Initiated by: Kurdish Institute of Brussels, Nav-Bel – organisation of the Kurdish community in Belgium, Solidarity Committee of Rojava (Belgium)Supported by: Peace in Kurdistan Campaign and Campaign Against Criminalising Communities (CAMPCC) (UK)
33 Kurds are currently being prosecuted by the Belgian courts. What heinous crime are they supposed to have committed? They spoke out for the Kurdish cause and promoted Kurdish culture. At the behest of the Turkish state innocent people are criminalised in Belgium for alleged involvement in terrorist activities. The trial is an outrage and affront to Belgian democracy and its implications pose a danger not only for Kurds, but for everyone who stands up for his or her opinions.
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To The Press and Public
The Turkish state and the AKP government continue to commit military assaults in Kurdistan, cities are being destroyed, and defenceless civilians are being executed. The 12-day military curfew in Silvan left the town in ruins. Homes and businesses were deliberately targeted, burnt down, destroyed and half of the city has become uninhabitable. 15 civilians were killed during the curfew and dozens were left injured. Continue reading PRESS RELEASE Kurdistan National Congress
How long will the International coalition allow Turkey`s deception to continue?
Since the 24th of July, daily a bombing campaign has been launched by the Turkish military over Kurdish guerrilla forces and civilians in Iraqi Kurdistan. Close to 60 (F-16 and F-4) jets carry out bombing campaigns daily, targeting several locations. The attacks resulted in 9 civilian casualties and dozens injured. This military strategy has led to extensive environmental damage to the surrounding areas, injury of civilians and hundreds of villages evacuated.
Turkish Government is manipulating the international public opinion and the coalition against ISIS to wage a clear and deliberate war against the Kurds. Since the Turkish Government “decided” to stand with the international coalition against ISIS, it has waged only one bombing campaign against ISIS, and only weapons warehouses were targeted. Instead the daily bombing campaign against the Kurds and not only targeted the guerrilla forces, but also civilian areas.
Even inside Turkey they are daily attacks against Kurdish forces political activists, democratic forces, human rights groups, as well the as targeting of members of the democratically elected HDP party is ongoing. Till now the Turkish government has arrested over 1500 Kurds, human rights activist and oppositions members.
How long will the UN, EU, and the USA continue not to act against Turkish Government and its war against the Kurds, which is only serving to strengthen ISIS and its terrorist objectives in the region?
To stay silent or inactive against Turkish Government`s deliberate policy of targeting the Kurds will prepare the base for a new genocide and give ISIS the morale to target the international community.
If there was doubt over Turkish Government`s support for ISIS, the current disproportionate attacks against the Kurds is ample evidence. By weakening the Kurds, Turkish Government empowers ISIS, logistically, economically and militarily.
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