Christian Peacemaker Teams - Turn your Faith into Action for Peace https://cpt.org/rss.xml en IRAQI KURDISTAN URGENT ACTION: #EndTurkishBombing. Sign the petition. https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/10/08/iraqi-kurdistan-urgent-action-endturkishbombing-sign-petition <span>IRAQI KURDISTAN URGENT ACTION: #EndTurkishBombing. Sign the petition.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/08/2018 - 14:41</span> <div><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><img alt="10501-img_3104.jpg" class="leftalign" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/10501-img_3104.jpg" width="279" /></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Did you know that the Turkish army continues to bomb civilians in Iraqi Kurdistan? Did you know that a&nbsp;teenage girl was killed in the village of Helania (Mergasur)?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><br /> <span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Dünya Rasheed was hit by a mortar while she was harvesting crops in broad daylight with her siblings. They were on their own land, in plain sight of the soldiers who fired the mortar at them. It was a miracle only Dünya Rasheed was killed. She died before her family could get her to hospital.<br /> <br /> The Turkish military hid the evidence and tried to force local people to delete video footage of the incident.<br /> <br /> She was killed on her own land by the Turkish military, from a military base that Turkey had built inside the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan.&nbsp;&nbsp;Turkey claims to target the PKK, but in fact there are only innocent civilians in that area.<br /> <br /> The media turned a blind eye.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><br /> <span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">“We think that Turkey is targeting the Kurds in general—old and young, men or women… they don’t care… what is my crime? Is it my fault I was born as a Kurd?”— Dünya Rashid’s family.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><br /> <span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">If we do nothing, her story will die with her. It will happen again.<br /> To act now, sign this petition.&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/forms/vbm4pnp2CEiQcb983"><span style="text-decoration:none">https://goo.gl/forms/vbm4pnp2CEiQcb983</span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> </div> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 19:41:11 +0000 Kathy Kern 12144 at https://cpt.org Open Letter from Christian Peacemaker Teams to the White Helmets https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/10/06/open-letter-christian-peacemaker-teams-white-helmets <span>Open Letter from Christian Peacemaker Teams to the White Helmets</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Sat, 10/06/2018 - 14:38</span> <div><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><img alt="38051001_2144742702516793_4343815483770798080_o.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="400" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/38051001_2144742702516793_4343815483770798080_o.jpg" width="600" /></p> <p><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><em>Photo that the&nbsp;White Helmets have circulated on Facebook and <a href="https://twitter.com/RaedAlSaleh3/status/1025116069957193728">Twitter</a> about their work in Afrin</em>.&nbsp;</span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Note:&nbsp;&nbsp;Christian Peacemaker Teams sent this letter on 22 September 2018 and has received no response.&nbsp;&nbsp;This week, news broke that Turkish forces were operating a&nbsp;<a href="https://theregion.org/article/13148-turkish-forces-operating-human-trafficking-ring-afrin" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">human trafficking ring</a>&nbsp;in Afrin, preying on local women and girls.&nbsp;&nbsp;They have since&nbsp;<a href="https://theregion.org/news/13153-turkish-military-withdraws-dozens-of-personnel-implicated-human-trafficking-afrin" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">withdrawn forty personnel belonging to the army, police and intelligence services</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;Please participate in the Twitter action below.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">LETTER FROM CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS TO THE SYRIAN CIVIL DEFENSE</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Dear members of the Syrian Civil Defence AKA “White Helmets”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Last year, both you and our organization, Christian Peacemaker Teams were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.&nbsp;&nbsp;We respect your courage and the work you have done.&nbsp;&nbsp;We understand why you have been an inspiration for so many, including members of our organization and our supporters, and we know you have suffered grievous losses in your country’s war.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">&nbsp;On your webpage, you cite the following as your vision:&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><br /> <span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">We hope and pray for the cessation of bombing and fighting which target civilians and for peace and stability. We pledge that once fighting ends, we commit the Syria Civil Defence organisation to embark on the generational task of rebuilding Syria into a stable, prosperous and peace-loving nation in which the social, economic and political aspirations of her people can be realised.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">We are a U.S.-based organization, with workers from Latin America, North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. We work with people displaced by war and violence in Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, Colombia, on the Greek island of Lesvos, and in North American Indigenous communities. Because of our mutual human rights and life-affirming work, we are dismayed to learn that you are working with the Turkish invading forces and their Free Syrian Army mercenaries in the Syrian region of Afrin.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/white-helmets-resume-operations-in-liberated-afrin/1103741" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">White Helmets resume operations in liberated Afrin</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/5820a186-bc70-40af-836a-7555811f145a" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">White Helmets return to Afrin to mixed reception</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Before the Turkish invasion, Afrin was a region where Kurds, Arabs, Yazidis, Armenians and other minorities lived together peacefully.&nbsp;&nbsp;Women were safe and held leadership positions in the government.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Now, more than 100,000 people have been violently displaced from their homes and prevented from returning. The authorities running Afrin are forbidding the use of the Kurdish language and sanctioning the kidnapping of women, forcing them to cover their faces and forcing Yazidis to convert to Islam.&nbsp;&nbsp;Widespread looting runs rampant.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/08/syria-turkey-must-stop-serious-violations-by-allied-groups-and-its-own-forces-in-afrin/" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">Syria: Turkey must stop serious violations by allied groups and its own forces in Afrin</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/culture-clash-campaign-syrias-liberal-afrin-tells-women-cover-328145705" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">Culture clash: Campaign in Syria's Afrin tells women to cover up</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-yazidis-isis-islam-conversion-afrin-persecution-kurdish-a8310696.html" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">Yazidis who suffered under Isis face forced conversion to Islam amid fresh persecution in Afrin</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="http://theregion.org/article/13410-killing-kidnappings-of-civilians-continue-afrin-amidst-international-silence" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">Killings and Kidnappings of Civilians Continue in Afrin Amidst International Silence</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">We don’t understand how you as an organization that says you desire Syria to be&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">stable, prosperous and peace loving nation in which the social, economic and political aspirations of her people can be realised” can be collaborating with Turkey and the Free Syrian Army who have committed so many human rights violations and war crimes.