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09-Dec-2019 10:50

Turkish court issues second arrest warrant
in a week for jailed former HDP leader

 

6 December 2019:

HDP’s District Co-Mayors in Van Detained


District Co-Mayors of Muradiye, Özalp and Başkale from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were taken into custody in the early morning hours today (December 6) on the ground that there are ongoing investigations against them conducted by the Van Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.

Muradiye Co-Mayors Yılmaz Şalan and Leyla Balkan, Özalp Co-Mayors Yakup Almaç and Dilan Örenci and Başkale Co-Mayors Erkan Acar and Şengül Polat have been brought to the Provincial Directorate of Security in Van after their houses were searched by the security forces. Blockading the municipality buildings, police officers do not allow people to enter or leave the municipalities.

In Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır, HDP's Bağlar Municipal Council member Naşide Buluttekin Can has also been taken into custody. After searching her house, the police took Buluttekin Can to the Anti-Terror Branch of the Diyarbakır Directorate of Security. She was removed from office with HDP's five other municipal council members on October 22 and a trustee was appointed. (HA/SD)


6 December 2019:

Turkey detains 5 more Kurdish co-mayors from HDP
As part of an expanding crackdown on elected mayors from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), five HDP district co-mayors have been detained in the eastern province of Van on accusations of terrorism, according to Turkish media reports.

Muradiye district co-mayors Yılmaz Şalan and Leyla Balkan, Özalp co-mayors Yakup Almaç and Dilan Örenci and Başkale co-mayor Erkan Acar were detained on Friday as part of an investigation overseen by the Van Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

Since the local elections of March 31, a total of 23 HDP mayors have been ousted from office and subsequently arrested. Ankara accuses the HDP of links to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). In August Turkey first removed the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, three metropolitan cities won by the HDP. The controversial practice of removing and arresting mayors was also widely implemented during Turkey’s two-year-long state of emergency following an attempted coup in 2016.

A risky step on immunities

MURAT YETKİN

  • May 21 2016

By MURAT YETKİNmurat.yetkin@hurriyet.com.tr



The Turkish Parliament approved a bill on May 20 to pass a temporary constitutional change to allow the trial of MPs who have legal cases pending against them by lifting their legal immunities. Some 139 deputies in the 550-seat Turkish Parliament have a total of 682 files against their name. Among those are files against three party leaders: Selahattin Demirtaş of the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has 75 files against him, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has 41, and Devlet Bahçeli of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has nine.

According to the political party groups, the HDP deputies top the list with a total of 417 files, followed by the CHP with 195, and the MHP with 20. Deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) have 46 files in total. Among the 682 total files, 216 are “terrorism-related,” almost all of which are against HDP deputies, and 201 are “insult” files, mostly related to “insults” targeting President Tayyip Erdoğan. Most of these are against CHP and HDP deputies.

The change voted for on May 20 covers all parties, but the step was initiated by the AK Parti following Erdoğan’s statement that MPs who “talk on behalf of the terrorists” - implying militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) - should not be able to hide behind the cover of parliamentary immunity. He said they should be considered terrorists too. 

Erdoğan was targeting the HDP members of parliament, accusing them of carrying weapons in their cars, attending the funerals of killed militants, and praising them.

The debate is similar to the case 22 years ago, when the immunities of four deputies were lifted, leading to their trial and imprisonment in 1994. That did not help the Kurdish problem get any closer to a peaceful solution.

The bill was approved with the votes of the AK Parti, the MHP and partly the CHP, which was divided over the vote. Without support from within the CHP the bill would have been taken to a referendum. Erdoğan said in a speech right after the vote that the CHP saw that if the bill was taken to a referendum it could have been approved with 70-80 percent support from the public, so some CHP deputies voted to approve it in order to avoid this.

The vote on immunities was another test of Erdoğan’s power ahead of a possible vote for a constitutional change shifting Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential system in the coming months. Erdoğan may or may not have the MHP’s support for a presidential system - and he is highly unlikely to have support from the CHP and HDP for a strong presidential system - but he is likely to try a referendum. 

This power test has left another mark on the Turkish Parliament’s record of representativeness. After all, the HDP won 59 seats in the Nov. 1, 2015 election, more than the MHP, for example. Terrorism is a heavy accusation to make and there is a thin line between speech and action regarding terrorism-related accusations, especially in Turkey which is engaged in a serious campaign against not only the PKK but also against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or DAESH using Arabic initials.

What’s more, it may not only be MPs from the HDP that are put on trial. Kılıçdaroğlu has said that no CHP member is afraid of being put in jail for the party’s fight for a better democracy. HDP co-chair Demirtaş has also said his party members are not afraid of being jailed, which would also carry a cost for the ruling AK Parti and Erdoğan. 

