The Trial of Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtas

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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 made, as an elected MP, both inside and outside parliament between 2011 and 2015. Figen, as an elected member of parliament, and co chair of a legal political party, was simply doing her job. It was absurd to allege that her speeches were promoting terrorism. There is no evidence that she organised or is a member of a terror group.

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Joint Statement on behalf of the International Observers Delegation to the trial of Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag

6th – 7th December 2017

 We the undersigned make this declaration to serve as a joint statement on behalf of all members of the international observes delegation that have arrived here in Ankara to observe and objectively report on the trial of the two HDP (Peoples Democratic Party’s) Co-Chair’s Sellahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag.

 Mrs. Yuksekdag and Mr. Demirtas were arrested and detained in prison since last November, 2016. Numerous charges have been brought against them relating to alleged “terrorism” activities. The particulars and evidence of the charges they face however emanate from their parliamentary activities and the responsibility they must uphold on behalf of the millions of voters that have elected them as their parliamentary representatives. These include; their speeches in Parliament, speeches at political rally’s, party meetings, press statements and general and legitimate opposition party activities. Continue reading

Reorienting the PKK: Rojava and the Political Thought of Abdullah Öcalan

 

In its 1978 manifesto, the PKK declared the establishment of an independent state to be the most important political goal of any national liberation movement. Twenty years on, the party’s leader Abdullah Öcalan changed this when he developed an ideological framework based on the idea of self-governing, stateless societies as the best way of addressing socioeconomic and sociocultural injustices. In this talk, Joost Jongerden explains this paradigm shift, which reoriented the PKK as well as other Kurdish movements in the Middle East.


Joost Jongerden is Assistant Professor at the Rural Sociology Group and the Center for Space, Place and Society at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He is also a Professor at the Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies at Kyoto University in Japan.

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Hunger Strikes in Turkish Prisons: Information Note

HDP PRISON COMMITTEE INFORMATION DESK
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Prison Committee
10 April 2017

The hunger strike protests of political prisoners in Turkish penitentiary institutions have reached a critical point. The protest was initiated in Izmir Şakran High Security Prison on 15 February 2017 to draw attention to gross human rights violations and inhumane living conditions in prisons, the isolation on the imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, and Erdoğan-AKP Government’s renewed politics violence and war in the Kurdish issue. It soon spread to other prisons across Turkey. Continue reading

Imprisoned HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş and Deputies Join Prison Hunger Strikes

Contact: international@hdp.org.tr Web: http://www.hdp.org.tr Address: Barbaros Mah. Tahran Cad. Büklüm Sok. No: 117 06680 Çankaya, Ankara – Turkey Phone: +90 312 427 17 80 Fax: +90 312 4288957

31 March 2017

On 31 March 2017, our co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and MP Abdullah Zeydan, both held captive in Edirne High Security Prison, have initiated a hunger strike in solidarity with the protest actions of political prisoners across Turkey. Continue reading

HUNGER STRIKE BY POLITICAL PRISONERS IN TURKEY

        Rue Jean Stas 41, 1060 Bruxelles Tel : 00 32 2 647 30 84  
Kongreya Neteweyî
ya Kurdistanê
 Home page : www.kongrakurdistan.net     E-Mail : kongrakurdistan@gmail.com

(Brussels, 29.03.2017)

AN URGENT DOSSIER

  • The lives of tens of political prisoners are under threat.
  • Urgent call to all humanitarian associations and international institutions
  • Any delayed reaction will cost the lives of political prisoners in Turkish Prisons
  • The hunger strike is in its 43rd day
  • Every minute counts

 torture dossier 1

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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 RELEASE by the International Peace Delegation

19 February 2017

An international peace delegation organized by the EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) and consisting of 11 members from Europe and North America, including Members of European Parliament and of the Council of Europe, academics, and journalists, has been in Diyarbakir and Istanbul this past week.  The delegation has met with representatives from the Kurdish Freedom Movement, political parties, trade unions, academics, journalists, and other civil society organizations.


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