‘Human tragedy’ unfolding in Turkish prisons, says jailed Kurdish leader

Selahattin Demirtaş, the imprisoned former chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), described the current situation in Turkey’s prisons as a “human tragedy” in an interview published on Monday. Ruşen Çakır, an independent Turkish journalist, conducted an interview with the jailed politician in which he answered questions on the current political[Read More…]

HDP co-chair Demirtaş’s lawyers apply for release

Lawyers of the former co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş, filed on Tuesday the release application documents to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara, local Turkish press reported. It came days after Turkey’s Constitutional Court (AYM) ruled that the lengthy imprisonment of Demirtaş violated his rights to[Read More…]

AKP unveils bill to reduce prison population amid pandemic, excludes inmates charged with ‘terrorism’

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on Tuesday revealed a jointly drafted bill allowing the partial release of the country’s incarcerated population as a measure against the COVID-19 outbreak, Euronews Turkish service reported. The long-awaited bill regulating criminal enforcement laws was[Read More…]