Wednesday 16 April 2014

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A rebel fighter carries his weapon as he walks along a damaged street in the Mleha suburb of DamascusFirat News: PYD visits European Parliament

Representatives of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are having talks prior to the session to take place at the European Parliament to handle “the situation of the people in Syria left without any defense” on Thursday.

PYD Party Assembly member and European representative Abdulselam Mustafa, accompanied by BDP’s (Peace and Democracy Party) EU and EC representatives, started talks with parliamentarians on Tuesday to provide information regarding the general situation and the position of Kurds in Rojava and Syria .

Abdulselam Mustafa and BDP’s representative for the European Council, Fay?k Ya??zay, primarily held talks with a number of  parliamentarians taking care of the Syria file at the European Parliament and concerned about the Kurdish people’s demand for freedom.

The Left Group of the European Parliament also invited the PYD and BDP representatives to their group meeting yesterday evening. Read more

Tuesday 15 April 2014

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A wreckage of a car is seen amid damage at a site in Kaheel villageSyrian Observatory for Human Rights:Final death toll for Tuesday 15/04/2014, approximately 329 people killed in Syria. The dead : 34 civilians ( 8 children, 6 women ), 107 rebels, 37 non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 34 NDF, 63 Regular forces, 20 ISIS, 7 unknown rebels, 1 Hezbollah, 18 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces ( including fighters from Abo Al-Fadel Al-Abas brigade ). Read more

Monday 14 April 2014

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pydWeekly Summary of Latest Events in Western Kurdistan (Rojava)
Headlines

  •  People’s Protection Units
  •  The National Kurdistani Conference KNK opens an office in Qamishlo
  •  Salih Muslem’s diplomatic tour in Sulimania
  •  A delegation from east Kurdistan in Rojava to support the revolution
  •  Trench between west and south Kurdistan
  •  Educational and Cultural Activities

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Sunday 13 April 2014

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2014 April 13Firat: Turkey also digging ditches on border

While opposition to the ditches being dug along the Rojava border by the South Kurdistan government continues, the Turkish authorities, too, have begun to excavate ditches on the Derik border and the Afrin border.

It is reported that the Turkish army has been digging ditches on the border near the village of Qemîtliq in the ?iye district of Afrin with machinery for two days. The ditch is now 3 kilometres long, 3 metres wide and 3 metres deep. Read more

Saturday 12 April 2014

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poison gas syriaSyrian Observatory for Human Rights:  Final death toll for Saturday 12/04/2014, approximately 275 people killed in Syria. The dead : 39 civilians ( 8 children, 9 women ), 73 rebels, 26 non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 38 NDF, 54 Regular forces, 10 ISIS, 15 unknown rebels, 4 Hezbollah, 13 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces ( including fighters from Abo Al-Fadel Al-Abas brigade ).

By province : Aleppo ( 13 civilians, 16 Rebels ), Reef Dimashq ( 8 civilian, 24 rebels ), Dera’a (2 civilians, 1 rebel ), Idlib ( 3 civilians, 4 rebels ), Lattakia ( 6 rebels ),Der-Ezzor ( 4 civilians, 4 rebels ), Hama (1 civilians ),Homs ( 2 civilians, 1 rebel ), Damascus ( 6 civilians ) Read more

Friday 11 April 2013

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2012 Dec 3 Saleh MuslimFirat News: Muslim: Western governments should support democracy in Rojava

In a comment published by several international newspapers. PYD co-chair, Salih Muslim has written about the Syrian war and Kurds.

In the article Muslim points out how “the civil war now engulfing Syria emerged from its people’s desire for political change. But the war is not universal: since the outbreak of protests in 2011 against President Bashar Assad’s regime — and long before — one group of Syrians, the Kurdish community, has consistently sought peaceful change and respect for the rights of all”. Read more

Thursday 10 April 2014

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2014 April 10 unSyrian Observatory for Human Rights: Final death toll for Thursday 10/04/2014, approximately 359 people killed in Syria. The dead : 41 civilians ( 11 children, 8 women ), 132 rebels, 25 non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 43 NDF, 56 Regular forces, 38 ISIS, 11 unknown rebels, 1 Hezbollah, 12 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces ( including fighters from Abo Al-Fadel Al-Abas brigade ).

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UK FCO: Iran – Country of Concern 2013

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2014 April 10 2The election of Hassan Rouhani as President in June, on the back of promises to bring about social equality and justice for all Iranians, brought a feeling of optimism to the country. Positive acts, such as the release of a number of political prisoners in September, were welcomed by the UK and the international community. However, these initial steps have not led to a substantive change in the overall human rights situation in Iran, and President Rouhani’s promises remain to be implemented in any real way. The number of executions increased on the previous year, and the death penalty continued to be enforced for drug traffickers and individuals who had committed their crimes as minors. Minority ethnic groups suffered harassment and discrimination, and the persecution of minority religious groups continued. The government continued to suppress freedom of expression, with arrests of journalists, bloggers and internet workers. November 2013 marked 1,000 days of house arrest or detention for opposition figures Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi. Read more

UK FCO: Syria – Country of 2013

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2014 April 10 2Syria’s civil war worsened throughout 2013, with many tens of thousands losing their lives, and the country now experiencing some of the most appalling humanitarian conditions in the world. The already catastrophic human rights situation in Syria continued to deteriorate still further.

The Syrian regime bears the primary responsibility for protecting its own population. Yet throughout 2013 it has been responsible for war crimes and systematic state-sponsored violations of human rights within Syria. Regime actions have included: the large-scale use of chemical weapons against civilians, the indiscriminate bombardment (by air and artillery) of densely-populated civilian areas, the use of siege tactics against civilians, the use of starvation as a weapon of war, the targeting of communities based on their religious beliefs, and the detention of thousands of civilians in appalling conditions, with reports of torture and extrajudicial killings in detention. This is in addition to the many serious human rights concerns which pre-date the conflict, including severe restrictions on political freedom, rights of assembly, judicial independence, and freedom of speech, none of which exist in Syria today in a meaningful way. Read more

Wednesday 9 April 2014

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Cars burn after two cars bomb at Karm al-Louz neighborhood in Homs citySyrian Observatory for Human RightsFinal death toll for Wednesday 09/04/2014, approximately 278 people killed in Syria. The dead : 59 civilians ( 14 women and children ), 61 rebels, 29 non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 37 NDF, 54 Regular forces, 5 ISIS, 13 unknown rebels, 2 Hezbollah, 17 non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces ( including fighters from Abo Al-Fadel Al-Abas brigade ). Read more

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