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CHP’s Pavey, HDP’s Buldan Beaten in Parliament, Taken to Hospital

BIA News Desk

Independent deputy Aylin Nazlıaka has handcuffed herself to the rostrum during talks on the Constitutional Amendment Draft in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) to protest those who voted yes to the draft. Women deputies of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) closed in around Nazlıkaya.

AKP’s Gökçen Özdoğan Enç kicked Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Pervin Buldan’s chest and rended HDP’s Burcu Çelik’s hair. Nazlıaka and CHP MP Şafak Pavey fell on the floor, Pavey’s prosthesis was dislocated.

Buldan was taken into a hospital, AKP’s Özdoğan came to the parliament with a neck brace and a wheelchair.

Nazlıaka: Parliament is being shut down so I’m locking myself here

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Prosecutor in Turkey seeks 142 years jail time for HDP’s co-chair Demirtaş and 83 years for co-chair Yüksekdağ

Birgün Daily

Prosecutor handling the case against 9 MPs and co-chairs of Turkey’s HDP (People’s Democratic Party) has completed the indictment, seeking from 43 to 142 years of jail time for co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and from 30 to 83 years for co-chair Figen Yüksekdağ.

According to the reports of HaberTürk, in the indictment, Demirtaş is being charged with ‘being an executive of PKK and taking the role of a representative for its political platform’, as well as, ‘doing propaganda for terror and triggering crime by going against laws on assembling and demonstrations’.

Academic Detained for Having ‘Newroz Invitation’


Beyza Kural
BIA News

Bilgi University academic member, Chris Stephenson has been taken into custody at İstanbul Justice Palace in Çağlayan where he came to support three academics who were detained because of Academics for Peace/İstanbul group’s declaration.

Stephenson was detained in front of the courthouse at around 9:15 a.m. on charge of having Newroz invitations with signature of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Provincial Presidency.

Stephen who was taken to police station at the courthouse has been brought to İstanbul Security Directorate on Vatan street after the physical examination at Haseki Hospital. (BK/TK)


Newroz refers to the celebration of the traditional Iranian new year holiday of Newroz in Kurdish society. In Kurdish legend, the holiday celebrates the deliverance of the Kurds from a tyrant, and it is seen as another way of demonstrating support for the Kurdish cause.

The celebration coincides with the Northward equinox which falls mainly on 21 March and the festival is held usually between 18 and 24 March.

Barsamian: We Need to Resurrect Socialism


The Armenian Weekly

This was part of a series of lectures and discussions known as ZomTalks, a new initiative by the student association that features “individuals of diverse backgrounds and disciplines who share insight and knowledge from their area of expertise” with the Lebanese community. Ideas shared in ZomTalks must “inform, inspire, and empower” attendees.

The latest ZomTalks featured independent journalist, writer, and political activist David Barsamian, who tackled the issue of capitalism, media conglomerates, and global warming to an audience comprised mostly of youth and university students, along with people from all walks of life.

Barsamian started his talk, titled “The Twilight of Capitalism,” by reciting the piece “A Century Is a Long Time. It Is and It Isn’t,” which he had read in Ankara during the commemoration of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Read more »

Istanbul Court Hands Nazaryan Life Sentence for Murder of Elderly Armenian Woman

The Armenian Weekly

Tekir: Investigators Ignored Important Evidence; Criminals Still at Large

Murat Nazaryan, the suspect in the 2012 murder of 84-year old Istanbul Armenian Maritsa Kucuk, was sentenced to life imprisonment on Feb. 24 in an Istanbul court.

A string of attacks on elderly Armenian women took place in the Samatia district of Istanbul between December 2012 and January 2013, one of which led to the death of Kucuk.


Addressing the court prior to the sentencing, Nazaryan maintained his innocence in regards to the verdict. “I have not committed the crime which I am accused of. I demand to be acquitted,” Nazaryan said, according to CNN Turk. Nazaryan also received a 10-month jail sentence for breaking and entering. Read more »

Police Raid on Lawyers from Libertarian Jurists Association


Ayça Söylemez
BIA News

In the police operation conducted this morning (March 16) in İstanbul, a police raid has been carried out on the houses of eight lawyers from Libertarian Jurists Association (ÖHD).

The names of the eight lawyers taken into custody are; İrfan Arasan, Ayşe Acınıklı, Hüseyin Boğatekin, Şefik Çelik, Adem Çalışcı, Ayşe Başar, Tamer Doğan and Ramazan Demir.

“Investigation serial number” instead of justification
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3 Academics Arrested


Beyza Kural
BIA News

Three academics Associate Prof. Kıvanç Ersoy (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts Univ., mathematics), Assistant Prof. Esra Mungan (Boğaziçi Univ., psychology) and Dr. Muzaffer Kaya (fired as a consequence of the academics’ statement from Nişantaşı University, history) reading the statement on behalf of Academics for Peace/İstanbul group reiterating their peace demand and detained afterwards, have been arrested by court on duty.

The academics were arrested on charge of “propagandizing for terror organization”. One of academics’ lawyers Meriç Eyüboğlu said “We once again have seen that there is no law anymore”, and stated that they will object the ruling.

“They are not alone” slogans in front of the courthouse Read more »

My home where my son is: Şişli Armenian Cemetery


Vartan Estukyan

Garabed Balıkçı said that the hearing didn’t take long and it is adjourned to April 6 because of a missing document. “Because some documents aren’t sent by the experts, the hearing ended in a blink. The court requested these documents 6 months ago, but they haven’t sent them yet. I cannot understand why the process is so slow.” He also criticized the attitude of the court: “My son was killed by a racist bullet. We demand justice, but there is no justice. The judge didn’t take us seriously. We demanded the perpetrator comes to the hearing; they refused this demand. The suspect doesn’t come to the court. Why? We don’t know. Lastly, the judge adjourned the case to April 6. The case is a closed box for now.”

“The case is like a play”

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Nous remercions le Comité de soutien de Nor Zartonk

En Turquie, nous menons une lutte modeste pour notre droit de vivre, l’égalite et la justice. Notre lutte s’agrandit avec votre soutien.
Nous remercions le Comité de soutien de Nor Zartonk qui nous a permis de rencontrer les arméniens de France grâce aux événements qu’ils ont organisés et ARAM, Yerguir yev Meshaguït, MAJC, Association Sassoun, JAF, Péniche ANAKO, AFAJA pour leur solidarité.

Nor Zartonk Activities at France


European Represantation of Nor Zartonk and France Comitee to support Nor Zartonk helding “Armenian Activism in Istanbul” meetings with attendance of Nor Zartonk Spokesperson Sayat Tekir. The meetings will be held at Paris on 21 and 21 January, Marseille at 27 January and Lyon at 28 and 29 January.

Thursday January 21, 2016 at 20:00 Paris
Péniche Anako / 61 quai de la Seine / 75019 Paris

Friday January 22, 2016 at 20:00 Arnouville
Salle de l’Association Sassoun / 3 rue de la Paix / 95400 Arnouville

Wednesday January 27, 2016 at 19:00 Marseille
Majc / 12-14 rue Saint Bazile / 13001 Marseille

Thursday January 28, 2016 at 20:00 Lyon
Église arménienne de Lyon / Salle Garbis Manoukian / 42 rue d’Arménie / 69003 Lyon

Friday January 29, 2016 Lyon
Librairie la Plume noire / 8 rue Diderot / 69001 Lyon