Fears for the life of kurdish activist


Jakarkhon Sheikho ‘Ali, aged 28, was arrested on the evening of 20 June,
apparently by Syrian Military Security. For the first week of Jakarkhon Sheikho
‘Ali’s detention, his family did not have any information regarding his fate or
whereabouts. Through an indirect source they have found out that he is being
detained by the Military Security Branch in Aleppo. Syrian human rights
organizations and Syrian Kurdish political parties believe that Jakarkhon Sheikho
‘Ali has been detained by Syrian Military Security because of his activities as a
senior member of the Kurdish Democratic al-Wifaq Party, an unauthorized urdish Syrian political party.
Two previous attempts to arrest Jakarkhon Sheikho ‘Ali had failed. In early 2008, a patrol by Political Security, a
separate security force, raided his then home in ‘Efrin, a town near Aleppo, but he was out at the time. A Military
Security patrol raided his new home in Aleppo in February 2009, and again he was out. Jakarkhon Sheikho ‘Ali was
also summoned for interrogation on at least three occasions in 2009 by either Political or Military Security but was
not detained on any of them.

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Belfast Mayor: Everybody must contribute to a peace with justice


Donostia. Sinn Fein mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, opened on Thursday the international conference “Building Peace Starting at Local Level” organised in Donostia/San Sebastian (Basque Country) by the Donostia city council.

How municipalities can turn peace and reconciliation work into something genuinely lasting?

We must build peace with justice, and that’s a job for everyone. Sometimes big governments talk of peace, but they actually work very little for it. So you have to work for peace with the people, the communities, cities, nations. In Belfast I believe we are all connected .

You said at the opening of the Donostia’s conference that your Belfast has changed a lot after the Good Friday agreement of 1998. How?

Fifteen years have passed. The first time I walked in the Belfast City Council as a councillor it was in 1987, and back then peace was a project. The big change since the 1994 IRA permanent ceasefire is that now in our city there is no more war. The end of the years of conflict has brought many benefits and some of them are related to the 1998 peace agreement. Now we have a government that is just and in which all parties are represented. Peace itself is rewarding, but sometimes it presents many challenges. It has brought improvements in labor, industry, tourism … this is a great reward for those who support the peace process, but I think there is work which still needs to be done and to be consolidated.

The clash between two communities was much harder in Ireland than in the Basque Country, for example. How do you transform all that negative energy into a positive one?

Although the intensity of the conflict was greater, the Basque Country’s conflict is also a great shadow for Europe. There have been many years of political conflict here, many people lost their lives. I think we should be positive all the time and always see the glass half full if we want peace to win. But peace requires progress, and I know the great difficulties there are in Euskal Herria. However, those who believe in peace achieved democratically, rather than violence, will be rewarded. In Belfast we follow that path to political change and get more benefits for our people. Time will help peace prosper, and even if a political segment is against peace, I think we will find more and more people interested in this cause.

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