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Mob attack on Kurdish funeral sparks outrage in Turkey / Sibel Hurtas

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
Aysel Tugluk, the deputy chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), is a well-known Kurdish politician in Turkey who is currently in jail on terrorism-related charges, like many other HDP members. But the reason her name made headlines this week was un ...

No forces are allowed in Kirkuk, official tells Kurdpress

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that the situation in the Kirkuk, a city in northern Iraq and the capital of Kirkuk province, is stable after clashes on Monday in a rally supporting the referendum of Kurdistan Region, set for Septe ...

US gives PYD arms it doesn’t sell to Turkey: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2017-09-20 09:26
The United States gives weapons to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) for free but does not want to sell weapons to Turkey for a price, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. ...

Abadi Prevents Iraqi President from Attending UNGA Meeting: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-19 19:25
ERBIL— The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi did not allow for the Iraqi President Fuad Massum to attend the session of the UN General Assembly, according to a Kurdish official. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo member and former Iraqi financ ...

Swedish Ruling Party Voices Support for Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-19 18:47
ERBIL— The Social Democratic Party of Sweden on Tuesday voiced support for the imminent referendum on independence of the Kurdistan Region (due on Monday), according to media reports. The issue of Kurdistan referendum was on the agenda of the discussions ...

Turkey pro-Kurdish HDP holds 'justice rally' in Diyarbakir

KurdPress - 2017-09-19 08:52
Turkey pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) held a grand meeting in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir titled “Justice, Conscience and Democracy” in protest of the current state of democracy in Turkey and arrests of its lawmakers. ...

Turkish police arrests HDP’s MP Sîbel Yîgîtalp

ANHA - 2017-09-14 13:22
NEWS DESK– Turkish police arrested Sîbel Yîgîtalp who is a parliament in Democratic Peoples’ Party in Amed city. Sîbel now said on her Twitter account that she is in front of her home and the Turkish police has arrested her. A.H ANHA ...

PYD celebrates 14th birthday

ANHA - 2017-09-14 11:18
In conjunction with the 14th anniversary of the Democratic Union Party founding, the party organized a party at the Mohammed Sheikho Center for Culture and Art. ...

Turkish police politically exterminating HPD MPs

ANHA - 2017-09-13 16:34
NEWS DESK- The Turkish police raided on Wednesday morning the houses of the parliamentarians in Democratic Peoples’ Party in Konya city, and arrested many members of the party. The co-chair of Democratic Peoples’ Party Erol Şan and the last two administra ...

KDP, PUK, Gorran hold Joint meet over reactivating Parliament

Waar Media - 2017-09-12 17:09
WAAR-DUHOK: The three main Kurdish parties, KDP, PUK and Gorran to hold a joint meeting on Tuesday over reconvening the Kurdistan Region’s parliament after it has been adjourned since 2015. According to an official, Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), Patr ...

NGO Calls on PYD to Free Kurdish Political Leaders

BAS News - 2017-09-11 16:30
ERBIL—An organization affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)-Syria on Monday issued a statement in which it appealed to the ruling Kurdish party to release opposition leaders and members. Afrin organization urged Democratic Union Party (PYD ...

Armed Men Open Fire at KDP Branch Office in Chamchamal

BAS News - 2017-09-11 15:24
CHAMCHAMAL — A group of unidentified armed men opened fire on Monday at the political branch bureau of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Chamchamal, some 70 kilometres to the west of Sulaymaniyah. Nizam Nazim, head of the bureau,confirmed the repor ...

HDP parliament member released from prison

KurdPress - 2017-09-10 16:47
A court in Turkey southeastern Kurdish province of Diyarbakir ordered the release of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Kars deputy Ayhan Bilgen on September 8, eight months after he was arrested as a part of a terror investigation. ...

KDP and PUK to Meet, Discuss Reactivation of Parliament

BAS News - 2017-09-09 15:24
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are set to meet in the upcoming days for discussions over the reactivation of Kurdistan Region Parliament, and official said. The two major parties will hold the meeting ...

