Former Mardin Mayor Ahmet Türk on Oct. 19 testified for Ankara prosecutors as part of an investigation into 2014 Kobane protests. Türk said that he went to Kobane at the time within the knowledge of Turkish authorities and the aid to Kobane was dispatched under the coordination of Mardin Governor's Office.
Kurdish artist Zehra Doğan's work that she created during her two prison sentences between 2016 and 2019 are on display in Turkey for the first time. The artist was jailed on terrorism charges and gained international fame after finishing her second sentence and holding a show at London's Tate Modern.
The ECHR has defended its president's controversial visit to Turkey by saying that it was "standard practice" for court presidents to meet the political and judicial authorities of member states of the Council of Europe. According to the ECHR, Spano had accepted the invitation to “convey a very important message” that those in power cannot control the courts and that judgments by the ECHR must be “respected and enforced."
The visit to Turkey of Robert Spano, the President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has caused much concern amongst democrats, academics and people who have suffered from the crackdown here.
The southeastern Turkey province of Mardin will be "marking" COVID-19 patients and their close encounters with mandatory wristbands, the governor's office said. The province will fine anyone who takes off their wristband, as it was found to be a violation of the public health code.
The governor's office of Mardin's Mazıdağı district has announced that two neighborhoods in the district were placed under COVID-19 quarantine. The governor's office said that the “circulation of seasonal workers” has been recently high in these two neighborhoods.
Vecdi Erbay reports: After depriving thousands of villagers of electricity for months, prosecutors have launched investigations against a number of officials from the municipality of Mardin and the Dicle Electric Distribution Company (DEDAŞ). The officials face charges of corruption, bribery and bid rigging.
A Kurdish woman from Turkey's Diyarbakır has recorded a video asking Ankara and Athnes for help locating her husband and son, whom she hasn't heard from since a migrant boat crashed with all of them onboard on Aug. 25 near a small Greek island. Berivan Cansun said that she doesn't even know if her husband and son are alive.
Gov’t ignored millions of voters’ wills via sacking 47 mayors in one year, HDP says in report on trustees
The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has prepared a report on trustees, saying that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ignored the votes of millions of people via sacking 47 mayors in the past year. Speaking at the press conference organized to reveal the report, HDP deputy Garo Paylan said that the government wants to prevent the party from getting stronger. "Erdoğan is a putschist," Paylan said.
All hospital beds and dormitories are filled in southeastern Mardin, where experts are worried the health infrastructure will fail to accommodate needs as the number of cases in the city approach 5,000.
Residents of a village in the southeastern province of Mardin have appealed a ruling that found the Interior Ministry not responsible for the massacre of civilians with state-owned weapons in 2019. “The state has the responsibility to be able to foresee whether or not people to whom guns are entrusted for a public duty will use these guns for personal purposes,” said lawyer Hayrettin Güzel.
An environmentalist group in the southeastern province of Mardin is concerned that a planned wind energy plant will harm historic Rabat Castle in the area. The Mardin Ecological Association has demanded that the Dicleres Wind Energy Plant project be cancelled.
Council of Europe's Venice Commission has called on Turkey to reinstate mayors from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) who were sacked and replaced with trustees. It listed recommendations, including making the law on ineligible candidates clear, recognizing the elected six mayoral candidates of the district municipalities of Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Kars and Van and reinstating the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van.
Human Rights Watch has urged Turkey to halt investigations into doctors running three professional medical associations in Turkey’s southeast and eastern provinces, saying, "The authorities should respect both freedom of expression and the important role of healthcare worker associations in informing the public and protecting public health."
Metin Yeğin writes: Belgian Marxian economist Ernest Mandel said that the bourgeois left two structures intact: colonialism and the proletariat. It is not surprising that African-Americans in the U.S. and Kurds here are killed so easily. The plight of both the Kurds and the African-Americans is related to class dynamics.