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HDP lawmaker barred from parliament for saying ‘Kurdistan’

By Rudaw 13/12/2017
Osman Baydemir, HDP deputy representing Sanliurfa and party spokesperson, in parliament on Wednesday. Photo: HDP
Osman Baydemir, HDP deputy representing Sanliurfa and party spokesperson, in parliament on Wednesday. Photo: HDP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey’s parliament has suspended a member of the pro-Kurdish party for using the word Kurdistan in the legislature. 

Addressing the parliament on Wednesday during budget discussions, Osman Baydemir, HDP spokesperson and deputy representing Sanliurfa in southeast Turkey, referred to his electoral area as Kurdistan and described himself as “a child of the Kurdish people.”

In July, the parliament adopted new guidelines that banned use of the terms “Kurdistan,” “Kurdish regions,” and “Armenian genocide.”

Deputy Parliament Speaker Aysenur Bahcekapili asked Baydemir, “Where is Kurdistan?”

“It is here,” he replied, clapping his hand on his heart. 

After a parliamentary vote on the matter, Baydemir was dismissed from the session and barred from an additional two General Assembly sessions. He will also lose two thirds of his monthly salary, as per parliamentary regulations. 

HDP lawmakers walked out of the session in protest. 

Baydemir is the first MP to be sanctioned under the amended regulations, according to Hurriyet Daily News. 

He is among a group of HDP MPs facing terror-related charges. Ankara has accused the party of having ties with the banned PKK - a charge HDP denies. 


pre-Boomer Marine brat | 13/12/2017
Hello, Europe ... You cursed the Kemalist military ... Now, this is what you've got ... How do you like it?
View | 13/12/2017
Remind me of "Emperor without clothes"! She should ask a child!
duroi | 14/12/2017
This is another low even for Turkey. Let's ask Mr Erdogan: has Israel ever banned a Palestinian MP from parliament for saying ‘Palestine’? Erdogan needs to treat Kurds at least better then the way Israel is treating the Palestinians in Israel. He cannot lecture other countries about human rights when his own government has one of the worst records of violating human rights of Kurds (i.e. Moslems) in the world. His support for Palestine and Quds in the name of Islam is a sign of sheer hypocrisy, while mistreating 20+ Million Kurds who practice the same religion in Turkey. Let's remind him of the basic tenet of Islam so that he stops his folly: يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَ قَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَاللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

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