The district governor ban's on a theater play in Kurdish-language should be interpreted as a punishment against the Kurds for having voted for the opposition in Istanbul’s mayoral elections. Yet it is not only a punishment, for when the government throws a stone, it wants to hit more than one bird.
Kurdish singer Cesim Başboğa said that he was threatened by gendarmerie officials and MİT members to not sing in Kurdish in Bitlis' Tatvan district. According to Başboğa, a MİT official "banned" him to sing in Kurdish, saying, "I'm warning you for the last time. You'll be in trouble in the smallest mistake."
An 80-year-old inmate who was imprisoned for holding a Muslim memorial service in Kurdish died on Sept. 23, without being allowed to see his family, pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu said. The old man's conviction should have been delayed in the first place since he was ill, the deputy added.
After the suspicious death of Kurdish soldier Mustafa Araz in the province of Kırklareli in May was ruled a suicide by military officials, Araz's family has stated that they believe their son was murdered. The family also disputes that the suicide note which was added to his file actually belongs to Mustafa Araz.
A 20-year-old Turkish soldier of Kurdish origin has been attacked by two other soldiers after he voiced his opinion that there should more Kurdish language in Turkey. Doğan Çetin said that his commander had called him a "terrorist and a backstabber." The military released a statement saying that the necessary legal procedures would be pursued with regards to the attack.
Road signs displaying the Kurdish names for local neighborhoods in southeastern Van's Çaldıran district were taken down by the trustee mayor appointed by Ankara. Turkey's Interior Ministry has replaced more than 45 mayors from the HDP in southeast Turkey since the 2019 local elections.
Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Remziye Tosun received a 10-year prison sentence on terrorism charges. Tosun was accused of treating wounded members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) during clashes in Diyarbakır's Sur district in 2016.
Two out of Turkey's top three cell phone carriers don't offer services in Kurdish despite having millions of users who only speak Kurdish dialects. Turkcell offers Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish and English, while Türk Telekom and Vodafone exclude Kurdish.
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.
Microsoft Translation has added two Kurdish dialects to its list of text translation languages, it said on its website. Users will also be able to use Azure Cognitive Services Translator in their own applications, websites, and tools to add Northern and Central Kurdish text translation to or from more than 70 languages.
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.
A Greek court has released two Kurdish journalists detained in Athens. Both Kaplan and Mordeniz were detained despite having press cards, news portal Gazete Karınca reported on Aug. 9, adding that the journalists were taken to Acropolis police headquarters.
Taner Akçam writes: The regime’s bold stroke vis-a-vis Hagia Sophia should not be seen as stemming from desperation. Rather, it is simply meant to relay the not-so-subtle message of the path to be followed by the "New Republic", and that message is that the “annihilationist tradition” of the old regime, inherited by the Republic’s founders, will be retained in the era to come.
Dicle University in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır has denied changing the medium of instruction from Kurdish to Turkish at its Kurdish language department. The university said in a statement on Aug. 3 that the medium of instruction had been always Turkish for the Kurdish studies programs.
Students enrolled in the Kurdish language departments of universities in Turkey will no longer be allowed to submit their dissertations in Kurdish. Former academic Selim Temo has also announced that from now on, all lectures at these departments will be conducted only in Turkish.