Kurdish singer Şivan Perwer has apologized from Yazidis after his remarks during an event organized by the Mesopotamia Culture Center and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul branch drew criticism. "I talked about how some practices are giving us pain and that how they shouldn't exist among us. If I offended people, I apologize. Yazidis are our dearest and our light," Perwer said on April 29.
The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) has congratulated the Yazidi New Year Çarşema Sor, also known as Red Wednesday, while also wishing for the Yazidi women and children held captive by ISIS militants to be freed. On the first Wednesday after April 13 each year, Yazidis celebrate the festival of Çarşema Sor, which they believe that marks the day when the world was fermented by God and life on earth started.