ANKARA: The hole between phrases and deeds from the Turkish authorities concerning the Kurdish battle is widening.
Bulent Arinc, a founding member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, just lately criticized the continued imprisonment of Selahattin Demirtas, former co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), and referred to as for his launch.
On Nov. 4, Demirtas could have spent 4 years in jail after he was arrested on terror help expenses — a governmental tactic that the HDP referred to as a “political coup” in opposition to the nation’s one and solely pro-Kurdish celebration.
Being in detention with out trial since 2016, Demirtas is saved in jail within the northwestern border metropolis of Edirne, 1,700 km away from his hometown Diyarbakir the place his household resides, making it troublesome for his spouse and daughters to succeed in him.
Referring to Demirtas’ current storybook “Devran,” which he wrote in jail, Arinc, who can be prime adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, mentioned: “Everyone ought to learn ‘Devran.’ Maybe your concepts about Demirtas is not going to change, however you’ll perceive what Kurds have gone via. Your concepts about Kurds would possibly change. Our prosecutors and judges ought to function on the precept of freedom.”
These groundbreaking feedback theoretically suited Erdogan’s assertion final week saying that Turkey was initiating a brand new democratization interval, hinting on the new judiciary reform packages which might be anticipated for subsequent 12 months.
Being in detention with out trial since 2016, Selahattin Demirtas is saved in jail within the northwestern border metropolis of Edirne, 1,700 km away from his hometown Diyarbakir the place his household resides, making it troublesome for his spouse and daughters to succeed in him.
Turkey’s Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul additionally just lately criticized the prolonged pretrial detention in Turkey.
In an interview final month, Demirtas mentioned that he believes he’s behind bars as a result of Erdogan is afraid of him.
The “renaissance” pushed ahead by the federal government seems to be hopeful, however on the finish of the day, deeds matter greater than phrases.
Demirtas’ guide, which is out there on Amazon and in any respect bookstores in Turkey, was just lately labeled “terrorist propaganda” by a Turkish prosecutor.
A day after the bombshell remarks of Erdogan’s prime adviser, Turkish authorities additionally issued detention warrants on Nov. 20 for 101 Kurdish legal professionals and NGO representatives in home raids as a part of an investigation. As of Saturday, half of them had been launched, however their private telephones had been seized.
“The detentions are a part of a scientific coverage of threatening and silencing us,” the Diyarbakir Bar Association mentioned in an official assertion.
“The raids that had been undertaken right this moment have as soon as once more proven that the Diyarbakir Bar Association’s voice needs to be silenced and there’s a direct intervention in opposition to the work of NGOs.”
Human Rights Watch and Article 19 on Nov. 19 launched a joint assertion saying that the Turkish authorities “distorted and perverted the authorized course of” to maintain Demirtas and different HDP politicians behind bars by “misusing detention and legal proceedings in a marketing campaign of persecution in opposition to Demirtas specifically.”
For some specialists, the newest detention wave is perhaps associated to a political wing inside the federal government that intends to favor its alliance with the nationalist celebration MHP, that didn’t conceal its discomfort on the celebration’s newest statements about Demirtas.
Mehmet Emin Aktar, former head of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, mentioned there have been no accusations whereas issuing detention warrants to the legal professionals.
“During 2019 native elections, legal professionals of our bar affiliation had been assigned as electoral watchdogs they usually carried out this skilled responsibility with authorized paperwork that had been issued by us. Turkish authorities allegedly discovered some paperwork having the names of those legal professionals and activists throughout a raid on the Democratic Society Congress, or DTK, which Turkish authorities declare is linked to the outlawed PKK,” he informed Arab News.
DTK was based as a wide-ranging political discussion board gathering Kurdish civil society teams in Turkey, and performed a task between 2009 and 2015 as a bridge between the federal government and totally different Kurdish teams through the peace course of that aimed toward ending greater than three many years of battle that price the lives of 1000’s of individuals. However, the peace course of was shelved in July 2015.
Aktar mentioned that, past the rhetorical guarantees for judicial reform in Turkey, this transfer was meant to intimidate Kurdish legal professionals and activists within the area into silence.
“I’ve to say that we had been anticipating such a transfer for a very long time. However, I don’t suppose that Kurds shall be intimidated and halt their civil society activism with such techniques,” he mentioned.