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Police attack Saturday Mothers at the 700th week of action

Turkish police did not allow the 700th week action of Saturday Mothers at IStanbul’s Galatasaray Square. Following an attack, police detained several people.

Today marks the 700th week of the action by Saturday Mothers, mothers and relatives of the victims of disappearances under the custody of state forces, who have been demanding justice and truth for their beloved ones at Istanbul’s central Galatasaray Square every Saturday.

The mothers were traditionally set to gather at Galatasaray Square for their weekly sit-in action, wearing t-shirts with “Saturday Mothers” writing on them, holding red roses and carnations in their hands as well as banners demanding justice and photographs of their disappeared relatives.

Already deployed at the scene, Istanbul police blockaded the area and did not allow the mothers access to the square.

Amid a siege by the police and security forces from the Yapı Kredi Cultural Centre, even taking photographs has been banned.

Stating that access to Galatasaray Square will not be allowed, police said the action has been prohibited by the Ministry of Interior.

Members of the Human Rights Association (IHD) who are accompanying the mothers and insisted on entering the square, were attacked by the police. Several people have been taken into custody.


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Polizeiangriff auf Samstagsmütter in Istanbul

Die Polizei in Istanbul hat die 700. Aktion der Samstagsmütter verboten und die Teilnehmer*innen am Galatasaray Platz angegriffen. Es gibt viele Festnahmen.

Heute findet die 700. wöchentliche Aktion der Samstagsmütter statt. Die Frauen fragen nach ihren „verschwundenen“ Angehörigen und fordern die Verurteilung der Täter. Die Polizei verbot die Kundgebung und griff die Teilnehmer*innen an.

Die Aktivist*innen hatten sich zuvor in den Morgenstunden beim Menschenrechtsverein (IHD) getroffen. Sie kamen mit roten Rosen und Nelken zum Verein und trugen T-Shirts mit der Aufschrift „Samstagsmütter“. Dort wurden die Aufgaben, Plakate und Bilder der Verschwundenen verteilt. Anschließend gingen die Teilnehmer*innen zum Galatasaray-Platz. Die Polizei hatte den Platz umstellt und hinderte die Protestierenden am Betreten. Die Polizei untersagte das Fotografieren und erklärte, die Aktion sei vom Innenministerium verboten worden. Anschließend wurden die Teilnehmer*innen angegriffen, es kam zu vielen Festnahmen.


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SCHWERPUNKT: Jesiden erinnern an Vertreibung im Jahr 2014

4. Jahrestag der Vertreibung aus dem Nordirak: Jesiden in Deutschland

Free Ramin Hossein Panahi


Campaign for Kurdish political prisoner Panahi

The Iranian regime wants to execute Kurdish political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi following Eid.

There has been great interest in the social media campaigns against the execution under the hashtags #RaminHosseinpanahi and #SosRamin, from Iran and throughout the globe. There have been calls and protests throughout Rojhilat and the rest of the world for days to get the Iranian regime forces to stop the execution order against Kurdish political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi.

A protest was held in Cologne, Germany for the Kurdish political prisoner.

Activists demanding the order to execute Panahi be stopped chanted “Let’s be a voice for Panahi” and “No to Panahi’s Execution” as they carried banners that read “Azadî Ji bo Girtiyên Siyasî”and “Em darvekirinê naxwazin”.

On May 19, the administrators of the Sine Prison had informed Panahi’s family that he would be executed after the Eid.


Iranian regime to execute Panahi after Ramadan

The Iranian regime will reportedly execute Kurdish political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi after Ramadan without even informing his family and lawyer.

Prisoners’ Rights Defence Campaign released a statement calling attention to the risk of imminent execution of Kurdish political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi.

The Campaign said; “The Iranian officials responsible for the case of Ramin Hossein Panahi are in a hurry to execute the death penalty issued for him.”

According to the Campaign, the file of Panahi was sent to National Asayish Council before the Revolutionary Court of Sine (Sanandaj) and the execution order was approved there.

The statement said that Iranian intelligence units in East Kurdistan asked the Sine Prison officials to execute the death penalty after Ramadan Eid without informing his family and lawyer.

“Furthermore, it was asked to transfer Panahi to another prison one hour before execution. In this way, the news of his death will be spread after execution”, said the statement.

According to the Prisoners’ Rights Defence Campaign, with this practice, the Iranian regime wants to obstruct protests by the Kurdish and Iranian people against Panahi’s execution.

Sine Prison officials had informed Panahi’s family on 19 May that the execution will be carried out after the Ramadan Eid.

Ramin Hossein Panahi, a 22-year-old man from Iran’s Kurdish minority, was convicted and sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial on 16 January that lasted less than an hour. His family told Amnesty International that he appeared before the Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj with torture marks on his body, but that the court failed to order an investigation into his claims that he had been forced to “confess” to the crime. According to his lawyer, the court convicted and sentenced him to death for “taking up arms against the state” (baqi) merely based on his membership of the banned Kurdish opposition group Komala. No specific evidence was provided linking him to activities involving intentional killing, which is the required threshold defining the “most serious crimes” to which the use of the death penalty must be restricted under international law. Between his arrest and trial, he was allowed one brief meeting with his lawyer, which took place with intelligence officials present. The Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentence in March 2018.

