Turkish Government Criticised For Dismissal of Health Workers

As part of widespread measures to quash dissent the Turkish state has dismissed over 15,000 health care workers and academics due to their political views. With the severity of Corona virus infections and deaths increasing in Turkey, there has been renewed pressure to reinstate these health care workers. One such worker is HDP MP Dr … Read more

Arrests of Kurdish Mayors Continues in Turkey Despite Corona Crisis

Despite a rising death toll from the Corona virus in Turkey, the state has continued to arrest democratically elected politicians in Kurdish municipalities. The HDP opposition party which supports Kurdish self-determination had won elections in 65 municipalities in local elections last year. Since then, 40 municipalities have been forcibly seized by the AKP-MHP government.  In … Read more

Save the Tigris Campaign: Stop the filling of the Ilisu Dam

Destroying cultural heritage, threatening regional stability Stop the filling of the Ilisu Dam Despite strong domestic and international opposition, the Turkish government has commenced filling the reservoir of the controversial Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey without giving any official warning to those still living in the area. Neither … Read more

Filling of Ilisu Dam has started! Join the resistance with the “Hasankeyf Watch”!

The Turkish government has started filling the controversial Ilisu Dam Reservoir on the Tigris River in the Kurdish Southeast of Turkey. We call on all people and organizations to stand against this act of destruction. Join or visit the Hasankeyf Watch in the 12,000 year old town Hasankeyf! Photos shared on social media from the … Read more

Art performance in the Vatican for Hasankeyf

Artists of the group ‘Compagnie bien à vous Armanc Kerborani’ are drawing attention to the planned destruction of the historic city of Hasankeyf. With the support of Zehra Dogan (artist and journalist), the group gave recent performances in Paris at the Louvre Museum under the Pyramid on Thursday, 27 June 2019 and in Berlin at … Read more

Riot police try to stop protest against hundreds of historic villages being wiped off the map

The construction of the Ilısu dam in southeastern Turkey threatens to displace 78,000 people and destroy one of the oldest continually inhabited places on earth. Turkey wants to fill the dam’s reservoir as soon as possible. But campaigners say international solidarity action is delaying the process. The dam is being built by international and Turkish companies in Bakur – the part of Kurdistan within Turkey’s … Read more

Rolls Royce to manufacture engines for Turkey’s TF-X Fighter Jet

From Defenseworld.net Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) uncovered the full-size mock-up of its TF-X jet at the Paris Air Show 2019 today at a time when it is facing possible expulsion from the F-35 program over the S-400 row with the United States. The aircraft mock-up looks inspired by the F-35 and has several design cues … Read more

Police accused of ‘disproportionate and aggressive response’ to protest at Turkish embassy in London

lice reportedly threatened protesters with CS gas outside the Turkish embassy in London on 7 June. They arrested one person, while another had to be taken to hospital. “Devastating ecological, historical and social consequences” Around 50 people joined a protest to call on Turkey not to destroy hundreds of majority-Kurdish villages within its borders. The … Read more

Turkey is about to wipe hundreds of historic Kurdish villages off the map

First published by The Canary By Eliza Egret The Turkish state has long been unrelenting in its plans to wipe out Kurdish culture. And in its latest move, it has vowed to begin filling a controversial dam within its borders on 10 June. This will see hundreds of majority-Kurdish villages submerged under water, literally wiping … Read more