Category: Discrimination

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 …

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Zeynab Jalalian: Refused medical treatment in Iranian prison

Posted on by Alliance for Kurdish Rights

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 …

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Kurdish Political Prisoner Executed In Iran; Two Others Sentenced to Death

Posted on by Tasbeeh Herwees

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 …

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Turkish democracy: Making letters Q, W and X legal

Posted on by Naila Bozo

“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, …

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Reclaiming the Mother Tongue: BDP’s School Boycott

Posted on by Tasbeeh Herwees

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 …

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From Pen to Sword: Kurdish Women Warriors in Syria

Posted on by Naila Bozo

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 …

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War Crimes Against Kurds in Turkey Still Go Unpunished

Posted on by Uzay Bulut

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 …

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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 …

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