Statement, 9 January 2020
Today, 9 January 2020, we mark the seventh anniversary of the brutal assassinations of Sakine Cansiz and her colleagues Fidan Dogan and Leyla Saylemez in their office at the Kurdish Information Centre in Paris on 9th January 2013. We remember them in love, respect and gratitude and pay tribute to their remarkable achievements and fortitude. Continue reading “In memory of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla”
A CALL TO ALL WOMEN
Turkish State carries out a brutal massacre since July 2015 in cities/towns where the People’s Assemblies declared self-governance. Women are targeted by the state specifically no matter where they are −in front of their house, inside home on a breakfast table, in all forms of resistance standing against war or in massive demonstrations. AKP government, the representative of patriarchal mentality, is directly responsible for 89 women massacred in recent period.
Kurdistan is going through a great ferocity; civilian houses and neighborhoods are under attack, even health service personnel are targeted and prevented from reaching wounded people. Dead bodies can’t be buried since neighborhoods are under curfew, while relatives of victims try to protect dead bodies in refrigerators inside their homes. In addition to this, pictures and footage of dead bodies tortured and dragged behind the military vehicles by Turkish security forces are released which shows that all values in reference to ethics and justice are violated. Continue reading “Free Women’s Congress condemns killing of activists in Silopi”
Kurdistan Democratic Communities’ Union -Info
Koma Civaken Kurdistan – Info
TO OUR PEOPLES AND THE PUBLIC OPINION
One year passed over the assassination of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Shaylemez in Paris; but neither the French nor the Turkish governments have taken any step to find the killers. However, with the escalation of power conflict in Turkey, documents related to Paris killings have begun to emerge. The voice records of Ömer Güney, the alleged killer, and the leaking of documents related to the MIT’s (Turkish intelligence Service) involvement in the killings validate claims about the role of Turkey in planning and carrying out the killings. These murders had been committed at a time when the Fethullah Gulen’s movement had cooperated and collaborated with AKP to form the government. As a matter of fact, these murders couldn’t have taken place without the support of intelligence services. The documents leaked recently point to the MIT’s complicity in the murder. Unless otherwise proven, the MIT will be held responsible for planning and carrying out the Paris assassinations.
Both the AKP spokespersons and the Gulenists drew attention to internal feud, immediately after the news of the murder spread. From the start, these kinds of arguments were enough to prove that the the alliance between the AKP and the Gulenists had carried out the killings. It is quite well understood that the leaking of the voice records and related documents is closely related to the Gulenists’ intention to put pressure on the AKP. Whatever their intention, it was very important that the role of the MIT in the assassinations has been revealed.
Below we reproduce a press release on new information about the murders of Sakine, Leyla and Fidan in January last year:
KCD-E (The Kurdish Democratic Society Congress in Europe,
Press Release 13.01. 2013
‘Confessions of a Murderer’
A recording that was leaked on the 12th of January 2014 – exactly a year after the murders – has provided the public with new information about how and by whom the Paris murders were planned.
In the recording Omer Guney, currently the only suspect and in French custody, clearly states that he was working in conjunction with the Turkish state and that it was he who planned and carried out the attack. It is clear from the recording that Omer Guney and Turkish state officials had been planning not just one attack but several attacks on various targets.
From the start, Kurdish political organisations insisted that this incident was a carefully planned professional attack backed by the Turkish state. Despite the fact that the French authorities never released any information to the public, these political murders can be traced back to Ankara.
One year since the tragic and callous assassination of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan (Rojbin) and Leyla Saylemez in Rue La Fayette in Paris, we still wait for answers from the French authorities about who is responsible for their murder.
The Ufficio di Informazione del Kurdistan in Italia (UIKI), The International Representation of Kurdish Women and CENI – Women’s Office for Peace have put together a document with the latest information about their campaign for justice for the three courageous women.
We Want Justice (pdf)
The European Peace and Democracy Assembly (ABDEM) has also called for mass participation in the demonstration to be held in Paris this Saturday, 11 January for Sakine, Leyla and Fidan.
Held at the European Parliament, 23 September 2013. The final outcomes of the conference, set out in a declaration, are published below.
September 23, 2013
BRUSSELS, Belgium—Over a hundred representatives from various countries, civil society groups and grassroots organizations gathered at the European Parliament to hold the Conference on Democracy, Self-Determination and Liberation of Peoples last September 23, 2013. Organized by the offices of Members of the European Parliament Jürgen Klute and Iñaki Irazabalbeitia, IBON International and KONKURD (Confederation of Kurdish Associations in Europe), the conference aims to reaffirm the fundamental principles enshrined in the various UN declarations on the collective rights of peoples to self-determination and liberation.
1. Middle East Women’s Conference
Between 31 May and 2 June, the first Middle East Women’s Conference took place in Amed (Diyarbakir). This event, organized by the Free Democratic Women Movement was titled ‘Jin – Jiyan – Azadi’ (women – life – freedom) and was dedicated to the three Kurdish women political activists who were murdered in Paris on 9 January, Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez. For three days, 250 women from 26 Middle Eastern and North African countries discussed their experiences in the fight for liberation patriarchal power systems and shared their perspectives on the current political developments in the region.
On the second day, a statement was published in the name of the participants denouncing the police violence in Istanbul. It read; ‘Taksim Square belongs to everyone. The attacks are directed against the democratic rights of the population, like the right to protest. We support all people who fight for the natural environment and the right to breathe.’
CENI – Kurdish Women’s Office for peace have released this statement on the anniversary of the assassinations in Paris of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla.
Also, the CENI Info news bulletin for June is available in English for the first time, bring you all the latest news from the Kurdish women’s movement in Kurdistan and the diaspora. You can download it here.
We won’t rest until the murders of Sakine, Fidan and Leyla are completely solved:
We demand justice!
On 9 January 2013, a terrible crime took place in central Paris. Three female Kurdish politicians and fighters for freedom and women rights, Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez were gruesomely murdered with shots to the head. The Kurdish people, women and democratic forces around the world, are demanding a prompt and full investigation into the killings.
Press release: for immediate release
26 April 2013
PKK’S HISTORICAL MOVE FOR PEACE
It is with great appreciation that the EUTCC received the message from Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) Executive Council President Murat Karayilan that the PKK withdraws its forces gradually from Turkey starting 8 May, 2013. The withdrawal is a result of the ongoing peace talks between the PKK’s leader Mr. Abdullah Öcalan and the Turkish government and emerged following letter exchanges between the mountain and the leader. The withdrawal is the first phase in a process that hopefully leads to lasting peace.