The ex-PKK member Selim Çürükkaya who lives in Germany, claims in a statement that he escaped an assassination plot against him on 8 February and that the Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has set up a new death list, which includes his name. In the past Çürükkaya said that dozens of people in the PKK executed because of Ocalan’s despotic rule.
According to Çürükkaya the PKK decided in their last meeting in the Qandil mountains to silence PKK-critics. The PKK decided to kill Nasname editor Sukru Gülmüş,www.ekurd.net PSK leader Kemal Burkay, HAK-PAR member İbrahim Guclu, author Ismail Besikci, former PKK members Hüseyin Yıldırım and Selahattin Çelik. Also the writers of Kurdistan Aktuel, Nasname, Rizgari, Newroz.com are targeted. Recently there were also claims that the armed wing of the PKK (HPG) threatened Beşikçi.
On his own website Kurdistan Aktuel, Çürükkaya wrote that he has been writing a critical book of the PKK and that he was therefore threatened. Earlier before he wrote a book about the ‘dictatorship of Ocalan’. Selim Çürükkaya also said that an ex-PKK member Serhat Kürt Ozan told him the ex-representative in Europe, Kani Yilmaz, wanted to kill him in the past.
In 2006 Kani Yilmaz and Sabri Tori were allegedly killed by the PKK for leaving the PKK and being part the dissident party PWD (Patriotic Democratic Party of Kurdistan). The PKK denied the allegations and blamed it on an internal power struggle within the PWD. But according to Amnesty International researcher,www.ekurd.netHelmut Oberdiek, murders within the PKK are as old as the party itself and claimed that critics of the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan were killed.
It’s probable unlikely that the PKK will kill İsmail Beşikçi and politician Kemal Burkay, because this could damage their prestige among both Kurds and Europeans. Even most PKK-supporters would be against that. But it’s possible that ex-PKK members are threatened or targeted, because the PKK can easily portray them as ‘traitors’ or ‘agents of the state’.
There are also allegations that Nasname journalist Halis Açar in Switzerland was recently attacked said ntv msnbc. Also ex-PKK member Dara Botan was threathened for writing about the PKK killing PKK member Lamia Baksi in 1987.
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Over 40,000 Turkish soldiers and Kurdish PKK guerrillas have been killed since 1984 when the Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan) took up arms for self-rule in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey (Turkey-Kurdistan). A large Turkey’s Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK rebels. Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority.
The PKK demanded Turkey’s recognition of the Kurds’ identity in its constitution and of their language as a native language along with Turkish in the country’s Kurdish areas, the party also demanded an end to ethnic discrimination in Turkish laws and constitution against Kurds, ranting them full political freedoms.
Turkey refuses to recognize its Kurdish population as a distinct minority. It has allowed some cultural rights such as limited broadcasts in the Kurdish language and private Kurdish language courses with the prodding of the European Union, but Kurdish politicians say the measures fall short of their expectations.
The PKK is considered a ‘terrorist’ organization by Ankara and U.S., the PKK continues to be on the blacklist list in EU despite court ruling which overturned a decision to place the Kurdish rebel group PKK and its political wing on the European Union’s terror list.
** Kurds are not recognized as an official minority in Turkey and are denied rights granted to other minority groups. Under EU pressure, Turkey recently granted Kurds limited rights for broadcasts and education in the Kurdish language, but critics say the measures do not go far enough.
The use of the term “Kurdistan” is vigorously rejected due to its alleged political implications by the Republic of Turkey, which does not recognize the existence of a “Turkish Kurdistan” Southeast Turkey.
Others estimate over 40 million Kurds live in Big Kurdistan (Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Armenia), which covers an area as big as France, about half of all Kurds which estimate to 20 million live in Turkey.
Turkey is home to 25 million ethnic Kurds, a large Turkey’s Kurdish community openly sympathise with the Kurdish PKK for a Kurdish homeland in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey.
Before August 2002, the Turkish government placed severe restrictions on the use of Kurdish language, prohibiting the language in education and broadcast media. The Kurdish alphabet is still not recognized in Turkey, and use of the Kurdish letters X, W, Q which do not exist in the Turkish alphabet has led to judicial persecution in 2000 and 2003
The Kurdish flag flown officially in Iraqi Kurdistan but unofficially flown by Kurds in Armenia. The flag is banned in Iran, Syria, and Turkey where flying it is a criminal offence”
Southeastern Turkey: North Kurdistan ( Kurdistan-Turkey) wikipedia