Legal mechanisms are being used to target the Kurdish population and pro-democracy political movements across the region. Left-wing political organisations in Turkey have condemned ongoing efforts to criminalise the People’s Democratic Party over 2014 protests against ISIS. Elsewhere in the country, a vigil for a family which has seen three of its members killed and a fourth thrown in jail following an attack with a group associated with an MP from the ruling AKP, continued into its 400th day.
Across the border in Iraqi Kurdistan, meanwhile, hunger strikers detained following anti-government protests in 2020 are reported to be entering critical condition in jails operated by the governing Kurdistan Democratic Party. The situation is also deteriorating in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where Kurdish neighbourhoods are being placed under an embargo by the Assad government.
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