Turkish top court accepts indictment seeking ban of pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party

Turkey’s Constitutional Court accepted an indictment on Monday seeking a ban on the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for alleged ties to militants, CNN Turk said, opening the way for a case to close parliament’s third-largest party. The case is the culmination of a years-long crackdown on the HDP, in which thousands of its members… Read More Turkish top court accepts indictment seeking ban of pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party

Turkish court begins trial of pro-Kurdish party members over 2014 Kobani protests

A Turkish court on Monday opened the trial of dozens of members of the pro-Kurdish Democratic People Party (HDP), including its former leader, over protests which broke out during an Islamic State assault on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani in 2014. Thirty-seven people died in the protests, which were triggered by accusations that Turkey’s… Read More Turkish court begins trial of pro-Kurdish party members over 2014 Kobani protests

Turkish prosecutors indict Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas, several others over 2014 Kobani protests

Turkish prosecutors have prepared an indictment against 108 people, including jailed Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas, in connection with protests triggered by a militant attack on the Syrian town of Kobani in 2014, state media said on Wednesday. Last week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Turkey must release Demirtas – already charged with terrorism-related… Read More Turkish prosecutors indict Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas, several others over 2014 Kobani protests

European Court of Human Rights rules for immediate release of Turkish Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Turkey must immediately release prominent Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas, saying the justification for his four years in prison was a cover for limiting pluralism and debate. The Grand Chamber of the ECHR said Demirtas – who is charged with terrorism-related offences – had had his… Read More European Court of Human Rights rules for immediate release of Turkish Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas