EP: We urge Turkish authorities to reinstate all mayors and other elected officials who won March 2019 local elections

European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the replacement of our co-mayors of Diyarbakır, Van and Mardin with trustees. The bill of resolution was submitted to the parliament by the European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE/GNL) group.  The resolution reads as follows: European Parliament; Condemns the decision made by the Turkish authorities to remove democratically elected […]

Malmö City Council in solidarity with HDP

Emma-Lina Johansson, a member of the Malmö City Council representing Left Party, protested the AKP government’s seizure of HDP-run metropolitan municipalities of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van through the removal of elected co-mayors and appointment of governors as trustees to take over the administration of the municipalities. In a video message on Facebook, Johansson recalled that […]

Press conference at the European parliament in Strasbourg

A press conference was organized by the HDP ‘s european representation office in Strasbourg with the participation of Kati Piri (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament , Vice-president), The Greens/EFA, Group and the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left. Sezai Temelli, co-president of the People’s […]

Lawyers: Demirtaş should immediately be released on probation

Our former co-chair Mr. Selahattin Demirtaş’s lawyers held a press conference regarding the September 18 hearing at the Grand Chamber of European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The statement reads as follows: Dear Members of the Press, As publicly known, Selahattin Demirtaş was arrested on November 4, 2016, together with 12 other HDP deputies, and for this unlawful, […]

EH Bildu denounces the arrest of HDP elected representatives

Statement by EH Bildu regarding the removal of our co-mayors: Turkish interior minister launched on the 19th August a Police raid to arrest over 400 HDP’s municipal council members and employees, including the Municipal Co-chairs in Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van and will appoint unelected administrators to run the municipalities. We must note the overhelming support […]

PES: Erdogan is once again trying to hijack democracy

Statement by PES regarding the removal of our 3 co-mayors: The removal of three democratically elected majors is the latest signal that Erdogan is actively subverting democracy to maintain a grip on power, the Party of European Socialists said today. Yesterday authorities from the Turkish interior ministry appointed State Governors to replace the Kurdish mayors […]

Maja Kocijancic: Dismissals and detentions of local politicians and appointment of trustees seriously risk damaging local democracy

Statement by Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU’s Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the suspensions of our mayors and detainment of hundreds of people in south-east Turkey: Turkish authorities have temporarily suspended the democratically elected mayors of Diyarbakir, Van and Mardin in south-east Turkey while hundreds of people have been detained as part of a […]

Trustees appointed to HDP Municipalities

The Erdogan regime is determined in maintaining its authoritarian and unlawful rule that has been targeting the Kurdish provinces for the last three years. Since the local elections of 31 March 2019, HDP municipalities have been under constant threats and attacks of Mr Erdogan-led AKP government and their ultra-nationalist MHP allies. These threats took on […]