On January 21st, Anadolu Agency, the state-run Turkish news agency, ran a story with the headline “Muslims pray in Mecca for Turkey’s victory in Afrin” implying a positive moral foundation of Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” with the goal of securing …Posted in Displacements, Human Rights Watch, Suppression, Syria, Turkey, Uncategorized | Tagged Analysis, Kurds, Syria, Turkey | Comments Off on “Operation Hypocrisy” – A Legal Criticism of the Turkish Military in Afrin
He looked like my father, the grey-haired, tanned Kurdish mayor of a little district made up of only 120,000 people in southeastern Turkey. To me, most Kurdish men who have fathered children look alike. They are stern. They are sometimes …Posted in Displacements, Free speech, Human Rights Watch, Journalists, Political Prisoners, Protests, Suppression, Terror, Turkey | Tagged Freedom, Guerrilla, Kurdish rights, Kurds, PKK, Turkey, War | Comments Off on Mother, I Am Guerrilla
I recognized the importance of Syria in my life through my separation from it. The hours before going to the airport made me feel weak. The departure …Posted in Kurdistan, Suppression, Syria, Turkey | Tagged Assad, Rojava, Syria, YPG | Comments Off on Who Owns The Syrian Revolution?
The resilience of the Kurdish people in the face of decades upon decades of oppression has awed many people around the world yet elicited no sufficient, if any, pressure from foreign governments. Living in what is described as an “invisible …Posted in Culture, Discrimination, Displacements, Suppression, Syria | Tagged Kurdish rights, Kurdistan, Rojava, Syria | Comments Off on From Damascus Street to Kurdistan
Photo by Bezav Mahmod (www.bezavmahmod.com) I am sitting on a couch in a small dorm room, flicking through the pages of the latest issue of Vogue Magazine. My friend is pouring me Kurdish tea that he just made in …Posted in Culture, Discrimination, Suppression | Tagged Kurdish rights, Kurdistan, LGBT | 1 Comment
Two Kurdish protesters have died of gunshot wounds sustained during fierce clashes with Turkish soldiers in the country’s southeast on Saturday, AFP writes. Three people, including two soldiers, were hospitalised after the demonstrators opened fire, hurled stones and fireworks at …Posted in Protests, Suppression, Turkey, Violence, Youth | 1 Comment
United Nation’s Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment states in its first principle that “All persons under any form of detention …Posted in Call to Actions, Political Prisoners, Protests, Suppression, Torture, Turkey | Comments Off on Protest against Camera Surveillance in Turkish Prisons
They do not exist, said Syria. They were not Syrians. Their citizenship was taken away from them, they were not allowed to travel outside the country, their way through the educational system was impeded. They were not Kurds either. They …Posted in Arabic, Discrimination, Kurdistan, Suppression, Syria, Turkey | Comments Off on Syria: Fueling a false image of the Kurdish struggle