Today sees a major hearing get underway in Luxembourg, as one of the EU’s top courts debates whether the Kurdistan Workers’ Party should be delisted as a terror organisation. It follows a landmark 2021 decision by the top court in Belgium that the PKK should no longer be considered a terror group.
Campaigners, the Kurdish community and EU policy-makers will be watching the court process closely, which comes in the context of a number of reminders of Turkey’s anti-Kurdish and anti-democratic policies. In another story, an Iranian air strike in Erbil has been attributed to ongoing negotiations to supply gas from Israel to Europe via Turkey. A Turkish officer has just been acquitted of running over a child in his armoured vehicle, while Turkish writers handed a Norwegian peace award have been unable to travel and accept the trophy due to their incarceration in the country.
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