March 18, 2014
by Ann Schober
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday condemned Turkey for violating the rights of Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The court found that Ocalan, imprisoned on the Turkish island of Imarli since 1999, had been subjected to "inhuman" ...[read more]
January 4, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the release of three Kurdish lawmakers charged with having links to militants after ordering the release of two others on Friday. A judge in Diyarbakir ruled that the detainment of Selma Irmakand and Faysal Sariyildiz, Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party members ...[read more]
December 16, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
The Turkish court in Diyarbakir on Monday rejected bids to be released from pre-trial detention by two members of the parliament for the Kurdish Peace and Democratic Party (BDP), Gulser Yildirim and Ibrahim Ayhan. Yildirim and Ayhan have been detained since 2010 when they were each charged with ...[read more]
February 10, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to stop detaining journalists and political opponents who criticize government officials. HRW stated that the Kurdistan Security Agency and Kurdistan police had arrested journalists and publishers ...[read more]
June 29, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 29, 2006, the Turkish Grand National Assembly broadened the country's anti-terror laws by adopting legislation that delayed a suspect's guaranteed access to a lawyer for the first 24 hours of detention and expanded the definition of offenses classified as terrorism. The acts classified as ...[read more]
April 12, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Iraqi authorities must end attacks on peaceful protesters, according to a Tuesday report from Amnesty International (AI). The report, "Days of Rage: Protests and Repression in Iraq", asserts that Iraqi and Kurdistan authorities have shot and killed demonstrators and have detained and tortured pol... ...[read more]
January 18, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 18, 2007, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that the militant Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) can appeal the 2002 decision of the Council of the European Union to include the PKK on its list of terrorist organizations. The court set aside a lower court ruling which held that ...[read more]
October 29, 2010
by Aman Kakar
Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan who criticize the government are facing increased intimidation, violence and lawsuits, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. HRW criticized the secret investigation into the May killing of journalist Saradasht Osman, who had written articles criticizing the ...[read more]
September 28, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth
The co-chairman of Turkey's Peace and Democracy Party, Kurdish rights advocate Selahattin Demirtash was given a 10-month suspended prison sentence on Tuesday for allegedly promoting the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). A Turkish court ruled that Demirtash promoted the PKK during his tenure as a ...[read more]
June 20, 2010
by Torrey Hullum
Yifat Susskind: "The report by Human Rights Watch on female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kurdistan reveals the troubling reality facing women and girls compelled to undergo the procedure. Human Rights Watch references specifically the failure of the Kurdistan Regional Government to take seriously ...[read more]

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