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.
An HDP delegation met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Relations and Security Policies, Josep Borrell, in Brussels.
Meetings were held with representatives of the Left Party (Die Linke), the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the Green Party, and the Progressive Alliance as part of the three-day Berlin program.
An HDP delegation made an investigatory visit from 8 to 12 February to Shingal and to Makhmur Camp. The report was released to the public in Ankara on 16 February.
Statement by HDP Foreign Affairs Co-spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy on the Turkish military’s cross-border attacks on targets in Iraq and northern Syria on the evening of February 1, 2022, which resulted in multiple casualties and destruction.
Statement by HDP Foreign Affairs Co-spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy on the ECtHR ruling on the lifting of immunity 40 deputies of the HDP, the right to freedom of expression was violated.
Months an 2016 amendment to the Constitution, 40 HDP deputies were stripped of their legislative immunities and several of them were put in prison.
The hearing of the trial over the killing of Deniz Poyraz in HDP İzmir office began with a 3.5-hour delay. The Presiding Judge said, “The eyes of the public of Turkey and the world are on this case. We have to maintain order and discipline at the hearing.”
Deputy co-chair of the HDP Tayip Temel pointed out people are not bound to choose between two evils and emphasized the importance of a Third Way.
43 bar associations & human rights organizations from Turkey and the world have sent a letter to the (Special rapporteurs for torture, other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment) as well as working groups of the United Nations (UN) titled “Urgent Action: Imminent risk to health and life of ill prisoner Aysel Tuğluk.”
HDP MP Gülistan Kılıç Koçyiğit: “The anti-Kurdish alliance resorts to all kinds of methods to push back the HDP, the largest organized and resistant structure in Turkey”