HDP announces campaign with four main themes

The HDP is under great pressure in Turkey. The party announced the start of a new campaign with four main topics for the beginning of February.

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) is launching a multi-month campaign in February on four main issues: Isolation, hunger strike, Kobanê trial, and the recent European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling in the Demirtaş trial. This was announced by HDP chairpersons Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar at an online meeting of their party's Local Governments Committee.

The meeting discussed the current political situation and the local work of the HDP. HDP co-chair Mithat Sancar pointed out the state repression against the HDP and stated that a new struggle program will be published on February 8: "That we are in the right is constantly proven on different levels. The latest example is the ECtHR ruling in the Selahattin Demirtaş case. The government says it will not implement this judgment. We will campaign for this at home and abroad. Last week, we held talks with the ambassadors of France and Germany. On Friday, the chairperson of the EU-Turkey delegation visited us. A day before that, the European Parliament adopted a very important resolution by a large majority, stating once again that we are in the right. We are continuing our fight at home, we are very active diplomatically abroad. We know that we will be successful. In order to transform Turkey into a democratic republic, we must continue on our path with determination."

Afterwards, Pervin Buldan explained the contents of the campaign, which will be conducted until June. The main topics of isolation, hunger strike, Kobanê trial and ECtHR judgment must be continuously on the agenda of the Kurdish and democratic forces, Buldan said and added:

"These issues do not only concern the Kurds. They concern all of Turkey. The more we can involve people from outside our party, the more likely we are to succeed. Locally, there are various democratic circles, political parties and civil society organizations that can be involved in the respective work."