Garo Paylan Suspended from Turkish Parliament for Referring to Genocide

ANKARA, Turkey (A.W.)—Armenian member of Turkish Parliament Garo Paylan of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) was temporarily banned from parliamentary sessions after referring to the Armenian Genocide during deliberations on proposed changes to the country’s constitution on Jan. 13.

Paylan during his address to Parliament on April 21, 2016, during which he called for an investigation into the killing of Armenian members of the Turkish Parliament during the Armenian Genocide (Photo: Garo Paylan Facebook page)

In his speech, Paylan said four communities—Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and Jews—had been “lost” and “driven from these lands in large massacres (and) genocides,” according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.

“We used to account for 40 percent [of the country’s population]. Now we are barely one out of a 1,000. It seems likely that something happened to us. I define this as a genocide,” Paylan said in his speech. According to some sources, the part of the speech was removed from the parliamentary minutes.

Shortly after his address, videos began circulating online, showed parliamentarians from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and other parties angrily interrupting Paylan’s speech. Below is a video of Paylan’s speech.

“Yesterday, when the constitutional changes were being discussed in parliament, I wanted them to draw lessons from the past. A monistic constitution was introduced a century ago. Diversities were ignored. We lost four nations during WWI. We lost Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and Jews. I mentioned that if we make same mistakes, we may live with same pains,” Paylan told Turkey-based news outlet Dihaber. “I know very well what happened to my people. I wanted to point out the mistakes which were made in the past,” Paylan added.

According to some sources, Paylan has been suspended from attending thee parliamentary sessions. “This hasn’t happened in the past. This is the first time in the parliament’s history,” Paylan told Dihaber about his suspension. “This was a message to us. If, after this, we do not do what they say, they will silence our voices,” he added.

The Armenian Weekly is following the story and will provide further details in the coming days.


  1. He is the only voice of sanity in Turkey’s Parliament and I fear his safety. It’s a crazy country ran by idiots, they have no problem with assassinating ambassadors, journalists and anyone who opposes the top idiot, Erdogan!

  2. It would be informative to have some detail on the contents of this ammendment in question. AW articles, while interesting for the most part, often leave out critical details about the story.

    • INACCURATE!! The German government has not turned a blind eye to their “‘dark’ period” and have done much to make amends for what happened during the Nazi period.

  3. I am not surprised of the Turkish parliamental decision since they are backed by a Christian country such as United States of America. Did you hear me …Mr. Obama, that you claim to be a churchgoing Christian that I doubt…..

    What happened to your promises to the Armenian people for bringing people who committed genocide to justice? Secondly, what happened to the speeches you make every time about the freedom of speech? The Turks continuing with their action of killing people who express their opinions such as the Russian ambassador, with no regret. I can see you and the Congress are turning your blind eye like usual to this situation just like you have to the genocide of one and a half million Armenians committed by them.

    Our only hope is that President-elect Trump will be man enough to stand against the Turks and bring them to justice.

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