Newroz! Piroz

March 21 Newroz

A traditional holiday celebrating the deliverance of the Kurdish people from a mythical tyrant is under threat…
It is Newroz festival today. Newroz means ‘new day’ in Kurdish.

They say this ‘new day festival’ is being celebrated in all Eastern cultures but for Kurdish people it means a lot more than a new day that says spring is coming.

Once upon a time, there was a cruel commander whose name was Dehak (Zuhak), in Mesopotamia. Continue reading “Newroz! Piroz”

Margaret Owen returns from solidarity visit to Rojava

1075604_653746481334321_197652154_oPeace In Kurdistan Campaign PRESS RELEASE – 30 December 2013

Margaret Owen, a well-known human rights lawyer and women’s rights advocate has returned from a solidarity visit with women’s groups in Rojava, northern Syria.

Margaret spent eight days in the region, which is also known as Western Kurdistan and is currently under the administration of a broad coalition of civil society and political organisations led by the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). The region was largely peaceful until clashes with Al Qaeda affiliated groups began this year, and has seen a massive influx of Syrian internal refugees fleeing violence elsewhere in the country. Continue reading “Margaret Owen returns from solidarity visit to Rojava”

International Support Kurds in Syria Association – SKS

skslogo-1Daily news updates: Wednesday 27 Nov 2013 –Final death toll for Wednesday 27/11/2013: Approximately 190 people were killed. The SOHR documented the death of 5 doctors and 4 hospital staff members (nurses and paramedics) who were killed during the clashes between the Khadra battallion/ISIS and the regime forces in the Deir Attiya hospital, which took place on the 21-23rd of this month. The dead: 44 civilians (9 women, 6 children), 42 rebels, 7 rebels executed by ISIS, 7 unidentified rebels, 19 NDF, 36 regular soldiers, foreign fighters (2 Hizbullah*, 9 Abu al-Fadel, 14 ISIS).  – See more at: http://supportkurds.org/news/wednesday-27-november-2013

PYD statement

2013 May 7 PYD-leader-Salih-Muslim-MohammedFirat News: Statement on the declaration of the interim joint administration in Kurdish region in Syria

The Arab Spring has extended to Syria, triggering an uprising against the tyrannical regime that has perpetrated all kinds of the injustices against the Syrian people throughout last decades, obliterating security and civil peace in the country. Most of the components of Western Kurdistan actively participated and played an important part in the uprising. Since the withdrawal of Syrian regime forces from most of the regions of Western Kurdistan , which was due in part to the people’s great straggle to oust them, and also to the regime’s exhaustion in its war against the Free Syrian Army and extremist Islamic groups in the big cities like Homs, Aleppo and Damascus . Continue reading “PYD statement”

SKS – news from Syria 14-11-2013

SKS logoInternational Support Kurds in Syria Association – SKS: some of today’s news from Syria: Kurds have been seeking a non-violent solution, and have established a rare place of peace and calm where communities can live together.  We have a lot to learn from them – they must be at the Geneva II table …