Newsletter Dec 2023

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please find below our December 2023 newsletter. 

Kind regards 

Prof. Kariane Westrheim 


Statement: Stop Turkey’s War on Northern Syria 

There is an urgent need for condemnation of Turkey, appropriate sanctions and a swift initiative for dialogue with the aim of a political solution to the Kurdish question and lasting peace in the Middle East.

HDP former Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş’s defence speech in the Kobane Case 

“Instead of sending Turkish youth to war at -20 degrees Celsius, send a delegation to İmralı. Öcalan is the party to the negotiation. He is the legitimate interlocutor representing the political demands of the Kurds, the most effective actor.”

Final resolution of the 18th EUTCC Conference 

The EUTCC Conference welcomes the decision of the European Parliament to award the Sakharov Peace Prize to the Kurdish woman Jina Amini as a symbol of the maxim Jin, Jiyan, Azadi post hum and declares its solidarity with the women’s resistance.

Freedom of expression in Turkey 

Over 1,640 people were put on trial in 233 cases regarding the freedom of expression monitored by Media and Law Studies Association observers in Turkey. In 32 cases, 116 defendants were sentenced to a total of more than 217 years of imprisonment.

Repressions against DEM Party

DEM Party Legal and Human Rights Commission announced that Turkish authorities detained 2,906 people affiliated with the party, including children and many party executives, and arrested 319 of them in the first 11 months of 2023.