Barzani is trying to activate parliament through YNK

ANHA - 2017-09-09 13:14
The head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Massoud Barzani is trying to activate the parliament through the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (YNK) after it was closed in the fall of 2015 for a law about presidency of the region ...

Turkish Court Decides to Release HDP Lawmaker

BAS News - 2017-09-08 20:10
ERBIL — A Turkish court in the city of Diyarbakir decided to release the lawmaker and former spokesperson of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), Ayhan Bilgen, from prison on Friday. The HDP member was arrested for the third time in January t ...

Turkish court orders release of HDP former spokesman

Waar Media - 2017-09-08 16:19
WAAR-DUHOK: A Turkish court has ordered the release of a parliamentarian who was the former spokesman for Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP), a party official said on Friday. The court ruled that Ayhan Bilgen be released after a month ...

Kurdistan MPs Reassure Finish Counterparts about Timing of Referendum

BAS News - 2017-09-08 11:20
ERBIL— Lawmakers from the ruling party of Finland will defend holding the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region in the meeting of their party, the Center Party, said a lawmaker from the Kurdistan Parliament. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) off ...

Russian Companies Eye Investment in Kurdistan: Official

BAS News - 2017-09-06 16:53
ERBIL—The Russian companies hope to invest in and develop trade exchange with the Kurdistan Region, stated the representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to Moscow. Speaking to BasNews on Wednesday, Khoshawi Mala Ibrahim said following RussNe ...

HDP on Kurdistan’s Independence Vote: Historic Day

BAS News - 2017-09-06 12:57
ERBIL — The planned independence referendum on 25th September will make it a “historic day” for Kurds, to which the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) offers total support, said Osman Baydemir, the party’s spokesperson. “We call on the people to go to the p ...

HDP members begin ‘justice watch’ outside Ankara court

KurdPress - 2017-09-06 09:07
Turkey pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Tuesday began a “conscience and justice watch” in front of the Constitutional Court in Ankara to protest unfair treatment of detained party members. ...

Iranian Kurdish Opposition Parties Back Protests in Support of Kolbars

BAS News - 2017-09-05 18:41
ERBIL—Two Iranian Kurdish opposition parties condemned the killing of Kolbars (backpack carriers) by Iranian armed forces and voiced support for public rallies against killing them. The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK) and Kurdistan Democrati ...

People Under Hashd Al-Shaabi in Diyala Leave Their Areas

BAS News - 2017-09-05 15:48
DIYALA — Due to Hashd al-Shaabi militia forces’ actions in Diyala province, residents of a number of villages in Khanaqin district in Diyala have left their areas, said a local Kurdish official. Sheikh Jaafer Mustafa, Head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s ...

Official denies intra-KDP dispute over referendum

KurdPress - 2017-09-04 11:03
A Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official denies there are disputes inside the KDP leaders, including the party’s leader and its deputy, over the referendum of the region set for September 25. ...

Pro-Kurdish HDP to hold rallies in six provinces

KurdPress - 2017-09-02 09:48
Turkey pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will hold rallies and workshops in six provinces, folk festivals in 13 cities, and stage 17 regional and provincial visits, following its recent “Conscience and justice watches.” ...

PYD Forces Hunting for Newlywed Bride

BAS News - 2017-09-01 17:43
ERBIL— A newlywed bride from Rojava (northern Syria) is living as a fugitive because the ruling Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) services are trying to force her to get divorced. A PYD court ruled that Amina Akram, 17, from Dirbesiye township in west ...

Committee Drafting Constitution for "State of Kurdistan": KDP Official

BAS News - 2017-08-28 19:05
ERBIL— A committee assigned to draft the constitution for the "State of Kurdistan" has already launched its mission, said a member of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)'s politburo. Addressing the audience at the Panel of the Roadmap to the State of Kurdis ...

