- What is the purpose of the Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign?
- Why should we support Kurdistan?
- What can we do to show our solidarity with Kurdistan?
The Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign aims to create a broad-based campaigning movement to increase and sustain support for the Kurdish struggle. By affiliating with trade unions and civil society groups, the Campaign will be able to reach thousands of people in order to raise awareness of the Kurdish struggle. It also lobbies British politicians on foreign policy issues and works with local community groups in order to strengthen solidarity links between the Kurds currently building a democratic egalitarian system and those in this country who look to them for inspiration.
What has the Kurdish struggle got to do with us?
The Kurdish forces in Western Kurdistan - the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, or Rojava - are currently fighting the forces of Islamic State (Daesh) and have been successfully defeating them, and are currently on the verge of expelling them from their de facto capital of Raqqa. Islamic State have attempted to capture areas of Rojava including Kobanî, creating hundreds of thousands of displaced people, untold misery, death and destruction, but the Kurdish forces have successfully repelled them. In the midst of the rubble, the governing party in Rojava have started to rebuild a democratic, egalitarian and feminist society, in sharp contrast to the virulent misogyny of Islamic State, the remnants of which are left visibly and psychologically in the areas from which they are expelled.
The violent, misogynist, authoritarian death cult of ISIS has influenced terror attacks all over the world, as well as unleashing instability in the Middle East. The best hope for security and stability at home and abroad - for the defeat of ISIS - is for the Kurdish struggle to succeed in its aims of replacing the death and destruction of ISIS with the hope and transformation of Rojava.
Unfortunately, history has shown that support for the Kurds is few and far between. Indeed there is a proverb that the Kurds have 'No friends but the mountains'. Britain's military and NATO ally in the region is Turkey, who have waged a vicious and repressive war on the Kurds for decades, attempting to destroy their culture, language and national identity. Their war crimes have been highlighted by the United Nations - and yet, the plight of the Kurds is barely mentioned in the mainstream media, nor in parliament, thanks to the stranglehold that the Turkish regime operate in suppressing pro-Kurdish voices.
Those concerned with human rights, in particular the rights of women and minorities, should naturally lend their support to the Kurds.
What practical actions can we take?
Firstly, please sign up to the Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign so we can contact you with any news on what's happening. Please also check that our emails aren't going to your junk folder!
Secondly, we will keep people updated through email, our Facebook and Twitter pages, and on this website, with any new campaigns. These include campaigns against Turkish aggression, lobbying British politicians and policymakers, events with local Kurdish communities in this country, memorials for martyrs who fell fighting against ISIS and support for those British volunteers fighting with the YPG who have found themselves criminalised upon their return.
Thirdly, spread the word! Learn about the Kurdish struggle, learn Kumanji if you have a passion for languages, and speak to people about the Kurds. Many people have never heard of Kurdistan, or Rojava, let alone know that the Kurds are on the frontline of the fight against ISIS in Syria. The more people find out, the more likely they are to join with us in supporting the Kurdish struggle.