When Turkey’s ruling party AKP announced its “democratic package” that among other things included reforms meant to address Kurdish calls for greater rights, some people expressed hope in this promise while others, especially Kurds, remained skeptical. AKP and its supporters …Posted in Culture, Discrimination, Kurdistan, Language, Protests, Turkey, Violence, Youth | Tagged Kurdistan, Kurds, Mother tongue, Protest, Turkey, Violence | Comments Off on Turkish Police Attack Kurds Protesting Closure of School
Two Kurdish protesters have died of gunshot wounds sustained during fierce clashes with Turkish soldiers in the country’s southeast on Saturday, AFP writes. Three people, including two soldiers, were hospitalised after the demonstrators opened fire, hurled stones and fireworks at …Posted in Protests, Suppression, Turkey, Violence, Youth | 1 Comment
Time Magazine is calling on readers to cast their vote for the people they think have changed the world – both for better or worse. Among the selected persons one can find Bashar al-Assad, Pope Francis, Bill Gates, Kim Jong-Un, …Posted in Free speech, Protests, Turkey | Comments Off on Erdogan Deserves No Praise
Imagine a government that serves its people and not itself; a government that strives to implement laws and regulations that provide grounds for the empowerment of freedom, equality and individuality. A government that is always aware that it consists of …Posted in Free speech, Political Prisoners, Protests, Turkey | Comments Off on The government that sought revenge on its people
Two people were yesterday killed in clashes with Turkish police in the district of Gever (Yüksekova) in northern Kurdistan (southeastern Turkey). Protesters were demonstrating against ongoing attacks on the graves of PKK members when police attacked them with tear gas, …Posted in Protests, Turkey, Violence | Comments Off on Two Kurdish Men Killed in Clashes with Turkish Police
On November 16, Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, uttered the word “Kurdistan” in public when he was giving a speech in the Kurdish city of Amed, its official name being Diyarbakir after order from Atatürk in 1937, the …Posted in Discrimination, Free speech, Hunger Strikes, Kurdistan, Language, Political Prisoners, Protests, Torture, Trials, Turkey, Youth | Comments Off on What peace process, Erdogan and Barzanî?
United Nation’s Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment states in its first principle that “All persons under any form of detention …Posted in Call to Actions, Political Prisoners, Protests, Suppression, Torture, Turkey | Comments Off on Protest against Camera Surveillance in Turkish Prisons
Last week, on the first day of scheduled classes in Turkey, thousands of Kurdish schoolchildren did not go to school. In fact, students in primary and secondary school boycotted the first week entirely to demand their right to education in …Posted in BDP, Culture, Discrimination, Protests, Turkey, Youth | Comments Off on Reclaiming the Mother Tongue: BDP’s School Boycott