Ethnic groups in Turkey http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25371/all en Kurdish rebel group demands France explain Paris killings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/kurdish-rebel-group-demands-france-explain-paris-killings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ANKARA, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said on Friday France would be held responsible if it failed to get to the bottom of what it called the "premeditated and organised" killing of three Kurdish activists.</p> <p>"The targeting of three of our female comrades at a time like this is a premeditated, planned and organised attack," said a statement on the website of the armed wing of the PKK.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/kurdish-rebel-group-demands-france-explain-paris-killings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 12:45:35 +0000 5733114 at http://www.globalpost.com Greater rights for Kurds key to Turkish peace efforts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/greater-rights-kurds-key-turkish-peace-efforts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Turkey's bid to hammer out a new constitution, blocked by divisions over the definition of citizenship, could boost efforts to end a conflict with Kurds by affording them greater rights.</p> <p>The emphasis on "Turkishness" in the current constitution has long been a sticking point for Kurds who have fought a three-decade conflict for recognition.</p> <p>In a key turning point for the conflict which has claimed tens of thousands of lives, Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan on Thursday called a historic ceasefire after months of negotiations with Ankara.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/greater-rights-kurds-key-turkish-peace-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East Social Issues Technology War AFP Sun, 24 Mar 2013 04:45:31 +0000 5792257 at http://www.globalpost.com Freedom of expression in Turkey 'under attack': Amnesty http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/freedom-expression-turkey-under-attack-amnesty <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Amnesty International criticised Wednesday European Union hopeful Turkey's dismal record on freedom of expression and called for legislative reforms to bring "abuses to an end."</p> <p>"Freedom of expression is under attack in Turkey," the London-based group said.</p> <p>"Hundreds of abusive criminal prosecutions are brought every year against political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and others," it added.</p> <p>"These prosecutions represent one of the most deeply entrenched human rights problems in Turkey today."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/freedom-expression-turkey-under-attack-amnesty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Kurdish people Social Issues AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:30:50 +0000 5795234 at http://www.globalpost.com A pool of wise men! http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/pool-wise-men <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> The government has established a committee of wise men that will work as a trust-building mechanism between the Kurdish and Turkish communities in the country before and during the implementation of the roadmap leading to the disarmament of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the satisfaction of certain (and yet unclear) demands of the PKK leadership in return.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/pool-wise-men" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East Politics Asianet Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:10:05 +0000 Asianet 5801780 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkish nationalists have hard days ahead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/turkish-nationalists-have-hard-days-ahead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> It has been proven that being a nationalist in a country in transition from a modernist national period to a post-national one is a hard burden to shoulder. This has been experienced in the Balkans as their post-war reconstruction practices repelled any nationalistic discourse and broke down all the core building blocks of the very existence of the nation in the region.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130404/turkish-nationalists-have-hard-days-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey European Convention on Human Rights Technology Asianet Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:19:31 +0000 Asianet 5801814 at http://www.globalpost.com A century on, Turkey's Muslim Armenians come out of hiding http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/century-turkeys-muslim-armenians-come-out-hiding <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>They dropped their language and religion to survive after the 1915 genocide, but close to 100 years on Turkey's "hidden Armenians" want to take pride in their identity.</p> <p>Some genocide survivors adopted Islam and blended in with the Kurds in eastern Turkey's Dersim mountains to avoid further persecution.</p> <p>Several generations down the road, the town of Tunceli hosted a landmark ceremony Wednesday for Genocide Remembrance Day, something which has only ever happened in Istanbul and the large city of Diyarbakir.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/century-turkeys-muslim-armenians-come-out-hiding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Iran Ethnic groups in Turkey AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:15:37 +0000 5824125 at http://www.globalpost.com A century on, Turkey's Muslim Armenians come out of hiding http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/century-turkeys-muslim-armenians-come-out-hiding-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>They dropped their language and religion to survive after the 1915 genocide, but close to 100 years on Turkey's "hidden Armenians" want to take pride in their identity.</p> <p>Some genocide survivors adopted Islam and blended in with the Kurds in eastern Turkey's Dersim mountains to avoid further persecution.</p> <p>Several generations down the road, the town of Tunceli hosted a landmark ceremony Wednesday for Genocide Remembrance Day, something which has only ever happened in Istanbul and the large city of Diyarbakir.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/century-turkeys-muslim-armenians-come-out-hiding-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Iran Ethnic groups in Turkey AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:16:17 +0000 5824182 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkey's Armenian community on alert after attacks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/turkeys-armenian-community-alert-after-attacks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Turkish Armenians are on edge after weekend attacks against members of the community during Orthodox Easter raised fears about their security.</p> <p>An unidentified assailant fired seven blank rounds outside an Armenian church in Istanbul's Kumkapi neighbourhood on Sunday, causing panic among people celebrating Easter there, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.