Former HDP co-chair Selahattin has said in a letter that neither Turkish nor Kurdish identity is something to brag about. "If you are to hang an identity around your neck, let it just read 'only human,'" read Demirtaş's letter, which was shared by his wife Başak Demirtaş.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), along with its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), is reportedly planning to decrease the speech durations of lawmakers in parliament. Speaking to Birgün, main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Group Deputy Chair Özgür Özel said that the government wants to turn parliament into a "legislation machine."
HDP deputy Garo Paylan has submitted a parliamentary question, asking Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak if he is thinking of resigning "after ruining the economy in two years." "During you term, citizens have become impoverished, unemployment has increased and the cost of living became unbearable. During your term, the reserves of the Central Bank and state banks have been drained,” Paylan wrote in his parliamentary question.
Former HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş has said that "a secret organization within the state brings its agenda into action step by step via planned operations." "We need to state what has been going on in the country properly. The constitutional order is being changed and an authoritarian regime is being constructed. This is not carried out through open political methods only," Demirtaş said.
Prosecutors have referred to the pro-Kurdish HDP as a “supposed party” in a fresh indictment prepared against a group of local HDP politicians in Gaziantep. “Many of the KCK activities are run from within this supposed party,” the indictment said, referring to the Kurdistan Communities Union which is outlawed in Turkey. The HDP said that the gov't was “instrumentalizing” the judiciary to lynch the party.
A draft bill submitted to the Parliament Speaker's Office by the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on establishing a site to remember the victims of the Zilan massacre was rejected for including "Kurdish geography" and "massacre" remarks. "This is called hypocrisy. There is the understanding of denial and rejection regarding massacres committed against Kurds," HDP deputy Murat Sarısaç said.
A brawl has erupted in parliament after Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Hüseyin Kaçmaz deemed the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) an "enemy of Kurds," citing the Turkish army's airstrikes in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP announced on July 28 that lawmaker Mensur Işık was suspended from the party for two years over accusations of domestic violence against his wife. The party said that the decision was given based on the principle that "the woman's statement is essential."
An Ankara court on July 27 undertook a review of the case launched against former HDP co-chairs Demirtaş and Yüksekdağ over their alleged incitement of violence during the Kobani protests in 2014. The court ruled against the release of the two politicians on the grounds of “the investigation not having been completed" and "the risk of spoliation of evidence."
A southeastern provincial office for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) used personal information of financial aid recipients to enroll them as party members. Local politicians from opposition parties CHP and HDP say that they would officially complain about the unlawful practice.
Laywers of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş have taken the politician's case to Turkey's top court after the country's refusal to implement a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling. Mesut Beştaş, one of Demirtaş's lawyers, also filed an application to the Council of Europe Ministers Committee.
The social media bill prepared by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), will allow Ankara to force platforms into removing any content, revealing users' identities and sharing data. According to cyber rights expert Yaman Akdeniz, the government could use the new regulation to bury all reports of corruption and remove their own photos with Fethullah Gülen.
The dismissed mayors of the Ipekyolu district in Turkey's eastern province of Van have been sentenced to prison on charges of assisting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) with material aid, though municipality employees testified that the aid was distributed to refugees in the area.
In recent years and increasingly so, Turkey’s near abroad policy can be described assertive and defiant at best, foolhardy and hazardous at worst. For some, it is just looking for trouble almost all the time, everywhere. The latest addition to the list is the Azerbaijan-Armenia border skirmishes.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the opposition right-wing Good Party have released a joint statement condemning the Republic of Armenia following skirmishes between troops on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border that resulted in the deaths of at least 11 Azerbaijani soldiers.