Another Kurdish politician sentenced to prison in Turkey
HDP politician Halide Türkoğlu was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for her membership in the now-banned KJA and Kurdî-Der organizations.
The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Party Council member Halide Türkoğlu was sentenced to six years and three months in prison on charges of "membership in a terrorist organization" by the 9th Jury Court of Diyarbakır (Amed). She is accused of being a member of the Kurdish language association Kurdî-Der and the Congress of Free Women (KJA), both of which were shut down with emergency decrees.
Repression under the terrorist paragraphs against perfectly legal civil society work has become part of the standard repertoire of the Turkish persecution authorities. The Kurdî-Der association organized language courses and dealt with the development of Kurdish as a mother tongue. The women's congress KJA represented a central force in the political Kurdish women's movement.