Barcelona Mayor and over 100 academics, politicians, and human rights activists call for immediate halt to Turkish aggression toward Afrin in Syria.

For Immediate Release: 7 February 2018

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, has joined Noam Chomsky and leading academics, including Judith Butler of U.C. Berkeley, Michael Hardt of Duke, Michael Walzer of Princeton, David Graeber of the London School of Economics, and a number of politicians, union leaders, and human rights activists from Argentina to Italy in calling for Russia, Iran and the United States to stop Turkish aggression toward the peaceful enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. The statement, initially signed by 15 prominent academics and supporters of the Kurds, has quickly grown to include more than 100 additional signatories from leading universities and institutions across Europe and the United States. Continue reading “Barcelona Mayor and over 100 academics, politicians, and human rights activists call for immediate halt to Turkish aggression toward Afrin in Syria.”

War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity, in Flagrant Violation of the Rules of International Law

                                      The Hostilities on Afrin

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Introduction

The security requirements of public order are not inconsistent with the rules of international law, which governs the conduct of public and military operations. However, such laws cannot be invoked to justify security-related acts if human rights and the sovereignty of a state are violated, especially by neighbouring countries. Respect for the rules of international law during armed conflicts requires all states concerned to implement these laws to contribute to the cessation of unjustifiable hostilities. Continue reading “War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity, in Flagrant Violation of the Rules of International Law”

DEFEND AFRIN – DEFEND HUMANITY – UNITE AGAINST WAR

March and Demo
Saturday 27th January 2018 Assemble 1.00pm at BBC Portland Place, W1A 1AA, Oxford Street tube station
Rally 3pm at Downing Street, Westminster 
“The battle symbolizes the two options that the peoples and communities of the Middle East face today: between militarist, patriarchal, fascist dictatorships on the one hand, controlled by foreign imperialist interests and capital, or the solidarity between autonomous, self-determined, free and equal communities on the other. The defense of Afrin is an opportunity for the left to unite against fascism and mobilize against militarism, occupation and war.”
Dilar Dirik
 
Organised by Defend the People of Afrin Platform 

 

“There is no justification for the Turkish attack on Afrin” says Joan Ryan MP

Joan Ryan

PR Issued for immediate release 25 January 2018

Joan Ryan MP has called on the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary to make urgent representations to their Turkish counterparts, to end the Turkish military’s assault on the Kurdish region of Afrin in Syria.

In a letter to Theresa May and Boris Johnson, Joan Ryan MP also urged the UK Government to work with NATO, the EU and the UN to prevent a potential humanitarian crisis. Continue reading ““There is no justification for the Turkish attack on Afrin” says Joan Ryan MP”

GMB CONDEMNS BORIS JOHNSON’S ‘ILL-INFORMED’ REMARKS ABOUT TURKEY’S ATTACK ON KURDISH REGION OF AFRIN

Instead of selling arms to the genocidal Erdogan regime, Johnson should be supporting the Kurds who have been pivotal in defeating ISIS says GMB

GMB, Britain’s general union, has condemned Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s ill-informed and hypocritical comments about Turkey’s illegitimate attack on Afrin.

Mr Johnson said that Turkey was right to want to “make its borders secure” and that the UK and Turkey have a shared goal of “reducing violence”. The reality is that Turkey’s invasion of Syria is just one more chapter in their long history of persecuting the Kurdish people. During the conflict in Syria, Afrin has been the calmest region in the country and poses no threat to Turkey whatsoever. Continue reading “GMB CONDEMNS BORIS JOHNSON’S ‘ILL-INFORMED’ REMARKS ABOUT TURKEY’S ATTACK ON KURDISH REGION OF AFRIN”

UNISON letter to Boris Johnson

UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, LONDON NW1 2AY Tel: +44 20 7121 5767 Fax: +44 20 7121 5101 www.unison.org.uk Email: I.Relations@unison.co.uk General Secretary Dave Prentis

Dear Foreign Secretary,

Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Re. Turkey’s attack on Afrin

On behalf of UNISON’s 1.3 million members working in public services in the UK, I am writing to express our deep concern over recent Turkish military attacks on the Syrian Kurdish area of Afrin. Continue reading “UNISON letter to Boris Johnson”

ELDH calls on EU and the EU member states to condemn the Turkish attack on Afrin (Northern Syria)

ELDH European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights 

ELDH European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights President: Professor Bill Bowring, London | E-Mail: bill.bowring@eldh.eu | Phone +44 (0)781 048 34 39 Présidente d’honneur: Professeure Monique Chemillier-Gendreau, Paris Secretary General: Thomas Schmidt (lawyer), Düsseldorf| E-Mail: thomas.schmidt@eldh.eu | Phone +49 (0)172 68 10 888 Postal address: ELDH | Thomas Schmidt | Platanenstrasse 13 | D 40233 Düsseldorf (Germany) Website: www.eldh.eu

London/Düsseldorf, 24 January 2018

ELDH calls on the EU, and all other world powers, to condemn Turkey’s unprovoked attack on the people of Afrin in Syria. This amounts to a war crime (aggression) and commission of crimes against humanity. Continue reading “ELDH calls on EU and the EU member states to condemn the Turkish attack on Afrin (Northern Syria)”

The Afrin Resistance

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Introduction
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The Canton of Efrîn (Afrin) is laying to the south of the Fertile Crescent that has been
regarded the mother of civilisation. Located on the west of Rojava, it consists of 202.775 hectare of land rich in natural resources. Efrîn has seven districts, including Şêrawa, Cindirêsê, Mabeta, Reco, Bilbil, Şiyê û Şera. These are all populated by the Kurds. Inside Efrîn city, however, there is a small number of Arab population. In Mabeta district, there are Alwaite Kurds. Throughout Efrîn there are dozens of Yezidi populated villages with a total number of around 25.000 inhabitants. Continue reading “The Afrin Resistance”

Full Support from Turkey to Al Qaeda

Reproduced from ANF and translated from the Turkish original:

Important information regarding the links between Turkey and Al Qaeda has surfaced after three Tunisian Al Qaeda militants were arrested by Afrin public security forces in Rojava. The militants, who passed through Istanbul Ataturk Airport-Antakya-Cilvegozu border gate into Syria officially, were accompanied by Turkish military officers.

Turkish authorities have not acknowledged any links with Al Qaeda despite the many documents and information to the contrary. The passports used by the three Tunisian Al Qaeda militants arrested by Afrin public security forces is further proof of this relationship. They show that the three Tunisians passed through Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Antakya and then crossed the border into Syria from Cilvegozu border gate officially.

Continue reading “Full Support from Turkey to Al Qaeda”