The Turkish government is insisting on the mistakes it has been committing in Syria over the past five years. The military operation against Jarablus, which was initiated by the Turkish Armed Forces with the pretext of fighting the ISIS, involves qualities that can deepen the war in both Syria and Turkey. Of course, Turkey should wage a more active struggle against the ISIS. Yet, Turkey’s target in the recently initiated operation is not the ISIS, but the Democratic Syrian Forces (DSG), who have been fighting the most effective struggle against the ISIS. Continue reading
(Delivered at Diyarbakir Airport before Mr. Demirtas went to Gaziantep to visit families of the victims on August 21, 2016)
This vicious attack is not the first atrocity that we have encountered or that has befallen us in our country. The bombings and mass murders that started with the June 2015 attack on HDP Diyarbakir rally and continued with the Suruç massacre went on in many cities of Turkey, causing many civilian deaths. Unfortunately, these attacks have virtually determined our political and social agendas and life over the last one and a half year.
As a result of the terror attack targeting the wedding of our Party members in Akdere neighbourhood in Sahinbey, district of Gaziantep, 50 citizens including women and children lost their lives, and more than hundred are wounded. Our sorrow is great.
We condemn and curse the ones who launched this attack, both the forces and ideology behind their actions. We would like to express our condolences for the deceased and wish a fast recovery to the wounded, and our deepest sympathy for the families. Continue reading
We condemn the attack in Istanbul, Ataturk International Airport. Unfortunately 36 civilians lost their lives and 147 people were injured as a result of this inhumane attack. We wish that God rests the souls of all departed, we extend our condolences to their families and friends, and wish the wounded quick recovery. We share the great sorrow with the whole society and harshly condemn the terror attacks that target civilians and the humankind. Continue reading
We strongly condemn ISIS’, one of the biggest threats to the freedom, living rights and democratic future of the Middle Eastern people, attacks against Assyrians.
The terrorist organization of ISIS, attacked about 35 Assyrian villages sided River Habur of Hesekê town in the early morning of February 23th. As a result of these attack 10 people, including Assyrian fighters and civilians had been killed and lots of houses and some churches had been burned down.
More than 3000 people deserted from the villages to Hasekê and Qamişlo towns. According to the London based SOHR, ISIS terrorists abducted more than 90 civilians that most of them are women, children and elderly people.
However according to the local sources, after 4 days of attack more than 350 people had been abducted.
We are calling all regional forces and the coalition against ISIS to take every necessary measures within coordination in order to prevent Assyrians, one of the ancient peoples’ of this region, to face a massacre like in Shingal.
Hereby we would like to share again our call to international community to support YPG, the self defense force organized to protect our peoples from this kind of attacks in the future. We are inviting all the progressive forces of the region to raise solidarity with our Assyrian people on the basis of the connection between the liberation of Rojava Cantons and the peoples of the region.
We repeat our call for the immediate action to strengthen national and international coordination to save the abducted Assyriansnat once and to prevent these kind of situations. As HDP, we are kindly stating publicly that we will diplomaticly, humanitarian and politically monitor this process
HDP Vice Co-Chair Responsible for Foreing Affairs
26 February 2015
The conflict in Kobanê is not solely between two parties but between two ideologies at clash which concerns the international players too. ISIS targeted Kobanê as they predicted an easy siege. They aimed to bring down the regime here and attack the other cantons. Within all this bloodshed, there is an effort to build an alternative governing model here. The forces backing ISIS deemed it utmost important to bring down the Rojava Revolution and this alternative governing model. Why did the international coalition initiate the airstrikes? The coalition partners were effective in empowering ISIS to begin with. They realized if Kobanê falls, they will be next. The peoples of the world, especially the Kurds, forced them to take action. Continue reading
(Situation Report on Humanitarian Crisis in Middle East – Inhuman Attacks of DAESH and Their Effects on Region)
The inhumanitarian violence attacks of DAESH since August 3, 2014 on Shingal (Sinjar) and Makhmour regions located Kurdistan Regional Government in Northern Iraq and since mid of September, 2014 on Canton of Kobane located in Rojava Kurdistan in Northern Syria have caused thousands of killings; hundreds of women —the exact number is still not known- to be captured, raped and sold as slaves; tens of children dead from hunger and thirst and over 500.000 people in Rojava and Shingal to be displaced.
Terrorizing the region in last 3 years, killing people with inhumane war methods, having to tolerance to different religions, sects, cultures and ethnicities, DAESH have caused a massive humanitarian tragedy in the region. Ezidis, Kurds, Turkmen, Chaldeans, Assyrians and the people from Shiite denomination are the ones who have been exposed to the DAESH violence at the highest level.