Such jailing might trigger reactions in the West, especially within the EU, which is trying to maintain a fragile deal with Turkey over the control of refugees triggered by the Syrian civil war and the reactivation of Turkey’s membership negotiations. The spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on May 20 that she might raise the issue with Erdoğan when she meets him in Istanbul next week during the U.N. Humanitarian Summit. Source

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Aca-Kamil Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member and businessman
Erkan Acar Başkale co-mayor. Was detained on 6 Dec. 2019 as part of an investigation overseen by the Van Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Agaoglu-Gulsum HDP Central Executive Board Member
Akdoğan-Nihat

HDP Hakkari MP. Was arrested. 7 November 2016.

Aksu-Ahmet

Local HDP politician. Were arrested 30 Nove,ber 2018 on terrorism charges, the Mezopotamya news agency reported.

Aksoy-Halil MP from 24th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.
Almaç-Yakup Özalp co-mayor. Was detained on 6 Dec. 2019 as part of an investigation overseen by the Van Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Anlı-Fırat Co-mayor of Diyarbakır. Was sentenced to 14 years and three months in prison. Charges that he had disseminated the propaganda of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK),
Ay-Sedat HDP general assembly member, was arrested 24 July 2019.
Aydeniz-Salihe Diyarbakır deputie. Proposal to lift immunity of HDP deputies submitted to Parliament
Aydoğan-Nursel 

The Turkish parliament has stripped of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Nursel Aydoğan of her status as a member of parliament, after a Prime Ministry motion read at the start of a parliamentary session on May 9, 2017.

Ayhan- İbrahim

Was sentenced to 15 months in prison for sharing a photo from the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane during the fight with the Islamic State (ISIS). He was convicted of sharing terrorist propaganda.

Balkan-Leyla Muradiye district co-mayor. Was detained on 6 Dec. 2019 as part of an investigation overseen by the Van Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Baluken-İdris

HDP lawmaker from Van, Nadir Yıldırım, was detained on Jan. 30 (2017) while he was present at the hearing of HDP Diyarbakır lawmaker İdris Baluken at the Diyarbakır 8th Court of Serious Crimes. Yıldırım, who was the subject of a subpoena, was released after his testimony was taken.

Baluken, meanwhile, was released on Jan. 30 in the first hearing of his case. He was arrested on Nov. 4, 2016, on several charges, including “being a member of an armed terrorist organization.” 
After being released from prison in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, Baluken said his release was not news but the fact that one of the party’s co-chair, Selahattin Demirtaş, was still in jail was noteworthy. MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.

Bas-Erkan

People’s Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul MP

Başaran-Ayşe-Acar

On July 31, 2017, HDP Batman MP Ayşe Acar Başaran was taken into custody in Batman Airport as she wanted to travel to Ankara and was released the next day.

Başkale- District Co-Mayor of Muradiye. Were taken into custody in the early morning hours today (December 6) on the ground that there are ongoing investigations against them conducted by the Van Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
Baydemir-Osman

Osman Baydemir were relieved of his duties after being convicted of terror organisation membership and insulting the police respectively. Was found guilty for "violating the law on meetings and demonstrations" and sentensed to 18 months in prison.

Berk-Edip

Former HDP MP Berk, Party Assembly Member

Bestas-Meral-Dams

Peoples’ Democratic Party parliament deputie

Bilgen-Ayhan

Bilgen was detained early on Jan. 29 (2017) in the Esenboğa Airport in Ankara and taken to Diyarbakır.  He was referred to court with the prosecutor demanding his arrest for “being a member of an armed terrorist organization,” but he was released on condition of judicial control that included an overseas travel ban. Bilgen, however, was detained in Diyarbakır again on Jan. 30 before being formally arrested on Jan. 31 (2017).

Birlik-Leyla

Received a one-year-and-nine-month prison sentence for “insulting the president,” according to a judicial source.
Was found guilty for "violating the law on meetings and demonstrations" and sentensed to 18 months in prison.

Botan-Lezgin

Peoples’ Democratic Party parliament deputie

Beştaş-Meral Danış

Beştaş was arrested on Jan. 31 (2017) arrested on accusations of “being a member of an armed terrorist organization.”

Beştaş was previously detained on Jan. 28 as part of a terror probe but was released on condition of judicial control. After the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office objected to the release, an arrest warrant was issued for her. 

Botan-Lezgin

HDP Van lawmaker Lezgin Botan was detained at the Ferit Melen Airport over a detention warrant issued by Van 2nd Court of Serious Crimes.

