Call for action for YPJ fighter sentenced to life imprisonment in Turkey

YPJ fighter Çiçek Kobanê has been sentenced to life imprisonment in Turkey. YPJ Commander Newroz Ehmed said that the trial of Çiçek Kobanê is the trial of all women and vowed support for their companion.

YPJ fighter Çiçek Kobanê (civil name: Dozgin Temo) had fallen into captivity of the jihadist militia Ahrar al-Sham in Ain Issa in northern Syria in October 2019. The group is part of Turkey's jihadist proxy troops and is involved in the invasion of Rojava. After her capture, the Kurdish woman from Kobanê, who was born in Raqqa, was taken across the border into Turkish territory. Since then she has been held in a high-security prison in Urfa province bordering Syria. On March 23, the YPJ fighter was sentenced to life imprisonment in Urfa following her deportation to Turkey in violation of international law. Yet, the court in Urfa considered it proven that the young woman had destroyed Turkey's state unity and integrity and committed murders.

Speaking to ANF, YPJ Commander Newroz Ehmed stated that the trial of Çiçek Kobanê by the occupant Turkish state was not lawful. “Çiçek Kobanê’s trial is not a trial of one woman. It is the trial of the struggle of all women for freedom,” she stressed.


“Çiçek Kobanê was defending her own land and people. The decision of the court is unfair and inhumane,” she said.

The YPJ commander noted that Çiçek Kobanê was not the first person to be caught and tried by the Turkish state as numerous people were unlawfully detained and tried by the Turkish state in the past.

"Çiçek was unarmed and wounded when she was taken prisoner by Turkish-backed gangs. She was on the frontline to defend her lands and was providing humanitarian aid."

Ehmed remarked over the footage of Kobanê circulated on social media, saying, “The footage proved that the Turkish state promotes these brutal practices. The Turkish state issued a statement backing the gangs.”


Ehmed stated the following: “After the publication of the footage in question, the Turkish state said in a statement that her condition was good and she was being treated. Later, our fighter was tried and sentenced. Çiçek Kobanê was defending her own land. She did not harm Turkey’s sovereignty as claimed by the Turkish state. She was on the Syrian territory and was taken prisoner there. These gangs are attacking our lands and massacring our people in the occupied areas with brutal methods and engage in human trafficking.”

Ehmed underlined that YPJ will stand with Çiçek Kobanê and fight for her freedom in the international arena.


The YPJ Commander stated that they attach importance to the calls to the international institutions and continued:

“Everyone who struggles for freedom and equality should oppose this decision. The Turkish state is saying to the whole world, ‘Whatever you do, we will protect the gangs and see them legitimate’. For this very reason, we will continue our struggle against this decision. Those who struggle for humanity, especially women, should oppose the Turkish state and the decision of its courts. The decision legitimizes the male domination. That is why all women should struggle. Let's join our strength and our struggle against power."