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]
January 18, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 18, 2007, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that the militant Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) can appeal the 2002 decision of the Council of the European Union to include the PKK on its list of terrorist organizations. The court set aside a lower court ruling which held that ...[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]
April 8, 2010
by Zach Zagger
Turkish politician and Kurdish rights activist Leyla Zana was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for spreading terrorist propaganda. Zana was convicted by a court in the city of Diyarbakir for two speeches delivered at the Kurdish political congress and protest in 2008. Zana has ...[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]
October 22, 2009
by Dwyer Arce
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Turkish authorities violated European human rights laws in shutting down four newspapers accused of publishing propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The daily publications were shut down for periods of 15 days to one mont... ...[read more]
August 25, 2009
by Abigail Salisbury
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday ruled against a Humanitarian Law Project (HLP) challenge to former President George W. Bush's Executive Order 13224, which prohibits unlicensed US groups and individuals from providing services to certain terrorist organizations designated... ...[read more]

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