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


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 fairly.

As you are aware in the June nation wide elections, the opposition parties emerged triumphant by ending the AKP Ruling party’s majority of parliamentary seats for the first time. The Pro-Kurdish HDP passed the 10% threshold to bring about genuine democratic changes; however, the AKP has done everything possible to contest and reverse the results of these elections by tightening its grip on power, silencing all voices of opposition with its anti-terrorism laws.

The European Union has invested a great deal in Turkey in the hope of creating a better and a more democratic society; instead Turkey has become ethnically and religiously a less tolerant society. The AKP Party’s history except for a brief period has been marred with political corruption, suppression of political dissent and draconian crackdown on the human rights activists, liberal and critical media. Lawyers and opposition parties have warned against the electoral fallout and repercussions of the recurrent violence and intimidations in the Kurdish areas as fear of voting fraud looms over Turkey.

In the spirit of the democratic inspirations of the people of Turkey, we urge you to use your authority to support independent electoral monitoring in order to ensure and promote free and fair elections in Turkey.


Dr. Amir Sharifi

President of the Kurdish American Education Society Los Angeles

3 Responses to Open Letter to the President of the Council of European Union about the November 1 Elections in Turkey
  1. Mansoor
    November 10, 2015 | 10:45

    Who is opposed to Kurdish Independence in Iraqi Kurdistan? Is it neighboring Turkey and Iran or major powers such as US and Russia? Two conflicting views. Both endorse Kurdish Nations Right to Independence openly in public.

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  2. K.I.M.
    November 11, 2015 | 10:08

    K.I.M is shut down temporarily on Facebook till Peace & National Reconciliation is achieved in South.

    Kurdistan Independence Movement

  3. Independence Demonstration
    November 11, 2015 | 11:23

    To All Volunteer Participants in the 1st Peaceful Demonstration for Independence:

    1. After repeated attempts, fortunately, we were able to obtain prior consent by Kurdistan Interior Ministry to hold a peaceful demonstrations for our national independence in front of Kurdistan Parliament in the capital city of Hawler. Exact date and time will be announced in Kurdistan24 or Rudaw.

    2. Please keep in mind it must be held peacefully. No violence, foul or offensive language is allowed. Show full courtesy to all Law Enforcement Agencies.

    3. Make sure your banners and signs are clear & clean.

    4. You are allowed to videotape or take pictures. You may republish or distribute them on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and all other social network sites.

    5. Certain designated activists are allowed to answer questions from foreign press in various languages.

    6. Representatives of foreign NGOs, Consulate & Embassies may take part.

    7. We expect similar demonstrations to follow in Duhok, Halabja, Sulaimania afterward.

    8- Members from all major political parties are welcome to join. K.I.M. will issue necessary guidelines and all are equally obliged to abide by them. No exception.

    9- No partisan or bipartisan political activities allowed. The main focus is on National Independence.

    10- Collage & University students must seek consent from their educational institutions on their own! 2 days in advance is preferred.

    We are in anticipation of final signature on our permit by the Head of Kurdistan National Intelligence Agency HE Masrour Barzani.

    You will be kept informed.

    Thanks all!
    Hawler, South Kurdistan.

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