"> Stop Erdogan’s war against peace and democracy


August 10, 2015

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Stop Erdogan’s war against peace and democracy 


An open letter to international public opinion, United Nations Security Council, the US government and the European Union:

The civilians of Kurdistan have suffered decades of war. They are exhausted by dictatorship, terrorism, genocide and forced migration. After the Islamic State attack on the region followed by peshmarga resistance and the monumental battle in Kobane, this conflict acquired an international dimension, generating empathy and support in the international community for the Kurds.

At this historic moment when all the Kurdish forces, from north to south and from east to west, have joined the international forces against Islamic State terrorism, when Kurds are at the frontline of this war, playing a major role in thwarting IS threat on regional and international security, Erdogan’s Turkey has opened a new front against the Kurds. This military adventure of Turkey forces another dangerous and unwanted war on the Kurds. For over a year the Turkish state has provided overt and covert support to this terrorist group. After the failure of Erdogan’s sultanic aspirations in the last election, he has sent his war machine to southern Kurdistan, killing civilians and destroying homes.

The issue of human rights and Kurdish national rights, in every part of Kurdistan, is a political issue. History shows that no regional state has been able to resolve this issue by using force and political violence. The only road to peace is through peace, not war. The persistence of this kind of violent politics not only brings the Turkish nation into a bloody conflict, it also means setting the region on fire to add to the large fire which the Islamic State has started for the region and the whole world.

We believe that this war is as much a danger to peace and stability in this region as it is a danger to the democratic process in Turkey. It is an attempt to destroy the peoples’ democratic achievement in Turkey which expressed itself on June 7, through the ballot box.

Through this letter we, writers and journalists in Kurdistan and our friends around the world, condemn Turkey’s war-waging politics against the Kurdish nation. We ask the United Nations Security Council, the US government and the European Union to use political pressure and diplomacy to constrain Turkey’s militant politics against the Kurds. 

