Yesterday, the authorities in Turkey detained Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ from the Kurdish opposition (People’s Democracy Party, HDP) along with at least nine other elected MP’s from the HDP.

Turkey accuses the Kurdish representatives of being an outlet for ‘terroristic propaganda’ from the PKK. The HDP denies the accusations.

What happened yesterday is a huge escalation of the Turkish-Kurdish conflict that leads to the rise of tensions between Turks and Kurds all over the world.

As a peace organization and a platform for diversity The Hague Peace Projects strongly condemns the arrest of political representatives for which more than 6 million people voted last year. Nothing good can come out of silencing voices of people you dont agree with.

Our initiative of individual Turks, Kurds and Armenians wants a cessation to all hostilities between Turks and Kurds and that the warring sides return to the negotiation table for a political solution. This conflict has lasted too long.

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