The ongoing unlawful state practices against the HDP have gained a new character (HDP statement)

The ongoing unlawful state practices against the HDP have gained a new character with three coordinated and synchronized “legal” decisions on the same day. On 21 February 2017, HDP’s co-chair Ms Figen Yüksekdağ's parliament membership was revoked, co-chair Mr Selahattin Demirtaş received a five-month prison sentence, and Deputy Chair of HDP Parliamentary Group Mr İdris Baluken was re-arrested and sent back ...

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Revocation of HDP Co-chair Ms. Yüksekdağ’s parliamentary membership is unacceptable (HDP statement)

The revocation of HDP Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s membership in parliament as a fait accompli is unacceptable. The revoking of her position in parliament once again tramples the constitution, and it is an effort to give the government’s political decision the appearance of legality. The Erdoğan-AKP government is trying to overcome its own political deadlock as well as Turkey’s social and economic crisis by v ...

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Turkey: The Kurdish region since the coup attempt

By: Nurcan Baysal. This article was published on Open Democracy on 2 February 2017. The July 15 coup attempt was a nightmare. Kurds remember the terrible army coups in Turkey’s past. After the coups, Kurdish people were jailed, killed and tortured. Kurds are against military coups. By nightfall on July 15, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) had immediately condemned the coup attempt. Kurds thou ...

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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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Invitation for the 2017 Newroz Celebrations

Brussels, february 9, 2017 Dear Friends, We would like to cordially invite you to join us for the Newroz (Kurdish New Year) that will take place in Diyarbakir, Van, Mardin and other kurdish and turkish cities, between March 17 and 22, 2017. Newroz, the spring equinox, is celebrated across a vast geography as the harbinger of the joint revival of nature and society. For the Kurdish people, it also represents ...

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