</p> <p>A young Armenian was also beaten the same day by a gang outside a church in the nearby neighbourhood of Samatya, Archbishop Aram Atesyan of the Armenian Orthodox patriarchate, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/turkeys-armenian-community-alert-after-attacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Armenian diaspora Ethnic groups in Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Religion Social Issues War AFP Mon, 06 May 2013 17:00:45 +0000 5831932 at http://www.globalpost.com 2 killed in clashes in southeast Turkey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131206/2-killed-clashes-southeast-turkey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>2 killed in clashes in southeast Turkey</p> <p>ANKARA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- At least two demonstrators were killed in clashes with police in Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari on Friday, local Dogan News Agency reported.</p> <p>A group affiliated to the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) held a demonstration against the demolition of some PKK members' graves in the Yuksekova district of Hakkari, the report said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/131206/2-killed-clashes-southeast-turkey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East Xinhua News Agency Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:48:18 +0000 6012236 at http://www.globalpost.com Seven detained as Turkish forces raid Kurdish town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/seven-detained-turkish-forces-raid-kurdish-town <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Turkish security forces on Sunday raided a Kurdish town where the army launched a botched air strike in 2011 that killed dozens of people including children, local media reported.</p> <p>Seven people were detained in the dawn raid on houses in Uludere near the Iraqi border in southeastern Turkey, Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website.</p> <p>It said the action was believed to be related to a protest last week over the clearing of military officers accused of perpetrating the 2011 attack and against the building of a military road in the area.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/seven-detained-turkish-forces-raid-kurdish-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East Technology War AFP Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:48:08 +0000 6047173 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkish Kurds arrested in Greece over arms cache http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140210/turkish-kurds-arrested-greece-over-arms-cache <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Police in Greece on Monday arrested four Turkish men of Kurdish origin after finding arms and explosives in their Athens flat, a police source said.</p> <p>The four men are believed to belong to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a far-left armed group that has carried out attacks in Turkey, the source said.</p> <p>Police found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two submachine guns, three handguns, two grenades and over six kilogrammes (13 pounds) of gelatin dynamite at the apartment, the source said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140210/turkish-kurds-arrested-greece-over-arms-cache" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East Technology AFP Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:18:05 +0000 6066488 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkish Kurds detained in Greece over extremism http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140214/turkish-kurds-detained-greece-over-extremism <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Greece has placed in pre-trial detention four Turkish Kurds charged with belonging to a far-left extremist organisation in Turkey, a judicial official said on Friday.</p> <p>The four men, aged 24 to 53, are believed to belong to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a far-left armed group that has carried out attacks in Turkey, the source said.</p> <p>They were arrested this week after police found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two submachine guns, three handguns, two grenades and over six kilogrammes (13 pounds) of gelatin dynamite at their Athens apartment.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140214/turkish-kurds-detained-greece-over-extremism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East Technology AFP Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:03:46 +0000 6070810 at http://www.globalpost.com 6 kidnapped by Kurdish rebels in eastern Turkey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140616/6-kidnapped-kurdish-rebels-eastern-turkey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>6 kidnapped by Kurdish rebels in eastern Turkey</p> <p>ANKARA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- A group of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants on Monday kidnapped six people and burned five vehicles in eastern Turkey, private Dogan news agency reported.</p> <p>The PKK militants blocked a road crossing near a village in Tunceli province, and stopped some vehicles carrying building materials for the construction of a police station in region.</p> <p>They burned five cars and kidnapped six people, including five drivers, according to the report.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140616/6-kidnapped-kurdish-rebels-eastern-turkey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East War Xinhua News Agency Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:33:32 +0000 6178208 at http://www.globalpost.com 7 kidnapped by Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140622/7-kidnapped-kurdish-militants-southeastern-turkey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Xinhua News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>7 kidnapped by Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey</p> <p>ANKARA, June 22 (Xinhua) -- A group of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants have kidnapped seven people in southeastern Turkey, private Dogan news agency reported on Sunday.</p> <p>The PKK rebels on Saturday kidnapped seven people, including five from a same family who were collecting firewood in the forest area of Senoba zone in Uludere town in Sirnak province, the report said, adding that security forces had launched a major search operation in the region.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2014 Xinhua News Agency.</a></p> <p>Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.</p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140622/7-kidnapped-kurdish-militants-southeastern-turkey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East War Xinhua News Agency Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:18:12 +0000 6183960 at http://www.globalpost.com Turkey's pro-Kurdish party announces presidential candidate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140626/turkeys-pro-kurdish-party-announces-presidential-candidate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The co-chairman of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP) will run in the country's first direct presidential election in August, Turkish media said on Thursday.</p> <p>The HDP's Selahattin Demirtas announced his candidacy on Turkish news channel Haberturk TV before tweeting: "I would like to (be) perceived as the candidate of all the oppressed and the neglected groups in Turkey".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140626/turkeys-pro-kurdish-party-announces-presidential-candidate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Turkey Middle East Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:41:55 +0000 6188494 at http://www.globalpost.com