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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STUC condemns harassment of Kurdish community

STUC condemns harassment of Kurdish community

The 122nd annual Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC), which ran from 15-17 April 2019 and represents 37 trade unions and more than 540,000 people across Scotland discussed a motion on the alleged police harassment of the Kurdish community in Scotland. “Stop criminalising the Kurdish community” The motion condemns raids conducted on the homes of members of the Kurdish community in Scotland and the Kurdish community centre in Edinburgh by Police Scotland. Periodic early-morning raids on members of the Kurdish community have been conducted by Police Scotland since 2016, where badges, flags, and scarves featuring the Kurdish colours red, green, and…
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Turkey abuses counterterrorism laws to silence academics

Turkey abuses counterterrorism laws to silence academics

Member of the Academics for Peace, Prof. Zübeyde Füsun Üstel has been charged with “propagandizing for a terrorist organization” (Article No. 7/2 of Turkey’s Counterterrorism Law No. 3713) for signing the Academics for Peace statement “We will not be a party to this crime”. The statement criticized military actions in the Kurdish regions of Turkey and called for international observers to monitor the situation in place. Prof Üstel makes a principled stand Prof. Dr Zübeyde Füsun Üstel is an academic at Galatasaray University. Her articles have mostly focused on the history of Turkey, nationalism and issues of identity. Initially sentenced…
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