Monthly Archives: June 2016

We condemn the attack in Istanbul

wpid-img_20151010_143124.jpgWe condemn the attack in Istanbul, Ataturk International Airport. Unfortunately 36 civilians lost their lives and 147 people were injured as a result of this inhumane attack. We wish that God rests the souls of all departed, we extend our condolences to their families and friends, and wish the wounded quick recovery. We share the great sorrow with the whole society and harshly condemn the terror attacks that target civilians and the humankind. Continue reading

The Devastating War in Lice

img_20151116_152354.jpgPresident Erdoğan and AKP government’s politics of war in Kurdish provinces of the country since July 2015 have reached alarming proportions. Unlawful round-the-clock curfews and military operations continue to harm the civilian population and ecology of the region. The heavy damage that last week’s forest fires and the so-called security measures inflicted on the people of Lice once again illustrates the destructive face of war. Continue reading

On Freedom of Press in Turkey and the Arrest of Three Intellectuals in Solidarity with the Daily Özgür Gündem

img_20151116_152354.jpgThe 2016 World Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders ranks Turkey 151 in a list of 180 states. This devastating record only worsens day by day: On 20 June 2016, the Turkey Representative of Reporters without Borders, journalist Erol Önderoglu, was detained along with Prof. Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, an internationally acclaimed human rights activist and leading expert on forensic medicine, as well as Ahmet Nesin, a journalist. Continue reading

The Joint Defense Statement of HDP MPs

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The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) that I represent received over six million votes in 7 June 2015 general elections, passing the 10% election threshold and winning 80 seats in the Parliament. Our democratic ballot box victory ended the single-party rule of Justice and Development Party (AKP), and prevented it from drafting a new Constitution on its own. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who aims to establish his “one-man rule” in the country and who have not hesitated to resort to all kinds of illegalities to fulfil this aim, did not respect this election result. He prevented the formation of any coalition government and called for a snap election. Meanwhile, Mr. Erdoğan also ended the almost three-year-long peace process (with the Kurdish movement), having seen it not fitting to serve his interests and to enlarge his electoral base, and dragged the country into an enflamed conflict process. Continue reading

Joint Defense Statement of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MPs

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The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) that I represent received over six million votes in 7 June 2015 general elections, passing the 10% election threshold and winning 80 seats in the Parliament. Our democratic ballot box victory ended the single-party rule of Justice and Development Party (AKP), and prevented it from drafting a new Constitution on its own. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who aims to establish his “one-man rule” in the country and who have not hesitated to resort to all kinds of illegalities to fulfil this aim, did not respect this election result. He prevented the formation of any coalition government and called for a snap election. Meanwhile, Mr. Erdoğan also ended the almost three-year-long peace process (with the Kurdish movement), having seen it not fitting to serve his interests and to enlarge his electoral base, and dragged the country into an enflamed conflict process. Continue reading

Letter of Condolence by the HDP’s Women MPs on the Assassination of Jo Cox

wpid-img_20151010_143124.jpgDear Mr. Corbyn,

We have learned with deep sorrow the assassination of Labor Party member, remarkable woman politician Ms Jon Cox. We condemn the masculine hatred and truculency that took Ms Jon Cox known for her social work, work with refugees and efforts to promote women’s participation in politics from among us. Continue reading

In Şırnak Idil the psychological harassment of the State forces continues

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On June 13th, Monday our MP delegation met with citizens in Idil district of Şırnak.
To avoid the meeting, Turkish Security Forces harassed the people by blaring recordings of a Turkish ultra-nationalist march by the Ottoman Military Band: a march from the Ottoman age:
Your ancestors, your grandfathers, your descendants, your father
Turkish nation is always victorious
Your armies, many times, have been renowned throughout the world
Turkish nation!
Love your nationality passionately
Overwhelm the enemy of the motherland
The damned shall suffer abjection
In Idil, the first curfew was declared on February 16th. The curfew was supposed to be lifted according to an official announcement, but the city is still under siege.
During the 115-day siege, 69 people were killed. The local people are trying to get back to their normal life, but the psychological harassment by the State forces continues.
Please find below the link to the video of the incident.