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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Moscow to host pan-Kurdish conference on February 15

Published by ARA News + Ekurd Daily on February 7, 2017 A pan-Kurdish national conference will be held in Moscow on 15 February with the participation of Kurds from Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. Abdulsalam Ali, a member of the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), said that they would discuss the current situation in the Middle East and the divisions of zones of influence in the region. Among the participa ...

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Turkey: Bans on Kurdish arts festivals spark solidarity actions – PELIN BAṢARAN

Arts organisation Siyah Bant examines how emergency rule has affected artistic practices in Diyarbakır Published by Turkey Uncensored on Januari 30, 2017 Turkey Uncensored is an Index on Censorship project to publish a series of articles from censored Turkish writers, artists and translators. Turkey’s state of emergency, announced after July’s coup attempt, was extended for three months in January. While ne ...

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Crushing the Kurds: Unravelling a Conspiracy – Sheri Laizer

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 24, 2017 “I wasn’t framed and imprisoned for being a whistle-blower against the Turkish state: I was targeted because I raised my voice for Kurdish rights, including independence. I helped set up the institutions necessary as part of a road map towards the nation state of Kurdistan, such as the Kurdistan Parliament in Exile and Med-TV…” Re-examining the post-1980 Turkish ...

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The final resolution of the 13th annual EUTCC conference: Kurdish recommendations and demands

13th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON "THE EU, TURKEY, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE KURDS" Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 of January 2016 - European Parliament, Brussels TURKEY, THE KURDS AND THE WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST TURKEY – DEMOCRACY SUSPENDED ISIS AND THE CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST   THE FINAL RESOLUTION OF THE 13th ANNUAL EUTCC CONFERENCE: KURDISH RECOMMENDATIONS AND DEMANDS   KURDISH DEMAND AND THE DENIAL PO ...

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