Actions for Mother Language Day in North Kurdistan and Turkey

Actions held in many cities of Northern Kurdistan and Turkey on the Mother Language Day called people to stand up for the preservation of the Kurdish language.

On occasion of the Mother Language Day, actions are taking place today in many cities of Northern Kurdistan and Turkey.


In Amed (Diyarbakir), the Kurdish Language Platform held a press conference. The Platform was founded for the developments of the Kurdish language, its recognition as an official language and instruction at schools and consists of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Democratic Regions Party (DBP), Freedom and Socialism Party (ÖSP), Kurdistan Democratic Party-Bakur (PDK), Kurdistan Democratic Party-Turkey (PDK-T), Kurdistan Socialist Party (PSK), Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), Human and Freedom Party and Azadî (Freedom) Movement.

The press conference, held at a hotel in the central Sur district, was attended by DTK co-chair Leyla Güven, DBP co-chair Saliha Aydeniz, HDP MPs İmam Taşçıer and Nusrettin Maçin, and representatives of the 9 parties.

Şerefhan Cizirî, spokesperson of the Kurdish Language Platform warned that the Kurdish people will disappear if the language is not reclaimed. He called on all Kurds to speak their mother language in all areas of life.

Leyla Güven emphasized in her speech the need for further efforts for the preservation of the Kurdish language and the special role played by mothers as carriers and mediators of language.


HDP Youth Council held a press conference at the party’s headquarters in İzmir and called on everyone to respect mother languages.

The press statement said that the ruling AKP government maintained the prohibitive mindset that has long targeted languages, cultures and faiths. The HDP youth commended all the languages that have resisted against the monist mentality.

Another press conference was held at the İzmir branch of the Human Rights Association (IHD) where activists described the denial of education in mother language as one of the major violations of human rights.  


Members of the Free Women’s Movement (TJA) and HDP Batman Women’s Council held a press conference at the HDP office and highlighted the importance of speaking and writing in Kurdish.


HDP Mardin branch held a press conference and denounced the attempts to eradicate the languages on these lands by means of repression and fascist policies.


HDP Aydın branch also held a press conference and called for increased struggle against the assimilation and attempts to annihilate various languages in this geography.