Turkish Army Razes Forest in Bitlis

Earlier this month, as part of military operations in Bitlis, Turkish forced burned thousands of acres of local forests to the ground. Locals estimate that almost 90% of the forest was destroyed by the fires. The fires are part of a military operation launched against 24 villages in the majority Kurdish region of Bitlis. This … Read more

In Memory of David Graeber

The unexpected and tragic death of the anthropologist, activist and author David Graeber has lead to an outpouring of grief and remembrance from across the globe. David’s work as a theorist was never afraid to ask difficult questions. His essays and books, including: ‘Debt: The First 5000 Years’, ‘Bullshit Jobs’ and many more; are constant … Read more

German and British Complicity in Turkey’s Drone Warfare

With military operations being waged by Turkey in dozens of countries, drone warfare has become a key part of the regime’s arsenal. Azerbaijan, Southern Kurdistan, Northern Syria, Northern Kurdistan, Yemen and Libya are just some of the areas where Turkish drones have played an active role. These drone strikes have often targeted civilians, including women’s groups … Read more

Turkish State Violence on the Sixth Anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide

As thousands of people across the world commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Yazidi genocide, Turkish air strikes continue to target Yazidi communities in the Shengal region. The ISIS genocide of Yazidi communities in Northern Iraq (Southern Kurdistan) shocked the world with its utter brutality in 2014. It is important to remember how the Yazidi … Read more

Turkish Parliament Approves New Law Clamping Down On Social Media

This Wednesday the Turkish parliament ratified a bill, proposed by the AKP-MHP regime, that will give the state greater powers to restrict social media. The legislation comes as the Erdoğan government faces growing protests both online and in the streets. With the amendment, social media companies with more than one million users must appoint a … Read more

Forest Set Ablaze by Turkish Army in Amed

As part of efforts to intimidate the majority Kurdish population of the Amed region, Turkish military forces set a forest near Barin on fire. The operation was launched on the 30th of June with Turkish forces systematically burning the forests. As the flames began to approach nearby Kurdish neighbourhoods, residents began to protest the threat … Read more

Hunger Strikers Protest Conditions in Turkish Prisons

Several political prisoners inside the Turkish carceral system have launched hunger strikes. Political prisoners in Mardin and Urfa have started an indefinite hunger strike against the unbearable conditions of detention. In the E-type prison in Mardin, Elif Deniz, Ronahi Sırdaş and Melek Evren have started an indefinite hunger strike against the violations they have suffered. … Read more

New Wave of Repression Against Opposition Parties

Despite growing protests, the Turkish state continue to arrest political opponents and suppress criticism of military operations against Kurdish communities. As with previous attacks on democracy, many of these repressive measures have targeted the pro-Kurdish rights HDP party. In the province of Batman, 7 people were arrested during raids by Turkish gendarmes. Those arrested in … Read more

Turkey Continues Undemocratic Repression of the HDP

A New Wave of Repression The Turkish state’s campaign of oppression against the HDP opposition part and of other political activists has seen increasing escalation with more arrests of democratically elected politicians especially in majority-Kurdish regions of Turkey. This new wave of repression began on Tuesday the 9th in Amed with raids against prisoner solidarity … Read more

UK Academic says Öcalan Has a Crucial Role to Play in Peace Negotiations

In an interview with Kurdish journalist Erem Kansoy, UK academic Dr Thomas Phillips – lecturer in law and supporter of the London-based Peace in Kurdistan Campaign explained the key role of the imprisoned Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan for peace negotiations in Turkey. He also touched about the ruling AKP party’s approach to political prisoners and the importance … Read more