Sezai Temelli, economist and HDP deputy, writes that the war economy is the reason for Turkey’s economic collapse and argues that there is a need to build a future against capitalism and the Nation-State.
Exiled co-mayors from the Peoples’ Democratic Party from the metropolitan cities Exiled co-mayors from the Peoples’ Democratic Party from the metropolitan cities of Van and Diyarbakir met with MEPs in Strasbourg.
Unless we successfully build an international front of peoples for peace to stop the war and protect the globe from destruction by the inhuman activities of human beings, we may end up with extinction, and in that case even a return to “barbarism” may appear a rosy scenario.
It is obvious that the AKP-MHP alliance changes the election law according to its own needs. These changes will not bring a democratic and fair election. Rather, they will block the representation of various social dynamics in parliament and further undermine the will of voters as reflected in the ballot boxes.
Releasing a joint statement on HDP closure case, organizations from several countries say, “We urge the government to respect the independence and impartiality of the judiciary by refraining from directly or indirectly influencing the Court’s decision”.
MEPs visited the HDP Representation in Europe to follow the legal proceedings and the situation of the detained HDP MPs in the context of the “Solidarity with Parliamentarians” program and later to inform the Parliament about the developments.
The 42nd General Assembly of the European Congress of Local and Regional Authorities was held. The HDP mayor of Silopi, Adalet Fidan spoke to delegates of her own experience and that of her party – and her speech was greeted with a round of applause.
Press notice by HDP Foreign Affairs Co-spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy: “According to the İHD’s statement of November 19, 2021, there are at least 1569 ill prisoners, 591 of whom are seriously ill. The number of ill prisoners has multiplied by six in ten years.”
Statement by HDP Foreign Affairs Co-spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy: “Women’s organizations continue to resist despite all the pressures. They will not kneel in the face of this misogynistic political attitude but will continue their struggle for women’s freedom.”
The Norwegian Committee for Solidarity with Kurdistan calls on “civil society, solidarity and human rights organizations, local governments and municipalities, unions, women’s rights organizations, parties and youth parties to establish and strengthen contacts with HDP…”
Two ongoing court cases could see leading party members jailed for life, and the enforced closure of the party. These cases commit the state even further to violent suppression of Kurdish hopes rather than a political solution.
Press notice by HDP’s Co-spokespersons for Foreign Affairs Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy: HDP Diyarbakır MP Semra Güzel’s parliamentary immunity has been lifted
HDP former co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ answered the questions of the daily Yeni Yaşam from the prison where she has been held since 2016: From her prison cell, Yüksekdağ answered questions on prison conditions, the oppression of women, the women’s struggle for freedom and equality, and the most vital demands on 8 March Women’s Day.
Final declaration of the “Conference for Democracy and Freedom” (5-6th of March in Berlin) largely supported by the participation of speakers of many political parties, NGOs, journalists, authors, intellectuals, academics and many representatives of oppositional groups.
On March 2, 1994, four of the first pro-Kurdish MPs in Turkey were arrested in the parliament after their legislative immunities were lifted. Exactly 28 years later, another Kurdish MP was stripped of her MP status.
HDP Diyarbakır MP Semra Güzel has been stripped of her legislative immunity in a vote taken at the General Assembly of the Parliament. “For Kurdish people, lifting her immunity means disregarding their will,” said HDP Group Deputy Chair Oluç.
The Kurdish issue is the root of the problems in Turkey, Europe Representative of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Devriş Çimen said in a meeting organized by the Standing Committee on Human Rights of the Italian Parliament.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs answered Socialist Party (SP) parliamentarian Van Dijk’s questions about political prisoners in Turkey.
HDP’s Group Deputy Chair Meral Danış Beştaş criticized the “hypocrisy” of the anti-war opposition in Turkey, saying, “When it comes to Ukraine, war is considered against the international law, but the invasion of Afrin is deemed appropriate.”
Holding their first meeting on January 18, seven political parties met again in Ankara. Making a statement after the meeting, the parties have expressed their support for peace against war, for labor against exploitation and for life against plunder of nature.