&nbsp;We don’t understand how you, who have seen the results of Bashar Assad’s bombings of civilians, can support a government that bombs civilians both in Syria and in Northern Iraq where we work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">So we are imploring you to live up to your noble ideals—the ideals for which you received the Nobel nomination—and use your local and international influence to call for the following:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="background-color:white"><span style="background-position:initial initial"><span style="background-repeat:initial initial">The Turkish military and the FSA should withdraw from Afrin</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria">All the people displaced by the Turkish and FSA&nbsp;&nbsp;should be allowed to return home and receive compensations for the damages done to their homes and region</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria">Refugees from Ghouta and other regions of Syria should not be used as pawns to facilitate the ethnic cleansing and displacement of Kurds and other minorities in Afrin</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria">Turkey should immediately stop all bombing raids against the civilian population in the Qandil region of Iraqi Kurdistan where we work and withdraw its military bases. We are attaching a photo of a bombing in a village where we have worked for many years.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><img alt="DSC_0168-4.JPG" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="225" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/DSC_0168-4.JPG" width="400" /><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">We know you have suffered much in your work and lost people you loved in Bashar Assad’s bombings.&nbsp;&nbsp;We know that you do not want to be a part of Erdogan’s plan to inflict this pain on the shepherds and farmers of Qandil.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Brothers and sisters, you have an opportunity here to prove that you truly stand for the human rights of all civilians in the region.&nbsp;&nbsp;Please speak out.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">We hope to hear from you through our Administrative Director, Jonathan Shively,&nbsp;interimad@cpt.org</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">May peace prevail in this region and the rest of the world!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Sincerely, Christian Peacemaker Teams</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">TWITTER ACTION</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Christian Peacemaker Teams would like you to tweet @GrainMedia, the production company that produced the Oscar winning film about the White Helmets.&nbsp;&nbsp;The point of the action is to shine a light on Turkey’s brutal military occupation of Afrin, and its military expansionism in the region, which includes its bombing of our partners in Iraqi Kurdistan. (See this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cpters/posts/2206062182746991?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDun4Cuq8hz9gL8wXLjNekT15qm_ZsoqWYtN6CMpkQ_uoqKc9HMOmOvJLf0uOYWj-56UbpfzwVFARyIc9yAPYY5KEjbKD9QDLQpVKVTMdBqmwXxNFA962Kd-nRrfq9meK4CIVhCguSgbpKp7IdbbJB45ldP9T-JNZvqFz9_r4qT2fnC3z56TQ&amp;__tn__=-R" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">Facebook post</a>.)&nbsp;&nbsp;Grain Media and director Otto von Einsiedel was responsible, in part, for cultivating the image of the White Helmets.&nbsp;&nbsp;We are not asking them to destroy that image.&nbsp;&nbsp;We are asking them to investigate, because they have a relationship with the White Helmets, who are obviously witnessing what Turkey and its Syrian mercenaries are doing in Afrin and who are collaborating with the Turkish occupation.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Since the world is largely ignoring Turkish war crimes in Afrin and Iraqi Kurdistan, we are hoping this action will open a window.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><strong><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Below are some sample tweets.&nbsp;&nbsp;Feel free to adapt them, or create your own.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">.@GrainMedia&nbsp;&nbsp;The #WhiteHelmets, who heroically rescued people from bombed buildings are now collaborating with the brutal Turkish/FSA military occupation of #Afrin.&nbsp;&nbsp;You have contacts. Can you ask them why?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a>.@Grainmedia&nbsp;</a>Here is a map of Turkey’s plans for the region.&nbsp;&nbsp;You can see it includes plans to annex the Kurdish regions of Syria and Iraq. Why are the #WhiteHelmets collaborating with the Turkish military occupation of #Afrin in Syria?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">https://foreignpolicymag.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/misaki-milli-nedir.jpg?w=452&amp;h=273</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">.@Grainmedia Yazidis have been through hell.&nbsp;&nbsp;They found safety in #Afrin.&nbsp;&nbsp;Under the Turkish military occupation of Afrin, they are facing the traumas they experienced under ISIS.&nbsp;&nbsp;Why are the #WhiteHelmets collaborating with Turkey?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">#Kurdistan #Ezidi</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Here are eyewitness accounts of what is happening in #Afrin by Arab and #Kurdishcivilians who are there, @GrainMedia.&nbsp;&nbsp;The #WhiteHelmets are witnessing these atrocities as well. Please contact them for their stories.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.rosalux.de/en/publication/id/39371/translate-to-en-afrin-after-the-turkish-invasion" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">https://www.rosalux.de/en/publication/id/39371/translate-to-en-afrin-after-the-turkish-invasion</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">This year, the Nobel prize recognized the traumas sexual violence inflicts on people/communities in wartime. The Turkish military and its FSA allies are inflicting these traumas on the people of #Afrin.&nbsp;&nbsp;Why not ask the #WhiteHelmets about that, @GrainMedia?</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> Sat, 06 Oct 2018 19:38:55 +0000 Kathy Kern 12142 at https://cpt.org KURDISTAN URGENT ACTION: Ask “White Helmets” director to investigate collaboration of White Helmets with Turkish army and its mercenaries in Kurdistan https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/09/29/kurdistan-urgent-action-ask-white-helmets-director-investigate-collaboration <span>KURDISTAN URGENT ACTION: Ask “White Helmets” director to investigate collaboration of White Helmets with Turkish army and its mercenaries in Kurdistan</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Sat, 09/29/2018 - 09:19</span> <div><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><img alt="Screen Shot 2018-09-28 at 2.29.53 PM.png" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="635" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/Screen%20Shot%202018-09-28%20at%202.29.53%20PM.png" width="925" /></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Since the Turkish military invaded the northwestern district of Afrin in Syria, the Syrian Defence Organization, popularly known as the “White Helmets,” have been collaborating with the occupying authorities and their&nbsp;<a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/03/15/al-qaeda-is-swallowing-the-syrian-opposition/" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">Al-Qaeda-linked</a>&nbsp;Free Syrian Army mercenaries.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">In their tweets, they present themselves as doing humanitarian work for the residents of Afrin:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center " data-lang="en">&nbsp;</blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center " data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Civil Defense teams work away tirelessly clearing concrete and repairing damage in a painstaking job in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Janders?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Janders</a> city in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Afrin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Afrin</a> area. The White Helmets are determined to restore normalcy and safety to the city. <a href="https://t.co/A84Sjbc3s5">pic.twitter.com/A84Sjbc3s5</a></p> — The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) <a href="https://twitter.com/SyriaCivilDef/status/1017398627218706433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center " data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Many civilians have helped and joined our teams in serving the community in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Afrin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Afrin</a><br /> also this child joined the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WhiteHelmets?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WhiteHelmets</a> teams in cleaning up his city and rehabilitating its public facilities. <a href="https://t.co/k0YDBFToqV">pic.twitter.com/k0YDBFToqV</a></p> — Raed Al Saleh ( رائد الصالح ) (@RaedAlSaleh3) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaedAlSaleh3/status/1025116069957193728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 2, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center " data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">However, the&nbsp;<a href="https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/ohchr_-_syria_monthly_human_rights_digest_-_june_2018.pdf" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">United Nations</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://ahvalnews.com/afrin/growing-concerns-over-hrs-abuses-turkish-backed-rebels-afrin" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">Human Rights Watch</a>,&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/08/syria-turkey-must-stop-serious-violations-by-allied-groups-and-its-own-forces-in-afrin/" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">Amnesty International</a>&nbsp;have all issued reports decrying the human rights abuses that are occurring in Afrin by Turkish army and the Free Syrian Army.