Category Archives: Statement

Co-chair Mr. Selahattin Demirtas’ speech on the massacre in Gaziantep

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(Delivered at Diyarbakir Airport before Mr. Demirtas went to Gaziantep to visit families of the victims on August 21, 2016) 
This vicious attack is not the first atrocity that we have encountered or that has befallen us in our country. The bombings and mass murders that started with the June 2015 attack on HDP Diyarbakir rally and continued with the Suruç massacre went on in many cities of Turkey, causing many civilian deaths. Unfortunately, these attacks have virtually determined our political and social agendas and life over the last one and a half year.

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STATEMENT: We demand an Independent Committee to visit İmralı

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The security condition of Mr. Öcalan is not an ignorable matter. The system in İmralı should be questioned itself. We, both as HDP and the İmralı Committee, have communicated from the first day to relevant authorities that Mr. Öcalan, who had exposed the putschists, cannot remain to be unconcerned with, his security condition should be immediately reassessed, and a possible attack to İmralı would drag Turkey into an irreversible civil war. As the İmralı Committee, we have publicly shared the information we obtained from the State. However, this is not sufficient. Besides his legal rights of family and lawyer visits, an independent committee is required to meet Mr. Öcalan in order to satisfy the public concern about his conditions as immediately as possible.
 
HDP İmralı Delegation
20 July 2016

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