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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Turkey extends state of emergency by three months

Published by DW on 4/1/2017 Following the New Year's attack at an Istanbul nightclub, Turkey has extended its state of emergency for three more months. The news came as Turkish authorities continued their search for the main suspect in the attack. The Turkish parliament on Tuesday voted in favor of extending its state of emergency, which was set to expire January 19, for an additional three months. Deputy P ...

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Nadia Murad slams Iraqi Kurdistan government over YAZDA closure

Published by Ekurd Daily on 4/1/2017 HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish Yazidi activist and survivor of enslavement by the Islamic State group Nadia Murad has criticized Iraqi Kurdistan government for closing YAZDA group office in Duhok city. Murad called on Iraqi Kurdistan to reverse the decision, writing on social media that it is a “shame to close the (organisation) that supports my campaign ...

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Demirtaş: We must carry out a common struggle for social peace

Published by Kurdishinfo on 6/1/2016 Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, jailed in Edirne Prison, has sent a message on the ISIS massacre in Ortaköy, Istanbul during the first hours of the new year, which resulted in the death of 39 people of different nationalities. Demirtaş vehemently condemned the heinous attack, saying: “This is not our country’s fate, it should not be. Emphasi ...

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Bodies of 58 people killed in Nusaybin still not given to families

Published by Kurdishinfo on 2/1/2016 Bodies of 58 people killed in Mardin’s Nusaybin district are yet to be given to their families despite the fact that 9 months have passed since the curfew that was declared by the governorate in the district on March 14, 2016. Families of 83 people applied to Mardin Forensics Institution in order to retrieve their relatives’ bodies since the curfew was partially lifted o ...

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The Arrest of Ahmet Turk: Erdogan’s Bloody Dictatorship Must Be Stopped – Arian Mufid

Published by Kurdistan Tribune on November 23, 2016 In light of Monday’s events in Turkey in which prominent Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (HDP) MP Ahmet Turk was arrested, I reflected on the time three years ago in July 2013 when I met this great man for 25 minutes in Erbil, the capital of south Kurdistan. Following the meeting I realised the immense contribution this man had given to the Kurdish strug ...

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Is Turkey on the fast track to fascism? – Cengiz Çandar

Published by Al-Monitor on November 4, 2016 (after the arrests of the HDP-parliamentarians) An email I received around noon today from a young Turkish academic with impeccable credentials, whom I know very closely, ended with the following precautionary note: “*PLEASE — don't forward the email; only copy and paste if you would like to share and do not include my name in it.” Naturally, I am withholding his ...

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