&nbsp;&nbsp;These abuses must surely be apparent to the White Helmets in Afrin.&nbsp;&nbsp;Furthermore, many of the refugees displaced by the bombing in the regions where the White Helmets are from have been transferred to Afrin by Turkey and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/houses-seized-afrin-handed-over-refugee-eastern-ghouta-807980050" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">taken over the homes of the Kurds</a>&nbsp;who were displaced by the Turkish invasion and military occupation.&nbsp;&nbsp;Turkey has thus accomplished its goal of ethnically cleansing this area of Kurds.&nbsp;&nbsp;Nowhere in their social media do the White Helmets mention these facts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Christian Peacemaker Teams is in Iraqi Kurdistan, not the Syrian region of Kurdistan but our Kurdish partners are nevertheless concerned about the welfare of Kurds who have been displaced by Turkey and the few who remain under its brutal occupation.&nbsp;Furthermore, the occupation of Afrin seems to be just a step in the current Turkish government’s nationalistic aspirations to&nbsp;<a href="https://foreignpolicy.com/2016/10/23/turkeys-religious-nationalists-want-ottoman-borders-iraq-erdogan/" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">rebuild a new Ottoman Empire</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://foreignpolicymag.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/misaki-milli-nedir.jpg">New maps</a> Turkey has put out show it incorporating the Kurdish region of Iraq and Syria into Turkey’s borders:&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">It is already building new&nbsp;<a href="https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/turkey-establishes-factories-in-syrias-afrin-to-liven-economy-3441900" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">highways and infrastructure</a>&nbsp;in Afrin that connects the region to Turkey. Turkey has been building military bases inside of Iraqi Kurdistan’s borders since the 1990s and since March 2018, after the ineffective international response to its invasion of Afrin, it accelerated its construction of new access roads and military bases in Iraqi Kurdistan from which they have&nbsp;<a href="https://www.cpt.org/cptnet/2018/07/30/iraqi-kurdistan-i-lost-my-sister-and-i-want-everyone-know" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline">shelled rural Kurdish communities</a>, leading to the death of civilians, destruction to crops, fields, livestock and displacement.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">WHAT WE ARE ASKING YOU TO DO:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">The White Helmets are internationally famous, in part because of an Oscar-winning documentary, directed by Otto von Einsiedel, who has made a career of profiling ordinary people living heroically in difficult circumstances.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">We would like you to adapt the letter below and send it to his production company, Grain Media (<a><span style="border:1pt none windowtext; font-family:inherit, serif; padding:0in"><span style="color:#fb4f9e"><span style="text-decoration:none">info@grainmedia.co.uk</span></span></span></a><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:Times">)&nbsp;</span></span>asking him to visit Afrin and Iraqi Kurdistan and produce a documentary about his visit.&nbsp;&nbsp;UK residents may mail von Einsiedel c/o his agents at&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">Independent Talent Group Ltd.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">40 Whitfield Street,</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">London, W1T 2RH&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">We would also like you to include the letter that Christian Peacemaker Teams sent the White Helmets, which follows the letter to von Einsiedel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">As Turkish and Iranian bombing of the Kurdish villagers along the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan escalates, we will be asking you to participate in subsequent steps in this campaign.&nbsp;&nbsp;Thank you!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">LETTER TO ORLANDO VON EINSIEDEL AT GRAIN MEDIA<br /> <b><span style="color:white">Directors Department</span></b></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Dear Mr. Von Einsiedel,</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">I am writing to you as someone with profound respect for your talent, vision and humanitarianism.&nbsp;I have recently become aware that the Syrian Civil Defence is working in coordination with the Turkish Military Occupation in the Kurdish region of Afrin in Syria and its Al Qaeda-affiliated mercenaries.&nbsp;&nbsp;I am enclosing a letter that written by Christian Peacemaker Teams—which was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize along with the White Helmets in 2017— expressing their concerns about this collaboration.&nbsp;&nbsp;I was hoping that you and your crew could visit Afrin and the region of Iraqi Kurdistan where Turkey has installed military bases.&nbsp;&nbsp;I think you could direct a brilliant follow-up film about how displaced Kurds and the Kurds who remain are struggling to maintain their identity as a society that uplifts women and lives in peace with multiple minority groups like Yazidis and Assyrians, while Turkey seeks to consolidate its control of the region.&nbsp;&nbsp;You could also ask the White Helmets working there what their relationship is with the Turkish military.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Sincerely,</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Kathleen Kern</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">LETTER FROM CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS TO THE SYRIAN CIVIL DEFENSE</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Dear members of the Syrian Civil Defence AKA “White Helmets”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Last year, both you and our organization, Christian Peacemaker Teams were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.&nbsp;&nbsp;We respect your courage and the work you have done.&nbsp;&nbsp;We understand why you have been an inspiration for so many, including members of our organization and our supporters, and we know you have suffered grievous losses in your country’s war.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">&nbsp;On your webpage, you cite the following as your vision:&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><br /> <span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="color:#4d4d4d"><span style="background-color:white"><span style="background-position:initial initial"><span style="background-repeat:initial initial">We hope and pray for the cessation of bombing and fighting which target civilians and for peace and stability. We pledge that once fighting ends, we commit the Syria Civil Defence organisation to embark on the generational task of rebuilding Syria into a stable, prosperous and peace-loving nation in which the social, economic and political aspirations of her people can be realised.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">We are a U.S.-based organization, with workers from Latin America, North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. We work with people displaced by war and violence in Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, Colombia, on the Greek island of Lesvos, and in North American Indigenous communities. Because of our mutual human rights and life-affirming work, we are dismayed to learn that you are working with the Turkish invading forces and their Free Syrian Army mercenaries in the Syrian region of Afrin.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/white-helmets-resume-operations-in-liberated-afrin/1103741" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">White Helmets resume operations in liberated Afrin</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/5820a186-bc70-40af-836a-7555811f145a" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">White Helmets return to Afrin to mixed reception</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Before the Turkish invasion, Afrin was a region where Kurds, Arabs, Yazidis, Armenians and other minorities lived together peacefully.&nbsp;&nbsp;Women were safe and held leadership positions in the government.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Now, more than 100,000 people have been violently displaced from their homes and prevented from returning. The authorities running Afrin are forbidding the use of the Kurdish language and sanctioning the kidnapping of women, forcing them to cover their faces and forcing Yazidis to convert to Islam.&nbsp;&nbsp;Widespread looting runs rampant.