Kurdish community celebrates May Day

Long Live May Day! Biji Yeke Gulane! Yaşasın 1 Mayıs!

 KURDS ARE CELEBRATING MAY DAY IN THE SPIRIT OF NEWROZ

Once again this year Kurds are celebrating May Day in Kurdistan, Turkey and all the capitals of the world, in the spirit of Newroz, the Kurdish New Year. This is because for Kurds, May Day is not just a day for workers and labour, but for the freedom and resistance of all the oppressed nations, classes and ‘others’ of the world; this is why May Day is also a celebration for Tamils, Baloch, Sindhi, Basque, women, students, religious groups and all oppressed peoples.

We are thousands here today from all these nations and groups, in exile, away from our lands, and we are in solidarity with the British working classes, of which we have also become a part of. But we have been made the scapegoats, the unemployed, pushed into menial labour as underpaid service providers of this system, which, in its economic crisis has targeted us more savagely than any other. Millions of people, officially and unofficially have lost their jobs, millions who did not have access to work have had their social security benefits cut, student fees have been tripled, access to housing and basic council services have been eroded, local community funding and services have become almost non-existent, and as the riots last year showed, there is a growing discontent among the working classes, which unfortunately has no political direction, at least not yet. Continue reading “Kurdish community celebrates May Day”

Dossier: Stop the political genocide and femicide against the Kurds in Turkey!

The following is a dossier produced by CENI Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace and the KNK, which provides a useful account of recent developments in Turkey, the actions of an increasingly repressive AKP government and the role and significance of Abdullah Ocalan’s arrest and continued imprisonment for a solution to the Kurdish Question. You can download the dossier here (pdf).

February 2012

Dossier

Stop the political genocide and femicide against the Kurds in Turkey!

Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan!

Contents

1. Political Genocide and Femicide – the AKP Regime

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“Kill All The Lawyers”: Stifling Dissent in Turkey

Reposted from Amnesty International:

‘Turkey’s jailing of writers has received increasing attention in both the Turkish and the international press, enough to force Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to defend the fact that Turkey has more journalists in prison,  describing them as “so-called journalists” who “ are actually “police murderers, sexual molesters and supporters of a coup”. Continue reading ““Kill All The Lawyers”: Stifling Dissent in Turkey”

KHRAG media release: Closure of Roj TV an attack on fundamental freedoms

The Kurdish Human Rights Action Group has released a statement condemning Eutelsat’s decision to close down Roj TV. You can read the statement below, and its also available in pdf here.

KHRAG Media Release
Friday 26 January 2012

The Kurdish Human Rights Action Group condemns unequivocally the decision by French satellite
provider Eutelsat, to close down Kurdish TV station ROJ TV, by denying it satellite services. Continue reading “KHRAG media release: Closure of Roj TV an attack on fundamental freedoms”

Has Anything Changed in Turkey? From Hrant Dink in 2007 to Ragip Zarakolu, 2012

Below we reproduce an article written by Desmond Fernandes, which was presented to the Hrant Dink Commemoration event in Parliament, 18 January 2012. The event was sponsored by Baroness Randerson and organized by Solidarity with Prisoners of Conscience in Turkey and the Forum for Stateless Nations and ‘Other’ Minorities:

Has Anything Changed in Turkey?: From Hrant Dink in 2007 to Ragip Zarakolu, 2012 -The targeting of the “Other” in Turkey – By  Desmond Fernandes.[i] Continue reading “Has Anything Changed in Turkey? From Hrant Dink in 2007 to Ragip Zarakolu, 2012”

Kurdish people condemn Eutelsat’s unjust attack on Roj TV

French satellite company Eutelsat has announce it will suspend broadcasts by Roj TV, after courts in Denmark fined the broadcaster for alleged links with the PKK. Roj TV strongly denies the allegations, and is appealing the decision, but Eutelsat has preempted the appeal and has made the decision to take Roj TV off the air. Below is a statement by the Kurdish Federation UK on the decision.

There will be a protest today, 23 January, 12pm -1pm outside the French Embassy in London, to condemn this decision. Join the action! Continue reading “Kurdish people condemn Eutelsat’s unjust attack on Roj TV”

Release Eyyüp Doru immediately – EUTCC

25. December, 2011
Press Release: For immediate release

EUTCC PRESS RELEASE ON THE ARREST OF BDP EUROPEAN REPRESENTATIVE EYYÜP DORU

Turkey’s persecution of legally elected Kurdish representatives, media members, lawyers, trade unionists and Kurdish spokespersons in and outside Turkey, seems to have no end. More than 5000 people have so far been arrested accused of having links to PKK – the so called KCK operations. Continue reading “Release Eyyüp Doru immediately – EUTCC”

EUTCC calls on international community to condemn arrests

21 December, 2011
Press Release: For immediate release

 

EUTCC PRESS RELEASE

ON TURKISH OPERATIONS AGAINST KURDISH MEDIA

 

EUTCC expresses deep concern over the recent KCK operations targeting Kurdish media and members of the press. The daily Özgür Gündem and Dicle News Agency, and as well as in the Istanbul offices of Etik News Agency, Gün Printing Office and Democratic Modernity magazine have been raided according to the ANF News agency (20.12.11). Continue reading “EUTCC calls on international community to condemn arrests”

State Terrorism in Turkey – and Germany their partner in crime

Statement by AZADI – Legal Aid Advocacy for Kurds in Germany

On 8th December the 41-year old Kurdish exile politician, Vezir T., was arrested by the State Office for Criminal Investigations in Hanau. According to the Federal Public Prosecutor (GBA), he was “a PKK cadre” in charge of the areas of Sachsen (Saxony), Sachsen-Anhalt, and parts of Thüringen and Brandenburg between June 2008 and July 2009. In this role, he allegedly organised demonstrations and events, and was responsible for the provision of propaganda material. Continue reading “State Terrorism in Turkey – and Germany their partner in crime”