Kurdish author detained in southeastern Turkey

Turkish police have detained Kurdish author and translator Fahriye Adsay in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, news site Duvar reported on Saturday.

Adsay was detained following a raid on her home by police in the early hours of Saturday and taken to the Diyarbakir police headquarters, it said.

The reason for the author’s detention is not known.

Adsay had most recently translated letters by Russian author Loe Tolstoy and Indian anti-colonialist activist Ghandi into Kurdish, and has published a number of books, including one on Yezidi women.

Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed former co-chair of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), recommended a book written by Adsay on Twitter in 2018.