Belgian court rules PKK activities not terrorism, ‘armed conflict,’

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BRUSSELS,— A court in Belgium has ruled that the activities of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) cannot be classed as terrorism but fall under the definition of an “armed campaign”, a judicial source told local media Thursday. A Brussels court hearing the case against 36 alleged PKK members refused the prosecutor’s request to send the suspects to […]

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Senior Kurdish politician says Turkey labels anyone who is pro-Kurd as ‘terrorist,’

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A prominent Kurdish politician and MP from a pro-Kurdish party in Turkey complained Thursday that anyone who espouses Kurdish rights is labeled a terrorist by the Turkish government. “I was Diyarbakir’s Metropolitan Mayor for 10 years. I was elected by 55 percent of the electorate in my first term and 65 percent in […]

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Gulen schools in Iraqi Kurdistan say ‘We are private companies,’

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HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,—Schools and educational centres in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region associated with the Gulen movement have insisted they are a private company operating under the Kurdish Ministry of Education and have no ties to Turkey. “In short, we are a Kurdistan company,” an official at the schools told Rudaw, speaking anonymously. “Our institutions operate under […]

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