A Kurdish man who had been in intensive care for 20 days due to being thrown from a military helicopter died on Sept. 30. The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) released a statement on the death of Servet Turgut, saying that they are "very sad and angry." "The killers of Turgut are those who detained him. A government understanding that tortures and kills its citizens has no democratic legitimacy," the party said.
DEVA, one of Turkey's newest opposition parties, has said that the government is trampling on the HDP's constitutional rights by attempting to prevent its Democracy March from taking place. “According to the Constitutional Court laws, it is not possible for a demonstration march to be banned just because the opinions and ideas it favors is not embraced by the majority or the ruling party or leads to a discomfort in them,” DEVA's Mustafa Yeneroğlu said in a written statement on June 16.
Turkey's new DEVA party has said that notorious white Toros abductions of the 1990s have made a comeback in present-day Turkey with the “black Transporters,” after a new report from Human Rights Watch shined light on the cases of 16 people who have allegedly been forcibly disappeared by intelligence agents since the July 2016 coup.
Former deputy of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Mustafa Yeneroğlu slammed new legislation in his first speech as a lawmaker of the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) of former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan. Yeneroglu criticized the legislation that allows the Council of Higher Education (YOK) to lay off academics for "terrorist propaganda."
Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan’s new Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) announced its board of directors March 31, revealing 18 women among the 50 directors and some seven women out of 21 members of its Central Board of Presidency.
Former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan has filed the application to found his long-awaited opposition party, which will reportedly be called the Democracy and Progress Party, with its abbreviation “DEVA” meaning “remedy” in Turkish. There are 90 individuals on the list of the founders, with 27 women and 16 fresh faces. There are also experienced politicians and former ministers who worked with Babacan in the past.