Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks has urged Turkish authorities to allow independent observers to enter Cizre, amid growing concerns of serious human rights violations

Deputies and Ministers from HDP March towards Cizre

HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş, ministers and about 40 deputies of HDP marched towards Cizre district. Although stopped twice on the road, HDP deputies continue to walk.

Investigation launched into HDP co-chair Demirtaş for ‘insulting the nation’

An investigation has been opened against HDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş on charges which include, among others, “openly insulting the Turkish nation” and “producing propaganda of a terror organization,”
COE and PACE have condemned the recent attacks targeting security forces by the outlawed PKK as well as the latest attacks on political parties and media outlets
No piece of news, no title of a story can be the justification for attacking and vandalizing a newspaper office, with chants of “We will torch you like Madımak.” (Madımak is a hotel in the eastern province of Sivas where 35 mostly Alevi intellectuals were burnt to death by an ultraconservative mob in 1993.)

Turkey’s south-east has seen almost daily clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces since the collapse of a ceasefire in July

Rising violence in south-east Turkey after the collapse of a ceasefire between the government and Kurdish insurgents will make it difficult to hold an election due on 1 November, the head of the pro-Kurdish parliamentary opposition has said.

Daily Hürriyet published the following statement on Sept 9, the day after the newspaper’s Istanbul HQ was physically attacked for a second time in less than 48 hours

Leaders ‘driving Turkey to civil war’

The head of the pro-Kurdish HDP accuses Turkey’s ruling party of orchestrating nationalist attacks and pushing the country towards civil war.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he disapproves any attacks on premises of political parties and condemned the perpetrators, after the hundreds of bureaus of the Kurdish problem-focused HDP were stormed
U.K. Ambassador to Turkey Richard Moore has swiftly condemned an attack against daily Hürriyet’s Istanbul headquarters and Ankara offices, urging respect for the rule of law.
Donald Tusk, the president of the European Union Council, has voiced his concern over the recent attacks on the bureaus of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), as well as daily Hürriyet, in remarks at a joint press conference with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara late on Sept 9
A worker has died and five others have been injured in an explosion at a mining site in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri

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