Former DTP Chair Ahmet Türk is having troubles to find a place to rent. After banished from politics by the Constitutional Court, Mr. Türk decided to leave the place he was living because of neighbours and move to a new apartment. Apparently, his contract for the new apartment was cancelled before he could even more there because of a military official living in the same building. In the mean time, a group of intellectuals started a campaign in favor of Mr. Türk. “My house is your house… “
Kurdish lawmaker Ahmet Turk speaks to the media outside the headquarters of pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009. A Turkish court has issued an order for two former and three current Kurdish legislators, including Turk, to be forcibly brought to testify in separate trials on charges of making separatist Kurdish propaganda.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
An internet signature campaign has been launched for the release of detained BDP members and human rights defenders. The Human Rights Association Diyarbakır called the international community to act on behalf of association chairman Erbey.
The decision of the closure of Democratic Society Party taken by the Constitutional Court in December has been published in the Official Gazette and thus been legally enforced. Hereupon, the political ban for 37 DTP members comes into effect and the MP status of the co-chairs officially ends.
The Constitutional Court finished its written explanation of the reasoning behind its decision to shut down the Democratic Society Party (DTP) on Wednesday evening and thus sent it to the Official Gazette to be published.
Former Kurdish lawmaker of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party Ahmet Turk after giving his testimony at a local court in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009. A Turkish court has issued an order for two former, including Turk, and three current Kurdish legislators to be forcibly brought to testify in separate trials on charges of making separatist Kurdish propoganda. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
The fact that Öcalan and the Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK) continue to behave so strangely and in such an untrustworthy manner despite ex-Democratic Society Party (DTP) officials? insistence that they be included as full parties in any consultations about initiatives that affect the Kurdish issue must set people to thinking.
In order to support the resistance of TEKEL workers, unions affiliated with Türk-İş, DİSK and KESK interrupted work for 1 hour on Friday, 25 December. The 3 union confederations pronounced to repeat their action every Friday as a warning to the government.
The Human Rights Foundation of Turkey was established on 30 December 1990. In the last 19 years, the organization provided help and support services to more than 12,000 torture victims. Several times, the foundation was awarded for its work, including dozens of acknowledged books and reports.
Assistant Professor Nazan Üstündağ from Bosporus (Boğaziçi) University thinks the biggest question for those Kurdish children known as the ?stone-throwing children? is why the Turkish public hates them without knowing them since these children define their goal as establishing peace.
The government launches a shelter program for women exposed to violence in cooperation with Turkish women and children institutes and financially support by the EU. Karakuş from the Socialist Feminist Collective admonished that efforts have to be further extended beyond single projects.
12,000 TEKEL workers are going to vote for the continuation or the end of their resistance taken up 23 days ago in Ankara. Amaç from the Tek Gıda-İş union claims, “Erdoğan said ‘They are on the streets because of provocations’. We want to highlight the workers’ right to self-determination”.
The Contemporary Lawyers Association filed complaints about Prime Minister Erdoğan, Interior Minister Atalay, two governors and provincial chiefs of police. The Association criticizes a lack of police action against recent lynch attempts in three Turkish cities.