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KNK Women Open Letter to the NATO: Stop the Turkish Stat’s Genocide and Femicide of the Kurds!

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Mr. Jens Stoltenberg Secretary General of the NATO Email: Stoltenberg.Jens@hq.nato.int

Kurdish Women’s Open Letter to the NATO
Stop the Turkish State’s Genocide and Feminicide of the Kurds!

Dear Mr. Stoltenberg,

“NATO promotes democratic values…” and “NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes” according to the alliance’s own web Page (http://www.nato.int/nato-welcome/index.htm). However, NATO member state Turkey constantly acts in blatant violation of NATO’s stated goals and norms, initiating campaigns of military aggression beyond its borders, targeting the Kurdish people in North and East Syria and in South Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) in a brutal and unending war of its own choosing, prompted by nothing more than the existence of the Kurdish people.

We, Kurdish women, therefore are taking the liberty of addressing you on a most urgent issue. We wish to draw your attention to the annihilation operations, dubbed Operation Claw-Lightning and Operation Claw-Thunderbolt, launched by the Turkish military on 24 April 2021 against the Zap, Avashin and Metina areas of South Kurdistan (Northern Iraq). We believe that these unprovoked military operations are the beginnings of a campaign of genocide against the Kurds. These operations were launched on the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915, the same day that US President Biden officially recognized the Armenian Genocide. We see the current war as an effort to eliminate our people. On 23 April, US President Biden spoke with Turkish President Erdogan. Less than two weeks earlier, on 14 April, David Satterfield, the US Ambassador to Turkey, made a statement on his Twitter account to appeal to Erdogan and the Turkish government, announcing that the US Department of State had renewed a previous decision to offer a reward of up to $12 million to anyone providing information leading to the capture of senior Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members Cemil Bayık, Murat Karayılan and Duran Kalkan. It is obvious that Erdogan received permission from NATO and the US to attack the Kurds once again. While Erdogan and his apologists speak of a struggle between the PKK and Turkey, we know all too well that today’s conflict is just the latest chapter in the Turkish state’s long running war against the Kurdish people. This is, and always has been, a war against our people’s right to exist. When the so-called Islamic State (IS) terrorist group seized large parts of Syrian and Iraqi territory in 2014 and threatened to expand throughout the Middle East, it was neither NATO nor the US which protected the Kurdish people and women of Kurdistan – it was the PKK.

Dear Mr. Stoltenberg,

Nearly seven decades after Turkey joined NATO, NATO’s other member states look past the Turkish state’s human rights violations, military aggression, and increasing authoritarianism and continue to victimize the Kurds in an attempt to placate an increasingly undependable and erratic former ally in the Middle East, one that, to this day, proudly and openly backs a variety of jihadist militant groups in its ongoing effort to subjugate the Kurdish people and occupy their land. The Kurdish card is easily played, and the Kurdish people who sacrificed so much to defeat IS, are abandoned by NATO so Turkey can remain, at least nominally, the alliance’s outpost in the region.

Under Erdogan, the Turkish state has become a threat to women, and particularly to us as Kurdish women. Erdogan’s Islamist ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has used every tool at its disposal to promote its conservative ideology while silencing all critics, and now the AKP’s version of Islamism dominates in all aspects of life throughout the country. Feminicide, the murder of women, is a pillar of Turkish state policy in Turkey and beyond the country’s borders. In Kurdish areas of Turkey, paramilitary forces act with impunity, and rape and the disappearance of women have become key features of the state’s war against Kurdish women. In Kurdish areas of North and East Syria and South Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), the Turkish state and military violate international law by invading and occupying territory, and systematically commit feminicide against Kurdish women in these countries as well. As documented in the United Nation’s Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria in August 2020, the situation of women in Turkish zones of occupation in Syria is appalling, as Turkish-backed forces in these areas loot, rape, promote forced marriages, and torture local residents. The expansionist occupation policy of the Turkish state clearly violates the stated principles of NATO.
We call on you to intervene and stop Turkey, a NATO member state, from violating the norms and constitution of your alliance. We thank you for your time and hope that you appreciate the urgency of our request.

Please feel free to contact us if you need any further information. Commission on Women of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), E-Mail: HYPERLINK “mailto:knk.women@gmail.com” knk.women@gmail.com

Sincerely,

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