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one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 3
<<63 journalists and media workers are behind bars in Turkey, report says
Amed- The Dicle Fırat Journalists' Association has released its October report on rights violations against journalists in Turkey. <More than 30 journalists were killed all around the world in October,> said the report mentioning the Israel and Palestine conflict. <Journalists in war zones must be protected; however, they are targeted and killed. This is unacceptable. Everyone is responsible for ensuring safe working conditions for journalists. We call on the parties to fulfill their responsibility.>
'October was once again a bad month for journalists in Turkey'
Giving information about the detained and arrested journalists in October, the report said, <October was once again a bad month for journalists in Turkey. Although some of our colleagues were released from prison in October, some of our colleagues were arrested and imprisoned as if to 'make sure their places are not left empty'. On November 1, T24 columnist and journalist Tolga Şardan was taken into custody for one of his articles. On the same day, Dilşah Kocakaya was sent to prison on charges of 'propagandizing for a terrorist organization' because of the article written by her to be in solidarity with the Ozgur Gundem newspaper.>
'63 journalists and media workers are behind bars'
63 journalists and media workers are behind bars in Turkey, according to the report. The report also listed the rights violations against journalists in October.>>
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Jinha - Womens News Agency - 3 Nov 2023 - by HEVIDAR ŞENGALI
<<'We will ensure justice for the girls held captive by ISIS'
Shengal (Sinjar)- In 2014, ISIS attacked Shengal, killing thousands of Yazidis, including women and children, abducting thousands of Yazidi women and girls. The abducted Yazidi women and girls were sold in slave markets. The Syrian Democratic Forces defeated ISIS in Shengal. However, ISIS still holds thousands of Yazidi women captive.
ISIS member, who put a Yazidi girl up for sale, is still free
In 2017, a Yazidi girl was forcibly taken from Shingal by ISIS member Sabbah Ali OruÁ. The ISIS member put the Yazidi girl up for sale on the dark web. On October 26, the first hearing of the trial against the ISIS member was held by the Ankara 15th High Criminal Court. The ISIS member stands trial on charges of <human trafficking>. Sabbah Ali OruÁ was released despite the lawyers' demands for his arrest. On the same day, Artı GerÁek revealed that the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policies had handed over the Yazidi girl to the family of the ISIS member to stay with them for a weekend.
'ISIS members walk freely in Turkey'
The Yazidi Free Women's Movement (Kurdish: Tevgera Azadiya Jinen Ezidi-TAJE) released a written statement on November 1 calling for justice for the Yazidi girl and the arrest of the ISIS member. <ISIS members walk freely in Turkey,> said Hilwa FeqÓr, council member of the Shengal (Sinjar) Self-Administration, in an interview with NuJINHA. Speaking about the genocidal attacks on the Yazidi community, she said, <ISIS abducted thousands of Yazidi women and girls in 2014. An ISIS leader in Turkey held a Yazidi girl named Ayşe captive. He is originally Turkish. Unfortunately, neither the girl was rescued nor an arrest warrant was issued for the ISIS leader. ISIS took the abducted Yazidi children to Turkey.>
'They cannot annihilate the Yazidis'
Recalling the statement of Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan saying that the Israel attacks on the Gaza Strip are crimes against humanity, Hilwa Feqir said, <Aren't Erdogan's attacks on Shengal, Rojava and Makhmour the same as the attacks on Palestine? This land is very sacred to us. We will not give our sacred land to anyone. Erdogan and other states cannot annihilate the Yazidis.> Hilwa Feqir also said that Ayşe is not the only Yazidi girl held captive by ISIS in Turkey. Thousands of Yazidi girls may be held captive by ISIS in Turkey because ISIS members walk freely in Turkey. But the Yazidis will ensure justice for Ayşe and other Yazidi girls held captive by ISIS. The Turkish state, ISIS, the spies and enemies among us will all be held accountable. We will keep struggling to rescue all Yazidi women and girls held captive by ISIS.> >>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 1 Nov 2023 - by HADEEL Al-OMAR
<<Women victims of unofficial marriages in Idlib have no rights
Idlib- The number of unofficial marriages in Idlib increases. Women victims of unofficial marriages have to first prove that they are married to get their rights and custody of their children.