Botan was accused of “making terror propaganda,” “inciting crime” and being a member of “an armed terrorist organization,” with the prosecutor demanding 40 years in prison. He was later released on condition of judicial control after his testimony was taken. 

Bulbul-Kemal Elected to the Turkish Parliament in the June 24 general election from the ranks of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP),
Buldan-Pervin On June 13, 2017,HDP İstanbul MP and Group Deputy Chairperson Pervin Buldan who was taken into custody on June 12, 2017, was released.
Proposal to lift immunity of HDP deputies submitted to Parliament
Çelebi-Orhan Akpazar Town Mayor 
Celik-Burcu On April 19, 2017, HDP Muş Burcu Çelik was arrested.
Çetin-Yıldız Erciş Mayor 
Çevik-Ahmet Hazro Mayor
Çiçek-Cengiz  

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) İstanbul branch co-chair Cengiz Çiçek  was detained on April 28 2018 after the police had raided a public meeting held by the HDP in İstanbul.  The court accepted posters displaying jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and other PKK members as evidence of “terrorist propaganda.”

Dağ-Dersim Diyarbakır deputie. Proposal to lift immunity of HDP deputies submitted to Parliament
Demir-Filiz-Kerestecioglu Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) parlement deputy. Erdogan on 28 November 2018 demanded from the country’s Parliament to strip the leaders of the main and Kurdish opposition parties of immunity. 
Demirel-Çağlar Was 17 June 2017 currently in prison over alleged terror charges.
HDP group deputy chairman Çağlar Demirel was among the ones that a subpoena was issued for by the Diyarbakır Second Heavy Penal Court, Anadolu Agency reported.

Çağlar Demirel, deputie from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has been handed down a prison sentence of 90 months on terror charges. MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.
Demirtas-Nurettin  
Demirtaş-Selahattin On February 21, 2017, HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş was sentenced to 5 months in prison on charge of "Insulting Turkish nation, Republic of Turkey and its institutions and bodies". MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.
Diken-Belgin Yenişehir Mayor 
Doğan-Aziz Local HDP politician. Were arrested 30 Nove,ber 2018 on terrorism charges, the Mezopotamya news agency reported.
Duman-Caziye Saray Mayor 
Dundar-Pero Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member who are also standing as parliamentary candidate.
   
Encu-Ferhat

A majority of lawmakers at the Turkish parliament on Tuesday voted in favor of removing a fellow MP, Ferhat Encu of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), from his elected post over conviction at a court for “terrorist propaganda.” MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.

Erden-Songül İdil Mayor 
Erdoğmuş-Nimetullah Peoples’ Democratic Party parliament deputie. Erdogan on 28 November 2018 demanded from the country’s Parliament to strip the leaders of the main and Kurdish opposition parties of immunity. 
Ertan-Bedia-Ozgokce Peoples’ Democratic Party parliament deputie. Erdogan on 28 November 2018 demanded from the country’s Parliament to strip the leaders of the main and Kurdish opposition parties of immunity.
Van Metropolitan Mayor
Farisoğullari-Musa Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır deputie.
   
Gergerlioglu-Omer-Faruk Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker and member of Turkey's Human Rights Inquiry Committee
Geveri-Adem Peoples’ Democratic Party parliament deputie
Göksu-Melike Karayazı Mayor 
Güven-Leyla Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member who are also standing as parliamentary candidate.
   
Hezer-Tugba

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker. Turkey's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by two Kurdish lawmakers, Tugba Hezer of the Van Province and Faysal Sariyildiz of the Sirnak Province, to reverse a decision on their ouster from the Parliament two months ago.

   
   
Ilhan-Ilsris Former member from the HDP of Siirt’s general provincial council
Imir-Nuran Proposal to lift immunity of HDP deputies submitted to Parliament
Irgat-Mizgin -were accused of “humiliating the Turkish nation, the Turkish state, government, military and police,” “violating the Political Parties Law” and “Insulting the president [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan].”
Irmak-Selma MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.Wwas relieved of her duties in the parlament after being convicted of terror organisation membership and insulting the police respectively.

Isleyici-Merve Nur

A Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) official who survived an Islamic State (ISIS) bombing with mild concussed in 2015 was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison on charges of belonging to the illegal Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), leftwing news agency Etkin said .

Merve Nur İşleyici was among six female HDP members studying at Süleyman Demirel University and Pamukkale University who were sentenced to long prison terms after attending a memorial demonstration for Sakine Cansız, a PKK member killed under suspicious circumstances in Paris, Etkin said.

İşleyici, presently an HDP board member in the Isparta province, told the court that she had merely expressed her opinion in statements to the press at the event, which was held at the time of the peace process, during which there was no active conflict between Turkey and the PKK.

