1. Nine years of war, systematic targeting of health and water infrastructure by occupying Turkish forces, lack of international recognition, and the January 2020 closure of the only UN aid crossing into North and East Syria (NES) have left the autonomous region at extreme risk from coronavirus.
With the World Health Organization (WHO) refusing to support it directly, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) is reliant on its own meagre resources and aid routed via the Assad government, little of which ever arrives to the north-east.
At the time of writing (5 April), only 7 potential cases of coronavirus have been identified, though the lack of testing facilities outlined below means the real prevalence is far higher.
Continue reading “The Coronavirus Crisis in North and East Syria: from Rojava Information Centre:”
Salih Muslim asks us put more pressure on our Governments for sanctions on Turkey, and to pressure for resolutions from international organisations like UN and EU and Nato etc…
Also: Salih Muslim talks about the agreement with the Syrian state
I have attached an example of a letter that can be used and adapted to send to MPs asking for action – click here: URGENT letter to MP Turkey_Kurds Oct2019.
The text is below Continue reading “Example of a letter for MPs re: Turkey/Kurds in Syria/ISIS captives”
Urgent action to stop further Turkish invasion of the Kurdish area in Syria; and to take back responsibility for British fighters with ISIS connections currently held captive by the Kurds in Syria. Continue reading “Turkey/Kurds in Syria/ISIS captives”
Leicester Kurdish Solidarity Campaign ‘Reading Between the Lines’, 2 October 2018 at Y Theatre, Leicester as part of Everybody’s Reading Festival: Many thanks to Steve Sweeney Sarya Tunc, Gaylan Nazhad, Hannah James and Grace Petrie for their contributions to the evening.
Steve Sweeney from ‘Morning Star’ and Gaylan Nazhad photographer of ‘101 Beads: Kurdistan in War’ spoke inspiringly about their own experiences of reporting in difficult circumstances. We also heard about the work of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Many thanks too to Hannah James and Grace Petrie who added to the theme with their own songs.
See photos: http://leicesterkurdishsolidaritycampaign.org.uk/reading-between-the-lines-2-october-2018/
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Update: Saleh Muslim was freed by the Court
Turkey has long fingers: #FreeSalehMuslim
ANF: Police of Czech Republic: Moslem was arrested at Turkey’s request
Saleh Moslem was arrested in Czechia at Turkey’s request, Police of Czech Republic said.
TEV-DEM condemns arrest of Saleh Moslem
Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) condemned the arrest of Saleh Moslem and urged the international community to show a reaction to the unlawful practices of the Turkish state. Continue reading “#FreeSalehMuslim”
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.
Continue reading “Turkey attacking Afrin: Ask you MP to sign the following EDMs”
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.
For more information see http://supportkurds.org