Turkey freezes the assets of 62 Kurdish individuals and 20 aid foundations abroad
The Turkish government has frozen the assets of dozens of individuals and foundations abroad due to alleged PKK funding.
The Turkish state has frozen the assets of 62 individuals and 20 foundations and associations for allegedly "financing the PKK". The decision of 27 November, the day the PKK was founded 45 years ago, was published two days later in the Turkish Official Gazette and thus came into force. Organisations and people in Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Belgium, England, Denmark, France, Japan, Italy, Iraq, Syria, Germany and Australia are affected.
Twelve Kurdish Red Crescent (Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê) organisations in Europe and Japan, including the non-listed association Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê, published a joint statement in which they addressed the background and announce the continuation of their humanitarian work, saying:
"We believe that this decision by the Turkish state is part of a long-standing policy of criminalising Kurdish institutions. Organisations such as Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê, which have been providing aid to poor people in Kurdistan, civilians damaged by military attacks, victims of natural disasters and wars for almost thirty years, are one of the obstacles to the Turkish state's policy of making people in Kurdistan emigrate and condemning them to poverty and hunger. Moreover, it is a publicly known fact that the Turkish state uses all means to criminalise institutions that have the proper names "Kurdish" or "Kurdistan" in their names, wherever they are in the world.”
The Kurdish Red Crescent organisations emphasised that: "We are organisations that were founded in accordance with the laws of the countries in which we are located, and all our work and aid activities are under the supervision and control of the relevant authorities. This decision by the Turkish state has no basis and has no legitimacy for us. As Kurdish aid organisations, we respectfully announce to the public that we will continue our peaceful and humanitarian activities against the Turkish state's policy based on the denial of the existence of the Kurdish people, that the approach of criminalisation will not overshadow our efforts and that we will continue to stand by our people, the poor, the victims of war and the victims of disasters."
The statement was undersigned by the Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê branches in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, England, Italy, Norway, Japan, Roja Sor a Kurdistanê branches in France, Austria, Sweden, and Roja Mesopotamia branch in Denmark.