Category Archives: Turkey

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…

All Democratic Forces Must Condemn Alleged Turkish State Executions – KNK

KNK Statement: We call on all democratic forces to condemn alleged state executions by the Turkish state. The actions of Turkey must not be tolerated any longer and the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe and all those who stand for democracy must condemn the actions of Turkey in the strongest terms. In the…

External Forces Against A Kurdish Referendum

By Dr Jan Best de Vries: After World War 1 the present borders of Iraq and Syria were drawn by respectively England and France on the basis of the presence of oil fields in these areas, their former mandates after destruction of the vilayets under Ottoman rule. So neither these present western powers nor the …

Ending Turkish Aggression against Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Afrin (Rojava)

By Dr Amir Sharifi: The Honorable Dianne Feinstein United States Senate 331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Feinstein: I am writing to express my outrage at the Turkish military aggression against Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria (SDF). At a decisive moment when ISIS caliphate is waning in its last citadel and…

Turks Teaching Trump to Dump

By Dr. M. Koohzad: President Erdogan of Turkey came to Washington threatening, demanding, asking, even begging for a few things he badly needed. He wanted the U.S. to dump the Syrian Kurds who are bravely fighting ISIS, extradite his old friend Fethullah Gulen to Turkey to be executed, and fire Mr. Brett McGurk, the American…

Yes, We Are All PKK!

By Rebwar Rashed: It’s by now very clear that Turkey has done and will continue do everything in its power to demonize the PKK and blame it for every bad thing affecting Turkey, especially the violence that’s mushroomed there. The PKK is a political party that emerged in 1979 but decided to take arms in…

Turkey Has Slid Into International State Terrorism!

By Rebwar Rashed: By now everyone is aware of the atrocities that the Turkish State has committed since 29th October 1923 against Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, non-Sunni religious such as Allawites and others like the Jewish community, the Yazidis etc. Anyhow, the subject of this article is not about Turkish state terrorism inside Turkey, but rather…

The Turkish Army is Attacking Yezîdî Kurds and Rojava Villages

KNK Statement: Turkish warplanes have bombed Şengal (Sinjar-Iraq/Kurdistan) and Dêrik (Karaçokê-Rojava/Kurdistan). According to the latest information, 26 Turkish warplanes attacked Amûd and Geliyê Kersê of Şengal/Sinjar. The bombardment is still going on. It has been learned that prior to the aerial operation, communication networks had been completely cut in Dêrik and its surrounding areas. Many…

Turkey’s Path from Fascism to Fascism!

By Rebwar Rashed: As a kid I was always amused by the magician’s ability that, with just a wave of the hat, he could pull a rabbit or a dove out of an empty hand. What a performance! I never quit comparing the magician’s venture to the Western Democracies’ amazing propensity to put rose-colored glasses…

Imprisoned HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş and Deputies Join Prison Hunger Strikes

HDP Statement: On 31 March 2017, our co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and MP Abdullah Zeydan, both held captive in Edirne High Security Prison, have initiated a hunger strike in solidarity with the protest actions of political prisoners across Turkey. The current wave of prison hunger strikes started in early February against systematic rights violations that took…

Chairperson of Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır Branch and Vice-Chairperson of İHD Headquarters M.Raci Bilici Must Immediately Be Released!

IHD Statement: Chairperson of the Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır Branch and Vice-Chairperson of İHD Headquarters M.Raci Bilici has been arrested this morning (March 15, 2017) and still in custody at Diyarbakır Anti-Terror Branch. By this operation, along with Raci Bilici, 11 old and new representatives of the NGOs in Diyarbakır have been arrested. According…

Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Triangle of Terrorism

By Rebwar Rashed: The war in the Middle East is as fast and as furious as a forest fire. Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are just like trees. Countries like Jordan and Lebanon are undergoing a war-ready fermentation, a fragile stability that could turn into chaos in a short time. The…

HDP: Revocation of Figen Yüksekdağ’s Parliamentary Membership is Unacceptable

By HDP Central Executive Board: The revocation of HDP Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s membership in parliament as a fait accompli is unacceptable. The revoking of her position in parliament once again tramples the constitution, and it is an effort to give the government’s political decision the appearance of legality. The Erdoğan-AKP government is trying to overcome…

UK Must Oppose Erdogan’s Creeping Dictatorship

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Statement: British Prime Minister Theresa May is embarking on an official visit to Turkey to talk about trade, defence and security with President Erdogan. There are many more urgent issues that need to be addressed not least of which is the massive crackdown and repression unleashed by Erdogan that shows little…

Erdogan’s State Sponsored Terrorism Breeds More Terrorism

By Dr. M. Koohzad: Introduction: The Turkish Tyrant President Erdogan did not devise state sponsored terrorism. It was Ataturk, Father of the Turkish Republic, out of fear of the non-Turks, who applied this tactic to control the Kurdish uprisings. General Ataturk was the first to commit genocides against the Kurds. The Turkish reign of terror…