Monthly Archives: April 2013

Justice key to Kurdish peace process

Posted on by Alliance for Kurdish Rights

Human Rights Watch has released a video that calls attention to the state killings and disappearances of Kurdish civilians in the 1990s committed by Turkey. It highlights the importance for immediate action to be taken in regard to the torture, …

Posted in Discrimination, Displacements, Executions, Human Rights Watch, Torture, Trials, Turkey | 1 Comment

Vote for Kurdish Rights

Posted on by Alliance for Kurdish Rights

The Alliance for Kurdish Rights (AKR) was founded in 2007 in an effort to highlight abuses against the Kurdish people throughout the Middle East. Apart from having a wide range of Kurdish contributors and activists join and support the initiative, …

Posted in Activism, Call to Actions, Site info | 1 Comment

Journalists protest for media freedom on Kurdish Press Day

Posted on by Tasbeeh Herwees

Kurdish journalists gathered in Hewler on Monday to demonstrate against attacks on Kurdish press freedom. They held up “yellow cards”, a warning to Iraqi officials that violations on their press liberties must stop. The 22nd was a significant day for …

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Perwas Hussein: the challenges of a Kurdish singer on Arab Idol

Posted on by Suzan Boulad (Syria)

Last night’s episode of Arab Idol brought more than flashy dresses and big voices to the stage. As the number of contestants dwindles down and each singer can taste victory, one Kurdish woman by the name of Perwas Hussein wowed …

Posted in Culture, Discrimination, Iraq, Language, Media | 4 Comments

77-year-old Kurdish woman put under house arrest with foot shackles

Posted on by Uzay Bulut

Nazife Babayigit is a 77-year-old Kurdish mother born in the Kars province in Turkey. Her son, Metin Babayigit, joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) in 1993. Overwhelmed with the longing for her son that she hadn’t seen for 21 years, …

Posted in Discrimination, Political Prisoners, Trials, Turkey, Women | 4 Comments

Turkish police drop tear gas on Kurdish student demonstration

Posted on by Tasbeeh Herwees

Student clashes in Turkey’s Dicle University ended in aggressive police intervention last week when Turkish police dropped tear gas on a student protest. Distressing photos of the police raid capture officers attacking students with batons and gas clouds enveloping demonstrators …

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Qamişlo: Report of fighting between rebels and Syrian regime

Posted on by Alliance for Kurdish Rights

Fighting between the rebels and soldiers from the Syrian regime began early this morning after clashes on a rebel-controlled farm in the southern part of Qamişlo. During the two-year long war in Syria, the Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG) has …

Posted in Arabic, Syria, Violence | 2 Comments

Body of Murat Izol found by river

Posted on by Alliance for Kurdish Rights

The body of the 19-year-old Murat Izol who went missing 12 days ago was found earlier today by locals by the Tigris River in Amed in North Kurdistan (Southeastern Turkey). According to various sources, witnesses have said that around the …

Posted in Protests, Turkey | 1 Comment
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