Kurdish politician and writer Mahmut Alınak was briefly detained on Oct. 8 on charges of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. After giving his testimony, the 68-year-old former People’s Labor Party (HEP) deputy was released.
A woman was denied services by Turkish telecommunications giant Türk Telekom because she only spoke Kurdish. The company did not allow her to repeat sentences in Turkish on the phone, and wouldn't provide translation. The company eventually reached the woman when her son revealed the incident on social media.
Award-winning economist, businesswoman and banker Narin Nadirova has been selected as the first Kurdish woman to Kazakhstan’s Assembly of People. The assembly was established in 1995 to represent the country's different ethnic groups.
Turkish police on July 14 detained 33 people in a raid against Kurdish politicians in the southeastern province of Antep. eoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Provincial Branch head Musa Aydın, the district branch heads of Şahinbey and Şehitkamil, Democratic Regions Party (DBP) provincial chair, two village heads and a lawyer were among those detained.
Ahmet Türk, the sacked mayor of the southeastern province of Mardin from pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), sang a Kurdish folk song on an online broadcast, along with main opposition deputy Orhan Sarıbal. Sarıbal said that as long as folk songs live on, so does heritage, and that will eventually lead to the victory of minorities' struggles.
Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Kurdish politician and writer Mahmut Alınak, who was put behind bars for the 10th time in February. Among the reasons for the charges brought against Alınak include a book he wrote about Tunç, who was killed while trapped in a basement of Cizre in 2016, applying to the U.N. for Kurdish to become an official language, and encouraging people to protest unemployment, poverty and rising prices through social media posts.