Early day motion 879: CURRENT SITUATION IN AFRIN, SYRIA
- Date tabled: 30.01.2018
- Primary sponsor:
That this House is deeply concerned about the current situation of the people of Afrin, who have been subjected to Turkish Government aggression; notes that Afrin has been one of the more stable parts of Syria and that it has become a destination for hundreds of refugees from many cities including Aleppo; further notes that its current population has risen from 400,000 before the war to roughly 750,000; believes that the true victims of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria are refugees, babies, women and children; further notes that Afrin borders Turkey on the north and is surrounded on its other sides by Syrian government forces and rebel forces including Al Qaeda; recognises that Afrin like other parts of Rojava is run democratically and peacefully with an emphasis on religious and ethnic pluralism, restorative justice, and the liberation of women and economic cooperatives; further recognises that YPG, YPJ and SDF forces, backed by the US, have been the most successful groups in defeating Daesh in Syria; is further concerned that the Turkish government’s recent actions are widely judged to have worsened the prospects for peace in Syria and wider Middle East; condemns the use of violence by Turkey’s Army on the people of Afrin and the Kurdish forces in Syria; and calls on the Government, as a matter of urgency to press the importance of respect for fundamental human rights and rule of International law.
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One of the most outrageous aspects of Turkey’s aggressive invasion of Kurdish areas in Syria for me is the UK’s complicit regard for its own advantage by supporting Turkey, and totally abandoning the Kurds.
Kurds until very recently were being celebrated for their ability, sacrifice and tenacity in ridding the area of ISIS control, but suddenly they have become the political football that they have always been, and dropped like a hot potato … now that they are not seen as being essential to UK interests. Disgraceful behaviour by the UK Government!
This is absolute betrayal.
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Report on a research trip by STP’s Middle East expert
Dr. Kamal Sido, Middle East Consultant of the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), visited Rojava in northern Syria from March 12 to April 3, 2016, to get his own impression of the situation. The important outcome of his research trip are around 24 interviews with members of different ethnic groups, 18 of which are published as an annex to this report.
Continue reading Rojava – a “protection zone” for religious and ethnic minorities in northern Syria?
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Activity: Leicester Against War: Stop the War on Kurds: at Leicester Clock Tower Friday 1 April 2016, 5.30 – 6.30pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/205059836531559/
There is a gathering of Leicester Against War every Friday 5.30-6.30pm at the Leicester Clock Tower, sometimes with a theme. This coming Friday the theme is Stop the War on Kurds around the issue of what Governments are doing to the Kurds by abusing them directly – Turkey/Syria; using them as a political football – everyone especially Russia and America now; and excluding them/ denying them a voice – all the above + UK, UN and others for example in the talks about Syria. We need to ensure that Kurds have a real voice on the international stage Continue reading Leicester Kurdish Solidarity Campaign – Action
What does this have to do with you? If attacks on the Kurds stopped, the Middle East would settle down, people could rebuild their lives and the world will be a better place to live – for everyone.
Syria: Syria is disintegrating but Kurds are successfully defending their area in the north – Rojava – from attacks by ISIS with minimal help from the outside. They also have a remarkable setup that is based on democracy and this protects Kurds and others in the area and maintains a working society in the midst of this terrible war. Continue reading Solidarity Campaign and You
We have started collecting friends on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/976973245717569/
The first meeting of Leicester Kurdish Solidarity Campaign took place on Thursday 24 March 2016 at 5pm, at Yesim, 29 Narborough Road, Leicester LE3 0LE
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The Turkish State is killing Kurds both inside Turkey, and in Rojava/Syria directly and through al-Nursa and ISIS. Meanwhile Europe tiptoes around because it wants Turkey to keep on taking refugees, and Turkey teeters around whether it wants to join EU or not, but it is also a NATO ally, so while European countries do not deal robustly with this behaviour by its ‘friend’, the Kurds are dying – a political football again.
We can learn together about what is happening and take our issues out on the streets to our neighbours and to our MPs, and we can join with others to get our voice heard – because this is immoral.
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