Her lawyer, Erkan Metin, said he would appeal the ruling.

“The decision is completely subjective and unjust,” he said. “It is an illegal, political decision.”

İşleyici had attended a press conference of leftist students preparing to visit the majority-Kurdish Syrian city of Kobane in the border town of Suruç in 2015 when an ISIS suicide bomber launched an attack, killing himself and 33 others and injuring 104.

“Suddenly I saw a ball of fire in front of me,” İşleyici wrote of the incident. “My ears went deaf. Everywhere was bright white. Then I fell unconscious.”

When she came to, she found herself in a heap of bodies.

“My ears could not hear anything, but there were shredded organs and pieces of flesh on every hair of my head. I remember looking at my hands, and then fainting."

 

 

 

 

Karaman-Cihan Mayor of Hakkari
Kaya-Sara Co-Mayor of Nusaybin
Karvar-Hasan

Local HDP politician. Were arrested 30 Nove,ber 2018 on terrorism charges, the Mezopotamya news agency reported.

Keresteci-Filiz Peoples’ Democratic Party parliament deputie
Kısa-Abuzer Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Ankara head
Kışanak-Gültan Former lawmaker of the dominantly Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP)Kışanak was arrested in October 2016. Was sentenced to 14 years and three months in prison. Charges that he had disseminated the propaganda of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK),
Konca- Besime

Was stripped of her lawmaker status after the definitive court ruling against her was read aloud in the first session of parliament on Oct. 3, 2017.

Kurkcu-Ertugrul

Former lawmaker from HDP. Sentenced to 2 years in jail on terrorism charges,

Kut-Ferhat

Co-mayor of Nusaybin in the southeastern province of MardinWas detained 24 July 2019 in an investigation by the Mardin Chief Public Prosecutor’s office

Mizrakli-Adnan-Selcuk New co-mayors of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır elected on Sunday’s local polls
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Nazlıer-Rojda Kocaköy Mayor 
Nergiz-Semire Nusaybin Mayor
Ocalan-Dilek

- were accused of “humiliating the Turkish nation, the Turkish state, government, military and police,” “violating the Political Parties Law” and “Insulting the president [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan].”

Onder-Sırrı-Sureyya

Former HDP MP. Was given 42 month in prison for "propagandizing for a terror organization." MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018. Was released 4. October 2019.

Onlu-Alican

- were accused of “humiliating the Turkish nation, the Turkish state, government, military and police,” “violating the Political Parties Law” and “Insulting the president [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan].”

Örenci-Dilan Özalp co-mayor. Was detained on 6 Dec. 2019 as part of an investigation overseen by the Van Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Örmek-Nursel HDP assembly member for the eastern province of Diyarbakır.
Özalp- District Co-Mayor of Muradiye. Were taken into custody in the early morning hours today (December 6) on the ground that there are ongoing investigations against them conducted by the Van Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
Ozer-Gulsen Reserve member of the HDP Party Assembly.
Co- mayor of Bismil in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, was detained 24 July 2019 in an investigation by the Mardin Chief Public Prosecutor’s office
Ozkan-Burcu-Celik

- was sentenced to seven years, three months and 10 days on charges of disseminating propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.

Özhanlı-Şafak MP from 25th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.
Öztürk-Berdan

attended the rally along with HDP lawmakers and representatives. ...complaint was filed on Nov. 19 against Ağrı deputy Berdan Öztürk,...... for paying a condolence visit to a funeral house in Diyarbakır.

Öztürk-Tuğba Hezer

Tuğba Hezer Öztürk, an HDP lawmaker from the eastern province of Van, was stripped of her parliamentary seat on June 14 after not attending talks in parliament for nearly a year.

Paylan-Garo

.....also were accused of “humiliating the Turkish nation, the Turkish state, government, military and police,” “violating the Political Parties Law” and “Insulting the president [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan].”

Pir-Ziya

The charges include “spreading propaganda for a terrorist organisation”, “publicly insulting the Turkish nation, military and security forces”, “praising crime and criminals”, and “insulting the president”.

   
Sari-Irfan Co-mayor of the province’s Yüksekova district
Sahin-Edibe MP from 25th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.
Şalan-Yılmaz Muradiye district co-mayor. Was detained on 6 Dec. 2019 as part of an investigation overseen by the Van Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Sarısaç-Murat Proposal to lift immunity of HDP deputies submitted to Parliament
Sariyildiz-Murat Faysal

The move to strip Faysal Sariyildiz of his status was read out in parliament after an appeal to remove their membership was submitted and voted on.

Sertkaya-Ahmet-Turan

Local HDP politician. Were arrested 30 Nove,ber 2018 on terrorism charges, the Mezopotamya news agency reported.

