Category Archives: HDP

Police Raid on HDP Istanbul Headquarters

HDP Statement: The Istanbul headquarters of HDP, the third largest party in the parliament representing the will of more than five million voters, was ravaged and vandalized by Turkish Police Special Operations teams at 3.00 a.m. on 11 August. Backed by a helicopter and armored vehicles, the police broke in the building like gangs; they…

Demirtas: As Ocalan Predicted, Erdogan’s War Against Kurds Triggered the Coup Mechanism

INTERVIEW BY OSMAN OĞUZ/HABER MERKEZİ, YENİ ÖZGÜR POLİTİKA: Re-published from https://hdpenglish.wordpress.com/ We talked with HDP Co-Leader Selahattin Demirtaş about the attempted coup that took place on July 15. What happened still needs a general definition. What was exactly was it we went through? First of all, it is obvious that there has been an attempted military coup…

HDP: The Only Solution is Democratic Politics!

By Figen Yüksekdağ & Selahattin Demirtaş, HDP Co-Chairs: In this challenging and critical days which Turkey goes through, whatever its reason might be, no one should put himself in the place of the people’s will. The HDP is opposed to any kind of coup under any circumstances and as a principle. Bookmark on Delicious Recommend…

Turkey is Losing the Kurds and the War Against Kurds

By Ozkan Kocakaya: When Erdogan declared war on the PKK last July, nobody could have foreseen the levels to which it was to be escalated and the widespread destruction of Kurdish towns it would result in. It is widely acknowledged that the war is politically motivated, and whilst it may have consolidated the nationalists’ vote…

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…