Category Archives: Turkey

The Arrest of Ahmet Turk: Erdogan’s Bloody Dictatorship Must Be Stopped

By Arian Mufid: In light of Monday’s events in Turkey in which prominent Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (HDP) MP Ahmet Turk was arrested, I reflected on the time three years ago in July 2013 when I met this great man for 25 minutes in Erbil, the capital of south Kurdistan. Following the meeting I…

Urgent Call: Worsening Situation in Turkish Prisons

By Hişyar Özsoy, Deputy Co-chair of HDP Responsible for Foreign Affairs: Recently there have been several news and claims in the Turkish and international media that uprisings might be provoked in the prisons of Turkey to provide the government the excuse and opportunity to execute planned massacres against prisoners. We know that the government has…

The Plight of Leyla Birlik: UK MEP is Barred from Visiting the Jailed HDP MP

By Julie Ward, MEP: Leyla Birlik is one of 10 HDP deputies who have been imprisoned by the Turkish state in the last 3 weeks following the brutal crackdown on political opposition. Leyla is a democratically elected MP representing Sirnak in Southern Turkey. She was elected on November 1st 2015 when HDP won 59 seats…

Closing Down of NGOS in Turkey is Another Step Towards Tyranny

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Statement: First the Turkish authorities came for the politicians, then they came for the journalists and the lawyers, the academics and students, then the political advisors and now it is the turn of NGOs. Hundreds of NGOs have become the latest victims to feel the wrath of President Erdogan and his…

The Repression And War Crimes Inflicted On Turkey’s Kurds

By John Hunt: This article was first published by the Morning Star “Be Smart, We’ll Be Back.” Neatly stencilled onto a wall in central Nusaybin, the warning is less crude than other graffiti scrawled by Turkish soldiers on walls and inside homes after they’ve besieged and pulverised Kurdish towns across south-east Turkey, but in context…

Anatolian Democratic Forces (ADF)

 By Dr Jan Best de Vries: When in Turkey half of the population, Turks and Kurds alike, is arrested and fired by the regime in power with the consent of the other half, the actual situation is that of a civil war. When an army is to be formed to restore democracy in this country,…

Free HDP and Divest From Turkish Fascism: International Appeal and Message of Solidarity

Joint Statement by Armenian, Kurdish and Ezidi Organizations in the USA: We express our outrage at the arbitrary arrests of Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag, and its 10 MPs on November 4, 2016. With the charges of treason and association with terrorism, HDP MPs are the latest victims…

HDP: We Will Win – No Matter What!

HDP Statement, issued in Diyarbakir: We would like to begin our statement by first condemning the bomb attack that took place in Diyarbakır on November 4, 2016. We wish mercy on those who lost their lives and extend our condolences to their relatives and to our people. We wish a swift recovery to the injured…

The End of Democracy in Turkey

HDP Statement: Last night the purge of President Erdogan against our party has reached another peak: our Co-Chairs Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag, along with 11 further Members of Parliament of our party have been detained across Turkey last night. More arrests are to be expected. The goal of these measures is to shut down…

Erdogan’s AKP is Killing the Image of Turkish Civilization

By Arian Mufid: In 1934 Reza Shah, the ruler of Iran, was so impressed by the Turkish rule, the structure of Turkish civilization, and the nation’s founder Kemal  Ataturk that he decided to travel there to meet Ataturk in person. Subsequently, Reza Shah followed Ataturk’s example and installed himself as the new Shah of Iran. Ataturk had…

Erdogan Invites The Turks To Go Back to Mongolia!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: In the last few weeks there have been rather warm discussions in Erdogan’s presidential palace and in other important decision-making arenas of the Turkish political establishment. The discussions among the Turkish gentlemen have been about how to turn political jokes into reality. We all remember the man with the faint and fixed…

Syria’s Not So Civil War Explained – Neither in 2011 Nor a Sectarian War: Qatar-Turkey Gas Pipeline Design

By Dr. Koohzad: Many mainstream media reports, and even scholarly research works, mistakenly call the War on Syria a “Civil War.” They also believe that the war began in 2011, and is a sectarian conflict mainly between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam. None of these three claims is true. The following arguments and…

Support a Federal State or a Democratic Confederate States of Syria!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: Authoritarianism, dictatorship, centralism, ethnic aggressive nationalism and racism have been the history of the Middle East in the past hundred years since the Sykes-Picot agreement. Countries in the upper Middle East, such as Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq have always been shifting between various dictatorships and fascistic regimes. The fact that there…

Kurdophobia is Fuelling Fascism in Turkey

By Ozkan Kocakaya: The explosion of anti-Kurdish sentiment in Turkey in the past year has revealed deep, unresolved issues for the country that the state has largely managed to conceal from the international arena for decades. When the HDP comfortably broke through the notoriously difficult 10% threshold to send Kurdish MPs into parliament in the…

Turkey Headed In The Totally Wrong Direction!

Rebwar Reshid

By Rebwar Rashed: With a portfolio comprising the Copenhagen criteria, respect for national, democratic and human rights and a little understanding that other people also need freedom, peace and friendly neighbors, Turkey could have gone a great way towards sustainable peace and a wellbeing future. Turkey’s situation, however, is exactly the opposite. Turkey slides slowly but surely…