Afrin model motion for Labour Party meetings

This is a model motion that can be modified as you wish for proposing at Labour Party branch and CLP meetings in support of the Afrin resistance, condemning Turkey's attacks and the UK government's implicit and explicit support for Turkey. Continue reading

Statement on Afrin from the Syrian Democratic Forces

We in the Syrian Democratic Forces are a peaceful movement focused on defeating Daesh and bringing stability to Syria consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.  We seek a unified Syria, at peace with its neighbours.  We harbour no hostility towards anyone other than Daesh, which, thanks to our heroic fighters, has one foot in the grave.  Continue reading

"Political genocide": MP for Amed/Diyarbakir İdris Baluken's statement after receiving 16 year jail sentence

İdris Baluken, a member of Turkey's parliament since 2011, was sentenced yesterday to 16 years 8 months in prison on trumped up terrorism charges relating to speeches he made. This is a huge assualt on free speech and the rights of Kurds in Turkey to stand for parliament and represent themselves democratically. Baluken is a trained surgeon and worked in state hospitals until he became a politician. Here is the statement he released following the announcement of the sentence. Continue reading

HDP parliamentarians sentenced to long jail terms

STATEMENT FROM HDP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 05.01.2018  A political purge by the judiciary Continue reading

Statement regarding recent police raid on Kurdish newspaper in London

The Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign has released the following statement on the recent dawn raid on the house of a distributor of a Kurdish newspaper in London. The BBC News report can be found here. Continue reading

KSC meets Turkish teacher on hunger strike Semih Özakça - “I want my job back”

Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign's Steve Sweeney was in Ankara last week to observe and report from the trials of HDP co-chairs Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş. He met with trade unions and human rights groups in Ankara and also activists such as the primary school teacher Semih Özakça, who has been on hunger strike for 277 days since he was purged from his post. Here is Steve's blogpost on the meeting, reproduced for International Human Rights Day. Continue reading

Seventh British YPG martyr falls in Raqqa - RIP Oliver Hall

Further tragic news from Raqqa this week as was announced late last night that Oliver Hall, a 24 year old British YPG volunteer from Gosport, Hants, was killed in Raqqa last Saturday whilst clearing mines. Continue reading

The truth about ISIS leaving Raqqa

The BBC published an article yesterday by Quentin Sommerville and Riam Dalati, claiming that the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces had allowed ISIS fighters to leave Raqqa, with the implication that they are now free to undertake attacks in the rest of the region and in Europe. According to Sommerville and Dalati, this constitutes a 'dirty secret' and this article has gone viral. Sadly, it is a totally disingenuous reading of the situation, based on biased sources and fake news. Continue reading

Jac Holmes - sixth British martyr falls in Raqqa

Last week we discovered the sad news that Jac Holmes, the legendary YPG volunteer from Bournemouth, had fallen in Raqqa just days after the liberation. Continue reading

Let's get the Labour Party to support the HDP!

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey are facing state repression, arrest and incarceration as punishment for their success in elections. They need our support, and there is a simple way we can all help. Continue reading