PYD Bans Four Civil Society Organizations in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-08-28 17:49
ERBIL— Four civil society organizations have been banned by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), claiming they are "unnecessary" in Rojava (northern Syria). The Social Affairs and Labor Board of PYD (which has established its rule in Rojava) announc ...

The joint secretary (HDP) of Mersin City was sentenced to prison.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-26 04:37
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association Report, Mohammad Mirza Soylemz, the secretary general of the People’s Democratic People’s Party (HDP) Mersin in northern Kurdistan, who was arrested on 12 August 2017, was sentenced to prison by the Turk ...

HDP condemns Turkish expulsion of PUK representative

KurdPress - 2017-08-25 21:35
Turkey's pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples' Party on Thursday blasted the Turkish authorities for deporting the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (YNK) representative in Ankara Behroz Gelali. ...

PKK Arrests a KDP-S Official in Qamishlo, Rojava

BAS News - 2017-08-23 14:53
ERBIL — The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian wing of the PKK, arrested a member of the local council of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S), in the town of Karki Laki in Qamishlo in Rojava (the Syrian Kurdistan). "A patrol of PYD gunm ...

Turkey will not allow a Kurdish state on its borders: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2017-08-23 11:37
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated his country will not allow the foundation of a Kurdish state on its southern border, reiterating earlier comments on the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the People’s Protection Units (YPG) ...

KDP and Gorran to Discuss Reconvening Parliament, Referendum

BAS News - 2017-08-21 10:24
A KDP delegation is set to meet with Gorran today at 11am ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Change Movement (Gorran) are set to hold a bilateral meeting today at Gorran’s headquarters in Sulaymaniyah to discuss reconvening the parliament and t ...

Gorran-KDP to hold meeting on Monday

KurdPress - 2017-08-20 12:54
A member of the Change Movement’s (Gorran) National Council said there are plans to hold a meeting with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on Monday, August 21. ...

KDP and Gorran to Meet on Monday

BAS News - 2017-08-20 11:37
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Change Movement (Gorran) are set to hold a bilateral meeting on Monday to discuss the political disagreements. Arif Roushdi, a senior advisor to KDP’s politburo, confirmed the report to BasNews and said th ...

Kurdish Opposition Leader Suffering Critical Health State in PYD Jail

BAS News - 2017-08-19 17:35
ERBIL— Under the custody of the ruling Kurdish party in Rojava (Northern Syria), a Kurdish opposition leader is suffering from "extremely critical heath state," a human rights activist warned. Abdulrahman Apo a leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (K ...

KDP, Gorran, KIG to Meet This Week

BAS News - 2017-08-19 10:41
ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is said to hold meetings this week with the Change Movement (Gorran) and Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG) in hopes of finding a solution to their prolonged political disputes. Nouri Hama Ali, a leading member of KDP, ...

Gorran ready to meet with KDP next week

KurdPress - 2017-08-19 07:16
The Movement for Change (Gorran) has contacted the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) saying they are ready to have a meeting between the two parties. ...

The HDP representative to defend the historical work with chains closed himself.

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-18 01:36
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the representative of the People’s Democratic People’s Party HDP of Ilih, due to the destruction and annihilation of the historic “Heskif” by the Turkish government, is in the front of thi ...

Gorran and KDP Likely to Make New Agreement: Gorran Official

BAS News - 2017-08-17 18:37
ERBIL— Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet to settle their issues and there is a chance that they also work out a new agreement, said a Gorran official. In a statement to BasNews on Thursday, Sheikh Omar Kakahama, ...

Abadi did not oppose referendum: KDP official

KurdPress - 2017-08-16 08:50
The chief of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) public relation stated that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has not opposed to the scheduled referendum of Kurdistan Region but prefers it to be postponed. ...

Kurds have no choice but to pursue independence: Barzani

KurdPress - 2017-08-16 08:50
Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani issued on Tuesday, August 15, a statement commemorating the 71st anniversary of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) establishment and stressed that Kurds have not other choice but to pursue independence. ...

