity with Jailed Kurdish Mayors and Councillors

Monday 26th February, 18:00-21:00 hrs Committee Room 2, City Hall, London SE1 2AA SPEAKERS: Julie Ward MEP, North West England Jennette Arnold OBE AM, London Assembly member for North East London Margaret Owen OBE, human rights lawyer who has attended many trials of Kurdish politicians Representative from the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) John Hunt, journalist,…

Impending Attack on Afrin: Letter to UN Secretary-General 

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Letter to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres Dear Mr. Guterres I am ouraged by the Turkish government’s war propaganda and impending attack against Kurds in Syria, particularly, Afrin, and a city of about one million residents. I am certain that you are aware of the grave situation; however, I am alarmed…

As The New Year Opens, Politics is Dying: KRG Politicians Must Go

By Arian Mufid: A year ago Kurdish politics in the south of Kurdistan was awash with nice predictions. It is safe to say that 2017 — which brought the terrorist attacks of ISIS to an end, but also the referendum disaster, political shocks and economic uncertainty, the death of Nawshirwan Mustafa the leader of Goran,…

More Than 2000 People Have Arrest Warrants But Not Been Arrested Yet

By Stop Organization for Anti-Corruption: More than 2000 people have arrests warrant in the Kurdistan region but none of them have been arrested yet. An official from the Ministry of the Interior reveals that some of these people have immunity, and the addresses of some of them are not known and some other have left Kurdistan….

Non-Party Petition Coming From The Pan-Kurdish Global Diaspora

By Sissy Danninger: A group of long-time friends – Kurds and non-Kurds – in Vienna, Austria, have just started an appeal to the French President Emmanuel Macron and the British Prime Minister Theresa May in German and English. The English text reads: Non-Party Petition Coming From The Pan-Kurdish Global Diaspora To the present chiefs of governments…

Absence of Evidence at Trial of Gultan Kisanak and Sebahat Tuncel

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Report: The sixth hearing in the trial of Gultan Kisanak, co-mayor of Dyarbakir, and Sebahat Tuncel, co-leader of the HDP-affiliated DBP, took place on 3 November. It was attended by freelance journalist and editor John Hunt, as a UK observer. The hearing was held in Malatya, 150 miles from Dyarbakir, and…

The Earthquake in Kurdistan is Devastating!

By Rebwar Rashed: The earthquake on Sunday evening, 11 November, which struck a region between Iraq and Iran, is strictly a Kurdish region. In Iraq, this Kurdish area has always been subjected to extermination by the Iraqi governments, for instance during the Anfal of Saddam Hussein at least 182,000 Kurdish civilians were buried alive. In…