The Trial of Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtas – Blog by International Observer and Barrister, Margaret Owen

Published by Peace in Kurdistan 8 Deecmber 2017 Blog post from International Trial Observer and Barrister, Margaret Owen (pictured) Wednesday, December 6 Ms Figen Yüksekdağ is charged, under the Anti Terror Law, with inciting violence, making propaganda for a terrorist organisation ( PKK)  and establishing and managing a terrorist organisation. These accusations were made on the basis of speeches she had ma ...

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Turkey’s Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas goes on trial over ‘terror’ links, facing 142 years in jail

Published by Ekurd Daily on the 7th of December 2017 Selahattin Demirtas, absent from ‘terror’ trial, to stay in jail SINCAN, Turkey,— A Turkish court on Thursday ordered the co-leader of the main pro-Kurdish opposition party to remain in custody after over a year behind bars, as his non-appearance in court angered supporters. Selahattin Demirtas of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) went on trial in Ankar ...

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Letter of Support for HDP-chairs: “Democracy in Turkey is going on trial”

Published by The Guardian on the 5th of December 2017 A letter signed by Noam Chomsky, Clive Lewis MP, Peter Tatchell and others calls for opposition politicians Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ to be released from prison                               On 6 and 7 December democracy goes on trial in Turkey. Opposition politician ...

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Call for separate hearings against HDP co-chairs Mr Selahattin Demirtaş and Ms Figen Yüksekdağ as well as hearings of co-mayor of Diyarbakır, Ms. Gültan Kışanak, and co-chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP), Ms. Sebahat Tuncel

Dear Madam / Sir, Please find below two invitation letters regarding separate hearings of the legal cases against HDP co-chairs Mr Selahattin Demirtaş and Ms Figen Yüksekdağ as well as hearings of co-mayor of Diyarbakır, Ms. Gültan Kışanak, and co-chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP), Ms. Sebahat Tuncel. The first invitation is on the hearings of HDP co-chairs. The first hearing of the main legal case fo ...

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Jailed Kurdish leader Demirtas says fair trial impossible in Erdogan’s Turkey

Published by Ekurd Daily on July 19, 2017 ANKARA,— Turkey’s jailed pro-Kurdish opposition leader said no judge could stand up to Tayyip Erdogan, expressing doubts he could ever have a fair trial after the president publicly labelled him a terrorist. In a rare interview from prison, Selahattin Demirtas also told Reuters he believed he accepted some blame for failing to halt the collapse of peace talks betwee ...

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Appel de Selahattin Demirtas à Tayyip Erdogan

Le co-président du Parti Démocratique des Peuples (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş a lancé un appel ouvert à Tayyip Erdoğan depuis la prison d’Edirne après que ce dernier ait accusé  Demirtas de « terroriste » lors du sommet G-20 à Hambourg. Dans sa lettre intitulée «Appel ouvert au président de l’AKP», il s’y exprime comme suit: « Tout d’abord, je vous retourne votre insulte, qui vise la volonté de millions de pe ...

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Demirtas’s open call to the chair of the AKP

First of all, I will return your insult that targeted the will of millions in my name. However, from another point of view, I would like to “thank you” because of your confession. You have saved us from the burden of trying to prove that the ongoing procedure against us, in the guise of a trial, has nothing to do with the judiciary, and that the verdict is given personally by you. I am making an open call:  ...

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Het verboden gedicht van Demirtaş

Gedicht van Demirtaş verbannen De repressie van Erdoğan’s AKP-regering tegen de pro-Koerdische Democratische Partij der Volkeren (HDP) heeft een nieuw toppunt van krankzinnigheid bereikt. Op 2 mei viel de politie binnen in de HDP-kantoren in Dargeçit (Mardin) waarbij ze een poster in beslag namen met een foto erop van HDP-covoorzitter Selahattin Demirtaş en een gedicht dat hij geschreven heeft in de gevange ...

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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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