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Turkish Parliament Expels 2 HDP Lawmakers for Absenteeism

BAS News - 2017-07-27 17:19
ERBIL — Turkish parliament’s General Assembly voted on Thursday to dismiss two lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) reportedly for absenteeism. Tugba Hezer Ozturk, a deputy representing Van, and Faysal Sariyildiz, who represents ...

KDP delegation visits Gorran in Sulaimani

KurdPress - 2017-07-27 08:33
A delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) visited the Change Movement (Gorran) in Sulaimani one day after the party elected its new leader. ...

Barzani Congratulates New Gorran Leader on His Election

Waar Media - 2017-07-26 18:48
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday congratulated Omar Sayid Ali for being elected as the General Coordinator of the Change Movement (Gorran). Barzani, also the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), congratulated Al ...

Gorran Open to Meet KDP, Address Disagreements

BAS News - 2017-07-26 16:01
SULAYMANIYAH — The Change Movement (Gorran) is ready to meet Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and discuss the differences in hope of finding a solution to the political deadlock, said an official. Member of Gorran’s Council, Shorish Haji, told BasNews th ...

HDP nationwide protests to continue until November

KurdPress - 2017-07-26 10:27
Turkey pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies launched a series of protests on Tuesday that will continue until November 4, the anniversary of the detention of HDP Co-chair Selahattin Demirtas along with eight other party deputies, Turkish M ...

Barzani Congratulates New Gorran Leader on His Election

BAS News - 2017-07-25 17:14
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday congratulated Omar Sayid Ali for being elected as the General Coordinator of the Change Movement (Gorran). Barzani, also the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), congratulated Ali in ...

Kurdistan Youth Migration on Decline: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-24 20:28
ERBIL— The youth and people no longer migrate to Europe and abroad in large numbers, rather, those who migrated return home, said the director of migration in Kurdistan Ministry of Interior. Speaking to the official page of the Kurdistan Democratic Party ...

Gorran may speak with KDP on independence: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 11:48
A Change Movement (Gorran) official said they were ready to hold talks with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on the question of referendum and reactivation of the parliament if the KDP was "serious" in thawing the ice and laying the groundwork for rec ...

PYD-Held KDP-S Senior Official Suffering Critical Health Condition

BAS News - 2017-07-21 08:52
ERBIL— The health condition of an abducted member of the central committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)-Syria is deteriorating in a prison of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said an official. In a statement to BasNews on Thursday evening, Ah ...

Kurdish Journalist's Health Condition Deteriorating in PYD Prison

BAS News - 2017-07-20 19:48
ERBIL— A Kurdish journalist has been abducted and imprisoned by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and his physical and psychological condition is deteriorating in the prison, according to a report by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official p ...

KDP and Gorran Senior Officials Meet Soon: Gorran MP

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:32
ERBIL— To discuss the imminent independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, Gorran (Change) Movement and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet soon, a Gorran lawmaker confirmed. Bestun Fayeq told BasNews on Thursday that in the high level me ...

Four Peshmerga Detainees Found in IS Prison in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 10:48
ERBIL — A Kurdish official announced the liberation of four Peshmerga detainees held by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul. Ismat Rajab, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) branch office in Mosul, stated that the Iraqi troops discovered on ...

Six Major Arab Tribes in Zumar Back Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-19 19:16
ERBIL— Six major Arab tribes of Zumar district of Nineveh province voiced their support for the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum, due in September. Hassan Khlo, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) chief in Zumar, told BasNews on Wednesday that ...

Demirtas wants to address parliament through video conference

KurdPress - 2017-07-19 10:35
The imprisoned co-leader of Turkey pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, issued a petition to the Parliamentary Speaker’s Office to address his party group from prison via audio-visual information technology (SEGBIS) as a respo ...

Gorran Welcomes KDP Initiative for Reactivating Parliament

BAS News - 2017-07-18 17:16
ERBIL— Gorran (Change) Movement values Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) initiative for reactivating Kurdistan Parliament if it's void of provisions for Gorran, said an official from the party. Mahmud Bikeysi, a founding member of Gorran, told BasNews on ...

