Category Archives: HDP

HDP Urgent Statement: The “Civil Coup” Against Elected Kurdish Metropolitan Mayors in Diyarbakir, Mardin and Van

  By the Central Executive Board, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP): We will not be silenced, we will not be stopped… Our Municipal Co-chairs, who were elected with 63% of the vote in Diyarbakır, 56% of the vote in Mardin and 53% of the vote in Van, have been removed from duty with an Interior Ministry…

Leyla Güven Enters Turkish Parliament One Year After Her Election

KT News: Leyla Güven, the renowned MP for the HDP (People’s Democracy Party), finally took her place in the Turkish Assembly yesterday, more than a year after her election. The MP for Hakkari, who is also co-chair of the DTK (Democratic Society Congress) was elected in last year’s June 24 elections although she was in…

The Assault on Local Democracy Goes On: 259 Kurdish Mukhtars Suspended From Duty!

HDP Statement: Turkish government’s ongoing assault on local democracy has shifted to another field in the run up to the local elections scheduled for late March 2019. This time the target is “mukhtars” in Kurdish provinces (elected headmen of villages and neighborhoods). After President Erdoğan had pointed at them as the next target by saying,…

Solidarity with Jailed Kurdish Mayors and Councillors

Monday 26th February, 18:00-21:00 hrs Committee Room 2, City Hall, London SE1 2AA SPEAKERS: Julie Ward MEP, North West England Jennette Arnold OBE AM, London Assembly member for North East London Margaret Owen OBE, human rights lawyer who has attended many trials of Kurdish politicians Representative from the HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) John Hunt, journalist,…

Statement In Support of Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag – Co-Chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey

By the Peace in Kurdistan Campaign:  On 6 and 7 December 2017 Figen Yuksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas, co-chairs of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), are to be tried in separate courts in Ankara, Turkey. They face a range of charges accusing them of inciting violence and making propaganda for a terrorist organisation. Figen and Selahattin…

Absence of Evidence at Trial of Gultan Kisanak and Sebahat Tuncel

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign Report: The sixth hearing in the trial of Gultan Kisanak, co-mayor of Dyarbakir, and Sebahat Tuncel, co-leader of the HDP-affiliated DBP, took place on 3 November. It was attended by freelance journalist and editor John Hunt, as a UK observer. The hearing was held in Malatya, 150 miles from Dyarbakir, and…

Torture in Şapatan Village of Şemdinli/Hakkari – Observations of HDP MPs

HDP Statement: Şapatan, a village in Hakkari’s Şemdinli district with a population of 2000, was raided by Turkish police officers on 6 August 2017. The raid occurred after one special operations police officer had been killed during an operation launched by Turkish army and police forces in Şapatan. Allegations that villagers were tortured began to…

Imprisoned HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş and Deputies Join Prison Hunger Strikes

HDP Statement: On 31 March 2017, our co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and MP Abdullah Zeydan, both held captive in Edirne High Security Prison, have initiated a hunger strike in solidarity with the protest actions of political prisoners across Turkey. The current wave of prison hunger strikes started in early February against systematic rights violations that took…

HDP: Kurdish Villages Under Round-The-Clock Military Curfew

HDP Statement: Military blockades continue in three villages in the town of Nusaybin (Mardin province). In addition to Koruköy, which has been under siege since 11 February 2017, Doğanlı and Kuyular villages have also been under round-the-clock-curfew since 22 February 2017. Entry and exit is prohibited in these three villages. HDP deputies and human rights…

HDP: Revocation of Figen Yüksekdağ’s Parliamentary Membership is Unacceptable

By HDP Central Executive Board: The revocation of HDP Co-Chair Figen Yüksekdağ’s membership in parliament as a fait accompli is unacceptable. The revoking of her position in parliament once again tramples the constitution, and it is an effort to give the government’s political decision the appearance of legality. The Erdoğan-AKP government is trying to overcome…

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…

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…

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…