Category Archives: UK

Prevention of Spread of Covid 19 in North East Syria: Open Letter to UK Foreign Secretary

By Margaret Owen OBE, on behalf of Patrons of Peace in Kurdistan: Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Foreign and Commonwealth Office 15 April 2020 Dear Foreign Secretary Ref. Prevention of the Spread of Covid 19 in North East Syria We are writing to you in extreme urgency…

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…

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…

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…

Open Letter to UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Dear Foreign Secretary, We write to express our deep concern over the UK government’s position in its relations with Turkey as the human rights situation inside the country continues to deteriorate rapidly. In particular, we seek to urgently draw your attention to the 7,000 Kurdish political prisoners on hunger strike in Turkish prisons and the…

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…