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HDP’s imprisoned lawmaker nominated for Nobel Prize


Selahattin Demirtas, former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has been nominated for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize this year, Gazete Duvar reported.

The nomination was made by the Swedish lawmaker Thomas Hammarberg, the report said.

“For the last twelve years, Demirtas has played a key role in almost every initiative in Turkey promoting peace between Kurds and Turks, minority rights, women rights, gay rights, and democracy,” Gazete Duvar quoted Hammarberg’s letter that was submitted to the Nobel Committee as saying, as reported by Ahval.

“He has been constant and courageous in his work for a peaceful solution of the Kurdish question.  He has worked for an end of warfare against Kurds in Turkey and Syria,” the letter added.

The news was also confirmed by the official Twitter account for HDP representative office in the US..

“Our imprisoned former co-chair Selahattin Demirtas has been nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize! This nomination is a powerful show of support for him and all others in Turkey unjustly jailed for calling for an end to dictatorship and war,” it said.

Demirtas has been in prison in Turkey since November 2016, facing up to 144 years in prison. Turkey accused him of links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and “propaganda for terror”.

Last Modified: Sunday، 03 February 2019 03:06 PM