I call on Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to now finally openly and unequivocally condemn the ongoing attacks on freely elected deputies of the opposition HDP party in Turkey. In recent days, hundreds of members of the HDP party have been arrested, and nine HDP parliamentarians are now to be stripped of their immunity.
Since 19 August, a total of 48 municipalities, 3 of which are metropolitan, 5 provincial, 33 district and 7 town municipalities, have been seized by the AKP / MHP government. With the appointment of trustees, the will of the people was ignored and neglected by the ruling partners in 48 localities.
The European Union is gravely concerned about the continuing pressure against the HDP and several of its members, which has materialised lately through arrests, replacing elected mayors, what seem to be politically motivated judicial proceedings and the attempt of lifting parliamentary immunities of Members of the Grand National Assembly.
The Party of European Socialists rejects the attacks on its associate member party Halklarin Demokratik Partisi – People’s Democratic Party (HDP) – by Turkish authorities.
President Erdoğan’s latest attacks on HDP party representatives in Turkey must be condemned by all political groups at the European Parliament, and Parliament’s President Sassoli must lead in taking a clear stance against Ankara’s relentless assault on democracy.
The information note by our Foreign Affairs Co-spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy regarding the severe increase in political pressure against the HDP:
Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentary members and politicians have been targeted for unspecified offences during the 2014 protests sparked by the ISIS seizure of Kobane. Some 82 of them already were under arrest since September 2020.
The political genocide operations carried out by the AKP-MHP nationalist alliance to intimidate and suppress our party still continue. Systematic attacks against HDP members, administrators, and those who demand freedom, peace and justice take place almost every day.
Press statement by our Central Executive Board: Hulusi Akar, Turkey’s Minister of National Defence made a statement on February 10, 2021 after midnight, on the military operation carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in the Gare Region, of Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq that the bodies of 13 deceased citizens were reached. At least […]
On February 10, Socialist Alliance city councillor Sue Bolton successfully moved a motion of support for the Kurdish co-mayors who have been undemocratically removed from office by the Erdogan regime in Turkey. The motion was passed with only one vote against and two abstentions. It read: Background In 2019 the Erdogan government prevented 90 democratically […]
Leyla Güven is HDP MP for Hakkari, co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress and former mayor of the municipality of Viranşehir in the Şanlıurfa Province of Southeast Anatolia of Turkey, where she represented the former Democratic Society Party 11 January 2021 Interview translated from T24 Your client Leyla Güven was sentenced to 22 years and […]
Today marks two years since EFA’s original call for the end of the isolation regime for Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan and the release of all political prisoners in Turkey. In January 2019, Kurdish MEP Leyla Güven was released from prison following an 80-day hunger strike. However, in December 2020, Güven was sentenced to 22 years […]
On the initiative of the Socialists and Democrats, the European Parliament held a plenary session on Jan. 21 titled “Human rights situation in Turkey, notably the case of Selahattin Demirtaş and others.”
“To overcome the Imrali isolation system in real terms can only be possible by ensuring the legal equality and freedom of Mr. Öcalan and the Kurdish people intertwined with him, like all other individuals and peoples,” says the Asrin Law Office. The Asrin Law Office representing Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan has published its 2020 […]
The “Hunger Strikes Monitoring Coordination” established by IHD, TTB, ÖHD, HRFT and ÇHD stated that the isolation against Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan and abuses in prisons should be ended. The “Hunger strike Monitoring Coordination” established by the Human Rights Association (İHD), Turkish Medical Association (TTB), Free Lawyers Association (ÖHD), Contemporary Lawyers Association (ÇHD) held […]
British actress Maxine Peake described Leyla Guven’s fight as one for the whole of humanity as she launched the Peace in Kurdistan “Letters for Leyla” campaign. British actress Maxine Peake, known for shows including Silks, Black Mirror and Shameless, called for messages of solidarity to be sent to the former Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP for Hakkari who […]
Turkey celebrates “Working Journalists’ Day” on January 10. Numerous organizations and individuals – including President Erdogan – have spoken out on the issue of press freedom on this occasion. In Turkey, January 10 has been “Working Journalists’ Day” since 1961. On this occasion, several organizations have spoken out on the issue of press freedom. In […]
Today is ‘Working Journalist Day’ but in Turkey journalists has nothing to celebrate said HDP Press and Propaganda deputy co-chair, Tayip Temel. HDP Press and Propaganda deputy co-chair, Tayip Temel issued a written statement to mark “Working Journalists Day” and said that we are sailing through dark times when it comes to journalism. HDP Press […]
Dicle Fırat Journalists Association (DFG) released its 2020 Report on Violations Against Journalists at a press conference held at the association building in Amed (Diyarbakır). According to the report, 79 journalists were detained, 24 journalists were jailed, 19 journalists were attacked, and 1960 news articles were blocked during 2020. DFG co-chair Dicle Müftüoğlu, who defined […]
The Economy Commission of the HDP has presented the “Poverty Report”. The report was presented in a press conference at the Parliament, joined by HDP Diyarbakır MP and HDP deputy co-chair responsible for the commission Garo Paylan and HDP MPs Erol Katırcıoğlu, Necdet İpekyüz and Serpil Kemalbay. The commission’s report revealed that 60 percent of […]