The Amed Newroz Organising Committee announced its Newroz programme for this year at the Hevsel Gardens in solidarity with the resistance there against the destruction of the environment.
This year's Newroz, which comes just before the local elections, will be celebrated in Amed on 21 March under the slogan "To a Free Kurdistan with a Free Leader".
Racist groups organising through social media have attacked the HDP's district building in the town of Fethiye in Muğla province prior to its opening ceremony. The mob shouted slogans such as: "Here is Fethiye, there is no escape".
Around 200 people gathered in the Salı Pazarı (Tuesday Market) square in Fethiye before the opening of the HDP's district office, intending to march to the building. The group shouted slogans against the PKK and HDP and set off towards the HDP office.
A delegation from the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's party Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (YNK) met executives of the Kurdish Women's Movement (KJB-Koma Jinen Blind) Coordination in Kandil on 8 March International Women's Day.
House of Servet Encü, a survivor of the Roboski massacre that took the life of 34 Kurdish civilians on 28 December 2011, was targeted by an armed attack by unknown assailants last night.
The armed attack with long barreled weapons which was carried out while Encü's family was inside left luckily no casualties.
Encü's house in the Zevîye neighborhood of the Roboski village in Şırnak's Uludere district was hit by some 100 bullets.
Thousands joined the march staged in the village of Roboski, in Şırnak's Uludere district, yesterday to mark the 800th day after the Roboski massacre, which left 34 Kurdish civilians, mostly children, dead, and the 8 March International Women's Day.
Villagers gathered outside the building of ROBOSKİ-DER association before starting their march to the graveyard of the victims, carrying a banner which read “Li Roboski 800 Roj”.
The Language and Education Committee (KZP) of the Koma Cıvakên Kürdistan (Kurdistan Communities Union-KCK) has completed its 'Martyr Viyan' and 'Martyr Azadi' semesters at the Ahmedê Xanê Academy in the Media Defence Areas under guerrilla control with a graduation ceremony.
According to the Women's Coalition, which has announced the political parties' proportion of women candidates, there are only 414 women candidates out of a total of 6,053 candidates for the local elections of 2014. The fact that this percentage is as high as 6.84% is due to the BDP and HDP. If they are not included the percentage drops to only 2.16%.
The Women's Coalition reported it was only able to obtain data from 14 of the 27 parties contesting the elections.
A delegation of the BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) and HDP (Peoples' Democratic Party) has left for İmralı prison where they will meet Kurdish people's leader Abdullah Öcalan today.
The delegation consists of BDP parliamentary group president Pervin Buldan, BDP deputy İdris Baluken and HDP spokesperson on negotiation and solution process and vice president Sırrı Süreyya Önder.
In a recent article appearing on Kurdistan24.com, Amed Dicle discusses the current relationship between the KDP and the YPG in Rojava, and between the KDP and KCK in wider Kurdistan. Dicle also draws attention to the ongoing partnership that has developed between the AKP and KDP, in particular as regards their shared opposition to the newly proclaimed Canton governments in Rojava and the revolutionary process more generally. Below is a translation of the article into English.
Police attacked a group of children following the 8 March rally joined by thousands of women in Mardin's Nusaybin district in the afternoon.
A 13-year-old boy who was wounded on the head as a result of the police attack was rushed to Nusaybin state hospital. A large number of people including BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) MP Gülser Yıldırım went to the hospital on hearing about the incident.
Eyewitnesses said police directly targeted the children at close range.
On 8 March International Women's Day, the Saturday Mothers have devoted their weekly sit-down protest to the fate of women who have not been seen again after being abducted. The Saturday Mothers called on society to: "Not remain silent regarding the women who were abducted, tortured and disappeared by state forces. Do not become an accomplice to crime with your silence.
Three people from Rojava wounded while trying to cross the border near Cizre last night have been transferred to Diyarbakır.
Eight people from two families were shot at by soldiers as they tried to cross the border near Cizre last night. Three, two of them women, were wounded in the legs and were taken to the Cizre State Hospital by residents of the village of Katran.
Fatma Tokmak, from Şırnak, is Kurdish and a woman...
She married a man from Diyarbakır at the beginning of 1990's and moved there.
Her husband was university student and a political activist. To be a political university student at those years, especially to live in Diyarbakır as such, to exist with one's political views, to not surrender to the state, was sufficient enough to be arrested, or to be shot at head in the middle of a street with an "illegal state canon".
Fighters of the Kurdish Al-Akrad Front have launched a central operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in the Minbic town of Syria's second largest city Aleppo.
In a statement about the operation, Al-Akrad Front Press Office said the operation has targeted the Ahrar Syrian Brigade and an ISIS headquarters, El-Heye, located 15 km from the Minbic town.
According to the statement, four ISIS members were killed and three others were captured alive in the operation.
The KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council Co-presidency has issued a statement on the occasion of 8 March International Women's Day, saying: "Without women achieving their freedom the construction of a democratic nation cannot be realised, and without the building of a democratic nation women cannot live freely.
Today is international Women's Day. Despite an increasing awareness amongst women regarding their rights and improvements in legislation, violence, persecution and rape is continuing to increase. Religion and traditions are the most widespread reason for this repression.
The world's population is over 7 billion and 4 children are born every second. While there should be a similar number of female and male children born, in reality the figure is 107 boys for every 100 girls.
In the Media Defence Areas under the control of guerrillas, International Womens's Day has been celebrated enthusiastically by women guerrillas. Women who are waging a struggle in the mountains to build a new free life, celebrated by performing folk dances and singing folk songs.
One of the women shared her views on 8 March:
Axin Amed said it was the first time she had celebrated International Women's Day in the 'Free mountains', adding: "It is very different.
Releasing a message to mark the 8 March International Women's Day, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of achieving equality for women and girls “not simply because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it”.
Ban Ki-moon stressed that “Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better.
Bianet compiled all male violence related court verdicts that appeared on the media between all court verdicts March 1, 2013 and January 30, 2014. According to the report, at least 31 female murder, 46 rape and 11 assault cases have been concluded with a verdict. It also cited 6 cases where female victims retaliated their perpetrators by murdering either their violent husbands or rapists.