'I cannot prove that I am married'
Raghdaa Al-Yassin (31), a displaced woman living in the Atma refugee camp in Idlib, is a victim of unofficial marriage. She had an unofficial marriage five years ago. <I have been deprived of all rights. My life was turned upside down because I did not know anything about laws. I had a marriage according to customs and traditions. Since my husband did not use his real name, I cannot prove that I am married. For this reason, I cannot ask for alimony.>
Her child has no ID card
Having a child, Raghdaa Al-Yassin said, <My child has no ID card and is listed as an 'unregistered person'. My child has no nationality or identity and rights. Victims of unofficial marriages cannot ask for alimony or get custody of their children and they have no right to inherit. They cannot even prove their marriages.>
'He refused our marriage'
The story of Heba Al-Surani (29) is similar to the other victims of unofficial marriages. When she decided to ask for a divorce, her husband refused their marriage. <There are no official documents that prove my marriage. I cannot even prove that my child is my child. I have no legal rights.>
She tries to prove her marriage to get custody of her child
Heba al-Surani asked for an official marriage from her husband, <However, he always postponed the official marriage. All women in the camp suffer from the same situation. I have been trying to prove my marriage for months to get custody of my child.>
A phenomenon that deprives women of their rights
Human rights defender Rula Al-Diab said that many women living in IDPs camps suffer from unofficial marriages. <Such marriages have become a social issue, a phenomenon that deprives women of their rights. Women and children are the victims of such marriages. Awareness-raising campaigns and activities should be carried out.> >>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 1 Nov 2023 - by EBIR MUHEMED
<<Rezimane Kurmanci: Kurdish grammar book
Qamishlo- In an interview with NuJINHA, Kurdish Language Institute Co-chair Viyan Hesen, one of the writers of <Rezimane Kurmanci>, a grammar book in Kurmanji dialect of the Kurdish language, talked about the book. Before the revolution in North and East Syria, the Kurdish language was banned and it was taught secretly. After the revolution, people were encouraged to learn the Kurdish language. <Now, Kurdish children speak their own mother language. It has been taught in schools for 12 years,> said Viyan Hesen.
It comprises six chapters
<Rezimane Kurmanci> comprises chapters. Speaking about the chapters of the book, Viyan Hesen said, <Six chapters include grammar and spelling rules. In the writing chapter, we tried to include the issues that have been discussed for two or three years. The book also includes topics such as phonetics, morphology, poetry, spelling and punctuation.> The book also includes a list of terms in five Kurdish dialects, Kurmanji, Zazaki (Kirmancki), Sorani, Gorani and Pahlewani. <We prepared the list to bring all dialects together. In addition, we wanted to form a unity among the dialects.>
'We waited for months to receive the reference books'
Pointing to the challenges faced by them while writing the book, she said, <There were not many reference books that we could accredit. Sometimes, we waited for months to receive the reference books. In addition, the current war conditions in North and East Syria delayed the publication of the book. Many times, we stopped working because of the Turkish attacks on the region both during the preparation and publication of the book.>
'It will serve next generations'
Viyan Hesen has been teaching Kurdish language in North and East Syria for 12 years. She has also held seminars on the Kurdish language. Writing a Kurdish grammar book is her first experience. <Being a writer at a young age was an important experience for me. Being one of the writers of the book is a pleasure for me. This book is a product of the revolution in North and East Syria. It will serve next generations.> >>
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Statue remembering Arin Mirkan
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 1 Nov 2023 - by NORŞIN ABDİ
<<'The resistance in Kobane turned into a global solidarity'
Kobane - ISIS, emerged with the support of regional and international powers, committed crimes against humanity in North and East Syria. Nine years ago, a great resistance led by women and YPJ fighters took place in KobanÍ against ISIS. The liberation of the city showed that the people would not give up their freedom and would not accept slavery. During the resistance in Kobane in 2014, people took to the streets all around the world to support the resistance. Since 2014, the International Day of Solidarity with Kobani has been celebrated on November 1.
