South Kurdistan intellectuals demand removal of PKK from US terror list
Over seventy intellectuals from South Kurdistan in exile demand in an open letter that the PKK be removed from the US terror list. The maintenance of the PKK in the list represents a legitimation of Ankara's anti-Kurdish war policy.
Over seventy intellectuals from South Kurdistan in exile demand in an open letter that the PKK be removed from the US terror list.
The letter reminds that "there are many states and political/armed factions on the American 'Black List'; America uses the list to punish these actors for engaging in terrorist acts against US interests. On October 8, 1997, America added the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) to the terror list with no evidence to show that the PKK had ever engaged in any violent act against the US interests anywhere in the world. America blacklisted the PKK only to appease Turkey. Turkey in its Constitution still denies the existence of more than 25 million Kurds and millions of other non-Turkish ethnicities in Turkey by declaring that all who hold Turkish citizenship are 'Turks' and not Turkey's citizens."
The letter continues: "Under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has become a state sponsor for terror groups such as ISIS, Ahrar Alsham, Alnusra, and other terrorist groups. Erdogan has been suing these groups in Libya for his expansionist ambitions and against the Kurds, the US allies, who have been fighting alongside the US forces to defeat ISIS in Syria.
The PKK has been struggling for the Kurdish God-given rights whose existence has been denied by the Turkish racist Constitution. To stop the Turkish aggression, the PKK has been struggling to stop the Turkish racist policies against the Kurds."
The intellectuals recall that "on July 3, 2019, Jameel Bayk, a top member of the PKK leadership, in his OpEd, in the Washington Post, reminded the US and world that in the past, Abdulla Ocelan, the founder and leader of the PKK, unilaterally ordered multiple ceasefires to seek a peaceful political solution for the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. Every time, Turkey rejected the Kurdish goodwill gestures and continued its bloody war.
To end this bloody situation, we implore the US to delist the PKK from the terror list as the Belgian Court of Cassation held the decision made by the Brussels Court of Appeals on January 14, 2020 that the PKK should not be considered as a terror organization."
The signatories ask that "the US serves as an honest broker between the Turks and Kurds to release Abdullah Ocelan from the prison, and establish a permanent political solution that ends the long bloody conflict. We believe that the US is the only country capable of bringing peace and a genuine coexistence between the Turks, Kurds, and other ethnicities in Turkey.
We further believe, keeping the PKK on the Terror list only legitimizes Turkish oppression against the Kurds."
The signatories are as follows:
