A group of members of the European Parliament, in a letter they sent to the EU Commission, expressed their concern about Turkey’s military attacks against Rojava and South Kurdistan and called on the EU to react.
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As an anti-war contribution, we as a Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Representation in Europe publish here international voices and statements against the war of the Erdogan regime against the Kurds in Northeast Syria and Northern Iraq since late hours of November 19.
A summary by HDP Europe on the background to Turkish airstrikes and bombing of Nord East Syria, while an investigation of Istanbul attack is being prevented by the AKP-MHP coalition
The international community should not remain silent in the face of such deadly attacks that are in clear violation of the international and humanitarian law.
Turkey is in the midst of a great period of crisis, and the ruling AKP-MHP coalition is in danger of losing power, the life of which “they are trying to extend by the strategy of external war”
The Peoples’ Democratic Party said that the ECtHR has once again condemned Turkey for violating the rights of their fellow party members, reiterating their call for the release of jailed politicians.
Selahattin Demirtaş said the trial is a political endeavor that tries to isolate and criminalize the HDP, and one of the aims of the case is for the government to win the upcoming 2023 elections.
Today it is six years since the political crackdown of 4 November 2016, which was directed against the People’s Democratic Party (HDP). Since then, Erdogan’s regime has been systematically and arbitrarily fighting the HDP with all state resources.
Yesterday, police carried out simultaneous raids on the homes of 11 journalists in Ankara, Diyarbakir, Mardin, Urfa, Van and Istanbul.
The Turkish government denies the use of chemical weapons in Kurdistan despite clear evidence. If it is so sure, it must allow an independent investigation, says HDP Foreign Affairs Co-Spokesperson Hişyar Özsoy
HDP: “We invite the relevant international institutions and the public, especially the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations, to work more effectively,”
Information note by HDP Foreign Affairs Spokespersons Feleknas Uca & Hişyar Özsoy: “HDP deputies also face brutal physical attacks by the security forces during their political activities.”
HDP Foreign Affairs Co-Spokesperson Hişyar Özsoy gave an interview to Green Left: There are all kinds of things that could happen. Erdoğan may seek to create more chaos and instability and generate “security concerns”.
Artı Gerçek’s interview with former HDP co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ:
Responding to our questions from prison, Figen Yuksekdag said that it was a mistake to choose nationalism to challenge the government.
The Labour and Freedom Alliance shared a joint declaration featuring the principles of their political framework, the road map covering the period pre- and after Turkey’s upcoming elections, and the principles of their struggle for justice, equality and democracy.
The declaration of the “Labour and Freedom Alliance” will contain messages on many issues, especially the economy, poverty, the Kurdish problem and the restriction of fundamental rights and freedoms.
The Human Rights Association (IHD) reported that 13 prisoners died by suicide, 5 prisoners died suspiciously, and the cause of death of a further prisoner was not disclosed in 2021. It has been also reported that 6 prisoners committed suicide in 2022, and 12 prisoners died suspiciously.
The Turkish government, which employs aggressive policies to redesign the country in its own image and in line with its political interests, has been destroying and plundering the eco-system especially in the Kurdish countryside for years.
A judgeship has banned a poetry book written by Figen Yüksekdağ, a former co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who has been in prison since 2016.
“If Turkey is interested in a solution and peace in Syria, all it must do is withdraw from Syrian territory and abandon its support for the factions associated with it,” said Ebru Günay, spokesperson for the HDP