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/08/syria-turkey-must-stop-serious-violations-by-allied-groups-and-its-own-forces-in-afrin/" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">Syria: Turkey must stop serious violations by allied groups and its own forces in Afrin</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/culture-clash-campaign-syrias-liberal-afrin-tells-women-cover-328145705" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">Culture clash: Campaign in Syria's Afrin tells women to cover up</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-yazidis-isis-islam-conversion-afrin-persecution-kurdish-a8310696.html" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline">Yazidis who suffered under Isis face forced conversion to Islam amid fresh persecution in Afrin</span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><a href="http://theregion.org/article/13410-killing-kidnappings-of-civilians-continue-afrin-amidst-international-silence" style="color:purple; text-decoration:underline"><span class="InternetLink" style="color:navy"><span style="text-decoration:underline"><u><span lang="UZ-CYR" style="text-decoration:none">Killings and Kidnappings of Civilians Continue in Afrin Amidst International Silence</span></u></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">We don’t understand how you as an organization that says you desire Syria to be&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">“<span style="color:#4d4d4d"><span style="background-color:white"><span style="background-position:initial initial"><span style="background-repeat:initial initial">stable, prosperous and peace loving nation in which the social, economic and political aspirations of her people can be realised” can be collaborating with Turkey and the Free Syrian Army who have committed so many human rights violations and war crimes.&nbsp;We don’t understand how you, who have seen the results of Bashar Assad’s bombings of civilians, can support a government that bombs civilians both in Syria and in Northern Iraq where we work.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">So we are imploring you to live up to your noble ideals—the ideals for which you received the Nobel nomination—and use your local and international influence to call for the following:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="background-color:white"><span style="background-position:initial initial"><span style="background-repeat:initial initial">The Turkish military and the FSA should withdraw from Afrin</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria">All the people displaced by the Turkish and FSA&nbsp;&nbsp;should be allowed to return home and receive compensations for the damages done to their homes and region</span></span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria">Refugees from Ghouta and other regions of Syria should not be used as pawns to facilitate the ethnic cleansing and displacement of Kurds and other minorities in Afrin</span></span></li> <li style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in"><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Cambria">Turkey should immediately stop all bombing raids against the civilian population in the Qandil region of Iraqi Kurdistan where we work and withdraw its military bases. We are including here a photo of a bombing in a village where we have worked for many years. &nbsp;</span></span><img alt="DSC_0168-4_0.JPG" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="281" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/DSC_0168-4_0.JPG" width="500" /></li> </ul> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">We know you have suffered much in your work and lost people you loved in Bashar Assad’s bombings.&nbsp;&nbsp;We know that you do not want to be a part of Erdogan’s plan to inflict this pain on the shepherds and farmers of Qandil.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Brothers and sisters, you have an opportunity here to prove that you truly stand for the human rights of all civilians in the region.&nbsp;&nbsp;Please speak out.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">We hope to hear from you through our Administrative Director, Jonathan Shively,&nbsp;interimad@cpt.org</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">May peace prevail in this region and the rest of the world!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:medium"><span style="font-family:Cambria"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none">Sincerely, Christian Peacemaker Teams</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> </div> Sat, 29 Sep 2018 14:19:34 +0000 Kathy Kern 12135 at https://cpt.org INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: CPTer participates in Muskrat Falls chain fast https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/09/28/indigenous-peoples-solidarity-cpter-participates-muskrat-falls-chain-fast <span>INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: CPTer participates in Muskrat Falls chain fast</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/28/2018 - 12:32</span> <div><p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">by Murray Lumley</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><img alt="36037159_10155773117693931_1789676940546801664_n-1.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="577" src="/sites/default/files/2018-09/36037159_10155773117693931_1789676940546801664_n-1.jpg" width="577" /></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="background-color:white"><span style="background-position:initial initial"><span style="background-repeat:initial initial"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#222222">On Mondays from 25 June 2018 through 17 September 2018 I participated in the ‘Muskrat Falls Chain Fast.’&nbsp;&nbsp;The fast was a response to a request from my friend, Matthew Behrens of&nbsp;<u>Homes Not Bombs,</u>&nbsp;who has led an awareness campaign &nbsp;for two years here in Ontario&nbsp;as he and the Inuit First Nations people from Labrador have rallied in opposition to the Muskrat Falls Dam mega-project of Labrador. &nbsp; There will be another Nonviolent Direct Action against the project in <a href="http://www.ecosocialistsvancouver.org/article/joinsupport-ottawa-nonviolent-direct-action-muskrat-falls-monday-october-29-parliament-hill">Ottawa on 29 October 2018.</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align: start;"><span style="line-height: normal;"><span style="background-color: white;"><span lang="EN-CA"><font face="Arial" size="3"><span style="caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Inuit people of Labrador and their non-Indigenous supporters are protesting the Muskrat Falls Dam mega project, because they fear the mercury poisoning that will ensue as well as the grossly over-budget cost of this project to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The dam is in danger of collapsing due to the nature of the soil at one end. Right now, a Commission of Inquiry is investigating how its cost has&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-inquiry-into-muskrat-falls-megaproject-boondoggle-to-begin-in-2/" style="caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; word-spacing: 0px; text-decoration: none; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">doubled to $12 billion</a><font face="Arial" size="3"><span style="caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">. The Inuit people who have been protesting</span></font><font face="Arial" size="3"><span style="caret-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;the dam construction have been arrested,&nbsp;jailed and are on trial&nbsp;but the mainstream media has largely been overlooking their plight.</span></font></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="background-color:white"><span style="background-position:initial initial"><span style="background-repeat:initial initial"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#222222">As part of my fast, I engaged in advocacy and community education. I wrote a letter to the Prime minister, my MP and other government members expressing my opposition to the dam. I also sent an email to my family members and some church members explaining the reasons for the fast. I read news articles and Facebook posts from Inuit activists regarding the mega-dam project.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0.0001pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px"><span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:normal"><span style="font-family:Calibri"><span style="caret-color:#000000"><span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-style:normal"><span style="font-variant-caps:normal"><span style="font-weight:normal"><span style="letter-spacing:normal"><span style="orphans:auto"><span style="text-transform:none"><span style="white-space:normal"><span style="widows:auto"><span style="word-spacing:0px"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust:auto"><span style="text-decoration:none"><span style="background-color:white"><span style="background-position:initial initial"><span style="background-repeat:initial initial"><span lang="EN-CA" style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#222222">I feel this was an important action to do, but I am also keenly aware that I want to do much more to educate people in Toronto and Ontario about the injustice this dam represents, to nature, to the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador and especially to the Inuit people who will live with the consequences of this project on their lands and to their health. These kinds of harmful mega-projects must be brought to an end.