Diyari Kurdi: why I ran out in front of the Prime Minister’s convoy

Kurdish man, Diyari Kurdi writes to the British Prime Minister to explain why he ran out in front of his convoy a few days ago. Dear Prime Minister, A few days ago I ran out in front of your car, unintentionally causing your car to come to an abrupt halt and be shunted from behind. […]

May Day message from Kurdish and Turkish socialists in Britain

May Day 2019 message from the Unity of Democratic Forces, the platform for 26 Turkish and Kurdish socialist organisations in the UK, working together to raise awareness on the political developments in Turkey and Kurdistan. Brothers and Sisters! We stand in a proud tradition – the tradition of the First of May – of unbroken […]

The Struggle Within a Struggle: An Analysis of South Kurdistan

In recent years, the Kurds of South Kurdistan (Bashure) have endured another struggle alongside the struggle against foreign regimes; a struggle against Kurdish parties who have consolidated power and resources in South Kurdistan through tribal politics. Here Bavil Ahmad from Portsmouth Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign shares his views on the problems facing South Kurdistan and their […]

Durham Miners’ Gala supports freedom for Abdullah Öcalan

This weekend at the Durham Miners’ Gala, the international theme will be the campaign to release Abdullah Öcalan, the Kurdish political prisoner and founding leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). As we approach 20 years of Öcalan’s incarceration in solitary confinement on the island prison of Imrali, it is of huge significance that one […]

Former YPG volunteers back protest against Tommy Robinson march

As former members of the armed forces of the YPG who left the UK and volunteered to fight the Islamic extremist group ISIS, we wish to make it clear we oppose attempts by the Far Right to co-opt the fight against ISIS and Jihadism, and we support the counter demonstration against the upcoming right-wing mobilisation […]

Labour Leader Urges Turkey To Stop Bombing Afrin!

“We call upon the Turkish Government to halt the bombing of Afrin immediately, along with the bombing campaigns of all of those states now intervening militarily in Syria. Any settlement of the Syria conflict and the wider region can only be achieved politically and must respect the rights and identity of the Kurdish people and […]

PRESS RELEASE – Kurdish groups demand meeting with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Press release – 16th February 2018 Kurdish groups in Britain have demanded an urgent meeting with Labour frontbench pleading for them to speak out against Turkey’s war on Afrin A small group of Kurdish activists attended Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency surgery today and handed him a letter signed by 26 organisations including representatives of political organisations […]

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 […]

“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 […]