'The resistance in Kobane turned into a global solidarity'
In an interview with NuJINHA, Helen Hajim, Co-chair of the Social Affairs and Labor Authority in Kobane, commented on the role of women in the resistance of Kobane. <In a small city, known as the castle of determination and resistance, young Kurdish women and men exhibited a great resistance. The victory was won by paying a heavy price. ISIS was defeated as a result of a great resistance in a small city like Kobane. The strength and will of our fighters and people are stronger than ISIS. The resistance in Kobane turned into a global solidarity,> she said.
'Fighters all around the world joined the resistance'
In her speech, Helen Hajim emphasized that the main target of ISIS was the women's revolution and the system based on democracy in North and East Syria. <The Turkish state supported ISIS to destroy the revolution and system. The Turkish state aimed to occupy Kobane and then other parts of North and East Syria. The resistance started by free women turned into an international resistance; fighters all around the world joined the resistance. Now, there are dozens of books and articles telling the resistance in Kobane.>
'Arin MÓrkan became the symbol of courage'
Helen Hajim also talked about Arin Mirkan, a commander in the YPJ who sacrificed herself fighting against ISIS in Kobane on October 5, 2014. <She became the symbol of courage and resistance of the Kurdish women.> There is statue remembering Arin Mirkan in Kobane. <The statue was built in over three months. The statue symbolizes the resistance in Kobane, the strong will of women fighters, mothers, who stood with their children in the resistance and the Kurdish women. This statue is very important for the people of Kobane and women as it represents the identity of the Kurdish women who fought ISIS.> Helen Hajim pointed out that the statue represents hundreds of women fighters, such as ArÓn, Revan, Beritan, and Avesta. <The statue represents all resisting Kurdish women and one of them was ArÓn Mirkan, who sacrificed herself to end the darkness of ISIS. Now, Kobane is under attack again. Those who supported the resistance in Kobane should stand with the people of KobanÍ again. The people, who defeated ISIS, are subjected to the ongoing Turkish attacks today.>>
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Note by Gino d'Artali: Read also
<<Each street of Kobane bears traces of resistance...> at
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 1 Nov 2023 - by MEDINE MAMEDOGLU
<<DBP Co-chair Saliha Aydeniz: The address for solution of crises is Imrali
Amed- No news has been received from Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan in Imrali prison for 32 months. Two separate declarations calling for his physical freedom and a democratic solution to the Kurdish question were released in Istanbul and Amed (Diyarbakır) at the weekend. The declarations signed by politicians, journalists, intellectuals and artists pointed to the crisis suffered by the Middle East and Turkey. In an interview with NuJINHA, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) Co-chair Saliha Aydeniz commented on the declarations.
'The role undertaken by Mr. Ocalan gives hope to the people'
Speaking about the project aiming to democratize the Middle East, Saliha Aydeniz said that Turkey aims to prevent the democratization of the Middle East with the support of international powers. ďIn the declarations, we drew attention to this solution proposal and emphasized that Mr. Abdullah Ocalan must be free for this concrete proposal to be implemented. The role undertaken by Mr. Ocalan gives hope not only to the Kurdish people but also to people all around the world. Today, intellectuals and writers in many parts of the world announce that they oppose the isolation imposed on Mr.Ocalan and start a campaign to ensure his physical freedom. We express our support to the campaign by releasing a declaration signed by hundreds.>
Democratic solution for crises
Speaking about the attempts to build peace from 1923 to 2015, Saliha Aydeniz said, <The Kurdish question has not been resolved because the Republic of Turkey is not a democratic republic. More democratic methods should be followed in order to find a democratic solution to the crises in this system before they deepen. Mr. Ocalan is the main interlocutor, who can take initiative and produce a solution. During the peace process, Mr. Abdullah Ocalan showed that the Kurdish question could be resolved through democratic means. The system has been responding to this solution proposal by imposing an aggravated isolation on him in Imrali since 2015.>
'The gains of the Kurdish people are targeted'
Saliha Aydeniz added, <Today, the Middle East suffers from conflicts and crises. Years ago, Mr. Ocalan pointed to the conflicts and wars suffered by the Middle East and proposed solutions to end conflicts and wars in the Middle East. However, an isolation is imposed on him and the gains of the Kurdish people are targeted by the Turkish state. The silence against the war crimes committed in Bashur (Southern Kurdistan), in Rojava and Makhmour, is an attack on the construction of a democratic Middle East.>
'The paradigm of a democratic nation is the only solution'
In her speech, Saliha Aydeniz highlighted that the isolation imposed on Abdullah Ocalan must end to ensure peace in both the Middle East and Turkey. <We say that building a democratic system is possible. The revolution in Rojava gives hope to the whole world today. All people saw that this system is not a utopia after the revolution. We believe that the paradigm of a democratic nation developed by Mr. Ocalan is the only solution. In the declaration, we call for the physical freedom of Mr. ÷calan because Mr. Ocalan is a great chance for both the democratization of Turkey and the Middle East.> >>
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Iman abu assaf
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 31 Oct 2023
<<'The real face of the Syrian government was revealed in Sweida'
Sweida- The peaceful protests erupted in the Druze majority city of Sweida over the high inflation rate and deteriorating economic situation in Syria on August 17, 2023 continue. In an interview with NuJINHA, Iman Abu Assaf, member of the Human Rights Organization in Sweida, commented on the Syrian crisis and the ongoing protests in Sweida.