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt; text-align:start; -webkit-text-stroke-width:0px">&nbsp;</p> </div> Fri, 28 Sep 2018 17:32:50 +0000 Kathy Kern 12134 at https://cpt.org IRAQI KURDISTAN: ''Children don’t want to sleep in their home''--Turkey bombs Chame Rebatke village https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/09/25/iraqi-kurdistan-children-dont-want-sleep-their-home-turkey-bombs-chame-rebatke <span>IRAQI KURDISTAN: &#039;&#039;Children don’t want to sleep in their home&#039;&#039;--Turkey bombs Chame Rebatke village</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/25/2018 - 11:00</span> <div><p><img alt="A villager showing CPT pieces of the rocket that was dropped on Chame Rebate" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59a826c98419c278e3fc88a4/t/5ba38cfe4d7a9c269878eddf/1537445313583/IMG_0806.JPG?format=750w" />​<br /> <em>A villager showing CPT pieces of the rocket that was dropped on Chame Rebatke.</em></p> <p>Turkey bombed the Kurdish village of Chame Rebatke in the Amedi district of Iraqi Kurdistan on 03 September 2018.&nbsp;&nbsp;Prior to the missile strikes, local villagers from Chame Rebatke and other nearby villages report that drones had been flying and continue to fly overhead daily. These drones are noisy and an invasion in people’s lives and make the villagers fearful to leave their homes. “Lives of farmers are completely different from people in the city,” according to Zaya, a farmer of Chame Rebatke, “We need to go out; we need to get our harvest.”</p> <p>Turkey has been bombing Iraqi Kurdistan for decades, claiming that it is targeting armed groups in the mountainous regions of Kurdistan. However, these bombings have been occurring for thirty years, and they impact the peaceful, Kurdish civilian populations most.&nbsp;</p> <p>On the night of 03 September, a Turkish rocket shook the village of Chame Rebatke, landing just outside village limits on a mountain a few hundred meters away. The entire village woke, and all of the families came out to see what had happened. Five minutes later, another Turkish rocket struck within the village of Chame Rebatke, breaking windows, causing structural damage to buildings, and shaking the ground beneath the feet of the villagers. The impact of the rocket caused people to fall to the ground because of the explosion’s shock wave.&nbsp;&nbsp;One villager close to the point of impact fell, and if he had not, “shrapnel would have wounded or killed him,” says Zaya.</p> <p>Since the night of the bombing, everyone is afraid to leave their homes and be seen by drones flying overhead. Children are alarmed by the sound of doors shutting. Ninos, a villager from Chame Rebatke, says, “My children don’t want to sleep in their home, so we moved them to their uncle’s home in Erbil.” (Erbil is a larger city, which Turkey does not bomb.) Local leaders say that if bombing continues, everyone will leave the village, their home, their livelihood, if they can afford to do so. Once people leave, very rarely do they return.</p> <p>The missiles on the night of the 3rd also destroyed the villagers’ sesame crop, resulting in a loss of income that families rely on for the entire year. The bombings and fear of future bombings also stunts the growth of the village. “We can’t invest in any projects. We are worried that if we start and bombing starts, who will compensate us for that project?” The villagers never receive compensation for the damage done to their bodies, homes, lands, and crops, so they face a constant struggle simply to survive as a village, and never really have an opportunity to thrive.</p> <p><img alt=" Crater made by Turkish rocket that hit the sesame field just outside village limits. " data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59a826c98419c278e3fc88a4/t/5ba38e994ae237797f76f81c/1537445774734/IMG_0839.JPG" /><br /> <br /> <em>Crater made by Turkish rocket that hit the sesame field just outside village limits.</em></p> <p>By attacking Kurdish civilian populations, Turkey is violating United Nations General Assembly’s resolution 217A of the&nbsp;<em>Declaration of Human Rights</em>of 1948, against the Kurdish people, largely through the 3rd and 12th articles, which are as follows:</p> <p>Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.</p> <p>Article 12: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.</p> <p>Such attacks by Turkey against Kurdish peoples also violate the United Nations General Assembly resolution 44/25&nbsp;<em>Convention on the Rights of the Child</em>of 1989 through at least the following articles:</p> <p>Article 16: 1. No child shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation.</p> <p>Article 38: 1. States Parties undertake to respect and to ensure respect for rules of international humanitarian law applicable to them in armed conflicts which are relevant to the child.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 16:00:34 +0000 Kathy Kern 12131 at https://cpt.org INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Owning our discomfort  https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/09/25/indigenous-peoples-solidarity-owning-our-discomfort <span>INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SOLIDARITY: Owning our discomfort </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/26" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Kathy Kern</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/25/2018 - 08:33</span> <div><p>by Emily J. Dueck</p> <p><img alt="Participants in the summer delegation" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://78.media.tumblr.com/642daf6da18c79906cf18414d5d33e5b/tumblr_pe8er2Uz1D1tsdte4o1_1280.jpg" /></p> <p>I had the privilege of participating in the ten-day CPT Indigenous People's Solidarity delegation this summer. Our group of seven participants gained new wisdom about Indigenous-settler relations by listening to the stories and struggles of Indigenous people in Winnipeg, Kenora, Shoal Lake 40 and Grassy Narrows. &nbsp;I continually found myself conflicted between feelings of awe and discomfort, as I saw such beauty, wisdom and strength in Indigenous culture and traditions but simultaneously felt uneasy as a person of European descent who continues to benefit from the structures of colonialism.</p> <p>I had read and thought a much about Indigenous-settler relations and post-colonial strides towards decolonization before this delegation. However, hearing stories and seeing sites first-hand gave me a new lens on the ongoing injustices inflicted on Indigenous people and their continued resilience in the face of so many obstacles. I was deeply impacted by the stories of residential school survivors and stories that expressed continued disappointment with the governments' broken promises.</p> <p>After spending a couple of days learning about First Nations people in Winnipeg, we visited Shoal Lake 40, a human-made island reserve two hours west of Winnipeg which has no access to the mainland when the ice is forming or melting.&nbsp;The 250 people of this community, living on the lake that is the source of Winnipeg’s drinking water, have no water or food security. Groceries are purchased from the mainland, and since 1997, community members have transported truckloads of five-gallon water bottles weekly to provide clean drinking water. Shoal Lake 40 felt like a different world: buildings were in disrepair and there was no proper waste disposal or sewage system. Could it really be that communities only a couple of hours outside of Winnipeg live in such impoverished conditions? The good news in the story of Shoal Lake 40 is that they are in the process of building Freedom Road, which will give them access to the mainland and lead to new economic opportunities and the construction of a water treatment facility.</p> <p>One of the highlights of the delegation was the privilege of participating in an Indigenous women's gathering just outside of Grassy Narrows. We spent a weekend visiting with the women in a large wigwam, witnessing their music, traditions and ceremonies. One of the unfortunate realities was that many of these women were experiencing these traditions for the first time. Elders who remember their languages and traditions have been teaching them to younger generations after a century of forced assimilation to European ways.&nbsp; Once again I found myself with conflicting emotions. I was in awe of the deep connection these women have to the earth and each other, and the way they celebrate, but felt some discomfort when a couple of the women remarked on there being so many of us white women, which they saw as an imposition.</p> <p>Throughout the experience of this CPT delegation I reflected on the deep complexities of Indigenous-settler relations as well as how non-native Canadians can benefit from the wisdom of Indigenous peoples.&nbsp; I also contemplated the next steps that need to be taken to continue down the path of decolonization, which would ultimately restore health, autonomy and prosperity to Indigenous communities. I found some wisdom in Katie Boudreau Morris' article&nbsp;<em>Decolonizing Solidarity: Cultivating Relationships of Discomfort.