Category: Activism

Women’s Initiative for Peace Issues Call in Support of Kobane, Against Turkish Buffer Zone

Posted on by Alliance for Kurdish Rights

The Women’s Initiative for Peace (based in Turkey) is calling on everyone to take a stand against Turkey´s proposal of creating a buffer zone in Syria. The statement can be read in full below: Urgent Call: Stand Against Demands for …

Posted in Activism, Call to Actions, Displacements, Protests, Syria, Turkey, United Nations, Urgent | 1 Comment

Decriminalisation of Kurdish singing in Turkey

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

Ahmet Kaya was born in the autumn of 1957 in Malatya. Soon after the 1970 coup in Turkey, Ahmet’s family immigrated to Istanbul in hope of better job opportunities. His interest in singing at an early age was noticed by …

Posted in Activism, Kurdistan, Language, Trials, Turkey | 1 Comment

Iraqi penal code puts Kurdish women at a disadvantage

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

The previous article, “Kurdish women imprisoned for infidelity” generated a discussion on what was an alternative option in dealing with cases where women are unfaithful to their partners, and how moral crimes should be dealt with. The problem with this …

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How Turkey Uses Facebook to Repress Kurds

Posted on by Tasbeeh Herwees

Last year, the American news website, Gawker, released internal documents from within an outsourcing firm which employs “content moderators” to screen content posted on Facebook. Gawker obtained the documents from an employee of the firm, Amine Derkaoui, a 21-year old Moroccan …

Posted in Activism, BDP, Censorship, Discrimination, Free speech, Turkey | 2 Comments

Kurdish Mayor on hunger strike against wall on Syrian border

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

The mayor of Nusaybin district, Ayse Gokkan has been protesting against the construction of a wall at the Turkish-Syrian border between the two cities of Qamishli and Nusaybin. The wall has been dubbed as a “wall of shame” a phrase …

Posted in Activism, BDP, Call to Actions, Campaigns, Kurdistan, Women | 3 Comments

Kurdish unity amidst crisis in Syria

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

The Syrian civil war has penetrated deep division lines throughout Syria between secularists, Islamists, regime-loyalists and Kurds. Among victims of the regime are Kurds who are fleeing their homes due to violence perpetuated by terrorist groups such as al-Nusra that …

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Kurdish activist Anvar Hossein Panahi released from Iranian prison

Posted on by Tasbeeh Herwees

It was barely dawn when Iran security officials arrived at the home of Anvar Hossein Panahi six years ago to take him away from his family. Without an arrest warrant, they barged into his home, insulted his family, roughed up …

Posted in Activism, Discrimination, Free speech, Iran, Political Prisoners, Torture | 1 Comment

Kurdish independent presidential candidate brutally attacked

Posted on by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar

An independent presidential candidate was attacked in Downtown Erbil on Friday in Southern Kurdistan. Dr. Kamal Said Qadir tweeted, @kamalsaidqadir “A peaceful gathering will be held today at 5 pm in [the] center of Erbil-Kurdistan region to discuss the imposed …

Posted in Activism, Censorship, Free speech, Iraq, Kurdistan | 2 Comments
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