Demirtaş’s Poem Has Been banned! (HDP-statement)

Published by HDP on May 4, 2017 Contagious Courage They’ll say ‘silence!’ And, they’ll say ‘no colors!’ You would have been rising up in joy, But they’ll say ‘no roses should blossom’ Then, let’s laugh so that your revolt does not get orphaned. And, if that’s a crime; then, let it be… May the smile of people remain fadeless. They’ll say ‘the sun should not rise!’ And, they’ll pull a gun on hope. But you wil ...

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Statement by Demirtaş’s Lawyers (HDP)

Published by HDP on the 10th of May, 2017 Today our co-Chair Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş’s lawyers held a press conference regarding his judicial process. To the Esteemed Members of the Press, and our Esteemed Guests; As you know, our client, the Co-Chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Mr Selahattin Demirtaş, was detained on 04.11.2016, at around 1 am at night at his home in Diyarbakır, and on the same day, ...

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Update on jailed HDP and DBP politicians

The pressures on the democratic opposition in general, and on the HDP in particular, have not ceased after the referendum on 16 April in Turkey. Two days after the referendum, on 18 April 2017, the countrywide state of emergency rule was extended for another three months for a third time. The next day, on 19 April 2017, Ms Burcu Celik, HDP deputy for Muş, was arrested with the charges of “inciting people to ...

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Ms Burcu Çelik, HDP Deputy for Mus, is jailed (HDP statement)

Dear friends, President Erdoğan and the AKP government have launched a new wave of repression against our party immediately after the controversial referendum on 16 April 2017, which, according to the OSCE/ODIHR’s observation mission, did not meet the standards of the CoE. Two days after the referendum, on 18 April 2017, the countrywide state of emergency rule was extended for a third time, which will be in ...

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Global Empire – Turkey After The Referendum (video)

Published by Telesur on 18th of April 2017 Tariq Ali introduces a short film shot for The World Today. It was filmed a few weeks ago before Turkey’s Referendum which was passed only yesterday. The main opposition party and international election observers have declared a number of electoral irregularities. This film shows just how oppressed the opposition party and it’s supporters were before yesterday’s re ...

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Aleppo delicatesse – Selahattin Demirtaş

  “Ik was verkeerd, het leven duurt zeer lang …” Is er iets vreemds aan de gang? Ik denk het niet. Het is het Midden-Oosten zoals gewoonlijk. Ergens blazen zielloze levende bommen zichzelf op, tientallen aan flarden gereten lichamen in hun kielzog achterlatend, een verpauperde marktplaats tot puin herleid. Het dodentol is 68, voluit geschreven achtenzestig. De explosie van drie dagen geleden nam er 43. Ik v ...

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Hunger Strikes in Turkish Prisons: Information Note (HDP)

Hunger Strikes in Turkish Prisons: Information Note Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Prison Committee  6 April 2017  The hunger strike protests of political prisoners in Turkish penitentiary institutions have reached a critical point. The protest was initiated in Izmir Şakran High Security Prison on 15 February 2017 to draw attention to gross human rights violations and inhumane living conditions in prisons, ...

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Opposition HDP co-leader Demirtas and other prisoners end 35 day hunger strike

This article was posted on 1 April 2017 on KomNews. Opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Selahattin Demirtas and other Kurdish prisoners ended a 35-day hunger strike in Edirne Prison after authorities promised to resolve issues relating to prison conditions and rights violations. Demirtas and another HDP lawmaker Abdullah Zeydan’s hunger strike lasted less than 24 hours. The pair had joined ...

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111 people sentenced to jail in main KCK case in Turkey’s Kurdish region

Published by Ekurd Daily on March 29, 2017 DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— A total of 111 suspects in the main case into the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella group of Kurdish group that includes the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were given a cumulative total of more than 1,100 years in jail by a Diyarbakir court in Turkish Kurdistan on March 28. Turkish authorities accuse the KCK ...

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Turkey deals death blow to Kurdish leadership with DBP conviction – Amberin Zaman

Published by Al-Monitor on March 28, 2017 One of Turkey’s most promising young Kurdish politicians was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison for a questionable terrorism conviction today. A court in the mainly Kurdish southeast region pronounced Kamuran Yuksek, the charismatic co-chair of the Democratic Regions Party (DBP), a member of a terrorist organization. The official was referring to the ...

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