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>She writes,</p> <p><em>In whatever form decolonization takes, working in solidarity with Indigenous struggles means taking responsibility for our relationship with the land, including the uncomfortable emotions and the personal and national identity challenges that come with that.</em></p> <p>Perhaps it is owning our discomfort in Indigenous-settler relations that will propel us to move beyond our own fears towards righting wrongs and working toward mutual respect and acceptance. Owning our discomfort at least signals a willingness to move forward. For the continued improvement of Indigenous-settler relationship to happen, experiences of fully listening to each other as we did in this CPT delegation are pivotal and could advance the process of pursuing justice for Indigenous communities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:33:35 +0000 Kathy Kern 12130 at https://cpt.org COLOMBIA: On the move—CAHUCOPANA provides haven and hope for displaced leaders and families https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/09/18/colombia-move%E2%80%94cahucopana-provides-haven-and-hope-displaced-leaders-and-families <span>COLOMBIA: On the move—CAHUCOPANA provides haven and hope for displaced leaders and families</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jakemw</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:50</span> <div><p>by Jennifer Keeney Scarr</p> <table border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" class="mceItem" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="401" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.ecapcolombia.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Colombia-17.jpg?w=2000" width="600" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 9px; text-align: center;">Photo: Marian DeCouto/CPT</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <div class="elementor-column-gap-default elementor-container" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; position: relative; max-width: 1200px;"> <div class="elementor-row" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 680px; display: flex;"> <div class="elementor-top-column elementor-col-100 elementor-column elementor-element-1a3360b elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; min-height: 1px; display: flex; width: 680px;"> <div class="elementor-element-populated elementor-column-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; width: 680px; position: relative; padding: 10px;"> <div class="elementor-widget-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 660px; position: relative;"> <div class="elementor-widget-heading elementor-widget elementor-element-0fb6093 elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative;"> <div class="elementor-widget-container" style="box-sizing: border-box; transition: background 0.3s, border 0.3s, border-radius 0.3s, box-shadow 0.3s, -webkit-border-radius 0.3s, -webkit-box-shadow 0.3s;"> <h2 class="elementor-size-default elementor-heading-title" style="box-sizing: border-box; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; line-height: 1.2em; font-family: &amp;amp;amp;">“We believe that the people who find refuge there have the right to return to their territory, to their home, to their culture”</h2> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="elementor-column-gap-default elementor-container" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; position: relative; max-width: 1200px;"> <div class="elementor-row" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 680px; display: flex;"> <div class="elementor-top-column elementor-col-100 elementor-column elementor-element-9197718 elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; min-height: 1px; display: flex; width: 680px;"> <div class="elementor-element-populated elementor-column-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; width: 680px; position: relative; padding: 10px;"> <div class="elementor-widget-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 660px; position: relative;"> <div class="elementor-widget-text-editor elementor-widget elementor-element-b60dd4b elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; font-size: 19px;"> <div class="elementor-widget-container" style="box-sizing: border-box; transition: background 0.3s, border 0.3s, border-radius 0.3s, box-shadow 0.3s, -webkit-border-radius 0.3s, -webkit-box-shadow 0.3s;"> <div class="elementor-clearfix elementor-text-editor" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">In one corner</span>&nbsp;of Colombia there are communities that believe in life, and that resist violence in an organized way. We call on the solidarity of other people to get to know our country, which is a beautiful country with people who dream.”</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box;">“No, no, don’t leave yet! I have to denounce!”</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box;">The&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #cc0028;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Cahucopana-Nordeste-114342272243179/?fb_dtsg_ag=AdxKYBf5kiCc7kNE3A3WWIb39H5eRyfV7ZkV_AjTHX2qLA%3AAdwFGCm8NzmFxvWo83Ikhd8IUcZ_HMRHL9FpOj6HT74A_A" style="background-color: transparent; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; text-decoration: none; color: #cc0028;">Cahucopana</a></span>&nbsp;leader’s fingers flew with purpose over her cellphone’s keyboard as we sat in the jeep waiting to depart from Remedios. Her team had received word of an assassination committed by three armed men in Lejanías, a town in the municipality of Remedios, and were urgently attempting to publicly declare the injustice of this violence through social media before we lost all cell signal three minutes into our journey. In Colombia the public denouncing of an injustice, by formal or informal means, is the first step toward initiating a formal legal process to seek redress.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box;">Sometimes, the work of Cahucopana takes place on the move. CPT has been accompanying Cahucopana since 2008 because an international presence can increase the space of security for its leadership. On this occasion, my teammate and I were accompanying Cahucopana’s leaders to one of their biannual meetings. &nbsp;</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box;">Corporación Acción Humanitaria por la Convivencia y la Paz del Nordeste Antioqueño (The Corporation of Humanitarian Action for Coexistence and Peace in Northeast Antioquia, or Cahucopana) is an organization for miners and campesinxs* with a mission to resolve the human rights crisis overwhelming the region of Northeastern Antioquia.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box;">Back on the road, the public declaration was successfully posted during a stop at a gas station. Our destination was one of Cahucopana’s Transitional Humanitarian Safe Havens. Cahucopana has established these Safe Havens &nbsp;to nonviolently resist the displacement of Antioquia’s communities into cities. Families are generally displaced from their land in this region due to the violence and intimidation of military, guerrillas, or paramilitaries. Fearing for their lives, families flee to the perceived safety of the cities, and are rarely able to return.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box;">Cahucopana is resisting this pattern of displacement. Recognizing the right each human has to their life, their dignity, and their land, Cahucopana created locations alongside the communities where families could seek safety much closer to home. “The beautiful thing about these homes of refuge, and why we consider them homes of transition, is that we believe that the people who find refuge there have the right to return to their territory, to their home, to their culture and not be displaced to the cities,” says Carlos Morales, Cahucopana’s President.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box;">During their temporary stay in these Havens, displaced women, men, and youth take workshops on international humanitarian law, human rights law, and the protection and permanency of their land. They may even participate in humanitarian actions by publicly denouncing the violence against them and sharing their experiences with national and international accompaniment agencies. In this way, education and storytelling empower the displaced individuals and communities to return to their homes without fear of encountering the armed actors in the region. It is the intention of Cahucopana that every temporarily displaced person return home with the tools they need to defend their rights and to be a better member of their community.