Sik-Ahmat Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentarian
Proposal to lift immunity of HDP deputies submitted to Parliament
Surucu-Ayse Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Şanlıurfa deputy. Faces a prison sentence between one-and-a-half and three years for attending a ceremony in 2016 in the southeastern town of Halfeti.
   
Tas-Mehnet-Fatih Kulp Mayor
Tascier-Imam

Peoples’ Democratic Party parliament deputie
Erdogan on 28 November 2018 demanded from the country’s Parliament to strip the leaders of the main and Kurdish opposition parties of immunity. 

Taşdemir- Dirayet

The trial for eight lawmakers started on Sept. 5, as the lawyers of the deputies were present in the court room. The lawmakers......., Dirayet Taşdemir,...., didn’t participate in the hearing, as the court issued a subpoena for the next hearing. 

Tekin-Esref Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) party official. Have been detained in dawn police raids in the southeastern city of Siirt after discovering massive irregularities on the electoral roll.
Temel-Tayyip Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) member who are also standing as parliamentary candidate.
Temelli- Sezai Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair. Temelli is facing charges of “making terrorist propaganda” and “insulting the Turkish nation, the Turkish Republic and the state’s institutions and bodies,”
Tiryaki-Mehmet-Rustu Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Batman deputie
Togrul-Mahmut Peoples’ Democratic Party parliament deputie.

Erdogan on 28 November 2018 demanded from the country’s Parliament to strip the leaders of the main and Kurdish opposition parties of immunity. 

Tosun- Remziye Proposal to lift immunity of HDP deputies submitted to Parliament
Tuğluk-Aysel MP from 23th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.
Tuncel-Sebahat DBP Co-Chair. Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.
Turhan-Cemal Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) party official. Have been detained in dawn police raids in the southeastern city of Siirt after discovering massive irregularities on the electoral roll
Türk-Ahmet Mardin Metropolitan Mayor. In dismissing Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) mayors, the Ministry of Interior or governorships have been referring to "the ongoing investigations against them on terror-related charges." 
Uca-Feleknas Accused of “humiliating the Turkish nation, the Turkish state, government, military and police,” “violating the Political Parties Law” and “Insulting the president [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan]. disseminating terrorist propaganda,” and demanding the removal of their immunity from prosecution."
Uyanik-Hulya-Alokmen New co-mayors of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır elected on Sunday’s local polls
Uğur -Cavit Provincial co-chai. Was detained 9 March 2016 in an anti-terror operation in İzmir over accusations of “making terrorist propaganda.”
Yacan-Azim İpekyolu Mayor 
Yasar-Remziye Co-mayor of the province’s Yüksekova district
Yiğitalp-Sibel

Accused of “humiliating the Turkish nation, the Turkish state, government, military and police,” “violating the Political Parties Law” and “Insulting the president [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan]. disseminating terrorist propaganda,” and demanding the removal of their immunity from prosecution."

Yildirim-Ahmet

Lost the seat in parlament due to criminal conviction. Yıldırım was given 14 months in jail last year by the Muş 2nd Penal Court of First Instance for insulting President Erdoğan

Yıldırım-Gülser

Were arrested after being detained on November 4, 2016. MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.

Yildirim-Nadir

accused of “humiliating the Turkish nation, the Turkish state, government, military and police,” “violating the Political Parties Law” and “Insulting the president [Recep Tayyip Erdoğan]. disseminating terrorist propaganda,” and demanding the removal of their immunity from prosecution."

Yılmaz-Keziban Kayapınar Mayor 
Yılmaz-Nilüfer-Elik Kızıltepe Mayor 
Yüksekdağ-Figen

HDP Co-Chair Yüksekdağ was relieved of her MP duties by the parliament. As a result, the number of HDP MPs has dropped from 59 to 58. MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.

 

 

Zana-Leyla  

A majority of lawmakers at the Turkish parliament on Thursday (11 January 2018) voted in favor of removing a fellow MP, Leyla Zana of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), from her elected post.

Zeydan-Abdullah

Was sentenced to eight years in prison over terror charges. MP from 26th term of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). Was still in prison on 11 December 2018.

Zırığ-Mehmet Cizre Mayor 
 

Turkey sends 3 more Kurdish mayors to prison on terror charges

A Turkish court has arrested three district mayors in the country’s Southeast who were previously removed from office by the Interior Ministry, the Turkish media reported.Savur district Co-mayor Gülistan Öncü, Mazıdağı district Co-mayor Nalan Özaydın and Derik district Co-mayor Mülkiye Esmez, all in Mardin province, who were detained following police raids on Nov.15, were arrested on Tuesday.

The mayors face charges of membership in a terrorist organization.

