Two months or so ago, the name of Kobane was virtually unknown outside Syria and the Kurdish region. Now, as a result of the heroic resistance of Kobane against ISIS, the name is inspiring people around the world. Actions in support of Kobane’s struggle have been held in the unlikeliest of places many far removed from the Middle East. By any estimate, Kobane has put up a remarkably formidable resistance against ISIS which has sought to conquer the city for months. It has refused to yield.
Kurds are asking why ISIS is expending so much effort to take Kobane. Why has ISIS concentrated on taking this once obscure city? It is said to occupy a strategically vital border location integral for control of Syria, but there are many other important locations in Syria and Iraq where ISIS seeks to hold sway.
Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and Roj Women’s Association would like to invite you to
Feminicide in Sinjar – sexual violence, conflict, and gender liberation in the Kurdish struggle
Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS University, London WC1H 0XG
Saturday 22 November, 5-7pm
Three months after ISIS fighters attacked the Iraqi region on Sinjar, the fate of thousands of women kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery following the raids is still unknown and no international investigation into their welfare has taken place. However, just as it has done in the defence of Kobane in Syria, the Kurdish Women’s Movement has mobilised with allied organisations to take action for the missing women.
This event will bring together women activists and representatives of the Kurdish women’s organisations to give you first-hand information about how people have responded to the crisis on the ground. We’ll also discuss the unique potential within the Kurdish Women’s Movement for engendering gender liberation in the region and its role in the development of the Rojava revolution.
Come and join us for this exciting one-off event!
Continue reading “Feminicide in Sinjar – sexual violence, conflict, and gender liberation in the Kurdish struggle”
7 November 2014
Following our visit to Kurdistan where we met refugees from the battle for Kobane and Yazidi refugees from Iraq, representatives of Kurdish organisations and municipal councils , trade unions and women’s groups we testify that a humanitarian crisis exists. Almost 200,000 refugees have arrived in the region in the past two months fleeing from, as one Yazidi put it, “the monsters” of ISIS.
The local people, unions and political representatives have responded magnificently whilst the Turkish government response has been slow and woefully inadequate. With winter approaching and temperatures as low as minus 10 , there is a real prospect of people currently living in tents, freezing to death. Continue reading “Statement from the delegation to Kurdistan and Kobane in November 2014”
Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity!
Date for the Global Rally: 1 November 2014, 2pm
ISIS launched a major multi-front military campaign against the Kurdish region of Kobanê in northern Syria. This is the third ISIS onslaught on Kobanê since March 2014. As the ISIS was unsuccessful on the two previous occasions, they are attacking with larger forces and want to take Kobanê.
In January this year, the Kurds in western Kurdistan (Rojava) established local administrations in the form of three cantons. One of the three cantons formed is Kobanê. The Turkish border is to the north of Kobanê and all the other sides are surrounded by ISIS-controlled territories. The ISIS has approached the Kobanê borders, using US made heavy weapons. Hundreds of thousands of civilians are threatened by the most brutal genocide in modern history. The people of Kobanê are trying to resist using basic weapons against the most brutal attacks of ISIS terrorists, with only the assistance of People’s Protection Unit in Western-Kurdistan, the YPG and YPJ, but without any international help. Continue reading “URGENT CALL FOR ACTION: Global Rally against ISIS – for Kobanê – for Humanity!”
Reel News documents last weekends huge demonstration in central London in solidarity with the resistance of the people of Kobane. Speakers on the day included Stop the War Coalition’s John Rees, Peace in Kurdistan’s David Morgan and Memed Aksoy, member of the Kurdish People’s Assembly.
Our Comrades in Boydê Village Reports
It’s the 24th day of ISIS attacks on Kobanê. While people’s defending forces in all border villages are on human shield sentry for Kobanê against attacks, everyone, everywhere in the region we live, rised up not to let Kobanê fall.
We have been on human shield sentry for around three weeks in Boydê village west of Kobanê. In the last two days, explosions and sounds of clashes got intense in Kobanê’s outer districts and town center. During this period of intense clashes, military forces increased their attacks on human shield sentries at border villages. Soldiers of Turkish State has been attacking with gas bombs to those who approach the border from both sides, including the village that we are in, which was attacked on Tuesday. Soldiers also used live ammunition from time to time in their attacks and wounded people. Continue reading “Revolutionary Anarchist Action-DAF: “Revolution will win in Kobane!””
The appeal below has been issued by the newly established Joint Diplomatic Committee consisting of several Kurdish political parties and organsiations:
An Urgent Appeal to the International Community
Protecting the Kurdish people and preventing the forced displacement of our nation in our land can only be achieved through a mutual stance on this matter.
Following a series of brutal ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) attacks on Kurdistan, on 10/08/2014 the Foreign Relations Commission of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) sent an urgent request to the foreign offices of all the Kurdish parties across the diaspora to initiate joint lobbying and diplomatic relations. Continue reading “New KNK joint committee issues appeal on Kobane”
Today we received this statement in solidarity with the people of Kobane from the Indian Workers Association and the Brazilian Centre of Solidarity with the Peoples:
Joint statement by
Indian Workers’ association, Great Britain
CEBRASPO – The Brazilian Centre of Solidarity with the Peoples
Condemn the brutal assault and besieging of Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani by ISIS!
Condemn killing of 19 Turkish Kurdish demonstrators by Turkish government!
Stand in solidarity with the Kurdish people who are defending Kobani from ISIS!
The Kurdistan National Congress has today issued this appeal for Kobane:
Updated 23 October 2014
THE KURDISH PEOPLE ARE FACING A MASSACRE IN KOBANE!
SUPPORT THE KURDISH PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE FOR SELF-DEFENCE AND SELF-DETERMINATION IN ROJAVA!
The UK government must recognise that the Kurdish forces on the ground, the YPG and YPJ, are the most effective fighting force against ISIS.
They have resisted ISIS advances on Kobane for over a year, were instrumental in evacuating thousands of Yezidi refugees who fled ISIS in Mount Sinjar. Continue reading “KNK Appeal for Kobane”
David Morgan, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, 7 October 2014
President Erdogan of Turkey has said “For us the PKK is the same as Isis. It is wrong to consider them in different ways.” What a clear admission of cynical collaboration with what President Obama, David Cameron, President Hollande and others, have all described as the greatest threat to the world – namely ISIS.
Turkey’s conduct during the current crisis in Kobani is further proof of Ankara’s cooperation with ISIS to advance its own political aims – to defeat the Kurds.