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Thousands gather in London to ‘Rise up for Rojava’

Thousands gather in London to ‘Rise up for Rojava’

Twenty thousand trade unionists, anti-fascists, feminists and socialists came together in central London on Sunday the 13th of October to show their collective anger at Turkish President Erdogan's criminal invasion of Northern Syria and to show their solidarity with the Kurds and their allies. The London event mirrored similar demonstrations which took place around the world under the banner ‘Rise up for Rojava’.  Rise up for Rojava Turkeys invasion of Northern Syria has led to hundreds of civilian casualties, numerous war crimes including the killing of human rights activist and politician Hevrin Khalaf and a resurgence of ISIS and other…
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Trade Unions condemn Turkey – General Secretaries urge the UK government to act

Trade Unions condemn Turkey – General Secretaries urge the UK government to act

Trade Union's condemn Turkey for its invasion of Syria. Thirteen General Secretaries representing millions of UK workers and their communities have demanded that prime minister Boris Johnson deploy the UK’s influence to prevent a humanitarian disaster as a result of the Turkish invasion of north and east Syria. Resurgence of ISIS Thirteen trade unions and a leading law firm are warning that President Trump’s ‘appalling’ abandonment of the fragile region will see Turkey seek its own military and strategic advantage which will `undoubtedly lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Kurds as well as a resurgence of ISIS’ in…
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Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds widely condemned

Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds widely condemned

Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds. In a move, which has shocked the international community US president Trump has betrayed the Kurds of Northern Syria by withdrawing US ground troops which act as a buffer against an expansionist genocidal Turkish state. It is now almost inevitable that Turkey will expand its policy of ethnic cleansing and displacement which it began in the Afrin canton to the entire Syria border region and perhaps much deeper into Syrian territory. 18,000 ISIS combatants likely to escape This cowardly act, seemingly on the whim of President Trump who has personal property interests in Istanbul, came…
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Free Ocalan! The emphatic demand from TUC Annual Congress 2019

Free Ocalan! The emphatic demand from TUC Annual Congress 2019

Free Ocalan. A powerful, emotional and historic call to release jailed Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan was made by enthusiastic delegates at the 2019 annual congress of the TUC. At the 2019 TUC annual congress, at the end of the first day's debate, the combined leadership of the UK trade union movement called from the platform for the gathered delegates to show their solidarity with the Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan. Two years ago, our Congress agreed to support the campaign to free the leader of the Kurdish peace movement Abdullah Ocalan. This campaign is now backed by many of…
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Is Turkey a democracy?

Is Turkey a democracy?

Is Turkey a democracy? Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Prize for Peace recipient,  Nora Cortinas, Mother of the Plaza de Mayo and Beverly Keene, Coordinator of Dialogo 2000, Argentina have issued a joint statement condemning the arrests of more than 500 in Turkey. Many are asking, is Turkey a democracy? After the Turkish President Erdogan arrested hundreds of political opponents and overturned huge democratic mandates to remove Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Mayors, Council Members and employees in Diyarbakir, Mardin and Vans South and Eastern Turkey on Monday 19th of August 2019. The arrest of political leaders from HDP is unacceptable This…
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Trade unionists’ letter to the Home Secretary: Don’t Criminalise International Solidarity – Border Security Act 2019

Trade unionists’ letter to the Home Secretary: Don’t Criminalise International Solidarity – Border Security Act 2019

In a joint letter to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP, senior trade union officials oppose any Home Office decision to make Kurdish-run North-East Syria a “designated area” under the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019. Under such a designation, anyone visiting the region could face up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine or both. They urge the Homes Secretary "Don't criminalise international solidarity." Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 - No precedent for such outrageous powers This law was enacted amidst alarm that UK citizens who had travelled to join Daesh in Iraq or Syria might return home. As…
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Trade union general secretary uses the platform of Durham Miners Gala 2019 to call for Ocalan’s release

Trade union general secretary uses the platform of Durham Miners Gala 2019 to call for Ocalan’s release

Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of the General Federation of Trade Unions, has renewed calls for the release of imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan at the Durham Miners Gala 2019 an event attended by 200,000 trade unionists, socialists and activists. Durham Miners Gala 2019 The Durham Miners Gala or Big Meeting, now in its 135th year, is attended by senior trade unionists and Labour Party politicians including Lader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn and Laura Pidcock as well as hundreds of thousands of organised working-class people from up and down the country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YISF_AB0gAA International solidarity theme The Durham Miners Gala…
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The Mandela of the Middle East

The Mandela of the Middle East

First of all thanks to everyone who has taken part in or supported the work our unions are undertaking in the campaign to win freedom for Abdullah Öcalan who is a political prisoner in Turkey and who we have rightly described as “the Nelson Mandela of the Middle East”. UK Labour movement working hard for Öcalan’s freedom The UK Trade Union movement is working hard to win freedom for Öcalan and Unite has been proud to play a key role in this campaign and I believe has been instrumental in securing some improvements in regard to Öcalan’s incarceration. Having been…
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MSP blasts censorship of pro-Kurdish Instagram posts

MSP blasts censorship of pro-Kurdish Instagram posts

Ross Greer MSP has demanded answers from Facebook-owned social media giant Instagram after its censorship of pro-Kurdish Instagram posts. Two of his posts referring to imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan were censored, despite the content of the posts supporting recommendations of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Torture, recommendations which were recently implemented by the Turkish government. Censorship of pro-Kurdish Instagram posts Mr Greer’s first post was of a photo he had taken featuring a mural dedicated to Mr Ocalan by the Falls Road in West Belfast. The mural calls for the Kurdish leader’s release features a quote in which…
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Kurdish Struggle for Democracy in Turkey- UPCOMING EVENT

Kurdish Struggle for Democracy in Turkey- UPCOMING EVENT

We are excited to invite you the next panel discussion titled ‘Kurdish Struggle for Democracy in Turkey’ organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kurds and the Kurdish Peoples Assembly. We will discuss the latest developments about the imprisoned Kurdish Leader Abdullah Ocalan and results of the mass Kurdish hunger strikes. The unlawful decisions against elected Mayors and MP’s will be explored including the upcoming Istanbul local elections and the HDP electoral strategy. Speakers will present on the prospect of mutual dialogue paths and the ways to lasting Peace in Turkey and the wider Middle East. This event is…
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