A ruling by Belgium’s highest court last week can have far-reaching consequences that can end the practice of enlisting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an armed group which has been fighting inside Turkey since 1984, as a terrorist organisation in Europe.
The court approved a previous decision made by a lower court in March, which said the PKK could not be considered a terrorist organisation.
While Kurdish activists celebrated the Belgian court’s ruling, both Belgian and Turkish government officials firmly rejected it.
In Rojava, waar Syrische Koerden een grassroots-democratie hebben ingevoerd, brengt een groep filmers het leven en de strijd van de Koerden in beeld voor de eigen bevolking. ‘We doen ons best Rojava tot een succes te maken.’
Boycotts of Turkish products are ongoing in both the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and in the autonomously governed northeast of Syria. There are similarities: in both regions, the people started the boycott and many business people support it. But there are striking differences too. A report from Qamislo and Sulaymanya.