Category: kurds

Armenia to Open Consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan

Armenia to Open Consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — President Serzh Sargsyan on Monday gave the green light to the opening of an Armenian consulate general in Iraqi Kurdistan, underscoring Armenia’s growing ties to the region that enjoys considerable autonomy within Iraq. Sarkisian signed a corresponding decree more than one week after it was formally approved by Prime Minister Karen Karapetian’s […]

Pro-Kurdish HDP Leader Kicked Out of Turkish Parliament

Pro-Kurdish HDP Leader Kicked Out of Turkish Parliament

By Amberin Zaman ANKARA (Al-Monitor) — Turkey’s beleaguered pro-Kurdish block was dealt a further blow on February 21 when the parliament stripped its imprisoned co-leader of her seat. An appeals court upheld Figen Yuksedag’s conviction of spreading terrorist propaganda. Yuksedag and fellow co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas remain in jail together with at […]

HDP Applies to European Court over Arrests of its Leaders

HDP Applies to European Court over Arrests of its Leaders

By Birce Bora STRASBOURG (Al Jazeera) — Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has filed an application at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the continued arrest of its co-leaders , Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag. The application was filed in Strasbourg on Monday by a delegation including the party’s deputy leader Saruhan Oluc, group […]

Turkey Bombs Kurdish Villages in Northwest Syria

Turkey Bombs Kurdish Villages in Northwest Syria

DAMASCUS (ARA News) — Kurdish officials on Monday accused the Turkish army of shelling the villages of Maranaaz, Vilat al-Qadi, Sheikh Issa east of Afrin district and entering Syrian territory. Turkish media confirmed the shelling. “Turkish army and affiliated terrorists are heavily shelling east Efrin [Afrin] from Azaz city since Monday evening — the attacks continued until the […]

Chunkush Loses One More Life

Chunkush Loses One More Life

By Baydzig Kalaydjian CHUNKUSH — Recai Altay was married to the grandaugther of Asya, an Armenian who had escaped from the Armenian Genocide. Recai was a Kurd that was murdered in November in a jail cell in Diyarbakir where he had been kept in police custody as a result of unrest in the southeastern portion of […]

Why Aleppo’s Fall Will Be a Game-Changer for Turkey

Why Aleppo’s Fall Will Be a Game-Changer for Turkey

By Cengiz Candar Soon after the insurgency in Syria got underway, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed his sensitivity about Aleppo for the first time. Around midnight on March 29, 2011, we were on board his aircraft flying back to Turkey from his visit to Iraq. Erdogan had made history as the first Turkish prime minister to pay […]

The Kurds in the Turkish–Armenian Reconciliation Process

The Kurds in the Turkish–Armenian Reconciliation Process

By Bilgin Ayata A century after the Armenian Genocide and its ongoing denial by the Turkish state, there has emerged a notable and unprecedented interest in the Armenian past and present both in civil society discourse and scholarship in Turkey, accompanied by various reconciliation initiatives at the state and society levels. Observers have suggested that […]

‘No Peace, No Future’: In Turkey, HDP Arrests Fuel Kurdish Discontent

‘No Peace, No Future’: In Turkey, HDP Arrests Fuel Kurdish Discontent

By Yvo Fitzherbert ISTANBUL, Turkey (Middle East Eye) —Supporters of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) fear the detention of the party’s co-leaders and several other MPs earlier this month may have closed the door to any possible resumption of the peace process between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish state. Selahattin Demirtas […]