Newsletter April 2022

Dear Sir or Madam, 
please find below our monthly newsletter. 

Kind regards 
Prof. Kariane Westrheim Chairperson 

Statement on Turkey’s cross-boarder military offensive Turkey launched another large-scale military offensive in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on the evening of 17 April. Attacks on northern Syria also continue. The war in Ukraine is both a reminder and a call to outlaw and combat war crimes and violations of international law immediately and everywhere. We strongly condemn Turkey’s cross-border military offensive. The international community is called upon to take a clear stand on the side of international law in this war as well and to impose appropriate sanctions immediately.

Bianet Male Violence Monitor April 2022 Report- 29 women killed – 52 women subjected to violence- 2 women raped- 38 women forced to sex work

World Press Freedom Day Press freedom is under pressure in every part of the world. However, democracy needs a free and critical press. Therefore the EUTCC remains also committed to the struggle for press freedom. 

EUTCC Commentaries #16: Environmental Racism and Resistance in Kurdistanby Pınar Dinç, Lund University Environmental degradation is identified as a key factor that threatens the future of life on Earth, but such generalised reading entails that conceal the uneven effects of environmental degradation. When environmental degradation takes place on the lands of the marginalised groups, it is often overlooked or further justified by hegemonic powers that view these areas as natural resources or hideouts for insurgent groups that need to be drained. The embedded prejudice and discrimination against the internal others are often inflamed through the media and followed by the dominant society. This commentary addresses this issue of differential significance attributed to environmental degradation in Kurdistan and discusses how the concept of ecological racism may help uncovering this variance. In doing so, this piece covers the existing literature about conflict and environment nexus in Kurdistan, and suggests ways forward to advance knowledge and work towards political and ecological justice.

International Worker’s DayThe EUTCC sends its appreciation & respect on the International Workers Day to workers of every field all over the world. It is time to remember & celebrate the achievements of labor organizations & social movements whose efforts & struggles have led to a more dignified working life for millions of workers. Let us join forces and unite in the work of making the world a place where there is justice and dignity for all.
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