List of State Commissioners Appointed to DBP-led Municipalities as of 17/03/2017

Data gathered by GABB (Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities)

City – Province Population Popular Vote

for the DBP

Name of Appointed State Commissioner

1 Batman Municipality 557K 55,89% Şeref Aksoy- Deputy Governor

2 Hakkari Municipality 275K 66,83% Coney Epçim- Deputy Governor

3 Diyadin Municipality – Ağrı 43K 48,43% Mekan Çeviren- District Governor Continue reading

Imprisoned Co-Mayors from Kurdish Region, Turkey

Imprisoned Co-Mayors from Kurdish Region, Turkey

Data Compiled by Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities (GABB)

as of 17/03/2017

Name Title Date of Arrest Prison

1 Mr. Harun Erkuş Co-Mayor of Lice, Diyarbakır 08/05/2015 Diyarbakır D Type Prison, Diyarbakır

2 Ms. Dilek Hatipoğlu Co-Mayor of Hakkari 08/25/2015 Sincan Women’s Prison, Ankara

3 Mr. Nurullah Çiftçi Co-Mayor of Hakkari 08/25/2015 Kırıkkale F Type, Kırıkkale

4 Ms. Handan Bağcı Co-Mayor of Özalp, Van 10/11/2015 Bayburt M Type Prison, Bayburt Continue reading

PRESS STATEMENT KNK Executive Committe


AKP is carrying out a fresh round of massacre in Kurdistan
Execution, torture, surveillance, and disappearance in Xirabê Baba village of Mêrdin/Nisêbîn

On 1 February, the Turkish government imposed a curfew on nine villages that was lifted on the following day, yet in the village of Xirabe Baba it has been going on. Moreover, Turkish soldiers executed 3 persons, demolished or set on ablaze houses, and put on surveillance many villagers. The militaries have prevented passage to villages, cut the telephone and internet lines, attacked villages with gas bomb, and have not allowed transfer of the wounded to hospital. The embargo that the AKP’s palace forces placed on Xirabê Baba is ongoing. In addition to the execution of 3 persons, Turkish forces tortured 39 persons, and there is no news about 2 more. No connection has been made with the village.
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The plight of the 10 HDP MPs goaled since early November 2016 by the Turkish government

As a matter of urgency we draw readers’ attention to the plight of the ten Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MPs gaoled since early November 2016 by the Turkish government. In particular, we call for action by the British government, parliamentarians and democratic bodies over the life-threatening conditions in which the HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas is being held. Continue reading

Fear of genocide in South-east Turkey

 Report on an emergency visit to HDP MPs in Diyarbakir, Turkey, 18th -20th November 2016 by Julie Ward MEP and Melanie Gingell, barrister

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

MPs in South-East Turkey have expressed fears that the next step in the repressive, downward spiral in the mainly Kurdish district of South-East Turkey will be a genocide.

Julie Ward, Labour MEP for North West England, and Melanie Gingell, Barrister, visited Diyarbakir in South East Turkey between 18th and 20th November 2016 in response to an urgent call from the HDP in a mission facilitated by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign. Both women have made previous visits to the region, Ward as recently as mid-October 2016. Continue reading

Open letter to the Dutch company Bresser Eurasia and the Greek company Korres Engineering both of whom are joining the project to relocate the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf.

1) Bresser Eurasia BV. Viltweg 1p, P.O. Box 5231, 3295 ZJ ’s-Gravendeel, The Netherlands by email: 2) Korres Engineering 9 Varnali Str., Melissia 151 27, Athens, Greece by email:

Request to withdraw from the relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb in Hasankeyf/Turkey 05.12.2016

Dear Mr. Taco Bresser, Bresser Eurasia, Dear Mr. Dimitri Korres, Korres Engineering,

As representatives of civil society organisations working to save Hasankeyf, an ancient city in the predominantly Kurdish southeast of Turkey, we write to urge you to withdraw from the project to relocate the Tomb of Zeynel Bey. From recent communication with Korres Engineering we understand that your companies are jointly providing the technical expertise and capability required to the Turkish company “Er-Bu” for the relocation of the Zeynel Bey Tomb, with Korres Engineering contributing to the planning and Bresser Eurasia in charge of the physical lifting and transporting of the monument. We invite you to meet with us to discuss further the concerns outlined below. Continue reading



We call on the British Government to demand the immediate release of the Diyarbakir co-mayors Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli along with all elected Kurdish officials.

Dear Foreign Secretary

You have shown a determination to develop closer relations between Britain and Turkey since becoming foreign secretary. You have expressed strong support for Turkish democracy in the wake of the failed coup. Continue reading

HDP Europe: Latest updates November 2016

Please find below 4 documents from the HDP setting out information and reactions to the detention of the Diyarbakir co-majors, the court ruling on Figen Yuksekdag, the state of emergency and the speech by Demirtas on 27th October

1.  The court ruling on Figen Yüksekdağ is not lawful but arbitrary and political

Şanlı Urfa 5th High Criminal Court ruled today “to bar HDP co-chair Ms Figen Yüksekdağ from travel abroad by way of judicial control”. This action is entirely arbitrary and in conradiction of legal precedents. Continue reading


PEACE IN KURDISTAN CAMPAIGN – Statement 29 October 2016

We condemn the arrests of Diyarbakir’s Co-Mayors Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli and demand their immediate release.

The Co-Mayors of Diyarbakir, Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli, were arrested in a Turkish police operation on 25 October during a new crackdown on elected officials of the municipalities in the Kurdish southeast of the country.  Numerous other senior officials have also been arrested in what is part of a continuing clampdown on democracy and civil rights in Turkey. Continue reading



Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Department for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Report Date: October 7, 2016 The Fortress and inner city of Diyarbakır and the adjacent Hevsel Gardens Cultural Landscape have maintained the importance of the city for thousands of years because of its strategic location between East and West boundaries. The city has kept many different cultures and also “engraved” them into its fabric. The city, which has been the heart of many civilizations and states in time, had been the regional capital (center) of the empire in the periods of Persian, Roman, Sassanian, Byzantine and Islamic empires because of its geopolitical importance. On that sense, the city is a World Heritage Site with multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-layered structure. The religious architectural structures consisting of its original civil architecture, mosques, the churches and the public buildings such as inns and traditional baths are the cultural assets of the city which can be seen in the urban conservation area. Continue reading