KDP, PUK Develop New Initiative to Call Parliament Back into Session

BAS News - 2017-07-18 14:45
ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have extensively discussed the issue of Kurdistan Region Parliament, coming up with an initiative to convince the Change Movement (Gorran) help the resumption of the parl ...

Erdogan calls Demirtas a terrorist

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 21:44
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtas during a press conference on Saturday, the Diken news website reported. ...

Turkey shells PYD positions in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 21:43
Turkish artillery has shelled the positions of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria on July 14, Dogan News Agency has reported. ...

Tuz Khurmatu: Shi’ite Commander Involved in Oil Black Market Escapes

BAS News - 2017-07-16 12:14
ERBIL — Commander of Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in the Kurdish town of Tuz Khurmatu has fled after he was revealed to have been involved in oil black market. Director of Tuz Khurmatu Security, Farouq Ahmed, told Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) ...

Ezidkhan Forces Commander Supports Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-15 16:10
ERBIL — Haidar Shasho, Commander of Ezidkhan Defense Units and Leader of Ezdi Democratic Party stated that they will support Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence, calling on the authorities in Erbil not to deprive their areas of the upcoming Sep ...

Turkish shells PYD positions in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2017-07-14 18:14
Turkish artillery has shelled the positions of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria on July 14, Dogan News Agency has reported. ...

FSA: Military operation against Kurds in Rojava ‘necessary’

Waar Media - 2017-07-14 12:54
WAAR-DUHOK: It is necessary to conduct a military operation, hopefully backed by Turkey, against the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Rojava-the northern part of Syria, Ahmed Osman, the commander of the Sultan Murad group, which is part of the Fre ...

KDP and Gorran to Meet after Barzani's Return from Europe: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-13 16:05
ERBIL— Face-to-face talks between two major parties of the Kurdistan Region which are divided over referendum will take place after Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani returns from Europe, said a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership c ...

At the first court hearing, lawyer Leila Zana called for her client’s innocence

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-12 18:15
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, in the first session of the “People’s Democratic People’s Party (HDP )” city of Agri Parliamentary Representative, “Leila Zana”, was arrested on Tuesday 11 July 2017, at the Turkish Major Crimes Tribuna ...

Demirtaş to Erdoğan: Everybody knows who the terrorist is

Waar Media - 2017-07-10 14:56
WAAR-DUHOK: Peoples’ Democratic Party (Halkların Demokratik Partisi – HDP) Co-chhair Selahattin Demirtaş issued an open call to Tayyip Erdoğan from the Edirne Prison. Demirtaş sent a letter titled “Open call to the Chairperson of the AKP”, which reads: “ ...

HDP, CHP criticize Erdogan’s claim that Demirtaş is a terrorist

Waar Media - 2017-07-09 17:53
WAAR-DUHOK: Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Republican People’s Party (CHP) have criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said he perceived HDP Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtaş to be a terrorist. The HDP released a statement on Sa ...

Kurdistan Referendum Will Run in Kirkuk: KDP Senior Official

BAS News - 2017-07-09 16:50
ERBIL— Kirkuk cannot be assigned any identity except being part of Kurdistan and the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region will also take place in the city, said a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership council. Salah Dalo, t ...

Salaheddin Demirtash presented a message to the people

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-09 15:08
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the leader of the People’s Democratic Party, Salaheddin Demiretash, wrote a message to the Kurdish People in Prison that this message contains the following points. Demirtash also writes I told If they ...

Erdogan calls Demirtas is a terrorist

KurdPress - 2017-07-09 10:47
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtas during a press conference on Saturday, the Diken news website reported. ...

PYD Abducts ENKS Leader in Rojava: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-08 19:54
ERBIL— The security forces affiliated with the PYD (Democratic Union Party) on Saturday abducted a leader of its opposition alliance, the ENKS(the Kurdistan National Council of Syria). Osman Mlo, the ENKS representative in Turkey, told BasNews that the P ...

Demirtas refuses to attend court in handcuffs

KurdPress - 2017-07-08 08:00
The jailed co-chairman of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) refused to attend a court hearing in the capital Ankara on Friday because police told him he would have to be handcuffed, his party said. ...

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party leader refuses to attend court in handcuffs

Kom News - 2017-07-07 19:51
The jailed co-chairman of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) refused to attend a court hearing in the capital Ankara on Friday because police told him he would have to be handcuffed, his party said. Selahattin Demirtas, held at a prison ...

