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 Turkey: Kurdish name ban on Cegerxwin Cultural Center and 19 parks in Diyarbakir

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Turkey: Kurdish name ban on Cegerxwin Cultural Center and 19 parks in Diyarbakir  21.7.2012  



 
Names of a cultural center and some parks banned for being Kurdish. Photo: ANF
July 21, 2012

DIYARBAKIR, The Kurdish region of Turkey, — Diyarbakir 1st Administrative Court imposed a name ban on Cegerxwin Cultural Center and 19 parks on the grounds of being Kurdish and consisting of letters borrowed from foreign languages.

The name of Kayapınar Youth and Cultural Center, which was opened in 2009 by Kayapınar Municipality, was changed to Cegerxwin Youth and Cultural Center in the same year upon the decision of the district council. The Governor’s Office of Kayapınar initiated legal proceedings for the stay of execution after the name change, claiming that the name didn’t comply with the Turkish language.

Following Governor’s Office’s action against the name change, Diyarbakir 1st Administrative Court ruled a ban on the names of Cegerxwin Youth and Cultural Center and 19 park areas in the city and grounded the ban on official procedures which require naming streets and areas in the Turkish language and in accordance with constitutional legislations.

Lawyers of Kayapınar Municipality appealed to the Council of the State to object to the ban decision of the Administrative Court.

The banned names of the mentioned parks are; Zembilroş Park, 33 Bullets Park, Derwęşę Ewdi Park, Nefel Park, Daraşin Park, Bęzar Park, Ciwan Park, Sosin Park, Jiyanan Azad Park,www.ekurd.net Aşîtî Park, Yek Gűlan Park, Beybun Park, Şilan Park, Roşna Park, Rojbîn Park, Rojda Park, Berfîn Park and Roşan Park.

Diyarbakir is the main Kurdish city in northern Kurdistan, southeastern Turkey.

Turkey which still denies the constitutional existence of Kurds, refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. Kurds ask for more cultural rights for ethnic Kurds who constitute the greatest minority in Turkey, numbering more than 20 million. Kurds call for lifting the ban on education in Kurdish, paving the way for an autonomous democrat Kurdish system within Turkey. A large Turkey's Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels.

The Kurdish alphabet is still not recognized in Turkey, and use of the Kurdish letters X, W, Q which do not exist in the Turkish alphabet has led to judicial persecution in 2000 and 2003.

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