Mon, 27 Mar 2023 11:08

Villages in southeast Turkey under security force blockade

Six villages in Turkey’s Kurdish-populated southeastern province of Şırnak (Şırnex) have been under a Turkish military blockade for the last 10 days, Mezopotamya News reported on Monday. The Turkish security forces boosted their presence in Şırnak after 12 regions in the province were declared temporary military security zones on 17 May. Turkish troops are controlling ... More

Mon, 27 Mar 2023 11:06

Turkish court arrests three police officers accused of torturing teenager

A criminal court in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeastern province of Diyarbakır (Amed) on Sunday ruled in favour of arresting three police officers accused of torturing a 14-year-old boy last week. The court in the province’s Lice district released two other police officers accused of the same crime, lawyer Nahit Even announced on Twitter. The three police ... More

Mon, 27 Mar 2023 09:15

Iraq’s Kurdistan region to hold parliamentary elections in November

The Kurdistan autonomous region in northern Iraq has set parliamentary elections for the 18 November after a one-year delay due to a conflict between two major Kurdish parties. Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) spokesman Dilshad Shahab on Sunday announced the election date, as decided by President Nechirvan Barzani, and called on regional authorities and the Independent ... More

Mon, 27 Mar 2023 09:03

Demirtaş: Turkey’s opposition faces ‘Taliban Alliance’ in elections

The People’s Alliance, led by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), has turned into ‘a Taliban Alliance’ and the 14 May elections could be the last for women in Turkey, jailed Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş wrote on Monday. The alliance has become “the most right-wing, the most regressive block in Turkey’s political history”, said ... More

Sun, 26 Mar 2023 15:01

Germany monitors groups linked to Turkey’s People’s Alliance ahead of elections

German intelligence agencies have been closely monitoring the activities of groups linked to Turkey’s ruling People’s Alliance ahead of the forthcoming elections, for their extremist nationalist, anti-semitic, racist and far-right ideology, Deutsche Welle reported on Friday. The German authorities have for years been following organisations linked to the Justice and Development Party (AKP)’s far-right allies ... More

Sun, 26 Mar 2023 14:23

Turkey’s pro-government media accuses France of awarding medals to terrorists

Turkey’s pro-government media on Sunday called a Kurdish new year Newroz reception organised in Paris scandalous, and accused French politicians of giving medals of honour to terrorists. The event, organised by the French Democratic Kurdish Council (CDK-F), was attended by several high-profile French politicians, including the Vice-Chair of the Senate Pierre Laurent, member of La ... More

Sun, 26 Mar 2023 13:49

Turkey’s education ministry to increase number of Kurdish teachers

Turkey’s Ministry of Education has increased the quota for Kurdish teachers from three to 50 in its new appointment schedule for the 2023-2024 school term, Amida news reported on Saturday. The Turkish government announced in 2012 for the first time that elective Kurdish  language courses would be offered to students in years 5-8 for two hours ... More

Sun, 26 Mar 2023 13:31

Kurdish civilians arrested by Turkish-backed factions in northern Syria

Several civilians were arrested on Saturday by militants of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), the North Press Agency reported. The Kurdish civilians were apprehended at a checkpoint en route to the town of Jindires, 20 km west of Afrin (Efrîn), where they planned to join a demonstration to protest against the killing of five ... More

Sun, 26 Mar 2023 13:23

Turkey detains five police officers for torture of 14-year-old during Newroz

Five police officers accused of torturing a14-year-old boy in the Kurdish-majority province of Diyarbakır in southeast Turkey on Tuesday have been arrested, the Diyarbakır Governor’s office announced on Sunday. The teenager was reportedly abducted and tortured by the police officers after the Newroz (Kurdish new year) celebrations in Diyarbakır. The officers threatened to kill the ... More

Sun, 26 Mar 2023 13:13

Residents protest against dumping of debris in Turkey’s quake-hit Hatay

Residents in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay organised a protest on Saturday to stop trucks dumping earthquake debris near a tent city settlement, fearing it may contain human remains and pose a threat to public health and the environment. Hatay was seriously damaged by the 6 February twin earthquakes, which left 338,000 independent units in ... More

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