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    Is a Biden presidency good for the Kurds? An interview with Hisyar Ozsoy, academic and HDP MPSunday 15 November 2020

    Is a Biden presidency good for the Kurds? An interview with Hisyar Ozsoy, academic and HDP MP

    Since March 2019 local elections, the Turkish government has carried out “a systematic campaign” according to POMED, to overturn the results by removing Kurdish mayors in South Eastern towns and replacing them with trustees known as ‘kayyum’. The former leader of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, is in jail and many of its MPs have also been arrested, charged with association of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on the flimsiest of evidence. As life under Turkey’s increasingly nationalist government gets harder for ordinary Kurds and their representatives, John Lubbock asks the HDP’s Hisyar Ozsoy about the situation and his reaction to the recent U.S. election.

    CHP leader to lose immunity over defence of DemirtasSunday 15 November 2020

    CHP leader to lose immunity over defence of Demirtas

    The Ankara chief public prosecutor has issued a motion to lift parliamentary immunity of Kemal Kilicdaroglu so the leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) can face charges for praising a criminal, daily Sözcü reported on Saturday.