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 Over 7,000 people taken into custody in the last seven months in KCK probe: Turkey's BDP

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Over 7,000 people taken into custody in the last seven months in KCK probe: Turkey's BDP  25.11.2011  
By ekurd.net staff writers









November 25, 2011

ISTANBUL, — BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) Law Commission released the figures of KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) detentions and arrests during the last seven months, on suspicion of membership in a separatist Kurdish PKK rebel group.

4,547 people have been detained and among them 1,838 have been remanded in custody in the last seven months in connection with “KCK” operation which targets Kurdish politicians and institutions since 14 April 2009.

According to the BDP statement, the figures of this years are as follows; 383 detentions and 117 arrests in March, 906 detentions and 406 arrests in April, 969 detentions and 501 arrests in May, 524 detentions and 120 arrests in June,      


KCK-trial, on October 18, 2010 a Turkish court began the trial of 152 high profile Kurdish politicians and rights defenders, accused of being the urban wing of the outlawed separatist Kurdish PKK rebels.
65 detentions and 44 arrests in July, 331 detentions and 74 arrests in August, 636 detentions and 237 arrests in September, 717 detentions and 332 arrests in October. While the figure of November month is still on the increase in line with ongoing operations, the number of detentions during the last seven months therewith exceeds two thousand.

Speaking at the protest demonstration staged on Wednesday in Istanbul against “KCK” detentions, BDP MP Hasip Kaplan noted that these operations were severer than the executions of the military coup staged on 12 September 1980.

“This is not an advanced but an idiot democracy”, said MP Kaplan and underlined that the Prime Minister put his signature under all kinds of unlawfulness. Kaplan said that; “The AKP would be left alone if 8,000 members of it were detained and among them 4,000 were put in prison. However, the Kurdish people are protecting their will,www.ekurd.net lawyers and media as detentions and operations continue. The Prime Minister needs to see that people cannot be reduced to silence in this way.”

Kaplan pointed to the confidentiality verdict in the operation and urged Erdoğan to explain who poked and pried for him in this connection and caused lawyers to become target.

KCK-trial, on October 18, 2010 a Turkish court began the trial of 152 high profile Kurdish politicians and rights defenders, accused of being the urban wing of the outlawed separatist Kurdish PKK rebels.

A Turkish court on Nov.1 pressed separatism charges against 23 suspects, in so-called KCK-Trial, including a university professor Prof. Busra Ersanli,  a political scientist, and Ragip Zarakolu, a well-known human rights activist and director of Belge Publishing House, on suspicion of membership in a separatist Kurdish PKK rebel group, state-run television reported.

Intellectuals in Turkey have started a campaign they labelled "We are all KCK". KCK (Kurdish Communities Union) is alleged by the prosecutors to be the "urban wing" of the PKK. ANF news agency reported on Nov.3.

Amnesty International has long held concerns regarding Turkey’s anti-terrorism legislation and its application. The definition of terrorism in this law is overly broad, vague and lacks the level of legal certainty required by international human rights law. Fundamentally, it defines terrorism by its political aims rather than its tactics. Provisions criminalising membership of a terrorist organization have also led to abuses. Persons can be found guilty of membership of a terrorist organization without being a member of the organization if found to have committed a crime ‘in the name of such an organization’.

Since it was established in 1984, the PKK has been fighting the Turkish state, which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, to establish a Kurdish state in the south east of the country, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives.

But now its aim is the creation an autonomous Kurdish region and more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

PKK's demands included releasing PKK detainees, lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey, reducing pressure on the detained PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan, stopping military action against the Kurdish party and recomposing the Turkish constitution.

Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.

The PKK is considered as 'terrorist' organization by Ankara, U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union's terror list. 

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