Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Make it so they cannot afford to ignore you

Dilana Kurdi April 6 [The Kurdish message is] very clear but I don't know why people don't understand!

Kyriacos Kyriakides I am sure they do understand. But doing something about it is very complex. It involves 4 countries, all members of the UN, none of which is willing to part with its current powers/authority. From where I stand, I see a lengthy process ahead, during which Kurds must do their utmost to cultivate, and rebuild where needed, their identity. The borders will come as history unfolds, in some places faster than others, and God forbid if Kurds are NOT already a determined united nation when history knocks on the respective doors.
Dilana Kurdi Agree but at list they should stop all the terrorism against Kurds. Can u believe there is no rooms left in the jails in Turkey, because they keep arresting innocent Kurds from age 9-90. This mentality is just not acceptable!

Kyriacos Kyriakides Of course it's not! You see, it's difficult for nations to meddle in the internal affairs of other nations. And unfortunately Kurds are an internal affair, four times! Four times out of grace. That is why you need to play offense & market the Kurdish issue anyway you can. That is why, to the point of being tiresome, specifically for N. Kurdistan, I have suggested that Kurds RAISE IMMEDIATELY the analogy with Cyprus and Turkey's thinking there. That might give additional ammunition and reasons for western powers to meddle more AGGRESSIVELY in Turkey, just as Turkey meddles in the EU. Cyprus is EU. You see what makes Cyprus so UNIQUELY relevant to the Kurdish cause? 

Dilana Kurdi's message:
  1. International recognition for the fundamental right of the 
  2. Kurdish people to self-determination and achieving ability to exercise that right without fear of retribution and repression in Kurdistan in Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq.
  3. Living in peace and without fear of persecution. The Kurds more than any other nation deserve to be allowed the peace that for so long has eluded them. 
  4. Participation of the legitimate representative of the Kurdish people, and the removal of all foreign troops from Kurdish soil.
  5. The winning of civil, political, social, cultural and economic rights of the Kurdish people. These rights should be fully respected and enshrined in law in the countries where they reside.
  6. Unrestricted freedom for the Kurdish press and broadcast media.
  7. Preservation of the Kurdish language and ethnic identity through developing their right to freedom of expression.
  8. Kurdish children and students to have the right to education in the mother tongue.
  9. Equal rights for Kurdish women to allow them to fully participate at all levels in their society and calling for an end to the atrocity of honour killing.
  10. An end to European deportations of Kurdish refugees to an uncertain fate in Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.
  11. The refusal of Turkey’s accession into the European Union until full and equal rights are granted to its Kurdish citizens.
  12. The release of all Kurdish political prisoners, foremost among them Abdullah Ocalan.
  13. The repeal of the death penalty in Turkey.
  14. A halt to Turkey’s Ilisu Dam Project which will displace an estimated 70 thousand Kurds and add to the destruction of the Kurdish lands.
  15. Turkey to grant compensation to the millions of Kurds forcibly evacuated from their villages and to enable them to rebuild their homes.
  16. For UN Special Rapporteurs and other international bodies to investigate allegations of genocidal state and military actions against the Kurdish people, including Turkey’s dirty war against PKK guerrillas and the notorious Iraqi Anfal campaign
  17. To investigate and report into human rights violations in all parts of Kurdistan, including incidents of torture, arbitrary detention, extra-judicial executions and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

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