[Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) party has been under sustained attack by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) regime. HDP local government and parliamentary elected representatives have been arrested and jailed, or stripped of their positions and replaced with pro-regime administrators. HDP members and sympathisers have been abducted and killed. Now, the regime is moving to ban the party outright. In response, HDP’s foreign affairs co-spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy issued the following statement on March 18.] Continue reading
[By Peter Boyle] March 4, 2021 — Every year, since the 2013–2015 peace process between the Turkish state and the Kurdish liberation movement broke down, an international delegation of jurists, parliamentarians, artists and intellectuals has visited Turkey in an attempt to revive the process. Continue reading
[By Peter Boyle] Socialist Alliance Moreland city councillor Sue Bolton initiated a solidarity motion in support of Kurdish mayors who have been undemocratically removed from office by the Erdoğan regime in Turkey. The motion was passed on February 10, with one vote against and two abstentions. Similar motions have been passed by the Inner West Council (IWC) in Sydney and Fremantle City Council in Western Australia. Continue reading
It is unusual to undertake a rescue mission with dozens of bombs and more than 40 fighter jets. One might be forgiven for concluding that hostage rescue was not the ultimate aim of Turkey’s recent incursion into Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-controlled region of Garê mountains in Southern Kurdistan/Northern Iraq. Continue reading
[ANF News Desk, January 22] On 15 October 2019, after Turkey began an offensive in North-East Syria, Australia’s Defence Minister Linda Reynolds was reported as saying: “I’m responsible for Defence exports, and in light of recent developments, I have asked Defence to consult right across government before any new or pending export permits to Turkey are considered. So I’ve asked for a pause. We are reviewing the situation to make sure that we do the right thing.” Continue reading
[By John Tully] Imagine living in a country ruled by an autocrat who has jailed and detained tens of thousands of political opponents, including 200 elected officials and seven MPs from a legitimate political party, and disbanded 65 local councils and installed pliant puppets in their stead. All this has been made possible by trashing the rule of law, sacking tens of thousands of public servants, judges, magistrates, teachers, and academics, and replacing them with creatures of the ruling party. Continue reading
Help us put an end to the systematic violence against women committed in the Turkish Republic!
Violence against women has risen by more than 1400% in Turkey, where one woman is killed by a male perpetrator every day.
With this campaign we seek to collect 100,000 signatures for 100 reasons to:
- Expose and draw attention to the familicidal policies of the Erdogan regime;
- Demand his prosecution;
- Oppose his use of the law, military and the police for violence and injustice;
- Advocate for femicide to be an internationally recognised crime against humanity.
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No tolerance of femicide!
[Sarah Glynn, co-convenor of Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan, attended the recent conference on ‘The European Union, Turkey, The Middle East and the Kurds’ at the European Parliament, and writes about what she found out.]
Relations between Europe and Turkey demonstrate an unedifying realpolitik in which there are many losers, and the only winners are the usual coterie of financiers, arms manufacturers and authoritarian politicians. Continue reading
[By Peter Boyle] STRASBOURG, February 20 — Thousands of Kurds and their international supporters converged for a huge march and rally in Strasbourg on February 15 [see photo above], to demand the release of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan. Öcalan has been imprisoned by the Turkish state for the past 21 years, after being illegally abducted in Kenya with the help of the CIA. Continue reading
[By Peter Boyle] BRUSSELS, February 13 — Left and green parliamentarians from across Europe condemned Turkey’s invasion of Rojava, the democratic autonomous liberated zone in North and East Syria, at an international conference on February 5–6. The conference was titled “The European Union, Turkey, the Middle East and the Kurds” and was held in the European Parliament in Brussels. Continue reading