On November 16, Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, uttered the word “Kurdistan” in public when he was giving a speech in the Kurdish city of Amed, its official name being Diyarbakir after order from Atatürk in 1937, the …Posted in Discrimination, Free speech, Hunger Strikes, Kurdistan, Language, Political Prisoners, Protests, Torture, Trials, Turkey, Youth | Comments Off on What peace process, Erdogan and Barzanî?
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
Zeynab Jalalian is a 31-year-old Kurdish woman who was arrested in May 2008 in Kermanshah for her alleged membership of an illegal Kurdish opposition party within Iran and charged with “enmity against God”. Around January 2009, Zeynab was sentenced to …Posted in Discrimination, Iran, Political Prisoners, Torture, Trials | Comments Off on Zeynab Jalalian: Refused medical treatment in Iranian prison
An Iranian Kurdish political prisoner was executed in the early morning hours of October 26th. Habibollah Golparipour, 29, had spent the last four years of his life in prison, where he was subject to the abusive treatment and torturous practices of …Posted in Call to Actions, Discrimination, Executions, Free speech, Iran, Political Prisoners, Women | Comments Off on Kurdish Political Prisoner Executed In Iran; Two Others Sentenced to Death
“Cowards cannot erect victory monuments. Those who are afraid of change, reforms and advanced standards cannot proceed even one step forward.” Those were the words of Prime Minister Erdogan when he presented the people of Turkey with his democracy package, …Posted in Discrimination, Free speech, Turkey | 1 Comment
Last week, on the first day of scheduled classes in Turkey, thousands of Kurdish schoolchildren did not go to school. In fact, students in primary and secondary school boycotted the first week entirely to demand their right to education in …Posted in BDP, Culture, Discrimination, Protests, Turkey, Youth | Comments Off on Reclaiming the Mother Tongue: BDP’s School Boycott
In January 2011, I got lost in Qamişlo, the unofficial capital of Rojava (West Kurdistan/northern Syria). I wandered around the streets that all looked alike: broken pavements, small houses side by side with flat roofs, bigger and three-storey high buildings …Posted in Discrimination, Syria, Women, Youth | 1 Comment
On 3 October 1993, Turkish soldiers set fire to the house of Nasır Öğüt and his family in the Kurdish town of Vartinis in Muş, burning him, his wife and seven children to death. Aysel Öğüt, the only surviving member …Posted in Discrimination, Displacements, Trials, Turkey | 1 Comment