Category Archives: Turkey

The Battle For Afrin Has Just Started

By Arian Mufid: The Turkish state media triumphally announced yesterday that the centre of Afrin, the Kurdish city in Rojava in the north of Syria, was under the control of its proxy militias. The Turkish military junta, after two months of incurring heavy casualties, have managed to enter the city of Afrin. However, the leaders…

We Demand An Immediate Halt To Turkey’s War On The People Of Afrin

Peace in Kurdistan – Women Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria: OPEN LETTER TO UK PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY Dear Prime Minister On International Women’s Day 2018 we call on your government to acknowledge and condemn the Turkish invasion of Afrin and the attacks currently taking place there against a women’s revolution in Afrin in…

An Open Letter to the Czech Republic and Interpol on Mr. Saleh Moslem

By Rebwar Rashed: Honorable gentlemen, Mr. President Miloš Zeman, Mr. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, Mr. President of Interpol Meng Hongwei and Mr. Secretary General Jürgen Stock of Interpol Mr. Saleh Moslem was detained in Prague 24th February as answer to a “red notice” issued by the Turkish state to the Interpol. He was released on…

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,…

Freedom for Ocalan: Let There Be Peace!

  By Rebwar Rashed: The occupation of Kurdistan by four different countries meant many problems for the Kurds, among them having the world as an enemy. These four countries, always totalitarian and believing in the doctrine of military might with semi fascistic and fascistic behavior, were successful in using trade- and economic relations, i.e. buying…

Turkish Military Junta Should Admit Defeat In Afrin

By Arian Mufid: It is four weeks since the start of the notorious military offensive on Afrin by the second-biggest Nato force in the world, Turkey. The Turkish military apparatus designed their operation ‘Olive Branch’ to last for a few days, not a few weeks, to take control of Afrin but their progress has been…

Between Burning Baghdad Down and Attacking Afrin: 760 Years of Invasion

By Rebwar Rashed: It was 29th January, 1258, exactly 760 years ago when the Mongol Turks invaded Baghdad. By the 10th February, in just two weeks, they burned down Baghdad, destroying everything that was culturally valuable including the famous library, The House of Wisdom and almost everything belonging to the Sassanid Empire. The Mongol Turks…

The Afrin Resistance Will Prevail

By the Co-Presidency of the KCK Executive Council: TO OUR PEOPLES AND THE PUBLIC OPINION The AKP-MHP fascist rule, in collaboration with the anti-human gangs has launched an occupation attack against Afrin. They want to totally strip Afrin, an oasis of democracy for Syria and the Middle East, of the Kurdish population and replace them…

Why Is The Cruel World Silent On Afrin?

By Arian Mufid: The Turkish state has made the West of Kurdistan, Rojava, high priority to attack and started the most brutal invasion of Afrin, the Kurdish enclave in the north of Syria. The hatred the Turkish state has towards Kurds can be measured to the same level as that of Nazi Germany towards the…

Do Not Let Afrin Become Another Kobane

Emergency Statement on Turkey and Afrin: January 23, 2018 We, the undersigned academics and human rights activists, insist that the leaders of Russia, Iran, and the U.S. ensure that the sovereignty of Syrian borders is not breached by Turkey and that the people of Afrin in Syria, be allowed to live in peace.  Afrin, whose…

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…

Erdogan, a Runaway Man!

By Rebwar Rashed: Despite Mr. Ocalan’s call for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish question on the Kurdish New Year, Newroz, in 2013, Erdogan instead chose steps in the opposite direction, for instance: to militarize the Kurdistan region even more than previous governments; to build military outposts everywhere, even on top of those mountains which…

Statement In Support of Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag – Co-Chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey

By the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign:  On 6 and 7 December 2017 Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas, co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), are to be tried in separate courts in Ankara, Turkey. They face a range of charges accusing them of inciting violence and making propaganda for a terrorist organisation. Figen and Selahattin…

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…