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Hoisting PKK and Turkish Flags in Kirkuk Against Constitution: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-10 16:59
ERBIL — Raising Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) flag in Kirkuk city is against the Iraqi federal constitution, said a Kurdish lawmaker. Mohamed Osman, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) member of the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews that hoisting any fl ...

HRW criticizes Turkey’s crackdown on Kurdish opposition

E-Kurd - 2017-03-23 05:55
ISTANBUL,— The Turkish government has jailed 13 members of the pro-Kurdish democratic opposition in parliament on terrorism charges and taken direct control of 82 municipalities in the Kurdish southeast region, suspending and incarcerating elected mayors ...

MP urges Iranians to avoid Turkey trip

KurdPress - 2017-03-12 08:32
A member of Iran’s parliament called on citizens to avoid traveling to Turkey in protest at insulting treatment of Iranian nationals by a Turkish officer at Bazargan-Gurbulak border crossing. ...

Turkey’s Kurdish lawmaker Leyla Zana faces 20 years in anti-PKK probe

E-Kurd - 2017-03-04 10:55
DIYARBAKIR-AMED, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— Leyla Zana, a prominent Kurdish rights activist and member of Turkish parliament from the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), is facing several charges over links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK, under ...

Cavusoglu: ‘Turkey will hit PYD in Manbij unless it retreats’

Waar Media - 2017-03-03 11:40
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey will attack the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (PYD) in Rojava-Manbij, northern Syria “unless the group withdraws,” Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday. Speaking to journalists outside the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Me ...

Erdoğan: Turkey could hold another referendum on restoring death penalty

Waar Media - 2017-02-25 12:03
WAAR-DUHOK: Turkey could head to yet another referendum to decide on whether to restore capital punishment if parliament disapproves of the change, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 24. “I said I would approve [restoring] the death pena ...

Stop defending Turkey’s secularism – it’s been a lie all along

Frederike Geerdink - 2017-01-31 19:28
Published on the World Post/Huffington Post, on 2 May 2016. Finally, after over a decade in power, the true face of Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party, or AKP, is surfacing. The speaker of the Turkish Parliament, Ismail Kahraman, said that t ...

Word 'Kurdistan' sparks debate at Turkey Parliament

KurdPress - 2017-01-17 09:06
The use of the word “Kurdistan” by a lawmaker of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) sparked a heated debate at the Turkish Parliament on Sunday. ...

Turkey suspends Kurdish lawmaker Garo Paylan for ‘genocide’ comment

E-Kurd - 2017-01-17 05:22
ISTANBUL,— A pro-Kurdish lawmaker has been temporarily suspended from the Turkish parliament for saying the word “genocide” during heated discussions on changes to the constitution, state media has said. Member of parliament for the Peoples’ Democratic Pa ...

Turkey suspends Armenian MP for mentioning genocide

Aranews - 2017-01-17 03:06
ARA News Ankara – Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish Parliament, was suspended by the authorities for mentioning “genocide against minorities” in a speech during talks on Constitutional amendments. Paylan is an MP for the pro-Kurdish People’s ...

HDP retreats from today's discussion of constitutional amendments

ANF/English - 2017-01-14 16:45
HDP group has decided to retreat from today's session of discussion on constitutional amendments in the Turkish parliament in response to HDP MP Garo Paylan's removal from three sessions of the discussion for speaking of the Armenian genocide. ...

Turkey to withdraw troops in Iraq when PKK pulls out from Sinjar: KDP MP

E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
BAGHDAD,— Turkish troops deployed in northern Iraq will remain in the country as long as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) remain in Sinjar as a “threat” to Ankara, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi Parliament, Shakhawan Abdullah, said. Abdullah who is also ...

Turkish parliament approves key articles of constitutional reform

E-Kurd - 2017-01-14 11:23
ANKARA,— Turkey’s parliament approved key articles of a constitutional reform overnight which would allow the president to be a member of a political party and issue decrees, bringing a step closer the executive presidency sought by Tayyip Erdogan. The ru ...

Turkey’s parliament approves constitutional change

E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
ANKARA,— The Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday to press on with debate about a constitutional reform package that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan, taking another step on the path towards an executive presidency. Erdogan and his suppo ...

Turkey’s Kurdish HDP party to boycott constitutional reform vote

E-Kurd - 2017-01-11 17:22
ANKARA,— Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party to boycott a parliamentary vote on a controversial new draft constitution aimed at giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers, in protest over the arrest of its MPs. The Turkish parliament voted on Tuesday to ...

Turkish police fire tear gas at protest against stronger presidency

Reuters - 2017-01-09 12:50
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of people outside parliament on Monday protesting against planned changes to the constitution that would expand the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan. ...

EU suspends Turkey EU membership talks

Waar Media - 2016-11-24 17:41
Waar, Duhok: Members of the European Parliament (MEP)s have voted against Turkey’s EU membership because of the Turkish government’s crackdown since the July coup attempt. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dismissed as “worthless” EU’s non-binding vo ...

Turkey denies European lawmakers access to imprisoned Kurdish leader

Kurdistan24 - 2016-11-21 19:16
The head of the European Parliament delegation Sergei Stanishev who was denied access by Turkish authorities to meet with the imprisoned Kurdish HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas speaks to reporters, Edirne, Turkey, Nov. 21, 2016. (Photo: Kurdistan24) ...

HDP partly boycotts parliament

Waar Media - 2016-11-06 22:10
Waar, Duhok: The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced a partial boycott of Turkish parliament on Sunday, saying it was “halting its legislative efforts” after its two co-leaders and other lawmakers were detained on Friday. “After discussions with our ...