'People were driven to hunger and misery'
Iman Abu Assaf pointed out that the protest movement in Syria erupted spontaneously. <Totalitarian parties and dictatorial governments ignored the demands of the people. The people were driven to hunger and misery by the Syrian regime. The people were suffering from economic and social crises. Only some parts of society enjoyed justice and equality while ethnic groups suffered from injustice. The protest movement erupted due to the policies of the regime.>
'The concepts of regionalism, racism and discrimination emerged'
Iman Abu Assaf thinks that political parties were turned into sectarian and tribal parties before the Syrian crisis. <Therefore, the concepts of regionalism, racism and discrimination emerged. Each revolution started by people has more than a way, manifestation and form. Now, we are in a new revolutionary way. The economic crisis deepens every day and people suffer from poverty. If the regime keeps carrying out the same policies and if the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 is not implemented, the situation will be worse.>
'The real face of the Syrian government was revealed in Sweida'
Iman Abu Assaf pointed out that those who criticize the Syrian government took to the streets in Sweida. <Before the peaceful protests erupted in Sweida, the regime controlled everything; many people were arrested every day. People were oppressed and targeted. Women were arrested, killed and raped. The people took to the streets to protest not only the high inflation rate and deteriorating economic situation but also oppressive policies of the Syrian government. The real face of the Syrian government as revealed in Sweida. The popular movement in Sweida uncovered the rights violations committed by the regime. This movement has shown that the Syrian government is an atrocious and dictatorial government targeting all groups in the country. Women have suffered a lot during the rule of the Assad regime.>
'Women cannot enjoy their rights despite the laws'
Speaking about the laws protecting women's rights, she said, <Women cannot enjoy their rights despite the laws. The Ba'ath Party amended the laws to silence feminists; however, the laws have not been effectively implemented. Women are seen as decorative objects in political parties and organizations. We are against this.>
'Everyone should be free'
Many women were detained while protesting the government in Sweida and they faced mistreatment in detention centers. Iman Abu Assaf said, <The mistreatment faced by women has been documented,> said Iman Abu Assaf. <These women now receive physiological support. The relatives of some women became the victims of enforced disappearance in the regime's detention centers. The women began to participate in the labor force due to the deteriorating economic situation because they were the only breadwinners of their families. A society cannot be free unless the women are free. Everyone in society should be free.> >>
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Jinha - Womens News Agency - 31 Oct 2023 - by HESNA MIHEMED
<<'Our resistance will win and Erdogan will leave our land'
Shahba- The Turkish state has intensified its attacks on North and East Syria since October 5. The ongoing Turkish attacks target critical infrastructure, civilians including women and children. The women of Shahba think that the Turkish state aims to destroy the unity and solidarity formed by the Rojava Revolution among Kurds, Arabs, Armenians and Turkmens and cause conflicts.
