Kurds Renew Movement for Civil Rights in Turkey

from NYT > Turkey by By LANDON THOMAS JR.
Turkey?s Kurds have begun a fresh push to achieve true freedom of representation and the right to be educated in their mother tongue.

 

What got into the High Election Board?

by Fréderike Geerdink
Now, the Kurdish candidates who were banned from running in the elections at the beginning of the week have been ?rehabilitated?: they are allowed to run, after the High Election Board discussed the matter again. Did they change their minds because of the intense protests in Istanbul and in the south east of the country? […]

Kurdish candidates can run in Turkey

by Fréderike Geerdink
ISTANBUL ? On Thursday afternoon the Election Board in Turkey decided to allow six independent Kurdish candidates to run in the general elections after all. The decision follows days of unrest, after the Board on Monday announced a ban on the candidates from participating. Six of the seven banned Kurdish politicians are now allowed to […]

Véto levé ! A Hakkari, les halay kurdes remplacent les coktails molotovs et les gaz lacrymogènes

by anne

Une fois n?est pas coutume, la décision des juges du YSK de mettre son véto a la candidature de 12 candidats indépendants dont 7 soutenus par le BDP, le parti kurde, avait presque fait l?unanimité contre elle. Elle avait provoqué la fureur des Kurdes bien sûr faisant exploser des villes de l?Est du pays. Mais une fois n?est pas coutume, ce sont presque tous les autres partis politiques qui s?étaient élevé contre ce qui ressemblait un peu quand même, à un nouveau coup de force judiciaire contre le processus politique.

 

Turkey reinstates Kurdish candidates

from Yahoo news
ANKARA ? Turkey?s supreme election body yesterday reversed a decision that had barred several Kurdish candidates from running in a parliamentary vote in June ? a move likely to ease violence that has killed one protester and left dozens wounded.

 

Cost of YSK interference

by ŞULE KULU YILMAZ
The political crisis that erupted earlier this week with a Supreme Election Board (YSK) decision against the nomination of 12 independent deputy candidates due to their past convictions in terrorism-related crimes was finally expected to be settled yesterday with the election body?s revision of its earlier decision.

 

Turkey: Kurdish candidates can run for parliament

from Yahoo news
Turkey’s top election body on Thursday reversed a decision that had barred several Kurdish candidates from running in a parliamentary vote in June ? a move likely to ease violence that has killed one protester and left dozens wounded.

 

Turkey’s top election body reverses decision to bar some Kurdish candidates from elections

from Yahoo news
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s top election body on Thursday reversed a decision that had barred several Kurdish candidates from running in a parliamentary vote in June ? a move likely to ease violence that has killed one protester and left dozens wounded.

 

Turkey?s ?realm of fear?: a former judge takes on Erdogan?s heavy hand

by acturca

Spiegel-Online (Germany), 20/04/2011

By Daniel Steinvorth

Until recently, Emine Ülker Tarhan was a justice at the Court of Appeals in Ankara. But now she has discarded her robes and is aiming to take a political office. Prime Minister Erdogan, she alleges, is establishing a surveillance state and is « becoming more dictatorial every day. »

May your legislation go to hell!

by Sevilay Yükselir Sabah
Why did the YSK make a ruling that dealt a blow to peace and democracy by barring 12 independent candidates from running in the elections?

We must avoid mistakes risking polls? legitimacy

by Hasan Cemal Milliyet
The Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which has been in power for more than eight years, should have long ago amended the Constitution and the laws that prepared the groundwork for the YSK ruling.

 

Who votes for AK Party and why?

by İbrahim Kiras Star
In normal circumstances, political parties get exhausted and lose public support while they are in power. Why is the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) not in compliance with this rule?

 

June 12 elections and Turkish foreign policy

by İBRAHİM KALIN
As Turkey prepares itself for national elections on June 12, political parties have begun announcing their elections promises. It is a big festival of ideas, ambitions, projects and promises. Just which of these promises Turkish voters will buy remains to be seen in June. What is striking is the absence of a strong foreign policy vision among the election program of opposition parties.

Will Alevis be represented in the elections? by Şenol Kaluç

There is close to two months left until the elections. But who the first losers of the election are is already evident: Alevis.

CHP files case against Turkish PM for protest remarks

by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey?s main opposition party filed a criminal complaint Wednesday against PM Erdoğan?s remarks criticizing student protests, saying the comments were ‘provocative.’

Famous singer İbrahim Tatlıses withdraws from elections

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires
Famous folk singer İbrahim Tatlıses withdrew his candidacy from the June election Thursday in a statement made from the hospital where he is being treated in Germany.

 

Turkish group seeks to get more women running in future elections

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Despite failing to reach its target of 275 female Parliament candidates, a women’s political group has vowed to seek more female representation in future polls.

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