Kurdish politician Ahmet Türk urges ‘new peace era’ in Turkey after jail

Published by Ekurd Daily on February 6, 2017 MARDIN, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— A respected pro-Kurdish politician said Sunday after his release following over two months in jail that both Kurds and the Turkish government should embrace a new era of peace to end a decades-long conflict. Former mayor of the southeastern city of Mardin Ahmet Turk, 74, was held in November on terror charges, but his arrest caus ...

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Moscow to host pan-Kurdish conference on February 15

Published by ARA News + Ekurd Daily on February 7, 2017 A pan-Kurdish national conference will be held in Moscow on 15 February with the participation of Kurds from Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. Abdulsalam Ali, a member of the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), said that they would discuss the current situation in the Middle East and the divisions of zones of influence in the region. Among the participa ...

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Turkey arrests Kurdish HDP lawmaker Ayse Acar Basaran

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 20, 2017 ANKARA,— A member of Turkish parliament from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Ayse Acar Basaran, was arrested early Friday in Ankara, according to security sources, state-run Anadolu agency reported. According to the source Ankara Police Department’s Anti-Terror Branch arrested Ayse Acar Basaran, the HDP’s Batman deputy, on charges of aiding and abett ...

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Monument erected for Uludere victims in Diyarbakır removed upon order from trustee

Published by Turkish Minute on Jan. 8, 2017 A monument erected in a public square in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır has been removed by an order from a trustee who was recently appointed by the government to replace the democratically elected mayor of Diyarbakır’s Kayapınar district. Former Kayapınar district governor Mustafa Kılıç was appointed as a trustee to the Kayapınar Municipality following ...

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Turkey shuts down Kurdish distinctive school

Published by the Daily Star on 28/12/2016 Mahmut Bozarslan| Agence France Presse DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: When it opened three years ago in Turkey’s biggest Kurdish-majority city, it was a symbol of Ankara’s changing – and more liberal – attitudes toward Kurdish-language education. The school in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir was one of five primary schools since 2013 that offered a fully Kurdish-language e ...

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The Arrest of Ahmet Turk: Erdogan’s Bloody Dictatorship Must Be Stopped – Arian Mufid

Published by Kurdistan Tribune on November 23, 2016 In light of Monday’s events in Turkey in which prominent Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (HDP) MP Ahmet Turk was arrested, I reflected on the time three years ago in July 2013 when I met this great man for 25 minutes in Erbil, the capital of south Kurdistan. Following the meeting I realised the immense contribution this man had given to the Kurdish strug ...

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The final nail in the coffin of peace process in Turkey – Cengiz Çandar

Published by Al-Monitor on November 22, 2016 Ahmet Turk is a man with posture. He appears to be the embodiment of nobility and dignity. His noble personality comes with his feudal background; he is the scion of a Kurdish landlord and tribal chiefs in a vast land along Turkey’s frontier. While his dignity gives the impression that it comes from within rather than its being part of his Kurdish aristocratic an ...

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De Vriendt (Groen) en Demir (N-VA) willen Belgisch signaal tegen beleid Erdogan

Volgens Zuhal Demir (N-VA) en Wouter De Vriendt (Groen) gaan de mensenrechten en de vrijheid van meningsuiting in Turkije gebukt onder het beleid van Erdogan, dat alleen maar strikter werd sinds de couppoging deze zomer. Zo werden vorige week verschillende parlementsleden van de pro-Koerdische HDP gearresteerd. Het wordt tijd dat het Belgische parlement een duidelijk signaal geeft', stellen de twee kamerled ...

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Koerdisch Instituut roept op tot steun aan gearresteerde pro-Koerdische parlementsleden en burgemeesters

Na de arrestatie van 11 pro-Koerdische parlementsleden van de Democratische Partij der Volkeren (HDP) gisterenavond, hernieuwt het Koerdisch Instituut haar oproep aan Belgische parlementsleden en burgemeesters om de democratisch verkozen pro-Koerdische HDP-parlementsleden en DBP-burgemeesters politiek te steunen. In de nacht van 3 op 4 november werden op diverse plaatsen in Turkije 11 pro-Koerdische toppoli ...

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Full text of the speech Demirtaş made after the arrests of Diyarbakir’s Co-Mayors

One of the charges against HDP-co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş concerns the speech he gave in Diyarbakir (Amed) on the 27th of October 2016 after the unlawful arrest of the co-Mayors of the Municipality of Diyarbakir (Amed). After this speech the Diyarbakir prosecutor said in a statement the investigation into Demirtas would look into whether he insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in this speech. T ...

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