1. Dr. Kamiran Barwari. University Professor. Duhok. Iraq
2. Dr. Jabar Kadir. Former Dean of College of Education. Koye University, KRG. Netherland
3. Dr. Seevan Saeed. Associate Professor, Middle East Politics. Shaanxi Normal University-China
4. Dr. Mohammad Kayani. Physician. Former Member of the Iraqi Parliament. UK.
5. Dr. Faeq Gulpy. Physician. Former Member of the Iraqi Parliament. KRG
6. Dr. Sarbast Nabi. Professor in political Philosophy- Koya-Iraq
7. Jani Diylan. Journalist. Washington DC. USA
8. Meki Amedi. Activist Human Rights – Germany
9. Fatih Abdulla Abbas. Former Minster KRG
10. Kazhal Hamarashid. Board member of the Toronto Kurdish Community Centre -Canada
11. Asiya Mejit. Banker Toronto - Canada
12. Goran Abdullah. Webmaster of dengekan online newspaper. Toronto, Canada.
13. Pocker Visitor. Social Justice, York University, Toronto, Canada
14. Nimat Abdullah. Former MP IRK
15. Shwan Chawshin. Member of Kurdish House Vancouver Canada
16. Mohammad Raniyai. Member of Kurdish House Vancouver Canada
17. Farooq Jamil Sadiq. Former Minster KRG-Iraq-Erbil
18. Karim Bahri Bradost. Former MP IRK-Iraq-Erbil
19. Sardar Abdulkarim. Former Member of High committee of election-Iraq-Iraq Erbil
20. Shex Fazl Hirani. Former General Director-KRG
21. Aram Rafaat. Expert in Middle East Politics - Australia
22. Kader Nader Kader. Activist Human Rights -Stockholm -Sweden
23. Kamal Jamal Mukhtar. Activist Human Rights -Uppsala -Sweden
24. Jabar Ahmed. Consultant Engineer. Irbil-Iraq
25. Nawzad Abdullah. Business Owner. Nashville, Tennessee. USA
26. Shwan Karim. Business Owner. Nashville, Tennessee. USA
27. Shereen Murad. Instructor. Denver, Colorado. USA
28. Bashdar Ibrahim. Banker. Nashville, Tennessee. USA.
29. Sarwa Botani. ESL Teacher. Smyrna, Tennessee. USA
30. Ali Karimi. Author and Human Rights Activist. London. UK
31. Dr. Hawjin Mala Amin. University Professor. Slemani. Iraq
32. Akram Mayi. Human Rights Activist. Canada
33. Dr. Faysal Salim. Physician. Iraq
34. Zakarya Hawrami. Activist. Iraq
35. Kazim Mayi. Human Rights Activist. USA
36. Arkawt Shamsadin. Member of Parliament. Baghdad. Iraq
37. Dr. Suad Abdulqadir. University Professor. Duhok. Iraq
38. Dr. Lazgin Wanli. Physician. Saudi Arabia
39. Dr. Muhammad Amin Shexo. Physician. Germany
40. Dr. Mustafa Abdi. Pysician. Syria
41. Dr. Abdulbaqi Muhammad. Physician. Syria
42. Dr. Muhammad Khalaf. Physician. Russia
43. Dr. Luqman Silo. Physician. Ukraine
44. Ibshkhan Miroyev. Journalist. Russia
45. Dr. Abdulsalam Musa. Engineer. Germany
46. Dr. Muhammad Ali Abdi. Physician. Syria
47. Dr. Abdulwahab Darwesh. Physician. Ukraine
48. Faysal Ghazi Muhammad. University Professor. Baghdad. Iraq
49. Yasin Ali Salih. Author and Politician. Iraq
50. Shorsh Ali Aubaydullah Mayi.Teacher. Netherland
51. Abdulaziz Taha. Attorney. Finland
52. Awat Husen. Activist. USA
53. Husen Bazirki. Activist. USA
54. Yusuf Galnaski. Activist. UK
55. Saman Nuh. Journalst. Iraq
56. Dr. Hakim Abdulkarim. Darbandikhan. Iraq
57. Dr. Yusuf Hasan. International Relations. Iraq
58. Adil Osman. Activist. Slemani. Iraq
59. Dr. Faruq Rafiq. University Professor. Slemani. Iraq
60. Dr. Haval Kwestani. Former Member of Iraqi parliament. Iraq
61. Dilovan Barwari. Attorney. Erbil. Iraq
62. Asima Mirza. Women Rights Activist. Duhok. Iraq
63. Dr. Hashim Zebari. University Professor. Duhok. Iraq
64. Salam Bosali. Activist. Denmark
65. Bahzad Slevani. Community Activist. Sweden
66. Bestun Barwari. Writer. Sweden
67. Bahzad Pirmusa. Teacher. Sweden
68. Pala Sarni. Writer. Switzerland
69. Syamand Harki. Writer. Sweden
70. Nuhad Rashavan. Activist. Hetherland
71. Sardar Omar Wahab. Activist. Finland
72. Sarkash Kawa Rahim. Activist. USA
73. Dr. Osman Ismael. Journalist. UK
74. Bahnam Hama Amin Arif. Activist. Iraq
75. Parwin Aziz Saeed. Activist. Slemani. Iraq
76. Niaz Hamid Braim. Co-President of Kurdistan Human Rights Observer. Canada
77. Dr. Kirmanj Gundi. Professor. Tennessee State University. USA