Iran’s Support for Salafi Jihadists

Kurdistan Voice - 2017-07-07 14:42
We of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan would like to call on the international community to be aware of these machinations of the Islamist regime in Iran. ...

Turkey’s Kurdish HDP deputy gets suspended sentence and political ban

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
ANKARA,— Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentary group deputy chairman and Muş deputy Ahmet Yildirim received a suspended sentence and a ban from politics in a trial for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Accordi ...

Iran pressuring Iraqi Kurdistan to cancel independence referendum: KDPI

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) said Tehran is using bombardments on Iraq’s Kurdistan Region border areas and closure of water from the Little Zab River to pressure the Kurdistan Region to annul a ref ...

HDP Co-chair Demirtaş refuses to attend court hearing in handcuffs

Waar Media - 2017-07-07 12:22
WAAR-DUHOK: Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtaş, who has been behind bars since last November, refused to attend a court hearing on Friday when prison authorities wanted to take him to the court in handcuffs. De ...

HDP's Leader Demirtaş to Attend Court Hearing in Ankara

BAS News - 2017-07-06 21:11
ERBIL — The co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, will attend his court hearing on Friday, for the first time since his arrest in November, 2016. Demirtas, who was arrested by the Turkish authorities on charges ...

PYD Hands over Rumaylan Oil Fields to Syrian Regime: Source

BAS News - 2017-07-06 21:11
ERBIL— The Kurdish administration in Rojava (northern Syria) on Thursday handed over the oil fields of Rumaylan to the Syrian regime completely, said an informed source. The source, close to the ruling PYD (Democratic Union Party) in Rojava, told BasNews ...

HDP delegation joins ‘March of Justice’ on its 19th day

Waar Media - 2017-07-04 11:47
WAAR-DUHOK: A pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) delegation has joined a “March of Justice,” launched by Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, in the Kandıra district of Kocaeli province, on its 19th day, the Gazeteduvar new ...

PYD Detains KDP-S Member Near Qamishlo

BAS News - 2017-06-30 22:56
ERBIL — The ruling Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces on Thursday arrested a rival politician allegedly for his political views. Saadaddin Sino, a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S), was detained by the PYD security ...

Afrin people congratulate martyrs’ families on Eid al-Fitr

ANHA - 2017-06-27 14:29
AFRIN- A delegation of Martyrs’ Families Council and members of the Democratic Society Movement (TAV DAM) in addition to a number of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Bulbul district visited the martyrs’ families’ houses in the district to congratulate ...

Islamic extremist attack on a Kurd young in Denmark

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-06-27 13:13
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association , in recent days, in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, a young man named Ebrahim Mazlum, known as the (oppressed Kobani) Democratic People’s Party (PYD), is from two extremist Islamic gro ...

Explaining Germany’s Preparations for Islamic State

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:22
German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel holds up her voting card during a vote on a resolution about refugees at the CDU party congress in Karlsruhe, Germany December 14, 2015. (Photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach) ...

Kurdish Official: world pays special attention to Kurds now

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:11
Fazil Mirani is the politburo secretary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and one of the high-ranking officials in the party. He has been in office since 2005, following the twelfth KDP congress. ...

New Sykes-Picot on the way in the Middle East

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:11
Ali Awni is a Member of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Leadership Council. He has been an active and well-known figure in the party. In an interview with K24, Awni said that the Peshmerga have become “a symbol of resistance in the battle against terrori ...

Region’s political map soon change

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:11
Hama Haji Mahmoud, Secretary-General of the Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party, affectionately known as “Kaka Hama,” is a well-known political leader and respected Peshmerga veteran who commands Peshmerga forces in south of Kirkuk. Since the beginning o ...

Christians lobby for Kurdish Independence

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:11
Romeo Hakkari is the Secretary-General of the Assyrian Bet al-Nahrain Party. The Bet-Nahrain Democratic Party is an Assyrian political party in Iraq led by Hakkari. The party has little influence as it is a small party. After 2003, Christians in general d ...

