During a meeting with US President Donald Trump in the White House, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has condemned Turkish intervention in the north of his nation and said he hoped the issue could be resolved. “The Turkish attacks are not accepted. On the other hand, the Iraqi constitution also does not allow Iraq to be — to become used to attack any neighboring country," Al-Kadhimi said on Aug. 20.
Those keeping rapist soldier on their agenda aim to hide what’s going on within HDP, PKK: Interior minister
Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has said that those keeping a specialized sergeant arrested over raping a woman on their agenda aim to hide what's going on within the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Soylu also claimed that Orhan was suspended one month ago and the expulsion works were ongoing.
Holding banner calling on youth to join PKK is within freedom of expression: Europe’s top rights court
Holding a banner that calls on the youth to join the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is within the freedom of expression, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. The court also sentenced Ankara to pay compensation to Seyfettin Demir, whose "right to a freedom of expression was violated" when Turkey sentenced him to prison over "committing a crime on behalf of a terrorist organization."
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has not confirmed whether Cemil Bayık, one of the leaders of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), was killed in a drone strike. "Our anti-terror operations are ongoing. Our advice to the whole world is for them to follow Turkey in terms of the struggle against terror," Soylu told reporters in the capital Ankara on Aug. 12 when asked to comment on the issue.
Iraq cancelled on Aug. 11 Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar's visit to the country which was scheduled for Aug. 13, Iraq's foreign ministry said in a statement following the death of two Iraqi border guards as a result of a Turkish drone strike. The ministry also summoned the Turkish ambassador to hand him "a strong protest note and inform him of Iraq’s confirmed rejection of his country's attacks and violations," the statement added.
Interior Ministry: PKK might exchange substantial amount of dollars for food storage ahead of winter
Turkish Interior Ministry has sent a circular to 32 governors' offices warning them that PKK militants might be preparing to exchange a substantial amount of foreign currencies with Turkish liras to buy food and survival supplies for storage as part of their winter preparation plans.
Pentagon criticizes Turkey over claims of country being ‘a major facilitation hub for ISIS militants’
A new report to Congress by the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Defense has criticised Turkey over being a “major facilitation hub” for ISIS militants even as the country simultaneously engages in “counter-ISIS activities.” The report also pointed to allegations of human rights abuses by Turkish-backed “hardline Islamist militias” in northern Syria.
The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has slammed prison conditions in Turkey, urging authorities to take "decisive action" against ill-treatment of police. The problem of prison overcrowding remained acute, the CPT said, and the steady increase in the size of the prison population already observed in the mid-2000s continued.
The Asrın Law Office representing jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and three other PKK-member inmates on the İmralı Island have filed an application with the ECHR, demanding that restrictions imposed on their clients' communication with family members as well as lawyers be lifted. The move came after the lawyers exhausted all domestic remedies in Turkey, including taking the case to the Constitutional Court.
A civil servant working for Turkey's Social Security Institution (SGK) was fired from his job on the basis that he sent his children to schools run by followers of the exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, even though the man does not have any children.
A Turkish army strike on PJAK militants in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in late June 2020 failed to take adequate precautions to minimize civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on July 22. “The Turkish military strike on opposition fighters in a resort area seriously injured several civilians and could have harmed many more,” said Belkıs Wille, senior crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch.
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.
The head of the Security and Defense Committee in Iraq’s parliament, Muhammad Reza Al-Haider, has accused Turkey of breaching a 2007 security accord by deploying troops 15 kilometers inside the Iraqi territory. “Iraq refuses to have an armed faction within its territories attacking a neighboring country, as it refuses attacks on its sovereignty from any other country," he said.
Police have detained over 20 women, including a journalist, politicians and activists, in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır. A statement was released from the TJA on the issue, saying that the "attacks on women increased five fold under the current government."
Iraqi President Barham Salih said on July 8 that neighboring Turkey must suspend its recent offensive against alleged Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) positions in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and disputed territories of Iraq. Salih “reiterated that Turkey has to suspend its military violations on the Iraqi soil."