Ankara accuses the the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of links to militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). It has now replaced some 15 mayors from the HDP on alleged links to terrorism since municipal elections in March. In August Turkey first removed the mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van, three metropolitan cities won by the HDP.

All the mayors, who were democratically elected in local elections on March 31, have been removed from office by Turkey’s Interior Ministry.


28 November 2019:

Thousands of pro-Kurdish party members detained in Turkey since 2015

Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Mehmet Rüştü Tiryaki on Thursday said thousands of members of the party have been detained since 2015, Mezopotamya news agency reported.

Following the collapse of a peace process between the AKP government and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in 2015, Turkish authorities have intensified a crackdown on the HDP, which it accuses of harbouring sympathies and acting in the interests of the PKK, an armed group that has been in war in Turkey for over three decades. 16,300 HDP members have been detained and 3,500 of those were imprisoned, Tiryaki said, according to Mezopotamya.

The Turkish police on Wednesday carried out simultaneous raids in several cities across Turkey and detained various people including HDP politicians, trade unionists and human rights activists, the news agency said. The aim of the detentions was to spread fear to the society and curb the ones who oppose the government, said Selvi Turgut, a member of the Human Rights Association (IHD).

"These practices bring uncertainty. Most of the people were released on probation," Turgut said. Some 450,000 of HDP members are now on probation and they are banned from travelling abroad and forced to report to police stations, according to Turgut.


13 November 2019:

Four HDP Mayors Replaced with Trustees
Mayors of Yenişehir and Hazro districts in Diyarbakır, İdil district in Şırnak and Akpazar town in Dersim have been replaced with trustees by the Ministry of Interior.

Twenty-two mayors from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in Kurdish-majority cities were previously dismissed or not mandated after the March 31 local elections, including the metropolitan mayors of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van.

The mayors have been dismissed over "terrorism-related investigations against them."

There are two ongoing investigations launched by Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor's Office against Yenişehir Co-Mayor Belgin Diken for "membership of a terrorist organization," Diyarbakır Governorship said in a statement. Yenişehir District Governor Murat Beşikçi has been appointed as a trustee, it added. Diken received 63.32 percent of the votes in the local elections.

Hazro Mayor Ahmet Çevik is under investigation for "membership of a terrorist organization" and "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" the governor's office said. Çevik has been replaced with Hazro District Governor Ali Öner. Çevik received 52.61 percent of the votes in the local elections.

Orhan Çelebi, the mayor of Akpazar town in Dersim's Mazgirt district, has been dismissed from his post he was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in prison for "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" and there is another investigation against him on the same charge. Mazgirt District Governor Menderes Topçuoğlu has been appointed as trustee.

Çelebi started a sit-in protest in the morning, saying, "The will of the people is usurped," in a tweet. (TP/VK)


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.



22 October 2019:


Trustees Appointed to 4 HDP Municipalities
Trustees have been appointed in place of Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) District Co-Mayor of Erciş in Van Yıldız Çetin, who was previously detained as part of a "terror investigation" and taken into custody, and District Co-Mayors of Kayapınar, Bismil and Kocaköy in Diyarbakır Kezban Yılmaz, Orhan Ayaz and Rojda Nazlier.

As reported by the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA), the Governorship of Van has released a statement and announced that Çetin is on trial for "membership of a terrorist organization" and "terror propaganda" at the Van 4th and 5th Heavy Penal Court and there is an ongoing investigation against her on charge of "membership of an armed terrorist organization" conducted by the Erciş Chief Public Prosecutor's Office. The Governorship has also announced that Nuri Mehmetbeyoğlu, the district governor of Erciş, has been "appointed as acting mayor".

3 HDP Diyarbakır Co-Mayors detained

Appointed a trustee in his place, dismissed Metropolitan Co-Mayor of Diyarbakır Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı and HDP's Kayapınar District Co-Mayor Kezban Yılmaz, Bismil Co-Mayor Orhan Ayaz and Kocaköy Co-Mayor Rojda Nazlier were taken into custody in a raid conducted to their houses in early morning hours yesterday (October 21). As reported by the AA, Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor's Office issued a warrant against Mızraklı, Yılmaz, Ayaz and Nazlier as part of an investigation launched against them on charges of "propagandizing for a terrorist organization" and "being members of a terrorist organization".



18 October 2019:

Turkish authorities arrest, replace mayors in Kurdish-majority Hakkari province

A Turkish court ordered the arrest of three mayors of the pro-minorities People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in the southeastern province of Hakkari on terror-related charges, pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya news agency reported on Thursday. The courts ruled for the arrest of Cihan Karaman, the mayor of Hakkari, and Remziye Yaşar and İrfan Sarı, the co-mayors of the province’s Yüksekova district, amid an ongoing crackdown on Kurdish politicians.

