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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Swedish lawmakers file ‘genocide’ complaint against Turkey’s Erdogan

Published by Ekurd Daily on 11/7/17 STOCKHOLM,— A group of Swedish lawmakers said Monday they have filed a legal complaint accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Kurdish southeast of his country. The complaint signed by five lawmakers from the Left and Green parties is the first of its kind in Sweden against a head of state. The suit relate ...

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Amnesty Issues Urgent Action: Hundreds at Imminent Risk of Forced Eviction in Sur (Amed, Diyarbakir)

Published by Amnesty International on June 29, 2017 Amnesty International today issued an Urgent Action calling on Turkey to halt forced evictions in the Sur District of Diyarbakir. Hundreds of residents in the Alipaşa and Lalebey neighbourhoods of the Sur district in Diyarbakır province, southeastern Turkey, are at imminent risk of forced eviction. Since 23 May, during the fasting month of Ramadan, water a ...

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Turkey’s Kurdish HDP co-chair Yuksekdag gets another jail sentence

Published by Ekurd Daily on 9/6/2017 ADANA,— A court in southern Turkey on Thursday sentenced a former lawmaker and co-chair of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) to one year in prison for insulting the government, Anadolu agency reported. Figen Yuksekdag, already jailed for “terrorism-related” charges and links to Kurdistan Workers Party PKK, was not present at the hearing at Adana’s 11th Criminal ...

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Turkey declares curfew in Kurdish province of Diyarbakir

Several Kurdish media reports on new curfews being declared on many Kurdish villages in the province of Diyarbakir. Villagers are fleeing as their homes are being bombed. Exact amount of villages currently under curfew is unclear. Published by Kurdistan24 on May 30, 2017 and Dihaber on May 31, 2017 DIYARBAKIR (Kurdistan24) – Renewed curfews on Tuesday were imposed on over 40 villages in the southeastern Kur ...

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DAY 65 and DAY 77 OF HUNGER STRIKE BY DISMISSED ACADEMICS and BEREAVED FATHER in TURKEY

Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça are in the 65th day of their hunger strike with a simple demand: “I want my job back!” Gülmen and Özakça are two education professionals among more than 7,880 academics and 150,000 public-sector workers sacked by the Turkish government without due process under state of emergency. The Turkish government has also dismissed 383 signatories of the Academics for Peace declaration ...

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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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What’s going on in Turkey’s prisons? – Mahmut Bozarslan

Published by Al-Monitor on April 3, 2017 Hunger strikes in Turkish prisons, joined briefly by the country’s top Kurdish politician, aim to draw attention to mounting allegations of ill-treatment and other violations of inmate rights since last year’s coup attempt. DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Myriad allegations of rights violations in Turkish prisons have marked the aftermath of last year’s coup attempt as thousand ...

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