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="elementor-column-gap-default elementor-container" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; position: relative; max-width: 1200px;"> <div class="elementor-row" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 1200px; display: flex;"> <div class="elementor-top-column elementor-col-50 elementor-column elementor-element-c139f99 elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; min-height: 1px; display: flex; width: 600px;"> <div class="elementor-element-populated elementor-column-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; width: 600px; position: relative; padding: 10px; -webkit-box-align: center; align-items: center;"> <div class="elementor-widget-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 580px; position: relative;"> <div class="elementor-widget-image elementor-widget elementor-element-5e32a7b elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; text-align: center;"> <div class="elementor-widget-container" style="box-sizing: border-box; transition: background 0.3s, border 0.3s, border-radius 0.3s, box-shadow 0.3s, -webkit-border-radius 0.3s, -webkit-box-shadow 0.3s;"> <div class="elementor-image" style="box-sizing: border-box;"><img alt="" class="size-large attachment-large mceItem" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1024" src="https://i0.wp.com/www.ecapcolombia.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/20180815083853_1H1A8557-011.jpeg?fit=683%2C1024" style="border-style: none; box-sizing: border-box; height: auto; max-width: 100%; border-top-left-radius: 0px; border-top-right-radius: 0px; border-bottom-right-radius: 0px; border-bottom-left-radius: 0px; -webkit-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; vertical-align: middle; display: inline-block;" width="683" /></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="elementor-top-column elementor-col-50 elementor-column elementor-element-88f6edd elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; min-height: 1px; display: flex; width: 600px;"> <div class="elementor-element-populated elementor-column-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; width: 600px; position: relative; padding: 10px; -webkit-box-align: center; align-items: center;"> <div class="elementor-widget-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 580px; position: relative;"> <div class="elementor-widget-text-editor elementor-widget elementor-element-ed9b788 elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; font-family: Inconsolata, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5em;"> <div class="elementor-widget-container" style="box-sizing: border-box; transition: background 0.3s, border 0.3s, border-radius 0.3s, box-shadow 0.3s, -webkit-border-radius 0.3s, -webkit-box-shadow 0.3s; padding: 7px; border-top-left-radius: 0px; border-top-right-radius: 0px; border-bottom-right-radius: 0px; border-bottom-left-radius: 0px; border: 0px 0px 0px 15px solid #cc0028;"> <div class="elementor-clearfix elementor-text-editor" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">This valley was a site a death during the height of territorial battles between Colombia’s left wing insurgencies and Colombian armed forces and paramilitary groups. Recently, the community of Camelias in Northeast Antioquia donated the land to CAHUCOPANA, an organisation that works for the defense of human rights in the region, to build a Humanitarian Refuge because of the increase in threats and assassinations against community organizers and human rights defenders. The refuge provides safe harbour for threaten persons fleeing violence, offering them shelter, food, and an opportunity to work in the community agroecological project. In addition to a place of safety, protected under International Humanitarian Law, legal resources are provided to guarantee that the state assumes it’s responsibly to protect persons at risk. Over 115 human rights defenders nationwide have been assassinated this year. Photo:&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #cc0028;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmlehpBgS4P/?taken-by=ccmanners" style="background-color: transparent; box-sizing: border-box; -webkit-box-shadow: none; box-shadow: none; text-decoration: none; color: #cc0028;">Caldwell Manners/CPT</a></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="elementor-column-gap-default elementor-container" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; position: relative; max-width: 1200px;"> <div class="elementor-row" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 680px; display: flex;"> <div class="elementor-top-column elementor-col-100 elementor-column elementor-element-48294d6 elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; min-height: 1px; display: flex; width: 680px;"> <div class="elementor-element-populated elementor-column-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: flex; width: 680px; position: relative; padding: 10px;"> <div class="elementor-widget-wrap" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 660px; position: relative;"> <div class="elementor-widget-text-editor elementor-widget elementor-element-3e8ecf4 elementor-element" style="box-sizing: border-box; position: relative; font-size: 19px;"> <div class="elementor-widget-container" style="box-sizing: border-box; transition: background 0.3s, border 0.3s, border-radius 0.3s, box-shadow 0.3s, -webkit-border-radius 0.3s, -webkit-box-shadow 0.3s;"> <div class="elementor-clearfix elementor-text-editor" style="box-sizing: border-box;"> <p>The Humanitarian Safe Haven we visited is a farm tucked away amidst beautiful green hills. The first sounds to greet us when we arrived on foot were the gentle snorts of pigs, the friendly clucks of the chickens, and the urgent crow of one insistent rooster. This farm was once the location of a collective farming initiative for the surrounding communities. However, the rise of Álvaro Uribe’s government in the early 2000s made way for economic blockades, threats, massacres, and executions in the region, causing the farming of this land to cease while the communities looked for other sources of income. Recently, the campesinxs donated the land to Cahucopana. Two members of Cahucopana live on the land and stand ready to provide safe harbor and support to all those fleeing nearby violence, like a lighthouse in a storm.</p> <p>It occurs to me now that on this farm we were in liminal space.</p> <p>We were on land prepped for transition and impermanence. &nbsp;A land where crops grow and are harvested, where animals live and die, where people are meant to come and go.</p> <p>This serene farmland is meant for people on the move.<br /> On the move toward life and dignity.<br /> On the move toward peace and justice.<br /> On the move and ready to return to the land that is theirs, to the life that they claim, to the intentional and worthwhile work of daily nonviolent resistance.</p> <p>Cahucopana and the people of Antioquia are on the move. CPT will move with them.</p> <p>And you, dear reader, are on the move too:</p> <p>on the move toward becominb better informed about your brothers and sisters in Colombia; on the move toward expanding the narrative of Colombia as we know it in our communities, and toward sharing a story of hope and life amidst the newsreels of chaos and violence.</p> <p>As you go, you are invited to remember the words of Carlos Morales: “in one corner of Colombia there are communities that believe in life, and that resist violence in an organized way. We call on the solidarity of other people to get to know our country, which is a beautiful country with people who dream.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr style="box-sizing: border-box; height: 0px; overflow: visible; margin: 0px; background-color: transparent;" /><span style="font-family: Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 9px; text-align: center;"><strong>*Campesinx is a gender inclusive noun for subsistence farmers</strong></span></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1399" hreflang="en">Colombia</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:50:56 +0000 jakemw 12129 at https://cpt.org Train with CPT: Join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/09/13/train-cpt-join-cpt%E2%80%99s-peacemaker-corps <span>Train with CPT: Join CPT’s Peacemaker Corps</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jakemw</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/13/2018 - 13:49</span> <div><p>Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is currently accepting&nbsp;<a href="/participate/peacemaker/apply">applications</a>&nbsp;for its Peacemaker Corps.&nbsp; Join us in building partnerships to transform violence and oppression!&nbsp; APPLICATION DEADLINE is 1 October 2018.&nbsp; Please direct any questions and send complete application to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:personnel@cpt.org">personnel@cpt.org</a>.<br /> <br /> Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have participated in, or plan to participate in, a short-term&nbsp;<a href="/participate/delegation">CPT Delegation</a>&nbsp;or internship.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Qualified applicants may be invited to participate in CPT’s intensive, month-long training from&nbsp;<strong>10 January – 10 February 2019</strong>&nbsp;in Colombia, South America where membership in the Peacemaker Corps is discerned.&nbsp; Trained Peacemaker Corps members are eligible to apply for open positions on CPT teams.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression in situations of lethal conflict around the world.&nbsp; We are committed to work and relationships that: 1) honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality, 2) strengthen grassroots initiatives, 3) transform structures of domination and oppression, and 4) embody creative nonviolence and liberating love.