Aras Fatah, Writer, Iraqi Kurdistan Dr. Mariwan Kanie, Writer and Academic, Holland Rebin Hardi, Writer, Iraqi Kurdistan Dr. Choman Hardi, Writer and Academic, Iraqi Kurdistan Aram Ali, Artist, Iraqi Kurdistan Rauf Begard, Writer, Iraqi Kurdistan Aram Saed, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Ata Mufty, Designer, United Kingdom Marwan Ali, Poet, Syrian Kurdistan Halim Yusif, Writer, Syrian Kurdistan Badirxan Ali, Writer and researcher, Syrian Kurdistan Muhsin Saida, Writer and director of Madarat Kurd, Syrian Kurdistan Rajaa Bin Salama, Academic, Tunisia Fathulla Hussaini, Poet, Syrian Kurdistan Nareen Dirki, Poet and translator, Syrian Kurdistan Aziz Tabsi, Writer, Syria Hussain Omar, Writer, Syria Faisal Abu-Almajd, Activist, Syria Dhahi Ashur, Writer, Syria Farasfuras Yunis, Political Critic, Syria Ghalib Al-Arbu, Political Activist, Syria Dr. Hin Sibrani, Political Activist, Syria Michael Syrug, Writer, Syria Atallah Mleeh, Political Activist, Syria Abu-ali Salih, Political Activist, Syria Badirxan Ali, Writer and Journalist Abdulazim Arbu, Political Activist Jida’n Abu-Maghthab, Writer, Syria Ibrahim Al-Yusif, Poet and writer, Syria Iman Hamidan, Writer, Lebanon Hisham Dawd, Researcher, France Omar Farhan Al-Iso, Political Activist, Canada Tommy Flugt, Poet, Denmark Naomi Jaffa, Poet, United Kingdom Dr. Sherko Kirmanj, Senior Lecturer, Malaysia Hayder Said, Writer- Researcher, Iraq Dr. Hawar Moradi, Medical Doctor, Sweden Nat Hall, Poet & Educationalist, Scotland Tara Jaff, Musician, United Kingdom Shiereen Saib, Political Scientist, Iraq Aso Kamal, Political Activist, United Kingdom Kathy Hubbard, freelance festival organiser, United Kingdom Alan Buckley, Poet and Psychotherapist, Oxford Dr. Barbara Lakeberg, political scientist & human rights activist, USA Melissa Cowell, English lecturer, United Kingdom Wendy McNeill, Musician/Writer, Canada Bakhcha Mohammed Program Manager, The Netherlands Amy L. Beam, American human rights activist, Iraqi Kurdistan Welat Zeydanlioglu, managing editor of the Kurdish Studies journal, Sweden Azad aziz. Clinical Trials Manager NHS, United Kingdom Dr Aram Rafaat, Senior Lecturer, Malaysia Dalia Amin, Humanitarian Activist, USA Dr. Seevan Saeed, Department of politics at University of Exeter, United Kingdom Ceren ?engül, PhD candidate, United Kingdom Deniz Ekici, Independent Researcher, USA. Hewa S. Khalid,  Lecturer in Kurdish language at Koya University, Iraqi Kurdistan Andrew Copson, President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, United Kingdom Gona Saed, Women’s Rights Activist, United Kingdom Shamiran Said, Student, Sweden Dinko Delic, Poet, Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr. Derya Bayir, Academic, United Kingdom Dr Eszter Spät, researcher, Germany - Hungary Pippa Little, Poet, United Kingdom Peshraw Namo, Activist, United Kingdom Dr Özlem Galip, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oxford  Dr. Murat ISSI, Panteion University-Greece Erkan Karaçay, Columnist, Turkey Carol Benedict, Independent researcher & human rights activist, USA Bob Mole, United Kingdom Penelope Shuttle, Poet, United Kingdom Kareem Abdulrahman, journalist, United Kingdom Margot Werner, artist, United Kingdom Dr. Manuel Barrera, Metropolitan State University, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota Mediya Rangi, PhD Candidate, Australia Dr Shannon Brincat, academic, Australia Shiler Amini, PhD Candidate, Exeter University Fateh Saeidi, PhD student, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen  Hardy MEDE, lecturer in Political Science, France Roa Husein, Writer, Norway Susan Pearce, Writer & Mother, New Zealand Said Shams, Lecturer in Soran University, Iraqi Kurdistan Dr. Goran Abdulla, Physician and Public Health Researcher, UK Dr. Wendy Hamelink, Researcher/writer, the Netherlands/Turkey Sacha Alsancakli, PhD student at La Sorbonne university, France Dr Joanna Boche?ska, researcher, Jagiellonian University, Poland Senem Guneser, Journalist, Belgium  Nawzad Jemal, Department of Philosophy at the University of Salahadeen, Iraqi Kurdistan Margaret Owen, Human Rights Activist, United Kingdom Robert Alan Jamieson, writer, Edinburgh Susanne Bobzien FBA, philosopher, Oxford, United Kingdom Dr. Behrooz Chamanara, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Seminar für Iranistik, Germany Clare Pollard, Poet, United Kingdom Pamela Robertson-Pearce, Artist, United Kingdom Nathalie Teitler, Artist, United Kingdom Shwan Atuf, Artist, Iraqi Kurdistan Dana Asaad, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Kemal Chomani, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Aso Jabbar, Writer and Journalist, US Tara Twana, Member of Regional Council, Sweden Ala Latif, Journalist and lecturer, Iraqi Kurdistan Ahmad Mira, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Sara Qadir, Journalist and lecturer, Iraqi Kurdistan Rahman Gharib, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Dr. Ibtisam Ismael, Academic, Iraqi Kurdistan Kajaw Jamal, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Viak Kamal, Artist, Iraqi Kurdistan Nabaz Goran, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Shorsh Khalid, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Atta Muhammad, Human Rights Activist, Iraqi Kurdistan Rubar Khalid, Human Rights Activist, Iraqi Kurdistan Hiwa Omar, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Shwan Muhammad, Journlist, Iraqi Kurdistan Awara Hussain, Academic, Iraqi Kurdistan Nabaz Jamal, Academic, Iraqi Kurdistan Jamal Muhammad Amin, Academic, Iraqi Kurdistan Rahand Rauf, Academic, Iraqi Kurdistan Farhad Jalal, Academic, Iraqi Kurdistan Ayub Muhammad Tayib, Academic, Iraqi Kurdistan Mahdi Abubakir, Academic, Iraqi Kurdistan Vian Faraj, Iraqi Kurdistan Khanim Rahim, Director of Asuda Shelter, Iraqi Kurdistan Niaz Hamid, Writer, Iraqi Kurdistan Kamal Rauf, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Zanko Ahmad, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Aland Mahway, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Sartip Qashqayee, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Suud Hashim, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Farman Sidiq, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Khalid Sleman, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Yasin Taha, Writer- Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Asos Hardi, Journalist, Iraqi Kurdistan Ardalan Hardi Managing Editor, Kurdishaspect.com

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