Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said issues with Ankara’s acquisition of F-16 modernisation kits would be resolved if US President Joe Biden’s government “stands firm” against the Congress and lawmakers who wish to prevent the sale.
Journalist Pınar Gayıp faces a third investigation over her coverage of a Turkish soldier’s rape and kidnapping of an 18-year-old Kurdish woman, while the convicted soldier remains free on parole.
Diaspora Kurds are planning a demonstration in front of the Strasbourg offices of the Council of Europe on 23 to 25 January to demand that the council’s anti-torture body CPT make public its report on a September visit to the İmralı Prison where Abdullah Öcalan is serving a life sentence.
In other news, a Kurdish movie titled Bihar, meaning Spring, directed by Cemile Şahin will premiere on 8 February in Berlin. It focuses on the life of the Bingöl family, who are displaced from Şanlıurfa in north Kurdistan due to the GAP dam project.
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