The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a special report on press freedom in South Kurdistan on April 22, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

The report examines key attacks on journalists that have shaped the climate of impunity; the role of law enforcement and the judiciary; and the troubling trend of self-censorship.

A mass grave allegedly belonging to Armenians has been discovered during road construction works in Eruh district of Siirt province on Wednesday.

Bones have been found early this morning and re-put in the grave by workers in the area of the road construction at the 19th km of Siirt-Eruh way.

Police released 11 of the detained students following medical examinations and 29 among them late at night. The interrogation of 22 others still continues.

Students at Dicle University opened a stand outside the Faculty of Architecture and were attacked by a group of 30-40 people on 15 April.

Hundreds of students were later attacked by police as they issued a press statement to condemn the attacks of Hezbullah groups targeting students.

The Confederation of Public Workers' Unions (KESK) has issued a press statement in solidarity with workers of the Greif sack factory in the Hadımköy district of Istanbul, which the workers have occupied for 63 days now.

People's Defense Forces Press Office HPG-BIM said that Skorsky type helicopters of the Turkish army carried out shipments of military supplies to the Mamreş and Gırana hill posts in the border zone of Hakkari's Şemdinli district from early morning till late evening yesterday.

Releasing a  statement about the Turkish military activity in the Kurdish region, HPG-BIM also reported intense military activity of Turkish soldiers accompanied by village guards in the mentioned area.

Thousands of people leaving from the Cizîre Canton of Rojava have gathered in the border area where ditches are being dug by the Hewler government.

Rojava citizens are protesting at the digging of ditches and the brutal response of peshmerga against the democratic reaction of the people.

Representatives of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are having talks prior to the session to take place at the European Parliament to handle "the situation of the people in Syria left without any defense" on Thursday.

Work has begun for the return to Kurdistan of members of the Yezidi and Syriac communities who were forced to flee their villages during the conflict of the 1990s. Yezidis and Syriacs took refuge in various European countries at that time, but now wish to return home. Ali Atalan, a former MEP for the German Left Party, and the party's Peace Spokesperson, said feasibility studies have been initiated to pave the way for the return of Yezidis and Syriacs.

Speaking at the weekly parliamentary group meeting People's Democracy Party (HDP) co-chairman Ertuğrul Kürkçü said that the bill that will give extensive powers to MİT if passed will be in violation of EU's Copenhagen criteria.

Kürkçü added: "We can only laugh at the discourse claiming that such oppressive laws are to be passed to guarantee the settlement process."

The Istanbul deputy also said that “The government is trying to blow up the Constitutional Court.

Turkish soldiers severely beat and robbed 10 individuals from Rojava attempting to cross the Turkish-Syrian border into Northern Kurdistan.

The incident is reported to have taken place this morning, April 1, at 05:00 local time when 10 Rojava residents attempted to cross the border from the village of Gerdeniye in the district of Dêrik in the Cizîre Canton to Derbaciya in the district of Cizre.

Soldiers stopped the ten, before beating them with fists and rifle butts.

Electricians responsible for repair work at the Dicle Electric Distribution Company (DEDAŞ) have been involved in struggle for economic and social rights for 12 days. The police have intervened 7 times since the struggle began on 4 April. 5 DEDAŞ workers who set out from Ceylanpınar to support their colleagues in Diyarbakır were arrested along with Enerji Sen Trade Union President Ali Duman and union official Süleyman Keskin.

Belfast born journalist Patrick Seale has died, aged 83, after suffering from brain cancer.

He was an author, journalist, broadcaster, Middle East historian, arts aficionado and dealer and literary agent.

But most notably, has the Guardian writes today, "he was the English-speaking world's foremost chronicler and interpreter of Syria, its troubled modern history and its leadership during the past 44 years, that of the al-Assad family, father Hafez and son Bashar".

The BDP, which is aiming to implement its Democratic Autonomy project, has selected Colemêrg (Hakkari) and Şirnex (Şırnak) as pilot provinces. BDP MP Demir Çelik said they intend to introduce autonomy in other areas, too, adding: “Turkey can no longer be governed by a single central authority.

The announcement by AK party's justice minister, Bekir Bozdağ, that a project to build exclusive prisons for gays is underway seems like some kind of Mengele's experiment.  Yet it is not - so it seems - a nightmare or a boutade but a racist reality Turkish people will have to deal with.

The Peoples Democracy Party (HDP) is preparing for 1 May with the slogan "a joint struggle against exploitation for democracy and peace".
The HDP will emphasise the importance of a joint struggle against the severe exploitation faced by workers of different identities, beliefs and genders, with the spread of outsourcing, subcontracting, temporary, part-time work that lacks job security.

A person from West Kurdistan is reported to have died after being shot by peshmerga at the Sêmalka Border crossing between West and South Kurdistan while attempting to cross the border at around midnight last night (Monday). The person has been named as Mevlit Nezir Heci Yunis 32, a married man from the village of Zihiri in the Berav area of Derik. Sources have told ANF that Yunis was shot in the back, and taken to hospital in Duhok.

At a hearing today in Istanbul an application has been made for the release of Kurdish journalists who have not been bailed despite recent changes in law.
Lawyer Sinan Zincir from the Free Jurists Association made an application today to the Istanbul no.3 Serious Criminal Court for the release of journalists Nurettin Fırat, Ertuş Bozkurt, Turabi Kişin, Davut Uçar, Ramazan Pekgöz, Yüksel Genç and Mikail Barut.

Ehmedi Xanî (Ahmad Khani)’s epic, "Mem û Zîn [Mem and Zîn]", is to be put on the stage at the Amed Metropolitan Municipal Theatre as a musical. The city theatre, which has been showing Kurdish plays for 3 years now, is presenting the stage version created by Kawa Nemir and directed by Nüknettin Gün. Ali Tekbaş is playing Mem, while the role of Zîn is being played by Zelal Gökçe.

In a new interview for ANF, Seyit Evran has spoken with Professor Dr. Ahmet Yusuf, who was made President of the Committee On Economy and Trade of the Afrin Autonomous Canton following its proclamation of autonomy this past January. Dr. Yusuf spoke about the prevailing economic model in the world, and the attempt in Rojava to build an alternative economy around a social communal model as laid out by Abdullah Öcalan. “Because this model” Dr.

It has been reported that three people have been killed in an attack on the car of former ANAVATAN (Motherland) Party deputy Adnan Yıldız. The killings happened in Istanbul’s Bakırköy district on Tuesday.

It is understood the former deputy’s wife and daughter, who were traveling in the car, were both killed in the shooting, while Yıldız was injured and rushed to the hospital.

One of the assailants was also killed after a non identified person returned fire.


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