Paylan to Fellow MPs: Are You Able to Sleep at Night?

Special for the Armenian Weekly Garo Paylan, the Armenian parliamentarian of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), delivered a speech in the Turkish Parliament on Dec. 24, 2015. Once again, he started his speech by saluting the assembly in his native language, “Parev tsez.” In his [more...]

January 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

Project 2015 Calls for Investigation into Elçi Murder

Apparent Assassination Latest in Spate of Targeted Attacks against Kurdish Peace Activists NEW YORK, N.Y.—Project 2015 on Nov. 28 condemned the apparent assassination of Tahir Elçi, a prominent lawyer and Kurdish human rights activist who headed the Diyarbakir Bar Association. An unknown [more...]

December 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Turkey Rights Groups React to ECHR Ruling on Perincek v. Switzerland

ISTANBUL, Turkey (A.W.)—The Human Rights Association of Turkey (HRA) and the Truth Justice and Memory Center—both Turkey-based organizations— on Oct. 16 reacted to the judgment issued by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the case of Perincek v. Switzerland. The statment criticized [more...]

October 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sarkisian Issues Congratulatory Message on Independence Day

On the occasion of the Republic of Armenia’s 24th independence anniversary, President Serge Sarkisian held a reception at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in Yerevan. During the reception, Sarkisian delivered a congratulatory message to the Armenian people. His message read as [more...]

September 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Online Petition Calls for Release of Kurdish Politician Abdullah Demirbaş

Abdullah Demirbaş, the former mayor of the Sur municipality in Diyarbakir, was arrested by Turkish authorities in August. The charges filed against him haven’t yet been made public; according to sources, not even his lawyers have been privy to that information. The 49-year-old politician has [more...]

September 16, 2015 // 6 Comments

Urgent Call from Women in Turkey: Help Us Prevent Massacre

The following statement was issued by the Women’s Freedom Assembly in Turkey on Aug. 18. Urgent Call from Women in Turkey: Help Us Prevent Massacre! Last week, Silopi, a city close to the Iraqi and Syrian borders with Turkey, was placed under siege by the Turkish military. Many civilians were [more...]

August 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

ABA Issues Statement on Recent Events at Camp Armen

The Armenian Bar Association issued the following statement regarding the Aug. 13 attack of activists at Camp Armen, the former Armenian summer camp in Istanbul, on the 100th day of their live-in demonstration.   With grave concern, the Armenian Bar Association has learned that members of the [more...]

August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

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