Commentaries #15: Delisting the PKK as a terrorist organization 

By Prof. Michael Gunter, Tennessee Technical University, US

Delisting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a terrorist organization would be a bold, imaginative move by Turkey, the European Union (EU), and the United States (US), among others, that might contribute to the peace process and benefit all concerned parties. However, Turkey presently does not want to acknowledge collective rights for its ethnic Kurds, and is willing to grant merely limited and begrudgingly individual rights such as mother-tongue language in the schools and a Kurdish TV channel, among a few others. Thus, there remains a very long way still to go, but delisting the PKK is surely one important start along this necessary journey.   

The Parliamentary Committee on Constitution has passed the election bill
Reduction of the election threshold from 10 to 7 percent; Exemption of the president from election silence; Changes in the calculation method for the distribution of deputies to the parties

Statement by HDP Foreign Affairs Co-spokespersons Feleknas Uca and Hişyar Özsoy on the police raids against women in Diyarbakır
It is no coincidence that these detentions took place after International Women’s Day and just before the Newroz celebrations. Citing these celebrations as a justification, the government criminalizes women who are fighting for women’s freedom and justice.

Report on violations of children’s rights, released by Diyarbakır Bar Association 

– 22 children lost their lives, 27 children were injured in armored vehicle crashes (21 in Kurdish majority provinces)

– 45 children lost their lives as a result of war remnants


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