In Memory of David Graeber

The unexpected and tragic death of the anthropologist, activist and author David Graeber has lead to an outpouring of grief and remembrance from across the globe. David’s work as a theorist was never afraid to ask difficult questions. His essays and books, including: ‘Debt: The First 5000 Years’, ‘Bullshit Jobs’ and many more; are constant … Read more

Continued Turkish Air Strikes in Shengal

Turkish air strikes continued across Southern Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), with some of the heaviest bombardment in the Shengal region. Despite the Turkish state’s claims to target PKK fighters, shocking footage has shown repeated strikes against civilian targets. The Turkish state’s claims have little to no basis in international law and ignore the prominent role the … Read more

New Wave of Repression Against Opposition Parties

Despite growing protests, the Turkish state continue to arrest political opponents and suppress criticism of military operations against Kurdish communities. As with previous attacks on democracy, many of these repressive measures have targeted the pro-Kurdish rights HDP party. In the province of Batman, 7 people were arrested during raids by Turkish gendarmes. Those arrested in … Read more

Turkey Continues Undemocratic Repression of the HDP

A New Wave of Repression The Turkish state’s campaign of oppression against the HDP opposition part and of other political activists has seen increasing escalation with more arrests of democratically elected politicians especially in majority-Kurdish regions of Turkey. This new wave of repression began on Tuesday the 9th in Amed with raids against prisoner solidarity … Read more

Leyla Güven Released After Condemnation of Her Arrest

The opposition MP Leyla Güven, a member of parliament for the HDP in the region of Hakkari has been unexpectedly released by Turkish authorities after her arrest on Friday 5th drew strong criticism in Turkey and around the globe. Leyla Güven has previously drawn a great deal of attention to the cause of political prisoners … Read more

Protests in Europe and Turkey Against Seizures of HDP Municipalities

The undemocratic seizure of five more HDP municipalities by the Turkish state has provoked protests across Europe and Turkey. With activists demonstrating against the dictatorial actions in several cities and civil society groups condemning the seizures. Europe: In France, socially distanced protests took place in various cities. Kurdish Youth Movement activists in Drancy, Toulouse and … Read more

Turkish Regime Seizes Five More Municipalities

Five more municipalities in Turkey, held by opposition parties, have been undemocratically seized by the AKP-MHP government. The municaplities’ democratically elected representatives have been replaced by unelected ‘trustees’ chosen by the regime. All five municipalities had originally been won by the HDP party in 2019 local elections. The seized municiaplites include; the cities of Siirt … Read more

Opposition Parties Call For An End to Undemocratic Interference in Kars

In a joint declaration 122 democratic institutions, associations, platforms and political parties in Turkey said they won’t tolerate the restriction of the powers of local opposition governments and threats to appoint trustees.  Through this “Hands Off Kars” Declaration, the signatories have expressed their solidarity and support for the Kars municipality after recent rhetoric by the AKP government … Read more

Opposition Parties Criticise New Prison Law

Eleven opposition parties including the HDP have expressed strong opposition to the new Criminal Enforcement bill planned by the Turkish state. The bill makes provisions for the release of prisoners during the Corona crisis but crucially excludes the release of political prisoners. Opposition parties have branded this exclusion as a cruel denial of political prisoners’ … Read more

Growing Calls to Release Prisoners From Turkish Prisons

Activists, civil society members and medical professionals are calling on the Turkish state to free prisoners in the wake of the Corona virus crisis. The confined and crowded conditions in Turkish prisons have lead doctors like Dr. Kamuran Yıldırım to liken them to morgues. Dr. Yıldırım’s wife, Gülser Yıldırım, is one of the many political … Read more