Ramin Hossein Panahi was first arrested on 23 June 2017. Following his arrest, he was forcibly disappeared for four months. According to him, during this period and a further two months of solitary confinement, Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guard officials repeatedly tortured him, including through beating him with cables, kicking and punching him in the stomach and hitting his head against the wall. They also deliberately denied him adequate medical care for the injuries he sustained from being shot at the time of his arrest.



Yesterday ( 25 May 2018 ) in the Hotspot camp Moria, there were attacks by ISIS/Daesh sympathizers from Deir ez-Zor against Kurds, which resulted in many injured, some severely. The attacks were justified with Kurdish families not adhering to the Ramadan fast. Gruesome Videos of the attacks are being shared online. Police reportedly stood by and did not intervene during the attacks.

Today, in an act of desperation about 130 Kurdish people, mostly from Afrin, collectively walked out of Moria towards Mytillini. Later, a police line was broken by desperate mothers holding their children.

Police then proceeded to shut the road off completely with a bus, blocking the road to Mytillini and leaving many in despair and fear of going back to Moria.

After hours in the scorching heat, some were seen to show signs of heat stroke, one man dropped to the floor unconscious. I called an ambulance, which arrived 1 hour and 12 minutes later. He could have died right there on the spot, which only bemused the police.

After a long standoff, at around 5:00pm a temporary solution was found to bring the Kurdish families to Sikamneas by bus.

UPDATED: Ten Syrian Kurds in critical condition after attack at refugee camp in Greece

Syrian and Iraqi Arab refugees attacked several families on Friday afternoon in a refugee camp in Moria on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, leaving several Syrian Kurdish refugees severely injured, according to a representative.

The Representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Greece, Sarbast Mohammed, told Kurdistan 24 that no Kurds had died in clashes that erupted this weekend in a Greek refugee camp. He did, however, confirm that ten were critically injured, all of whom are from Afrin, Kobani, and Sulaimani.
He mentioned that 72 people, in total, were injured in the clashes and that Greek authorities had arrested three ethnically Arab suspects.
“Two of them are from Syria’s Deir Ez-Zor province, named Abu Ayisha and Abu Fatima. However, the third one is a Sunni Arab from Iraq,” the Kurdish representative said, stating they banded together against the Kurdish refugees and sparked a conflict.

Mohammed also suggested that many refugees in the camp inherited a similar ideology to that of the Islamic State (IS).
Eyewitnesses previously told Kurdistan 24 that four Syrian Kurds in the camp had been killed in the clashes.

“Syrian and Iraqi Arab refugees in the camp attacked Kurdish families driven by sectarian and ethnic hatred against the Kurds and killed four people. Among them were my cousins Izzat Tarbush and Kaniwar Tarbush as well as Ahmad and Kaniwar from Afrin,” Moro Tarbush, a Syrian Kurdish refugee living in the aforementioned camp, said.

He added that several others were injured in the clashes and claimed that Greek authorities in the camp did not interfere.
According to Tarbush, the attackers used sticks and metal bars to severely beat a 60-year-old man, breaking his legs and feet.
Afterward, some of the injured people were loaded by other camp residents onto stretchers made of blankets and transported to medical clinics available in nearby towns. Others were given first-aid by ambulance crews dispatched to the scene.
Riot police arrived later and restored order in the camp, but tensions remained for hours.

In a similar incident in Germany last year, a Syrian Arab refugee killed a Kurdish refugee in Oldenburg after he refused to fast during Ramadan, the Muslim’s holy month during which they avoid eating, drinking, and smoking at daytime.
At least 5,000 refugees and migrants are living in Moria, and another camp on the island and about 3,000 have been waiting for months for word of what officials will decide for their future.

More than 60,000 refugees and migrants, mostly from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, have been in Greece for more than a year after border shutdowns throughout the Balkans halted the treacherous journey many planned to take to central and western Europe.
Lesbos was the main gateway to Europe in 2015 for nearly a million refugees and migrants.

Two years ago, the European Union and Turkey agreed to stem the flow of migrants. As part of the deal, migrants arriving at the Greek islands must be returned to Turkey unless they qualify for asylum, but processing papers can take months and protests over delays are common.


Police severely wounds child in Muş

A child named Veysel Toplu has been severely wounded after being shot at from an armored police vehicle in Muş.

As a result of an armored police vehicle opening fire on the Istasyon Avenue in Muş city center, a 12 year old boy named Veysel Toplu who was in the second story of a building across the road at the time was severely wounded.

Veysel Toplu’s family took him to the hospital to be treated in the ICU, but the child is in critical condition.

According to eye witnesses, the police attacked the citizens protesting the incident with tear gas.



Türkische Justiz besteht auf Haft für Kinder von Sûr

Die während der Belagerung von Sûr verhafteten elf Minderjährigen wurden erneut zu über 36 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt.

