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PEN slams Turkey’s ‘repression’ of Kurdish language, culture

By Rudaw 21/2/2018
A Kurdish woman dances in front of a Newroz fire in Diyarbakir in March 2017. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP
A Kurdish woman dances in front of a Newroz fire in Diyarbakir in March 2017. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – As the world is celebrating International Mother Language Day, a global association of writers is condemning Turkey’s “sustained repression of Kurdish culture and language.”

PEN International slammed Turkey for its crackdown on Kurdish media, the “principal victims” in widespread arrests and restrictions imposed after the July 2016 attempted coup and following the breakdown of the PKK peace process. 

“Most pro-Kurdish and Kurdish-language media outlets have now been closed down” and some 50 Kurdish journalists are in jail, PEN stated. 

International Mother Language Day was introduced by the United Nations in 2000 “to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.”

The theme of this year’s day is promoting development through linguistic diversity. 

“To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages,” the UN stated. “Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus play an important role in promoting sustainable futures.”

Comments

 
kurt basar | 22/2/2018
It's a cruel joke, all the civilized world & NATO member nations very well know, how the Turkish terror state's Islamic/ISIL thug's are terrorizing the poor Kurd's at their historical native land. Turkish Islamic terror state since year 1923, to the present, forbidding the Kurd's to read, write, teach & even sing their god giving language (Kurdmanji/ language of Magus/ Hittites/ Zu-Merians) and recently they put a Kurd in jail for 5 years, for whistling the Kurdish song, can you imagine that? Presently Kurd's of Turkey at their land, which occupied by the Turkish terror state are living under cruel, immoral & unjust two years old and still ongoing Martial law, which made the Turkish Islamic criminals to destroy Kurdish houses, made Kurd's to pick up their loved ones dead bodies among their houses rubles, and they made the Kurd's to identify their loved ones chard bodies at the primitive morgues. You have to wonder, for how long those supposed to be civilized but hypocrite world nations, are going to tolerate this cruel member of the NATO to get away with those heinous crimes against the Kurd's? you have to wonder.
Human | 22/2/2018
"From 1916", please. ARMENIAN, SYRIAC AND ASSYRIAN CHRISTIANS GENOCIDES committed by the SAME INHUMAN GENOCIDALS OF 2000s
Rauf Denktash | 22/2/2018
The time has come to create an independent, sovereign Kurdish nation, comprising of territories to be ceded from Iraq, Turkey and Syria. This process has already started and nothing can stop it. Secretly, this is supported by the US, Russia and Israel. It's going to happen.
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