Twelfth hearing of the legal case against Ms. Gultan Kisanak and Ms. Sebahat Tuncel to be be held on February 1, 2019 in Malatya.


3 January 2019


Subject: The twelfth hearing of the legal case against Ms. Gultan Kisanak (co-mayor of Diyarbakir) and Ms. Sebahat Tuncel (Co-chair of Democratic Regions Party) will be held on February 1, 2019 in Malatya.

Ms. Gultan Kisanak, co-mayor of Diyarbakır, and Ms. Sebahat Tuncel, co-chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP), both former MPs, have been in prison since November 2016. The indictments filed against them could not provide any credible evidence pertaining to any criminal activity, but only has listed peaceful protests they had attended and exercised their freedom of speech on issues such as decentralization, peace, and gender equality in Turkey. Ms. Kisanak and Ms. Tuncel have not been released or acquitted after eleven hearings.

The next hearing will be held on February 1, 2019 at the Malatya Court House. (

Observation missions by foreign delegations may make a crucial impact on Turkish courts in terms of reminding the panel of judges of their duty to apply the rule of law rather than using these extremely politicized cases against Kurdish politicians to prove their loyalty to the increasingly nationalist Turkish government. Attendance of representatives from foreign parliaments, municipalities, city councils, NGOs, and women’s organizations to the hearings will also show the strength of international solidarity in the struggle for democracy, peace, and equality in Turkey.

In order to your access to the courtroom, please apply to the Adalet Bakanlığı Dış İlişkiler ve Avrupa Birliği Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General for International Law and Foreign Relations department at the Ministry of Justice). You or your Embassy in Ankara can send an e-mail to address to receive accreditation. Fax and phone numbers of the Directorate General are as follows:

Fax: 0090 312 219 45 23 Phone: 0090 312 414 80 51

Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions or need for assistance for arrangements to observe the hearing.

Hisyar Ozsoy
Deputy Chair of HDP Responsible for Foreign Affairs Member of Parliament

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