Category Archives: UK

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…

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…

Open Letter to Boris Johnson

By Arian Mufid: The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs King Charles St LONDON SW1A 2AH Dear Secretary of State I came across your article in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 17 February entitled “Poor Pangolin is being butchered in the name of male virility”. I was quite…

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…

Kurdish Cultural Festival: Sunday 30 July, Quorn, UK

A great FREE event for all the family, with children’s activities, organised by the General Federation of Trade Unions, Freedom for Ocalan Campaign, Peace in Kurdistan, Kurdish People’s Assembly UK, Kurdish Youth Movement and KNK (Kurdish National Congress) UK. With workshops, music by internationally renowned performers, a series of short, brilliant Kurdish films and 3-course…

Ibrahim Dogus, Kurdish Labour Candidate in UK Elections: I Want to See Rights Secured for Kurdish People Everywhere

Ibrahim Dogus is Labour’s parliamentary candidate in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency in the UK General Election on Thursday 8 June. Interview by Kawa Rash:    Kawa Rash: May I start by asking you for some basic personal details, especially about your family background? Ibrahim Dogus: I moved to the UK at the…

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…

Emergency Motion Speech at UK Trades Union Congress Conference on Kurdish Question

Speech by Tommy Murphy, Trades Union Congress (TUC) conference delegate: Chair, conference, ………………. Unite the Union moving emergency motion ….. on Turkey and solidarity with the Kurdish population. Colleagues it’s absolutely right that various unions have come together to submit this motion to conference. Anyone with even one eye on the news will have seen…

Is The World Saying We Cannot Curb Terror Without Dictators?

By Chiman Salih: Mr.Tony Blair, the former UK prime minister, said in his statement about the Chilcot Report: “I will at the same time say why, nonetheless, I believe that it was better to remove Saddam Hussein and why I do not believe this is the cause of the terrorism we see today whether in…

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign (PIK) Stands with Jeremy Corbyn, True Friend of the Kurds

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Press Release: It is hard to believe that it is still less than ten months since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of his (UK Labour) party on an overwhelming mandate of nearly 60 percent of the membership. Many thousands of new members were inspired to join the Labour Party during his…

The West’s Immoral Refusal To Rescue Ezidi Women

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On June 2, 2016, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addressed the UN Security Council on sexual violence in conflict.  He stated “It is estimated that the Ezidi community gave the Islamic State up to $45 million in ransom payments in 2014 alone.” It is irresponsible for the UN Secretary General…

UNITE, Britain’s Biggest Union, Sends Solidarity To DBP Conference

By Simon Dubbins: Dear Friends and Comrades of the DBP, On behalf of General Secretary, the Executive Council and the 1.4 million members of UNITE the union I send you our fraternal greetings and warmest wishes of solidarity for your annual conference. I am extremely sorry that we are unable to be physically present with you…

Freedom for Ocalan Campaign – London Launch, 25 April

The UK campaign launch, hosted by Kate Osamor MP, will be held on Monday 25 April, 2016, 7-9pm in Committee Room 10, Houses of Commons. The event will be chaired by Sir Paul Kenny, former General Secretary of the GMB. This new initiative has been set up by trade unions GMB and Unite and other…

Escaped Yazidi Girl Pleads with UK Parliamentarians to Rescue Kidnapped Women and Children

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Salwa Khalaf Rasho, an 18-year-old Yezidi who escaped Islamic State captivity after eight months, met today in London in several private meetings to plead for help in rescuing over 3100 Yezidis still kidnapped by ISIS. She was accompanied to the meetings with activists Jemal Bailoz Shaveshyan, Dr. Amy L. Beam,…

Mark Thomas: ‘Proud to Stand in Solidarity With the Brave Men and Women Who Organise Together and Fight as Equals’

By Mark Thomas: This was the message by the comedian Mark Thomas to Sunday’s UK national ‘Stop Turkey’s War on Kurds! Break the Silence!’ demonstration: Comrades and friends, I am sorry not to join you today but despite my best efforts the vagaries of privatised public transport have prevented me joining you. I am massively…