IWA condemns extrajudicial killing of Kurdish women in Silopi

Kurds protest the killing of three Kurdish women and Turkish terror across Kurdistan

BRUSSELS (ANF) – The international Women’s Alliance (IWA) has released a statement condemning the murder of three Kurdish women politicians in Şırnak’s Silopi district last Monday as the Turkish state continues its all-out onslaught against the Kurdish people.

Democratic Regions (DBP) PM Seve Demir, Free Women’s Congress (KJA) member Fatma Uyar and Silopi People’s Council Co-Chair Pakize Nayır Kurdish were killed in the curfew-hit town of Silopi as the authorities press an offensive against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and inflict sanctions such as the curfew among the Kurdish masses in the district.

The IWA which denounced this second massacre of women politicians and the on-going war on the Kurdish people by Turkish authorities, had honoured Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan, and Leyla Şaylemez, three women murdered in Paris in 2013 with its “Women of Valor Award “for promoting women’s emancipation, freedom and peace” during its Second International Assembly in Manila in November 2015 in the presence of representatives of CENI, the Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace, an IWA- member-organization.

Citing remarks by Leyla Birlik, an HDP MP for Şırnak province, IWA stated that Silopi has been under curfew since December 14 as the authorities wage a major military operation to crush the PKK in the Kurdish region in the country’s southeast. Birlik said these three women and the man called to report they were wounded and losing blood, and requested to be taken out of Silopi.

IWA also quoted HDP’s co-leader Figen Yüksekdağ who said; “The targeting of three women in the vanguard of the resistance was not a coincidence. They targeted the freedom struggle of all women.”

“We are one with our Kurdish sisters and with all women fighting for the liberation of their peoples from imperialism”, said IWA Secretary-General Emily Cahilog, and called for ending of imperialist wars of aggression and intervention.