PKK and Turkey obliged to ceasefire

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:11
Osman Baydemir is a Kurdish member of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the Turkish Parliament. He is also a lawyer and human rights activist in Turkey. Previously, he was the mayor of Diyarbakir. As a human rights activist and as a politician, Osman Bay ...

Turkish opposition excludes Demirtas from 'justice march'

Kurdistan24 - 2017-06-26 09:01
Leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu (left) sits with the now imprisoned Co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas in an Ankara meeting, Oct 15, 2015. (Photo: DHA) ...

PYD Releases Two Rival Politicians in Qamishlo

BAS News - 2017-06-25 21:18
ERBIL — Security forces affiliated with the ruling Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) have reportedly released two political opposition activists in Qamishlo. Naif Abdullah and Sulayman Oso, respectively from Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria ...

Turkey won’t allow establishment of a state in northern Syria: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2017-06-24 12:37
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will “never” allow the establishment of a state in northern Syria, criticizing the United States for cooperating with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG ...

Political Vacuum Threatening Post-IS Mosul: Official

BAS News - 2017-06-23 22:19
MOSUL — A political vacuum is suspected to further deteriorate the situation in Iraq’s Mosul even after the city is liberated from Islamic State (IS), said a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official. Ismat Rajab, head of KDP’s branch office in Mosul, sa ...

Hoshyar Zebari to UN: Independence Referendum Will Be Held on Time

BAS News - 2017-06-20 15:41
ERBIL — The forthcoming vote on independence of the Kurdistan Region will be held on the scheduled date, said Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurdish politician. On Tuesday, June 20, Hoshyar Zebari, a politburo member of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) received Jan K ...

Turkish Military: PYD Attacks Civilians in Syria

BAS News - 2017-06-19 20:25
Two people have been killed ERBIL— Turkish military on Monday issued a statement accusing the guerrillas of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) of killing two civilians and wounding seven more in Syria. According to the statement, the PYD forces she ...

PYD Armed Men Arrest Dozens of Youths in Hasaka

BAS News - 2017-06-17 14:06
ERBIL — The security forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), raided on Friday a village in Hasaka province of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) with dozens of military vehicles, and arrested many residen ...

Pro-Kurdish HDP deputies stage sit-in protest

KurdPress - 2017-06-17 06:39
Turkey pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies held a sit-in protest in front of the Constitutional Court on June 16 after their request for an appointment in which they aimed to convey their demand to obtain a ruling on the party’s arrested ...

Syria’s Kurds get 50 trucks of US armored vehicles, munitions

KurdPress - 2017-06-17 06:39
In line with attempts to supply the Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) with ammunition to fight the Islamic State terrorist group, the U.S. delivered 50 truckloads on Friday alone to the forces, Turkish media said. ...

PYD’s Muslim Denies Any Ties with Damascus

BAS News - 2017-06-16 02:25
ERBIL — The Democratic Union Party (PYD) is not siding with the Syrian regime as Kurds have been experiencing bitter times since the establishment of the Baath regime, said Salih Muslim, the leader of the Syrian Kurdish party. Muslim explained in an inte ...

KRG to Open Representative Office in Turkey Soon

BAS News - 2017-06-15 19:03
ERBIL— Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will soon open its representative office in Turkey, Kurdistan 24 news channel reported on Thursday. The source cited Wushyar Siwayli, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)'s foreign relations chief, saying the move a ...

Saleh Muslim: we will commit to KNC’s appeal

ANHA - 2017-06-15 00:13
The Democratic Union Party(PYD’s) Co-Chair Saleh Muslim described the Kurdistan National Congress’s appeal to solve the Kurdish cause as positive, Muslim also assured their commitment to work on making it successful saying” unifying the Kurdish line is th ...

PYD Holding Rivals in “Poor Condition” in Prison: Amnesty Int.

BAS News - 2017-06-14 21:59
ERBIL — The Amnesty International on Tuesday warned against the “poor condition” of three Syrian Kurdish opposition activists held by the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the Syrian Kurdistan, better known as Rojava. In a statement on its Arabic we ...

KDP-S Supports Kurdistan Region Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-06-14 16:17
ISTANBUL — Senior Kurdish officials of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S) said that the party endorses the upcoming referendum on Kurdistan Region’s independence from Iraq. “This is the right of South Kurdistan [the Kurdistan Region of Iraq] ...
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