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Pervin Buldan.
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader

21-Feb-2020

20 February 2020:

Prosecutors file to lift immunity from pro-Kurdish party deputies

A prosecutor’s office in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara has filed requests to lift the parliamentary immunity of five pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies, T24 news site said on Thursday. Prosecutors presented a summary of proceedings against HDP co-chairs Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli alongside 3 other lawmakers to the Turkish Parliamentary Speaker's Office, T24 said.

It was not immediately clear what the accusations against the lawmakers were.
Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has piled constant pressure on the HDP since it became the first pro-Kurdish party to win enough votes to break the country’s 10 per cent electoral threshold in the June 2015 elections.

Shortly after the elections, a peace process broke down between the AKP and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an outlawed armed group that has fought for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since the 1980s.

Dozens of high-profile HDP politicians and activists have faced legal action since 2015 due to their alleged links to the PKK, including two of the party’s former co-chairs, Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.
The CHP politicians have been accused of “insulting the president,” a crime with a maximum four-year prison sentence according to the Turkish constitution, which does not clearly define what constitutes an insult.  The Turkish parliament decided to make it possible to lift politicians’ parliamentary immunity in a controversial vote in May 2016.


24 October 2019:

Turkish Parliament receives 30 summaries of proceedings for 19 HDP deputies

The Turkish Parliament has received 30 summaries of proceedings on terrorism charges against 19 deputies from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), including Sezai Temelli and Pervin Buldan, the party’s co-chairs, the Diken news website reported.

According to the report, as of Oct. 7, 758 summaries of proceedings for 171 deputies have been pending in parliament. If parliament votes to strip the deputies of their immunity from prosecution, they will be tried by Turkish courts. In November 2016, after parliament removed the immunity of deputies who had been charged by prosecutors, the HDP’s then-co-chairs, Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, were arrested.



16 May 2019:
Proposal to lift immunity of HDP deputies submitted to Parliament

A summary of proceedings of the deputies of the pro-PKK Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was submitted to Parliament to lift their immunity in the face of their affiliation with the terrorist organization.

Presidency dossiers on the immunity of 21 deputies, including HDP co-chairpersons Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Saliha Sera Kadıgil were presented to the Turkish Parliamentary Speaker's Office.

Buldan along with HDP Ağrı deputy Berdan Öztürk and HDP Diyarbakır deputy Remziye Tosun have three dossiers while two dossiers were submitted for HDP's Istanbul deputy Ahmet Şık, Şırnak deputy Nuran İmir, Van deputy Murat Sarısaç and Diyarbakır deputies Musa Farisoğulları, Salihe Aydeniz and Dersim Dağ.



13 November 2018:

Motions filed against Buldan and other pro-Kurdish MPs for ‘terror propaganda’


The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday filed motions against four pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputies, including the party’s co-chair Pervin Buldan, for conducting “terrorist propaganda,” independent news site T24 reported.

A motion was filed against Buldan for her speech in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on June 21; Diyarbakır deputy  İmam Taşçıer for his social media posts on May 24 and speeches he delivered in the same province on Sept. 8 and 9;
Tunceli deputy Alican Önlü for a speech he gave during the Newroz celebrations - the traditional Kurdish celebration of both the New Year and the beginning of Spring - in the eastern province of Tunceli on March 21 and
Berdan Öztürk for a speech during Newroz celebrations in the eastern province of Ağrı on March 21, T24 said.

The motions demand the removal of the deputies’ immunity from prosecution, T24 said.

Ankara accuses HDP’s politicians of harbouring sympathies and acting in the interest of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group that has been in war in Turkey for over 30 years. 

Almost one in three members of Turkey’s top Kurdish political party have been detained since the ceasefire between Kurdish militants and the Turkish state collapsed in July 2015.


5 October 2018:

Prosecutors file to lift immunity from 15 opposition deputies

A prosecutor’s office in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara has filed requests to lift the parliamentary immunity of 15 opposition deputies, Turkish news site Diken said on Friday, citing a report from the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency.

The prosecutor wishes to take press charges on 12 deputies from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) for allegedly creating propaganda for terrorists, and three from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has piled constant pressure on the HDP since it became the first pro-Kurdish party to win enough votes to break the country’s 10 per cent electoral threshold in the June 2015 elections.

Shortly after the elections, a peace process broke down between the AKP and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a terrorist-designated armed group that has fought for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since the 1980s.

The charges against the 12 HDP deputies are related to statements made criticising Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch, a military assault launched in January this year against Syrian-Kurdish groups linked to the PKK in northwest Syria. They also refer to political statements made on International Women’s Day on March 8.

Dozens of high-profile HDP politicians and activists have faced legal action since 2015 due to their alleged links to the PKK, including two of the party’s former co-chairs, Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.

The CHP politicians have been accused of “insulting the president,” a crime with a maximum four-year prison sentence according to the Turkish constitution, which does not clearly define what constitutes an insult. Erdoğan has launched around 2,000 legal cases against Turkish citizens, including schoolchildren, for alleged insults.

The Turkish parliament decided to make it possible to lift politicians’ parliamentary immunity in a controversial vote in May 2016.

CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu may have come to regret backing the vote, which has seen several of his party’s deputies and prominent figures sentenced, including Istanbul deputy Enis Berberoğlu.

The HDP politicians facing the latest round of legal problems are Ayhan Bilgen, Ayşe Acar Başaran, Alican Önlü, Berdan Öztürk, Bedia Özgökçe Ertan, Feleknas Uca, Filiz Keresteci, Kemal Bülbül, Meral Danış Beştaş, İmam Taşçıer, Nimetullah Erdoğmuş and Pervin Buldan.

On the CHP side, Çetin Osman Budak, Erdin Bircan and Aykut Erdoğdu face charges. Source



24 July 2018:

Turkish prosecutors launch probe against HDP co-leader

Turkish prosecutors have launched a probe against opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader for criticizing the recent probes launched against four lawmakers of her party, for allegedly spreading terror propaganda. In a statement on Tuesday, Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office said that it launched a probe against Pervin Buldan for her remarks supporting the lawmakers attending the funerals of PKK terrorists.

Last week, two lawmakers, Feleknas Uca and Mehmet Rustu Tiryaki attended the funeral of Devran Baysal, also known by his codename Simko Kerboran, who was among the terrorists killed during a counter-terrorism operation in southeastern Hakkari region on July 8.

Uca and Tiryaki carried the terrorist's coffin on their shoulders, as part of the last rites. Also this month, two other HDP lawmakers Musa Farisogullari and Remziye Tosun attended the funeral of another PKK terrorist Mehmet Yakisir, codenamed Zeynel, who was killed in an anti-terror operation. Yakisir had martyred 15-year-old Eren Bulbul, last August, in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. Source