TURKEY FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY YEAR IN REVIEW (HDP report)

Report published by the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on the 21st of January 2017 about the crackdown on freedom and democracy in Turkey. TITLES:  MEDIA/PRESS FREEDOM  ACADEMIC FREEDOM  CRACKDOWN ON NGOs & CSOs  DISMISSALS FROM STATE INSTITUTIONS  INTERVENTIONS IN THE JUDICIARY  CRACKDOWN ON THE OPPOSITION  CRACKDOWN ON HDP’S PARLIAMENTARY GROUP  CRACKDOWN ON LOCAL AUTHORIT ...

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Turkey seeks 15 year sentences for singing Kurdish songs

Published by KOMNNEWS on 3th of February 2017 A prosecutor in Turkey has demanded fifteen year sentences for twelve young men who were arrested last year for singing in Kurdish. Fourteen youths, including two children were arrested on 20 August last year for singing Kurdish songs and were assaulted and detained in a park in Istanbul Turkey by police. Two of the youths, who were under under 18 were released, ...

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International Mother Language Day: Prospects for Armenian and Kurdish in Turkey

Published by KOMNEWS in 21st of February 2017 Ahead of International Mother Language Day on 21 February, UNESCO published an Atlas of the ‘World’s Languages in Danger’ revealing 15 endangered languages in Turkey. Western Armenian: an endangered language in Turkey Sevan Degirmenciyan is an Armenian philologist and teacher at the Mkhitaryan Armenian High School in Istanbul. Speaking to Agos, a Turkish-Armenia ...

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PETITION: Stop the Genocide of the Kurdish People in Erdogan’s Turkey

Sign and share this petition on the website of Change.org Beloved Believers in Rights of All People! With Trump heading the American government; it up to you and I to be the Protectors of Human Rights here and around the World! We must speak up! Only the attention of the world at large will stop the genocidal actions of Turkish authorities against the Kurds! Only our pressure on Turkish President Erdogan wi ...

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Siege of Kurdish village continues: 6 people killed, 2 children taken hostage – reports

Published by KOMNEWS on 20 February 2017 The siege of a village in Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish region and reports of torture and killing has led to consternation. According to latest reports two children have been taken hostage by security forces and six people killed. Korukoy (Xerabe Bava) village in Mardin’s Nusaybin district has been under siege since 11 February by Turkish security forces. A  curfew w ...

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Siege of Kurdish village: 39 detained, 2 disappeared, 3 killed – reports

Published by KOMNEWS on 19 February 2017 The siege of Kurdish village Korukoy in Turkey’s southeastern Nusaybin district continues. According to reports 39 people have been detained, two disappeared and three killed. Several women who were able to leave the village to be taken to hospital spoke to reporters about developments in the area, which has been under siege for nine days. Necla Dogan told Sujin news ...

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9000 HDP members detained, 2500 jailed in one and a half years

Published by ANF on February 6, 2017 HDP's Yıldırım said attacks against the HDP have intensified, adding: “We are not just a political party, we are a popular movement. We are a tree that takes its strength from its roots. The more you prune us, the stronger we get.” Monday, February 6, 2017 10:45 AM AMED - ANF - MELEK YÜKSEL HDP Group Deputy Chair Ahmet Yıldırım stated that 9000 HDP members have been deta ...

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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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AKP’s Toledo plan: 6 outposts to be built in Sur

Published by Kurdishinfo on 3/1/2017 A whole history has been destroyed by the state forces in the intense clashes in Amed’s Sur district that started on November 28, 2015 and lasted 104 days. Demolition still continues in several parts of the district, where the curfew also continues in 6 neighborhoods. Homes have been demolished and 40.000 people have become homeless. There isn’t even rubble left behind f ...

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