Category Archives: HDP

The International Silence on Turkey’s Onslaught on Kurdish People is Harming Democracy and Peace

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rahid: On May 20, 2016, the Turkish Parliament, under the majority of Erdogan’s AK Party, took another step towards strengthening a totalitarian system in Turkey by voting for legislation removing the parliamentary immunity of 148 members of the Parliament (MPs). Most of the charges though are directed at the members of the Peoples’…

Lifting the Legislative Immunities of HDP Members is a Coup Against the Will of Peoples and the Consolidation of One-Man Rule

By Eyyup Doru, HDP Representative in Europe: On May 20th, 2016, under extreme pressure of President Erdoğan, the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) lifted the parliamentary immunity of 138 lawmakers through a provisional Constitutional amendment. This became possible with the joint efforts of an anti-Kurdish Turkish nationalist alliance formed among the ruling AKP, the…

Oppose the Lifting of Immunity of HDP Deputies – Open Letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron

By the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign: The decision that is about to be taken by Turkey to lift the immunity of deputies (MPs) belonging to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will be a totally lamentable move and should be opposed in the most unambiguous terms. This long threatened action proposed by the ruling AKP government…

The Round-the-Clock ‘Curfews’ in Kurdish Provinces of Turkey

By 12 HDP MPs: To Whom It May Concern, The round-the-clock “curfews” (read: indefinite military siege of entire settlements) in Kurdish cities of Turkey since August 2015 continue with full force, which is a clear violation of the Turkish law and Constitution. As of March 23, 2016, sixty-one “curfews” were declared in 7 cities and…

Stop the Shameful and Unjust Suit of HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas

Press Release by the EU-Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC): The EUTCC joins all other advocates of legal due process as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its corresponding EU declarations and respectfully appeals to the Independent democratic Turkish judiciary to dismiss the frivolous libel suit against HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtas for insulting the…

HDP Deputies on Hunger Strike: Urgent Call On the Situation in Cizre

Urgent call to national and international public opinion on the situation in Cizre To the press and public opinion: For the last eight days, we have been making every effort to have our dead and seriously wounded citizens who are trapped in the basement of an apartment building in Cizre—among them many dead and seriously…

Open Letter to the President of the Council of European Union about the November 1 Elections in Turkey

By Dr Amir Sharifi: Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 175 B-1048 Bruxelles/Brussel Belgique/België Dear Mr. Donald Tusk: We members of the Kurdish American Education Society and the greater Kurdish communities in Southern California are hereby urging you and the international community to ensure that the upcoming November 1 elections 1 in Turkey  are  held freely and…

Why Must We All Support the HDP?

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: In about 10 days, on November 1st, Turkey holds its second election since, following the previous election of June 7th, no party was able to win a parliamentary majority and at the same time a coalition government was impossible since the main Turkish traditional political parties, who rest on very traditional reactionary…

HDP: Call to the International Community Following the Ankara Massacre

By Selahattin DEMİRTAŞ & Figen YÜKSEKDAĞ, HDP Co-chairs: On October 10th, a Peace Rally that brought together many civil society organizations, revolutionary unions, and progressive and democratic parties, among them HDP, was the target of a horrendous attack. Unfortunately, at least 128 of our fellow citizens were murdered in this attack, and hundreds wounded. We…

HDP Co-President Selahattin Demirtaş, 2 Ministers, Several Deputies on March to Besieged City Cizre

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Press Release: A delegation of the political party of the HDP was en route to the city of Cizre from Midyat district in solidarity with the besieged civilians facing a state of emergency and martial law. However, Turkish police and authorities, on orders of the Interior Minister outside of Mardin-Midyat, stopped…

Erdogan’s Broken Peace and its Catastrophic Aftermath

By Dr. Amir Sharifi: The June 7 elections in Turkey and the electoral victory of the Kurdish Democratic Party (HDP) brought the world a new awareness of the Justice and Development Party ‘s (AKP) character and intentions in regards to the settlement issue and the global campaign against Islamic State. For over a decade before…

Witnessing HDP Victory in Turkey: Election Monitors Report Back (London, 7 July)

Peace in Kurdistan Press Release: Where: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA When:  Tuesday 7 July 2015 // 6.30pm – 8.30pm Hosted by Kate Osamor MP KT Comment: Following the abominable ISIS massacre in Kobane – an atrocity that was clearly initiated from inside Turkey – the building of solidarity with the HDP…

HDP – Breaking the World’s Highest Political Barrier: The Victory of Moving From Bullets to Ballots by the Kurds in Turkey

By Dr. M. Koohzad: June 7th 2015 must be remembered as one of the most significant days in the annals of history and geography, and in cultural, political and economic relations of the Kurds within Turkey, within the Mideast, and the entire world. On this auspicious day, for the first time, a relatively new Kurdish…

Congratulatory Message to Mr. Selahattin Demirtash, Co-chair of HDP and its Elected MPs

By Dr.Amir Sharifi: Dear Mr. Selahattin Demirtash: We members of the Kurdish American Education Society Los Angeles, and the greater Kurdish Community in Southern California, extend our warmest congratulations to you and People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP) elected members of parliament for your impressive and unprecedented electoral victory in Turkey. For Kurds, this is indeed one…

Five Reasons Why the HDP Should Go For An AKP Partnership

By Sabir Hasan Birot: The Turkish historical election has been held and the unprecedented result has been announced. No party has won enough seats to form government unilaterally. AKP is the first winner in terms of the number of seats it has garnered. However, it needs a partnership to be able to form the next…