Release the pro-Kurdish HDP politicians in Turkey, Stop Erdoğan's Regime!
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The People's Representatives are Sitting in Prison
If only human rights were as sacred as diplomatic immunity is
I would like to utilize this petition to create the opportunity to call for the immediate release of the HDP parliamentarians, including co-leaders of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish HDP party (Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ). They are both internationally-recognized icons of democracy and peace, who have been detained by the authoritarian Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan for daring to defy his push for a dictatorship with himself at the helm.
Due to violations and the worsening situation in Turkish prisons, Demirtaş has gone on a hunger strike since 30 March 2017. However, most of the world including many of Turkey’s European and Western allies continue to look on helplessly, without offering the 20+ million Kurds within Turkey’s border any assistance to alleviate the oppression they are under.
Erdoğan and his AKP regime are planting the seeds of hate and mistrust which will take generations to remove if they are not stopped soon. Also, any continued bloodshed by Kurds battling for their natural rights, will ultimately be the blame of the Turkish Government, which is not allowing them any avenue for democratic peace.
I kindly ask you to stand with the HDP parliamentarians as they have only ever advocated for love, humanism, brotherhood, and democracy. Please demand that Turkey upholds European values and human rights and releases the HDP leadership so that the peace process can be restarted between Kurds and the Turkish Government.
Peace should be given a chance to stop the bloodshed.
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