The three mayors have been replaced with government appointees, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. The Hakkari mayor’s duties have been handed to the province’s governor, while district governors have taken over in Yüksekova and Nusaybin, the report said.

Karaman, Yaşar and Sarı were detained by the police on Oct. 15. At least six other HDP district mayors and council members were also detained in majority-Kurdish provinces of Van and Mardin in simultaneous police raids. The mayors of three predominantly-Kurdish eastern provinces, Van, Mardin and Diyarbakır were ousted on terrorism charges and replaced with state-appointed governors in August.

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government has taken a hard line against the country’s Kurdish political movement since talks to solve a 30-year conflict with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) broke down in 2015. The mayors dismissed and arrested this year have been accused of links to the PKK, which has been fighting for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since 1984 and is considered a terrorist group.


10 October 2019:
Prosecutor seeks 30 years for Kurdish mayor removed from office by Turkish gov’t
The Van Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has drafted an indictment that seeks up to 30 years in prison for Bedia Özgökçe Ertan, the former Kurdish mayor of Van who on Aug. 19 was removed from office by the Turkish Interior Ministry, the Artı Gerçek news website reported on Thursday.

Ertan was elected mayor of Van in the March 31 local polls.

Ertan is charged in the indictment with membership in a terrorist group and spreading terrorist propaganda as well as praising crime and criminals based on her remarks and flyers distributed during her time as mayor of Van. Her trial will begin on Dec. 25.


8 October 2019:

HDP deputies face highest number of requests to revoke their immunity

There are a total of 758 dossiers in the Turkish Parliament that seek to remove the parliamentary immunity of 171 deputies, 526 of whom are Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MPs, Turkish media reports said on Monday.

HDP deputies often face terrorism charges, and the party is frequently accused of links to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK); yet, the HDP denies any connections to the PKK, which has been waging a bloody war in Turkey’s Southeast since 1984.

There are seven dossiers about six ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputies; 207 concerning 97 main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies; five on three Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) deputies; and five dossiers involving five İYİ (Good) Party deputies.

There are also six such dossiers regarding two Turkish Communist Party (TİP) deputies and one on an independent deputy. CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and HDP co-chairpersons Pervin Buldan and Sezai Temelli also are the subject of dossiers that seek to remove their parliamentary immunity.


4 October 2019:

Former HDP deputy released from prison after Turkey's Constitutional Court ruling

A jailed former member of parliament for the pro-Kurdish party, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, was released from prison on Friday after Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that his conviction violated his rights, secularist opposition daily Cumhuriyet reported. The Turkish Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that sentencing the former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy for statements he made during speeches in 2013 was a violation of his right to freedom of expression.

In an interview after his release, Önder said Turkey’s Constitutional Court's ruling on July 26 that the Turkish judiciary had violated academics’ right to freedom of expression by charging them with terror offences for signing a petition for peace was a breaking point. "Prisons became a natural station waiting for those who struggle for peace and democracy in this country," Önder said to T24.


30 September 2019:

Police Attack ‘Democracy Watch’ in İstanbul, HDP MP Kemal Bülbül Hospitalized
Led by the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in protest against the appointment of trustees to the Metropolitan Municipalities of Mardin, Diyaarbakır and Van, "Democracy Watch" in the district of Esenyurt in İstanbul has been intervened by the police. Taking 10 people into custody at the City Square in Esenyurt yesterday (September 29), police officers also battered the MPs.

As reported by Mezopotamya Agency (MA), HDP MP Kemal Bülbül fainted in the ensuing commotion between the police officers and the ones attending the watch. Bülbül has been taken to the hospital.

Plastic bullets and gas

Yesterday's watch in İstanbul was attended by HDP İstanbul Co-Chair Cengiz Çiçek, HDP MPs Murat Çepni, Saruhan Oluç, Kemal Bülbül, Ömer Öcalan and Necdet İpekyüz as well as main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) MP Ali Şeker and labor and professional organizations.

While the square was blockaded by warders and police officers during the watch, people were prevented from entering or leaving the square. Afterwards, the police attacked the group with plastic bullets and gas bombs. While several people were wounded during the intervention, the group dispersed into side streets and held a march with ululations. Read the full article


Village guards attack pro-Kurdish party office in Turkey’s southeast

Two members of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) were injured in the country’s southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Wednesday when the party’s office was attacked by local village guards.

The Turkish government began recruiting locals in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast to police local villages after the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) launched a separatist insurgency in 1984.

Five village guards were detained following the incident, independent news site Diken reported. The village guards said they had lost family members in an explosion earlier this month in the town of Kulp, Diken’s report said.

