Commemoration events planned for Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez

Commemoration events have been planned for three Kurdish women politicians – Sakine Cansiz, one of the founders of the PKK, the Paris Representative of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Fidan Doğan and KNK Youth Movement member Leyla Şaylemez – who were assassinated in Paris, France, on 9 January 2013.

Murder suspect Ömer Güney died in December 2016 in the hospital where he was being treated in Paris. Cansiz, Doğan and Şaylemez were shot dead with a silencer gun on 9 January 2013, at the Kurdistan Information Office in Paris. After the death of the suspect Güney, the families of Cansiz, Doğan and Şaylemez pointed out that there were documents proving a connection between Turkey’s secret service, the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT), and the murders. They had demanded that the investigation be continued. The investigation was restarted again in May 2019.

Although one and a half years have passed since the investigation resumed, there have been no reported developments in the investigation. Kurdish people will be in attendance in Paris on 9 January 2021 to demand answers over the deaths of the three activists.

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