Recently there has been talk of finding a solution to Turkey’s long running war with the Kurdish separatist group the PKK, and negotiations are said to be going on behind the scenes to bring about peace. Promising signs for some – too late for others.
“We need to stop this dirty war. Don’t let our children die anymore,” Sakine Arat tells me. She, as much as anyone, knows the cost of this war.
The first time I saw Mrs Arat, a Kurdish woman in her 70s, was on a television programme.
“Is there any other pain more profound than the loss of one’s child?” she lamented as I watched her describe how she had lost three sons during the 25-year conflict. Read more
…. But currently America is pulling back from Iraq and wants to redesign the region. They think that Turkey’s importance for energy is growing as Turkey and Kurdistan become an energy corridor. Read more
Abdullah Ocalan has been getting different views from intellectuals, journalists and other people through his lawyers. The roadmap will take the constitution of the first Turkish republic into consideration. Read more
July 27, 2009 by sks
Our particular concern is in regard to the Kurds who have been experiencing continuing, and we would argue increasing human rights abuses whilst living in their historic homelands.
Some examples of the concerns we wish the UK Government and those in Europe would address with the Syrian Government are as follows: Read more
YASA monthly report – August 2009 PDF
- Ali Hassan Hossein’s whereabout still is unknown
The family of the teenager Ali Hassan Hossein born in Xezyane Jorin, Afrin and living in Aleppo is missing its son since Sunday July, 27th, 2009. He had been questioned many times before his missing. Ali Hassan Hossein is the only earner of his old mother and the children of his dead brother. http://www.yasa-online.org/yasa-en/reports.html Read more
YASA monthly report – July 2009 PDF
• The community of Kamechli accepts no other language than Arabic
The community of Kamechli, part of the province of Hasaka in Northeast Syria, has declared
Arabic, under the management of a committee, the only official and colloquial language and the
Lingua Franca. Now, the Kurds are forced to either use Arabic names when opening a store or
change names of already established shops. In case of ignoring the resolution, Kurds will have to
Arabs, Kurds, Assyrians, Armenians and Syrians live in the province of Hasaka each having their
own language. Read more