Pro-Kurdish HDP party quits Turkish parliament over arrests

E-Kurd - 2016-11-06 20:17
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party on Sunday said it was pulling out of parliament after nine of its MPs including the two co-leaders were arrested in an unprecedented crackdown. The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the third-largest party in this ...

Capital punishment soon if parliament approves it: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2016-11-06 05:04
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated in the capital city of Ankara on Oct. 29 his decision to approve the installment of capital punishment if the parliament approves a related code, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Capital punishment soon if parliament approves it: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2016-10-30 08:42
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated in the capital city of Ankara on Oct. 29 his decision to approve the installment of capital punishment if the parliament approves a related code, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Demirtas slams Erdogan for policy against Kurdish officials

Waar Media - 2016-10-29 22:45
Waar, Duhok: Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas has slammed Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan for his war against Kurdish factions in Turkish parliament. Recently, Ankara has detained several Kurdish officials in Turkey as p ...

MEPs urge the Turkish government to set press free

ANF/English - 2016-10-27 16:54
"Release journalists being held without compelling evidence of criminal activity", members of the European Parliament urged the Turkish authorities in a resolution voted on Thursday. ...

Turkey deports former EU official for alleged Gulen-ties

Aranews - 2016-09-26 01:02
ARA News ISTANBUL – The Turkish authorities prevented a former EU official from entering its territory. Joost Lagendijk, a former EU parliament member and EU rapporteur, was deported from the Sabiha Airport in Istanbul on Sunday. “Turkish authorities stop ...

I will approve death penalty if parliament votes: Erdogan

KurdPress - 2016-08-14 21:04
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a rally of more than a million people in Istanbul on Aug. 7 that he would approve the death penalty if parliament voted for it, following last month's failed coup, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Death penalty will be imposed on Ocalan if approved: Turkish MP

KurdPress - 2016-08-14 21:04
A Turkish Parliament Deputy, Ali Ozkaya, announced on Monday, August 8, the death penalty will be imposed on the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) if the assembly backs a reinstatement of capital punishment in the country, Reuters reported. ...

Death penalty will be imposed on Ocalan if approved: Turkish MP

KurdPress - 2016-08-09 13:21
A Turkish Parliament Deputy, Ali Ozkaya, announced on Monday, August 8, the death penalty will be imposed on the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) if the assembly backs a reinstatement of capital punishment in the country, Reuters reported. ...

I will approve death penalty if parliament votes: Erdogan

Kurd Press - 2016-08-08 11:31
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a rally of more than a million people in Istanbul on Aug. 7 that he would approve the death penalty if parliament voted for it, following last month's failed coup, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

Hakkari, Sirnak to be removed as provinces: report

Waarmedia - 2016-08-02 20:13
Waar, Duhok: Two Kurdish provinces will no longer be seen in the list of Turkish provinces and their names will be changed, a website has reported. According to a report by NTV, a law will be proposed in Turkish parliament to remove Hakkari and Sirnak as ...

Bomb hits Turkish parliament

Kurd Press - 2016-07-16 13:33
Turkish state media reported that a big explosion hit Turkish parliament minutes ago. ...

Erdogan lifts parliament immunity in bid to remove pro-Kurdish MPs

Kurd Press - 2016-06-11 08:23
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has signed a bill lifting lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution – a constitutional change likely to remove the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Daily Telegraph reported. ...

Turkish plan to strip MPs' immunity could go to referendum

Kurd Press - 2016-05-28 00:29
Turkey's ruling AK Party has won initial support in parliament for a constitutional change that could see pro-Kurdish and other lawmakers prosecuted, but failed to secure a strong enough majority for now to avoid a referendum. ...

A risky step on immunities / Murat Yetkin

Kurd Press - 2016-05-28 00:29
The Turkish Parliament approved a bill on May 20 to pass a temporary constitutional change to allow the trial of MPs who have legal cases pending against them by lifting their legal immunities. Some 139 deputies in the 550-seat Turkish Parliament have a ...

Angela Merkel expresses concern about situation of Kurds in Turkey

Kurd Press - 2016-05-28 00:29
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her concern about the situation of the Kurds in Turkey after Turkish parliament lifted legal immunity from parliament deputies in the country; an attempt that many believe it targets pro-Kurdish party deputie ...

Turkish PM vows work on new constitution to being immediately

Waarmedia - 2016-05-24 17:55
Waar, Duhok: Turkey’s new prime minister, Binali Yildirim, said on Tuesday that the country’s current constitution was far from meeting its needs and that work would begin immediately on a new text. Speaking in parliament after announcing his new cabinet, ...

Merkel to discuss Turkish parliament immunity vote with Erdogan

Waarmedia - 2016-05-23 01:18
Waar, Duhok: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would raise the Turkish parliament’s vote to strip its members of immunity when she meets President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, voicing disquiet at a measure likely meant to sideline the pro-Kurdish oppo ...

US concerned about lifting of immunity of Kurdish MPs in Turkey

Aranews - 2016-05-22 05:16
ARA News ANKARA – The United States is concerned with the decision of the Turkish parliament to change the constitution to lift the immunity of more than 100 members of the parliament. “The United States is concerned about the Turkish parliament’s adoptio ...

Turkish plan to strip Kurdish MPs’ immunity could go to referendum

Waarmedia - 2016-05-18 15:05
Waar, Duhok: Turkey’s ruling AK Party has won initial support in parliament for a constitutional change that could see pro-Kurdish and other lawmakers prosecuted, but failed to secure a strong enough majority for now to avoid a referendum. In a secret bal ...
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