Category: kurds

When Democracy Greets Dictatorship

When Democracy Greets Dictatorship

By Sargis Karavardanyan A fight against injustice, corruption and terror often leads to eruption of violent clashes. When the efforts for ending hostilities take a shape of peaceful protests by unarmed civilians of the United States, it is anticipated that the government will not interfere and silence the right to free speech granted by the […]

Turkey’s Parliament Bans Uttering ‘Armenian Genocide,’ ‘Kurdistan’

Turkey’s Parliament Bans Uttering ‘Armenian Genocide,’ ‘Kurdistan’

ANKARA (AINA) — As part of a package of measures aimed to change internal procedural rules of the Turkish parliament, the legislature’s constitutional committee on Thursday approved a provision banning the use of the phrase “Armenian Genocide” from being used in legislative body. Also banned are the terms “Kurdistan” and “Kurdish regions.” The bill, initiated […]

HDP Co-chair: 560 Children Living in Turkish Jails with Mothers

HDP Co-chair: 560 Children Living in Turkish Jails with Mothers

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Rudaw) — Some 560 children are living in Turkish jails with their mothers, stated the newly-elected co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) during a meeting with its parliamentary group on Tuesday. She criticized the government in this regard. “There are currently 560 kids living with their mothers in the prisons. […]

HRW Calls on Turkey to End State of Emergency in Southeast

HRW Calls on Turkey to End State of Emergency in Southeast

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Rudaw) — The recommendation by Turkey’s Council of Ministers for an extension of a state of emergency on Monday, April 17, should be reversed by its government or by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to unify the country, an international organization for human rights has contended. “After securing a narrow victory in Sunday’s referendum, […]

Kurdish Party Complains about Media Embargo in Turkey

Kurdish Party Complains about Media Embargo in Turkey

ISTANBUL (ARA News) — The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) has complained that there is a media embargo on the party by the Turkish media with a limited number of days left before the referendum to take place on April 16. “As Referendum Day approaches, we are observing together how the hardened problems of the […]

Armenia to Open Consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan

Armenia to Open Consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — President Serzh Sargsyan on Monday gave the green light to the opening of an Armenian consulate general in Iraqi Kurdistan, underscoring Armenia’s growing ties to the region that enjoys considerable autonomy within Iraq. Sarkisian signed a corresponding decree more than one week after it was formally approved by Prime Minister Karen Karapetian’s […]

Pro-Kurdish HDP Leader Kicked Out of Turkish Parliament

Pro-Kurdish HDP Leader Kicked Out of Turkish Parliament

By Amberin Zaman ANKARA (Al-Monitor) — Turkey’s beleaguered pro-Kurdish block was dealt a further blow on February 21 when the parliament stripped its imprisoned co-leader of her seat. An appeals court upheld Figen Yuksedag’s conviction of spreading terrorist propaganda. Yuksedag and fellow co-leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas remain in jail together with at […]

HDP Applies to European Court over Arrests of its Leaders

HDP Applies to European Court over Arrests of its Leaders

By Birce Bora STRASBOURG (Al Jazeera) — Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has filed an application at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the continued arrest of its co-leaders , Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag. The application was filed in Strasbourg on Monday by a delegation including the party’s deputy leader Saruhan Oluc, group […]