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Kurdistan News Blog - Regular news from Kurdistan and Turkey. We must not allow the escalation by the Turkish military forces to happen!

Black Day For Freedom of Expression

Turkish courts are geared up to hear 45 press and freedom of expression
cases until the end of the year. First case starts with the Kirandi trial on
September 8 while eight journalists, writers and publishers are to face
judges on October 5.

With the judiciary recess ending on September 6, bianet has established that
Turkish courts are to hear 45 press and freedom of expression cases until

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Kurdish song causes probe for gendarmerie chief

Sun, 03. Sep 2006
A probe yesterday was launched against a local gendarmerie chief who danced
with Kurdish songs in a student camp in Diyarbakir.

Elazig's Gezin gendarmerie chief Azim Basol faces a probe for attending a
summer camp for economically disadvantaged children organized by the
Diyarbakir Greater Municipality and dancing halay (a local dance) with
Kurdish songs together with Mayor Osman Baydemir.

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KONGRA GEL Condemns Bomb Attacks

ANF-KONGRA GEL (People’s Congress of Kurdistan) Presidency condemns the
bomb attacks that killed 3 people in the turistic region of Turkey.

The written statement of Kongra Gel indicated that, “Koma Komalen Kurdistan
(KKK, Confederalism of Kurdistan, Kongra Gel is the Assembly) made a peace
declaration declared on 23 August 2006 and they supported this. They also
indicated that they were in search of solution without violence for the

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Court Re-Opens Kurdish Daily Özgür Gündem After Closure

Sat, 12. Aug 2006
Pro-Kurdish Ozgur Gundem daily reopenes with the same court decision who
last week ruled the newspaper's closure under the new anti-terror law. Daily
to appear on stands tomorrow but Turkey's media remains under threat unless
restrictive articles removed.

The Istanbul 12th High Criminal Court that on August 4 ruled for a 15-day

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State Forces Suspected of Forest Fires

Sat, 12. Aug 2006
Human Rights Association applies to Ministry of Environment and Forestry as
nothing is done to stop spreading forest fire in southeast Bingol province.
IHD Bingol Branch Secretary Lawyer Ishakogulu says suspicions focus on state
forces starting the fire.

Human Rights Association (IHD) Bingol Branch Secretary lawyer Cevat
Ishakogulu has said that a forest fire that started in the province four

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Pro-Kurdish Daily Ulkede Ozgur Gündem Closed Under "Terror Law"

Wed, 09. Aug 2006
CGD Chair Abakay, IHD Istanbul Chair Sener and DTP Deputy Chair Kaplan
condemn 15 day closure of Ulkede Ozgur Gündem daily under recent amendments
made to Anti-Terror Law. Daily executive warns they will take the issue to
Europe if persecution continues.

A Turkish Court has for the first time used relevant articles in the
country's newly amended Anti-Terror Law (TMY) to close down the pro-Kurdish

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Turkey threatens to invade Iraq

Thu, 20. Jul 2006
Turkish officials signaled yesterday they are prepared to send the army into
northern Iraq if U.S. and Iraqi forces do not take steps to combat Turkish
Kurdish guerrillas there — a move that could put Turkey on a collision
course with the United States.

Turkey is facing increasing domestic pressure to act after 15 soldiers,
police and guards were killed fighting the guerrillas in southeastern Turkey

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Peace mothers sentenced to 10 months

Thu, 20. Jul 2006
TurkishDailyNews-Twenty four women who call themselves peace mothers were
found guilty of voicing separatist propaganda by the Diyarbakýr 4th Criminal
Court on Tuesday and each was sentenced to serve 10 months in prison.

The women, aged between 40 and 75, had chained themselves to each other to
block traffic in Diyarbakýr and had called for a general amnesty and an end

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NGOs Demand 'Extrajudicial Killing' Probe

Wed, 19. Jul 2006
Acting on allegations supported by photographs that Iranian PKK militant
Emani was executed by security forces after being captured alive, 23
organizations file formal criminal complaint demanding an investigation into
the death.
Acting on claims supported by photographical evidence that an alleged PKK
militant of Iranian origin identified as Abbas Emani was killed by security

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Women Protest Stoning To Death of Iranian

Turkish women organizations support signature campaign for Iranian Melek
Ghorbany who was sentenced last month to be "publicly stoned to death" and
will gather at Iranian consulate in Istanbul this Saturday to read out press
statement.
Turkish women organizations have joined in the growing international
campaign for Iranian woman prisoner Melek Ghorbany who was sentenced by a
court in her country last month to be publicly stoned to death according to

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