Kirkuk Policeman Arrested over Assassination Charges

BAS News - 2017-08-14 18:45
ERBIL— A police officer in Kirkuk who has been accused of assassinating a senior Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) cadre and top oil official in Kirkuk was arrested on Monday. The defense and emergency police officer, a local to Kalar (some 140 km south o ...

PKK Arrests Member of KDP-S Local Council in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-08-14 10:48
ERBIL — The security forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), arrested on Saturday a local official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S) in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan). A local officia ...

HDP members kept in jail for early elections: Demirtas

KurdPress - 2017-08-14 09:26
Turkey Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) jailed Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtas has said HDP deputies are being kept in prison as part of a government strategy for snap elections, tr24 reported on Sunday. ...

Demirtaş claims AKP-MHP alliance will soon go to snap election in Turkey

Waar Media - 2017-08-13 18:29
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have begun preparations for snap elections in Turkey, jailed pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has claimed. ...

PYD Frees 75 IS Captives in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-08-13 16:54
ERBIL— The forces affiliated with the Democratic Union Party (PYD) on Sunday freed some 75 members of the Islamic State (IS) organization in Raqqa who had recently surrendered to the Kurdish forces. Raqqa Civil Council, formed by the PYD, said in a state ...

PYD meets with teachers in Kobani

ANHA - 2017-08-10 21:29
KOBANI – The Democratic Union Party (PYD) gathered with teachers in Pêndir village to promote Rojava’s general system. Representatives of the Democratic Union Party held discussions with teachers aiming to assess Rojava’s general system and the role of PY ...

Gorran Ready to Discuss Reconvening Parliament and Referendum with KDP

BAS News - 2017-08-10 14:47
Gorran Movement held a meeting on Thursday SULAYMANIYAH — Gorran (Change) Movement which is yet to join the pro-referendum parties in the Kurdistan Region held a session earlier today and decided to meet with Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) for discussi ...

Kurdish delegation is not to win Baghdad’s accord to referendum: deputy

KurdPress - 2017-08-10 13:14
A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) stated that a delegation from the Kurdistan Region is to visit Baghdad, clarifying that the aim of the delegation is not to satisfy the central government of Iraq to accord with the Kurdish region’s planned ...

2 Iranian Guards Killed in Clashes with KDP-Iran Peshmerga

BAS News - 2017-08-09 13:28
ERBIL- The Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)-Iran confronted the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in West Azerbaijan province, leaving two guards dead on Tuesday night. Kurdistan Media, the official outlets of the KDP-Iran ...

Gorran Evading Responsibility for Extreme Stances against KDP: Official

BAS News - 2017-08-09 12:46
ERBIL— Kurdish Change Movement (Gorran) seems to vacillate over reviewing its policy and this compels the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to settle Kurdistan parliament rift with the rest of the parties, said a KDP official on Wednesday. The entire part ...

Syrian Kurds are not fighting for independence: Salih Muslim

KurdPress - 2017-08-09 10:22
The co-Leader of Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Salih Muslim, stated that the goal of the Kurds in the north of the country is not to become independent, adding that Kurds are not alone in the region and there are other ethnics who are f ...

PUK, KDP hold meeting, to implement new roadmap

KurdPress - 2017-08-09 10:22
The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), two major parties of Kurdistan Region, held a meeting on Tuesday in Erbil to discuss the internal issues and the independence referendum. ...

Nechrivan Barzani: KDP Has No Preconditions for Reactivating Parliament

BAS News - 2017-08-08 19:48
ERBIL— Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has set no preconditions for calling Kurdistan Parliament back into session, said KDP Vice President Nechirvan Barzani. Barzani addressed a joint press conference with Mulla Bakhtiyar form the politburo of the Patr ...

PYD General Polls in Rojava with No Rivals "Illegitimate": Official

BAS News - 2017-08-08 16:48
The party intends to fill the ballots with vote of settled Arabs, he says ERBIL— The Kurdish Federal System of Northern Syria (Rojava) has announced plans for running general and municipality polls in Rojava but only the Democratic Union Party (PYD) runs ...

