Koerdisch politicus Osman Baydemir tijdelijk verbannen uit Turks parlement voor het gebruik van het woord “Koerdistan”

Het Turkse parlement heeft de populaire Koerdische politicus Osman Baydemir gisteren de toegang ontzegd tot de volgende twee parlementaire zittingen omdat hij in zijn toespraak het woord “Koerdistan” had gebruikt. Osman Baydemir, parlementslid voor de Democratische Partij der Volkeren (HDP), sprak in de parlementaire sessie over de begroting van 2018. Baydemir bekritiseerde er de onderdrukking door de AKP-r ...

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The Trial of Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtas – Blog by International Observer and Barrister, Margaret Owen

Published by Peace in Kurdistan 8 Deecmber 2017 Blog post from International Trial Observer and Barrister, Margaret Owen (pictured) Wednesday, December 6 Ms Figen Yüksekdağ is charged, under the Anti Terror Law, with inciting violence, making propaganda for a terrorist organisation ( PKK)  and establishing and managing a terrorist organisation. These accusations were made on the basis of speeches she had ma ...

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Turkey’s Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas goes on trial over ‘terror’ links, facing 142 years in jail

Published by Ekurd Daily on the 7th of December 2017 Selahattin Demirtas, absent from ‘terror’ trial, to stay in jail SINCAN, Turkey,— A Turkish court on Thursday ordered the co-leader of the main pro-Kurdish opposition party to remain in custody after over a year behind bars, as his non-appearance in court angered supporters. Selahattin Demirtas of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) went on trial in Ankar ...

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Letter of Support for HDP-chairs: “Democracy in Turkey is going on trial”

Published by The Guardian on the 5th of December 2017 A letter signed by Noam Chomsky, Clive Lewis MP, Peter Tatchell and others calls for opposition politicians Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ to be released from prison                               On 6 and 7 December democracy goes on trial in Turkey. Opposition politician ...

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The case of Kisanak and Tuncel: Resistance and the theatrics of repression – John Hunt

Published by The Region on 30/11/17                     The two defendants greeted us with broad smiles as we squeezed into the small courtroom in Malatya, where the police had already occupied half the seats, forcing most of our crowd of supporters to stay outside. Gultan Kisanak, the co-mayor of Diyarbakir and Sebahat Tuncel, co-leader of a party affiliate ...

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Oproep voor een solidariteitsactie met de vervolgde academici in Turkije – Maandagavond 4 december 2017

Op dinsdag 5 december beginnen de rechtszaken tegen tientallen Turkse Academici voor de Vrede. Enkele Belgische politici, waaronder André du Bus, Fabian Maingain en Simone Susskind, roepen op om op maandagavond 4 december, tussen 17 uur en 18 uur, te betogen voor de ambassade van Turkije in Brussel (Rue Montoyer 4). U vindt de oproep voor de betoging aanstaande maandag en meer informatie over de rechtszaken ...

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Call for separate hearings against HDP co-chairs Mr Selahattin Demirtaş and Ms Figen Yüksekdağ as well as hearings of co-mayor of Diyarbakır, Ms. Gültan Kışanak, and co-chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP), Ms. Sebahat Tuncel

Dear Madam / Sir, Please find below two invitation letters regarding separate hearings of the legal cases against HDP co-chairs Mr Selahattin Demirtaş and Ms Figen Yüksekdağ as well as hearings of co-mayor of Diyarbakır, Ms. Gültan Kışanak, and co-chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP), Ms. Sebahat Tuncel. The first invitation is on the hearings of HDP co-chairs. The first hearing of the main legal case fo ...

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Jailed Kurdish leader Demirtas says fair trial impossible in Erdogan’s Turkey

Published by Ekurd Daily on July 19, 2017 ANKARA,— Turkey’s jailed pro-Kurdish opposition leader said no judge could stand up to Tayyip Erdogan, expressing doubts he could ever have a fair trial after the president publicly labelled him a terrorist. In a rare interview from prison, Selahattin Demirtas also told Reuters he believed he accepted some blame for failing to halt the collapse of peace talks betwee ...

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Turkey’s Kurdish lawmaker Leyla Zana acquitted in ‘terror’ propaganda case

Published by Ekurd Daily on 11/7/17 DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— A court in Turkish Kurdistan on Tuesday has acquitted a prominent a prominent Kurdish rights activist and lawmaker from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of three charges, state-run Anadolu News Agency reported. The chief public prosecutor in the southeastern Kurdish province of Diyarbakir had been seeking a 20-year prison sent ...

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Appel de Selahattin Demirtas à Tayyip Erdogan

Le co-président du Parti Démocratique des Peuples (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş a lancé un appel ouvert à Tayyip Erdoğan depuis la prison d’Edirne après que ce dernier ait accusé  Demirtas de « terroriste » lors du sommet G-20 à Hambourg. Dans sa lettre intitulée «Appel ouvert au président de l’AKP», il s’y exprime comme suit: « Tout d’abord, je vous retourne votre insulte, qui vise la volonté de millions de pe ...

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