'No one could damage our unity'
<People strengthen their unity against genocidal attacks,> said İlfet Henan, a Kurdish woman from Afrin. <The people of North and East Syria gather around the system based on democracy to ensure their unity. The Turkish state has intensified its attacks on our region to damage our unity and cause conflicts among people. The Turkish state should know that no one could damage our unity because our children built this unity by sacrificing their lives. We are determined and have a strong will to repel the attacks.>
'We support each other'
Mecdolin Şexo, an Arab woman from Shahba Canton, reacted to the ongoing Turkish attacks on North and East Syria and said, <The people of North and East Syria, including Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens and Armenians, have an equal and just life based on democracy. Our stance against the attacks, our unity and solidarity are our response to the attacks. We always support each other and we will always be in solidarity with each other. Our resistance will win and Erdogan will leave our land because this country is our country. The ideology of leader Apo (Abdulllah Ocalan) makes us stronger.> >>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 30 Oct 2023 - by HADEEL Al-OMAR
<<Divorced, widowed women face societal pressures in Idlib
Idlib- Women living in the city of Idlib, occupied by the Turkish state and Turkish-backed faction named Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) face oppression in all spheres of life. Especially divorced and widowed women face more societal pressures. According to statistics, the number of women, who lost their husbands in the 12-year Syrian war, is more than 13,000. Although no work has yet been carried out about the number of divorced women in the city, the number of divorced women is very high. 29-year-old Rawa'a Arafat, who lives in Deir Hassan camp of Idlib, feels like she has been imprisoned since she lost her husband. <I am subjected to verbal abuse by my siblings, my mother and even my neighbors. Since I wanted to live with my children, I refused to remarry. However, I am subjected to cruel looks and words from people. This situation restricts my life; I have to be careful about what I wear and what I say.> Rawa'a Arafat was asked to leave her children and remarry by her family. <I refused so I face financial problems. My husband's family provides economic support to my children and me. But I can barely afford food supplies with the money they give me.>
'I am mentally exhausted'
Ramya Al-Rammah is a divorced woman in Idlib. Speaking about the societal pressures faced by her after her divorce, she said, <I struggled to get divorced from my abusive husband but the consequences of being a divorced woman are very severe. I was often subjected to violence by my ex-
husband so I suffered from serious health problems and psychological problems. I lost my trust in men because of the mistreatment that I was subjected to by him. I am mentally exhausted due to societal pressures.>
'Women need laws that protect them'
Reem Abdel Aziz, a family therapist in Idlib, says that divorced and widowed women are subjected to harassment, verbal and physical violence in society. <Many divorced and widowed women commit suicide because they are subjected to societal pressures in society. NGOs should carry out awareness-raising activities to change our society. Women also need laws that protect them. Divorced and widowed women want to make decisions on their own lives.> >>
Jinha - Womens News Agency - 30 Oct 2023 - by EBIR MUHEMED
<<Women in Newroz camp: We are very tired of the war
Derik - Thousands of people have been displaced from their homelands as result of the Turkish attacks targeting civilians and civilian settlements in North and East Syria. Newroz camp is one of the six internally displaced person camps built in the Cizir Region for the forcibly displaced people. The camp is the home of 1,300 families forcibly displaced from Serekaniye (Ras al-Ayn), Gire Spi (Tell Abyad), Afrin and Til Temir. NuJINHA spoke to the women living in the camp about the ongoing Turkish attacks on the region.
10 people live in a tent
Sultana Abbas had to leave her village Zirganlı with her family four years ago. <We had to leave our houses because of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan. We and our children have suffered a lot. Before we had a good life. We are a family of 10 but have only a tent. We have to live in a tent together,> she told us.
'We are very tired of the war'
<We had a life with dignity in our village,> said Sultana Abbas. <Neither I nor my children can sleep comfortably because of the fear of war. We want a safe life. We are very tired of the war. We do not want to live as displaced people anymore. In addition, we suffer from a deteriorating economic crisis and price hikes.>
'They have displaced thousands'
Xanim Gur, who had to leave Serekaniye after the Turkish state and Turkish-backed factions occupied the city in 2019, settled in Newroz camp with her family after taking shelter in many camps. <We do not know what Tayyip Erdogan wants from us. The attacks on us were inhuman attacks. The Turkish state aims to depopulate the region. It has displaced thousands and now it targets our infrastructure in its attacks. People's life sources are attacked. The winter is coming, what will we do in winter if we do not have fuel? In summer, people suffer from overheating in tents while they suffer from freezing weather in winter.> >>
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