Armed Clash Erupts Between Iranian Army and Kurdish Opposition

BAS News - 2017-08-07 12:54
ERBIL — In an armed confrontation between the Iranian Kurdish opposition forces and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, at least two Kurdish fighters and several Iranian troops were killed. The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) ...

Justice and Conscience Sit-in in Wan after Istanbul and Amed

ANHA - 2017-08-06 14:35
The sit-in of "Justice and Conscience" that was organized by the parliamentarians of Democratic Peoples' Party in Wan city started on Sunday after it has lasted for 6 days in Yogûrtçû Park in Istanbul city and Amed earlier. The participants in the sit-in ...

Another HDP Lawmaker Detained

BAS News - 2017-08-02 19:52
ERBIL — Turkish police arrested pro-kurdish lawmaker from the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on Wednesday. Local media reported MP Lezgin Botan was detained at the airport in the eastern province of Van before he could fly to Ankara. He is accused of su ...

KDP Ready for Any Compromise for National Unity: MP

BAS News - 2017-08-02 16:01
ERBIL— Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has tried all the ways for the suspended Kurdistan Parliament to resume its mission, said the KDP faction spokesperson. Mohammad Ali told BasNews on Wednesday that his party is ready for any compromise in the inter ...

Yazidi Union’s head: massacre aimed at ending Yazidi religion

ANHA - 2017-08-02 12:50
The co-chair of Yazidi Union in Afrin canton Abdul Rahman Shamo assured that Şengal massacre was planned by the Turkish intelligence with the Kurdish Democratic Party (PDK) acceptance aiming at removing the Yazidi religion and culture in Şengal. Moreover, ...

US sends more weapons to YPG despite Ankara’s objections

Waar Media - 2017-08-02 10:19
WAAR-DUHOK: The US has sent 100 more truckloads of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey claims is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), in the northern Syrian city of R ...

US sends more weapons to YPG

KurdPress - 2017-08-02 09:09
The US has sent 100 more truckloads of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, Turkey state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday. ...

PYD dismisses reports of Turkish forces entering villages near Kobane

KurdPress - 2017-08-01 13:07
The reports about the Turkish forces entering several villages near the Syrian city of Kobane are untrue, Rezan Hiddo, the representative of the Syrian Democratic Council, which includes the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Sputnik on Monday. ...

Another Parliamentarian “HDP” arrested

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-08-01 01:16
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, Aisha Ajar Yasharan, a representative of the city of Elieh in the People’s Democratic People’s Party, was arrested by the Turkish police, two days ago, another member of parliament Saadat ...

Darwish: NC must stop distorting Kurdish people’s struggle

ANHA - 2017-07-31 12:49
The secretary of Kurdish Progressive Democratic Party in Syria Abdul Hameed Darwish stated in a massage to Haythem al-Maleh that People Protection Units (YPG) proved their existence by fighting extremism and terrorism. ...

Justice and Conscience Sit-in entered its 6th day

ANHA - 2017-07-30 14:08
The sit-in of "Justice and Conscience" that was organized by the parliamentarians of Democratic Peoples' Party in Ekîn Ceren Park in Amad city in Bakur Kurdistan (north of Syria) under the slogan "We Would Not Stop, Say Enough to Fascism" entered its 6th ...

HDP lawmaker Besime Konca released from prison

KurdPress - 2017-07-30 13:23
Turkey Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Siirt deputy Besime Konca was released from prison on July 29 after the approval of her appeal against a 2.5-year prison sentence for disseminating terror propaganda. ...

Kurdish MP Arrested in Turkish Airport

BAS News - 2017-07-29 17:48
ERBIL— Saadet Becerikli, a Kurdish lawmaker from the People's Democratic Party (HDP), was arrested on Saturday by Turkish police in Batman Airport. Turkish media reported that Becerikli was taken to an unknown destination after landing in the airport in ...

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 ...
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