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Minorities at the UN: Protect the rights of Kurdish women in Turkey 

Ela Esra Gunad represented the Association for Social Change, an NGO based in Turkey, at the recent UN Forum on Minority Issues. She spoke about how Kurdish women in Turkey, who, as a result of displacement and discrimination, face difficulties in securing their economic and social rights.Gunad states that on top of these difficulties, Kurdish women also face issues of poverty, discrimination in employment...

Turkey: Dam deluge for Kurds 

The proposed 12,000 megawatt Ilisu dam on the Tigris River in south-east Turkey is one of the world’s most controversial hydro projects. Up to 78,000 people, mainly Kurds, but also other minorities including Arameans and Arabs will be directly affected by this project. Thousands more people will be affected in the downstream neighbouring countries of Syria and Iraq. Moreover, the 313 square-kilometre reservoir will...

Europe: Corporate abuse flows along BP’s oil pipeline  

Early in 2011, the UK government ruled that a BP-led oil consortium was not carrying out the human rights responsibilities of multinational companies in its operations on the controversial Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. The 1,770 km pipeline runs from offshore oil fields in the Caspian Sea near Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and on to the port of Ceyhan on...

Turkey: Refugee camp for Syrian Christians in Turkey sparks controversy  

Nowhere in the Islamic world has a refugee camp for the Christians of one country been built across the border in a neighbouring country. Now Turkey is building a camp that will hold between 3 and 30 times the number of Syrian Christians currently taking refuge in the country.The question now is why? Why is Turkey creating a small city to handle a flood...

Turkey: European Syriac Union present annual report on Syriac to EU Commission 

European Syriac Union, ESU presented its annual report entitled “The situation of the Syriac in Turkey-2014” to European Commission Enlargement authorities.ESU Belgium Head Tony Vergili and member of Foreign Affairs Committee David Vergili met with Mr. Christos Makridis to hand ESU report and present latest information regarding the situation, their demands of Syriac people in Turkey and their expectations from the European authorities.Tony Vergili...

Middle East: Rifugio, a new book about Christians of the Middle East 

The birthplace of Christianity lies on the Iranian slopes from Mount Ararat to Mount Lebanon. Since those ancient times, the rugged valleys and gorges have served as a refuge for monastic communities and those in search of solitude. Nowadays, 12 million Christians are assumed to live in the Middle East, but only a few of them remain to live in the region because of...

SWM 2015: Turkey - Little change, two decades on, for displaced Kurds  

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Bill BowringTurkey’s Kurdish community, besides being the largest minority in the country, is also one of the most discriminated against. Historically, Kurds are concentrated in the eastern and south-western parts of the country. Their situation deteriorated further following the outbreak of fighting in 1984 between the government and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed opposition group...

Iraq/Turkey: 15,000 Displaced Yezidis in Turkey seek mass exodus to EU through Bulgaria 

The world fails to address Yazidi Crisis; 7000 enslaved, 5000 killed, and a half million displaced; they now plea for resettlement.Diyarbakir, Turkey – June 27, 2015.  Nearly 15,000 Yazidi displaced refugees in southeast of Turkey are seeking mass exodus to European Union countries through Turkish-Bulgarian crossing point where they plan to formally request temporary residency in Bulgaria, and admission to other EU countries as...

Turkey: ESU presents Annual Report on Syriac people to European Commission  

Delegation from European Syriac Union, ESU, presented its annual report to the European authorities in the Commission regarding the situation of Syriac people in Turkey. Delegation consisted from ESU Co-Chair Tony Vergili and member of Foreign Affairs Jacques Eliazar met Commission officials at the Turkey's desk while presenting the report and discussing annual situation of the Syriac people and recent social and political...

TURKEY: REVERSE DECISION REGARDING SYRIAC PROPERTIES IN TURABDIN  

As reported firstly by weekly Agos newspaper on June, 22, Syriac churches, cemeteries and other properties had been seized by the Turkish state Treasury and some of them transferred to the Religious Affairs Directorate, Diyanet. This outrageous and illegal seizure of Syriac properties including historical churches, monasteries and other assets are integral part of the social, cultural, historical, religious and architectural fabric of the...



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