One in three HDP members detained over last 3 years
Almost one in three members of Turkey’s top Kurdish political party have been detained since the ceasefire between Kurdish militants and the Turkish state collapsed in July 2015, Kurdish-movement news website Mesopotamia Agency said.
11,631 of the 37,551 members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) have been detained, and 3,382 have been formally arrested by a court in that time.
Among those arrested were 43 HDP provincial co-chairs and 101 HDP district co-chairs, as well as former co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, who remain in jail facing hundreds of years' worth of terror charges.
55 of the party’s 59 parliamentarians presently face legal charges against them.
The operations were carried out in order to “de facto render it non-functional”, the news agency said.