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> CPT understands violence to be rooted in systemic structures of oppression.&nbsp; We are committed to undoing oppressions within our own lives and in the policies and practices of our organization.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> CPT is a Christian-identified organization with multi-faith/spiritually diverse membership.&nbsp; We seek individuals who are capable, responsible and rooted in faith/spirituality to work for peace as members of violence-reduction teams trained in the disciplines of nonviolence.&nbsp; We are committed to building a Peacemaker Corps that reflects the rich diversity of the human family in ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race and sexual orientation.</p> </div> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:49:53 +0000 jakemw 12128 at https://cpt.org IRAQI KURDISTAN: "I lost my sister. . .and I want everyone to know." https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/07/30/iraqi-kurdistan-i-lost-my-sister-and-i-want-everyone-know <span>IRAQI KURDISTAN: &quot;I lost my sister. . .and I want everyone to know.&quot;</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jakemw</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/30/2018 - 14:32</span> <div><p>In Halania village, a black banner with a single white dove now marks the home of nineteen-year-old Dunya Rasheed commemorating her young life—a life that the Turkish military ended in a horrific act of violence.</p> <table align="center" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" class="mceItem" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="500" src="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59a826c98419c278e3fc88a4/t/5b59d09e03ce645f31e7879b/1532612807340/IMG_3104.JPG?format=750w" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="349" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: futura-pt; font-size: 12px; letter-spacing: 1.0800000429153442px;">19 year old Dunya Rasheed.</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>On 30 June Dunya Rasheed, a high school student from Halania, Iraqi Kurdistan went to harvest nuts with her family. The village lands of Halania are in close proximity to a Turkish base constructed within the international borders of Iraqi Kurdistan. Turkish soldiers shot a rocket directly into a group of thirty villagers harvesting crops on their own lands. This attack ended Dunya’s life.&nbsp;</p> <p>Members of Christian Peacemaker Teams visited Dunya Rasheed’s family, who were present at the time of the attack. Saman, Dunya’s brother, recounted the events with CPT as his family and village members gathered in their home:</p> <p>Saman told CPT that the family had gone to their lands on a nearby mountainside on 28 June 2018, two days prior to the attack on the villagers. These lands belong to the village and provide a main source of income for the people living in Halania as well as other small neighboring villages. There are a variety of crops planted on the mountainside including nuts that the villagers were attempting to harvest that day. Soon after the villagers arrived, Turkish soldiers shot rockets from a nearby base into the fields. &nbsp;The exploding shells set the dry summer fields on fire forcing the villagers to leave their valuable crops unharvested. The fire burned for two days, scorching the whole mountainside.</p> <p>On 30 June 2018, villagers returned to the area attempting to salvage any nuts that survived the fires.&nbsp;</p> <p>“There were already families there when we arrived. &nbsp;They had been there since the morning. We were all carrying our baskets to harvest nuts.” Saman reported that there were many villagers in the area when the attack started. “The first rocket from the base went toward our village. &nbsp;It didn’t hit it. &nbsp;It landed outside…. Then a second rocket came toward us. There were about thirty people in the area, mostly children.” &nbsp;</p> <p>Saman said that the second rocket hit his sister Dunya. &nbsp;She was standing near many children and other teens. The rocket pierced the basket of nuts she was holding and passed through her leg leaving an enormous and devastating wound. Family members quickly removed Dunya’s body from the field as other villagers stayed to retrieve the baskets of nuts that had already been harvested. &nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" class="mceItem" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="381" src="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59a826c98419c278e3fc88a4/t/5b59d56a562fa7a417b0fb11/1532614011844/IMG_3097.JPG?format=750w" width="500" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: futura-pt; font-size: 12px; letter-spacing: 1.0800000429153442px;">Basket that Dunya Rasheed was carrying</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>While the remaining villagers were there, Turkish soldiers came from the base and threatened them, warning them not to take pictures of the scene. The soldiers then retrieved the rocket that hit Dunya Rasheed and all of its fragments before retreating to the Turkish base. However, villagers had already taken pictures and video prior to the arrival of the Turkish soldiers as proof of what had happened that day.</p> <p>It is often dangerous to speak about Turkish bombings in Iraqi Kurdistan for security reasons. After CPT’s interview with Dunya’s family, her brother Saman asked to be mentioned by name, “ I lost my sister. &nbsp;There is nothing wrong or shameful in this. &nbsp;I want everyone to know what happened to Dunya.”&nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img alt="" class="mceItem" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="500" src="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59a826c98419c278e3fc88a4/t/5b59d1dc0e2e72dd68f3f029/1532613106981/IMG_3096+2.jpg?format=750w" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="452" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>Turkish military shelling and bombardments are now happening daily along the border with Turkey. &nbsp;Turkish soldiers have crossed far into Iraqi Kurdistan and are building bases as far as thirty km over the border claiming to be ridding the area of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members. The conflict between the Turkish government and the PKK has spanned over thirty years.</p> <p>The mayor of the sub-district governing Halania told CPTers, "Over this time, the villagers are the ones who have suffered the most. We need a political solution."&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1408" hreflang="en">Kurdistan</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1406" hreflang="en">Iraq</a></div> </div> </div> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:32:48 +0000 jakemw 12117 at https://cpt.org BORDERLANDS: The Rosary on the Migrant Trail https://cpt.org/cptnet/2018/07/06/borderlands-rosary-migrant-trail <span>BORDERLANDS: The Rosary on the Migrant Trail</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jakemw</span></span> <span>Fri, 07/06/2018 - 10:33</span> <div><p>by John Heid</p> <p><img alt="unnamed (4)_0.jpg" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="2016" src="/sites/default/files/unnamed%20(4)_0.jpg" width="1512" /></p> <p>A traditional Catholic rosary consists of five decades, totaling 59 beads, and a crucifix on a cord. Within the past year 58 bodies were recovered from the Sonoran desert in the vicinity of Ajo, AZ, 42 miles north of the US/Mexico border. Humanitarian aid organizations estimate that for every body recovered, at least five are not. The remote nature of borderlands and the natural conditions accelerate decomposition.&nbsp;&nbsp;59 bodies, 58 beads.</p> <p>In May, residents of Ajo initiated a monthly vigil in the town's central plaza to commemorate the lives of those who have died in and near their community. Most of the deceased are unidentified. Their names may never be known. The vigil has brought into the open a hidden wound. It allows the community to acknowledge and grieve this ongoing tragedy. As the circle of awareness widens, there is an increase in the numbers of people providing humanitarian aid, mostly by placing gallons of water on the many migrant trails around town.</p> <p>Humanitarian aid workers often place rosaries at the water sites. We have heard that many people crossing feel that rosaries are a sign that the water is safe, not contaminated by anti-migrant militia groups who patrol the border. Given that devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe is a phenomenon in Latin American culture, the rosary is seen as a sign of comfort on the trail.</p> <p>Bead by bead, bottle by bottle, prayer and action co-mingle. The water provides a moment of relief. The unspoken prayer represented by the rosaries is that not only will people make the journey safely, but that one day no one will have to endure this trauma. We envision a day of safe passage for all.</p> </div> <div> <div>Categories</div> <div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1396" hreflang="en">Borderlands</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1413" hreflang="en">Migration</a></div> </div> </div> Fri, 06 Jul 2018 15:33:02 +0000 jakemw 12112 at https://cpt.org