On 4 November, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairs, Figen Yüksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas, alongside other parliamentarians, will mark the 5th anniversary of their arrest. It is also the beginning of an ongoing systematic repression against the HDP.

In this context, HDP Europe has written a summary. In doing so, they want to draw attention to the arbitrary actions of the Erdogan regime and its authoritarian methods in the fight against the HDP and the Kurds in and around Turkey. Some concrete facts:

  • Over 4,000 HDP members are currently in prison
  • Dozens of journalists have been detained and the media is censored
  • The HDP is facing a potential ban by the Constitutional Court
  • 108 prominent HDP members face potential life imprisonment in the ongoing ‘Kobanê Case’
  • The Turkish parliament had extended their mandate for Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria
  • Turkey has shown disregard for international law and human rights, including ignoring the decisions of several international institutions, such as the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, and the European Court of Human Rights
  • Turkey continues to be an “occupying power” in northern Syria (Rojava) and Northern Iraq (South Kurdistan), and to commit human rights abuses in the areas it occupies
  • There have been numerous reports of Turkey’s use of chemical weapons in Northern Iraq (South Kurdistan)

We invite you to have a look at the facts and figures concerning this insane repression via this webpage of HDP Europe