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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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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URGENT DOSSIER HUNGER STRIKE BY POLITICAL PRISONERS IN TURKEY

Below this article you can find an urgent dossier of the KNK about Kurdish political prisoners, who are in Hunger strike since 43 days. Their health situation is under a big threat. Please read and circulate this dossier and get in contact with politicians, press and human rights organisations. Kurdish hunger strikes ‘for return to solution process’ spread across Turkish prisons Published by komnews.com on ...

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Kurdish villages under round-the-clock military curfew (HDP-statement)

27 February 2017 Kurdish villages under round-the-clock military curfew Military blockades continue in three villages in the town of Nusaybin (Mardin province). In addition to Koruköy, which has been under siege since 11 February 2017, Doğanlı and Kuyular villages have also been under round-the-clock-curfew since 22 February 2017. Entry and exit is prohibited in these three villages. HDP deputies and human ...

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