March 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday condemned Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since 1999, had been subjected to "inhuman" ...[read more]
December 16, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
The Turkish court in Diyarbakir on Monday rejected bids to be released from pre-trial detention by two members of the parliament for the Kurdish Peace and Democratic Party (BDP), Gulser Yildirim and Ibrahim Ayhan. Yildirim and Ayhan have been detained since 2010 when they were each charged with ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of 16 individuals detained on accusations of having links to Kurdish militants. Busra Ersanli, a professor from Istanbul's Marmara University, and 15 other individuals will be released after having been detained by local authorities for allegedly ...[read more]
December 11, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Turkey voted to ban the Democratic Society Party (DTP) after finding the party to have been cooperating with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), a separatist group designated as a terrorist organization. The vote occurred after the PKK claimed ...[read more]
September 28, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth
The co-chairman of Turkey's Peace and Democracy Party, Kurdish rights advocate Selahattin Demirtash was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday for allegedly promoting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). A Turkish court ruled that Demirtash promoted the PKK during his tenure as a ...[read more]
December 12, 2009
by Ann Riley
The Constitutional Court of Turkey voted Friday to ban the Democratic Society Party (DTP) after finding the party to have been cooperating with the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), a separatist, designated terrorist group. The vote occurred after the PKK claimed responsibility Thursday for killing ...[read more]
February 6, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced a Kurdish member of the Grand National Assembly, the Turkish parliament, to 18 months in prison on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda. Aysel Tugluk was convicted in connection with a speech she gave in 2006 during which she explained her party's obje... ...[read more]
November 16, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina
Turkish lawmakers Friday moved to disband the country's leading pro-Kurdish political party and boot its representatives from parliament. Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya charged the Democratic Society Party with separatism after members gave speeches last week in support of autonomy for... ...[read more]
January 3, 2006
by Krista-Ann Staley
Turkish state prosecutors charged nine journalists and human rights activists with promoting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Monday. According to the indictment, the defendants used a Reuters reporter's observation of a PKK handover of an abducted soldier to representatives of a human rights g... ...[read more]
November 24, 2005
by D. Wes Rist
Leading Thursday's international brief, the Turkish Parliament has voted to investigate the grenade bombing of a former Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) member in the primarily Kurdish town of Semdinli. The attacker, an informant for the paramilitary police, was chased from the scene and captured... ...[read more]

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