Ende November 2015 war über den Altstadtviertel Sûr in der nordkurdischen Provinz Amed (Diyarbakir) eine Ausgangssperre verhängt worden. Es folgte ein Krieg der türkischen „Sicherheitskräfte“ gegen die kurdische Bevölkerung, der unzählige Menschen zum Opfer fielen. Monatelang musste die Bevölkerung unter den schlimmsten Bedingungen ohne Wasser, Lebensmittel und medizinischer Versorgung ausharren und wurde von Scharfschützen und aus Hubschraubern beschossen und bombardiert. Auf Druck der Bevölkerung von Amed und großem Einsatz der Demokratischen Partei der Völker (HDP) sowie zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen wurde am 3. März 2016 für einige Stunden ein sogenannter Korridor geöffnet, einige Zivilist*innen konnten geborgen werden. Unter den auf diese Art aus Sûr geborgenen Menschen waren auch elf Kinder. Einige dieser Kinder, die nach 104 Tagen Belagerung und Krieg geborgen werden konnten, sind seit dem Tage in Haft. Es liegen ärztliche Atteste vor die belegen, dass sie während der Vernehmung gefoltert worden sind.

Staub auf Kleidung: Terroristen

Im Juni 2017 waren im Verfahren gegen die Kinder als Beweismittel Staub auf ihrer Kleidung herangezogen worden. Die Anwält*innen hatten erklärt, dass der Staub auf ihrer Kleidung nach über drei Monate anhaltendem Beschuss und den Bombardements des Stadtteils durch das Militär ganz normal sei, schließlich wurden ganze Straßenzüge im Verlauf des Krieges des türkischen Staates zu Staub und Asche. Auch Granatsplitter im Körper eines der Kinder, das verletzt wurde, wurden so zu einem Beweis der Anklage erklärt. Das Einbestellen eines Gutachters zur Klärung hatte das Gericht abgelehnt. Stattdessen waren die Kinder zu unterschiedlichen Haftstrafen von zweieinhalb bis fünfeinhalb Jahren verurteilt worden. Eine Strafminderung hatte man den Kindern nicht zugestanden, da die Justiz „eine negative Haltung“ der Kinder vor Gericht als erwiesen ansah, weil die Kinder ihre Verteidigung in kurdischer Sprache hielten. Sie hatten erklärt, dass sie unschuldig seien und aufgrund der Belagerung in Sûr dort eingeschlossen waren.

Staatsanwaltschaft: 12-Jährige sind Mitglieder in Organisation

Nachdem das Berufungsgericht das Urteil des Jugendgerichts aufgehoben hatte, war der Fall wieder aufgerollt worden. Gestern fand der vierte Verhandlungstag im neuen Verfahren gegen die Kinder von Sûr statt, bei der einige der ohne Verhaftung angeklagten Minderjährigen und ihre Anwält*innen anwesend waren. Erneut behauptete die Staatsanwaltschaft, die Kinder seien Mitglieder einer „Terrororganisation“ und hätten aus eigenem Antrieb für Ziele eben dieser Organisation gehandelt. Daher sei es angemessen, die Kinder wegen „Mitgliedschaft in einer Organisation“ zu bestrafen, sie jedoch aus Mangel an Beweisen von dem Verdacht hinsichtlich der Aktivitäten für die „Beseitigung der territorialen Integrität und der Einheit des Staates“ freizusprechen. Unter Berücksichtigung der bereits abgesessenen Untersuchungshaft forderte der Staatsanwalt außerdem die Freilassung der Kinder.

Das Gericht argumentierte daraufhin, dass nach der Annahme der Anklageschrift die Verteidigung nicht in einer anderen als in der türkischen Sprache erbracht werden könne und verhängte die vom Berufungsgericht aufgehobenen Urteile ein weiteres Mal.

Über 36 Jahre Haft

Die ohne Verhaftung angeklagten Kinder M.F.D., S.K., F.B., M.S.K. und A.A. wurden wegen „Mitgliedschaft in einer terroristischen Vereinigung“ zunächst zu jeweils sechs Jahren Haft verurteilt. Das Gericht minderte die Strafe wegen guter Führung und der Tatsache, dass die Kinder nicht vorbestraft sind und unter Berücksichtigung darauf, dass sie zum Zeitpunkt zwischen 12 und 15 Jahren alt waren auf jeweils 2,5 Jahre und setzte die Strafe zu einer dreijährigen Bewährung aus.

R.A., R.H. und Ş.A. jedoch wurden wegen „Mitgliedschaft in einer terroristischen Vereinigung“ zu jeweils drei Jahren und vier Monaten Haft verurteilt. Im Fall von F.Y. und M.Ç. hagelte es jeweils vier Jahre, fünf Monate und 10 Tage Gefängnis. Ö.S. muss für insgesamt fünf Jahre und vier Monate in Haft. Die Gesamtstrafe für die Kinder von Sûr beläuft sich somit auf 36 Jahre, acht Monate und 20 Tage Haft.


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