Seven people were killed in Kulp on Sept. 12, when a vehicle carrying workers was struck in an explosion. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said the attack had been carried out by the PKK. Turkey’s ruling party has accused the HDP of being the political wing of the PKK.


14 September 2019:

Pro-Kurdish MP Güven under investigation for terror propaganda

Turkey has launched an investigation against pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Leyla Güven for allegedly conducting  "propaganda for a terrorist organisation.’’

The Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutors Office launched the investigation following a speech delivered by Güven on Thursday in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeastern province of Diyarbakır, where the HDP lawmaker criticised Turkish officials for failing to solve the country’s decades-long Kurdish problem, independent news site T24 reported on Saturday. 

"This conflict will continue because the HDP is not the reason for the conflict. The mindset, which created this war, is the mindset that leaves the Kurdish problem without a solution. As long as this continues, there will be continued membership in the guerrilla movement,’’ Güven said, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The PKK has waged a decades-long insurgency against Turkey for self-rule and deemed a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and Europe.  Güven, who is also the co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK), an umbrella organisation for Kurdish groups, was released from jail in January after serving a year behind bars for criticising Turkey’s military operation against Kurdish forces in northwest Syria.

The pro-Kurdish HDP party remains under the scrutiny of Turkish authorities, which accuse it of links to the PKK. Several of the party’s lawmakers are behind bars, including former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş.


3 September 2019:

2 Kurdish mayors challenge Interior Ministry’s expulsion decision in court

Two out of three mayors in southeastern Turkey who were recently expelled from office by Turkey’s Interior Ministry on the grounds that they have links to terrorism have challenged the ministry’s decision at an administrative court demanding a stay of execution, according to Turkish media reports.

The mayors of the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakır, Mardin and Van — all members of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) elected in March — were removed on Aug. 19 over alleged ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Former Diyarbakır Mayor Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı and former Mardin Mayor Ahmet Türk filed cases at the administrative courts in Diyarbakır and Mardin, respectively, demanding a stay of execution and their reinstatement to their posts.

The former mayors said in petitions submitted to the courts that they were removed from office even though there was not even an ongoing investigation into them in relation to their positions.


3 September 2019:

Turkey sentences 41 ex-mayors from Kurdish party to nearly 260 years in prison

The Turkish Ministry of Interior has announced in a statement that 41 former mayors who were removed from office and replaced by government-appointed trustees between July 2016 and March 2019 have thus far received close to 260 years in prison on terrorism-related charges, the Diken news website reported on Tuesday.

According to the statement, out of 94 mayors who were removed from office, 41 have been handed down sentences. Appeals are in progress for 33 of them. The terrorism-related cases of 52 others are still being heard by courts of first instance, while one was acquitted. Of the 94 mayors from Kurdish parties 20 are being tried while under arrest. Seven are on probation and eight are sought by the police.

The mayors, many of whom were from the ranks of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), had assumed office after the 2014 local elections and were ultimately removed by the Interior Ministry as part of a crackdown on the Kurdish political movement launched by the government in the aftermath of an attempted military coup in 2016.

Their removal was based on alleged ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been waging an armed insurgency against Turkey’s security forces since the 1980s.

 
Turkish police continues operations against dominantly Kurdish party

Turkish police have detained members of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in operations in seven provinces on Friday, Evrensel newspaper reported 

Ten senior members of the HDP were detained in Ankara, while the police had arrest warrants for 30 people, including lawyers, on charges of making terrorist propaganda, Evrensel said.

Some 18 members of the HDP detained in Istanbul on Thursday are expected to be formally charged by prosecutors on Friday, Evrensel said. Police also raided the houses of several others on Friday morning. 

In the eastern province of Erzurum, three members of the HDP were detained over social media posts dating from 2014, according to Evrensel. ,

Large-scale operations against pro-Kurdish party started on Tuesday in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, where 10 of its members were detained.

Police this week also blocked several attempts by HDP politicians and members to organise demonstrations in solidarity with Leyla Güven, a Kurdish lawmaker, who has been on partial hunger strike for 100 days to protest the isolation of jailed outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan

The governor of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on Friday banned a rally that was supposed to end in front of Güven’s house, Artı Gerçek reported. Güven is in a critical condition and the Kurdish lawmaker was taken home on Wednesday after she was hospitalised, but refused treatment.

 

Turkey prosecutor seeks arrest of 16 pro-Kurd politicians before elections

 

The Status of HDP MPs by September 2017

 

3 HDP branch chairmen in İstanbul detained for supporting deputy on hunger strike

 

2 more jailed Kurdish politicians to start hunger strike protesting visitor
ban on PKK leader