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Posted 14 July 2015 - 02:04 AM


Garo Paylan addresses reporters on recent incidences of hate speech in Turkey (Source: CNN Turk)

ANKARA (Hurriyet Daily News)—Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul deputy Garo Paylan has urged prosecutors in Turkey to take action against recent incidences of hate speech that have gone unpunished, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“Each hate speech crime going unpunished pushes people targeted by hate speech to the ‘dove’s skittishness’ and lays the ground for hate crimes,” Paylan said at a press conference at the Turkish parliament.

“Dove’s skittishness” is a phrase coined by slain Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in his last article published in the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper Dink founded, Agos, expressing his feelings of being terrorized just days before he was killed on January 19, 2007.

“The recent discourses aiming to create hatred and enmity against the Armenian community in Kars and Ankara and LGBTI individuals in Ankara constitute a clear and imminent threat against the right to life,” Paylan said, also referring to recent attacks against Korean tourists in Istanbul mistaken by Turkish ultranationalists for Chinese nationals.

“It is obvious that ‘poisoned’ phrases and discourses have prepared the ground for murders in Turkey’s recent history,” Paylan said, listing a number of incidents including the killing of Father Andrea Santoro in February 2006, who was murdered while he prayed in his church in the Black Sea city of Trabzon, as well as the killings at the Zirve Publishing House in Malatya in April 2007, where three missionaries were tied up and tortured before having their throats slit.

Paylan also referred to four recent incidents, including statements made by Tolga Adiguzel, the head of a local branch of the far-right “Idealist Hearths”, which has close links with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Adiguzel indicated that his group would “hunt for Armenians” in Kars after world-renowned pianist Tigran Hamasyan performed a concert at the nearby ruins of Ani, on the border with Armenia.

“What should we do now? Should we start a hunt for Armenians in the streets of Kars?” Adiguzel asked reporters on June 24, three days after the Hamasyan concert.

Paylan said he would file a complaint against Adiguzel while also calling on prosecutors to take action against other incidences of hate speech.

On July 2, Adana Mayor Huseyin Sozlu targeted three new Armenian members of parliament, who were elected on June 7, by referring to the late Turkish-Armenian brothel owner Matild Manukyan.

“Manukyan’s nephew living in Adana must be happy. The children of their three aunts have also entered parliament from the AKP [Justice and Development Party], the CHP [Republican People’s Party] and the HDP [Peoples’ Democratic Party].”

“No matter how proud they are now, it will never be enough,” Sozlu wrote on his Twitter account.

Along with Paylan (HDP), two other Turkish citizens of Armenian origin were elected to parliament in the June 7 general elections: Markar Esayan (AKP) and Selina Dogan (CHP).


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Posted 22 December 2017 - 11:16 AM

Garo has the courage of a lion, but I'm scared for his safety!

News.am, Armenia

Dec 21 2017
Ruling party lawmaker tries to attack Armenian MP of Turkey at parliament
12:32, 21.12.2017








Speaking at parliament, Garo Paylan, Istanbul Armenian MP from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey, called on the minister of finance to investigate the offshore accounts of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his family.

This call, however, was not to the liking of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputy İlknur İnceöz, according to Demokrathaber website of Turkey. She said Paylan is the last person to give them lessons on ethics.

“You’re not even the last person in this parliament,” İnceöz added.

And when Paylan responded to her by saying, “Don’t be unethical!” she walked towards him in anger.

But the parliament session was recessed to calm down the MPs.




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Posted 24 December 2017 - 11:26 AM

News.am, Armenia
Dec 23 2017
Armenian member of Turkish parliament: Current climate in Turkey is same as in 1915
10:34, 23.12.2017

Garo Paylan, Istanbul Armenian MP from the opposition and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey, has reflected on the present-day situation in the country, and drawn respective parallels with 1915.

Paylan told Gazete Duvar (Wall Newspaper) online newspaper of Turkey that he feels like as if it were 1915.

“The current climate in Turkey is like the climate created by Talaat and Enver [Pashas, the architects of Armenian Genocide],” he said. “In those times, too, the democratic demands of the Armenian people, the Armenian MPs were the same as the demands of the Kurdish party today.

“At that time, the authorities responded to the Armenians’ [democratic] demands with genocide. One hundred years have passed, but it’s the same climate today in Turkey.

“If there is a little intelligence left among the [present-day Turkish] authorities, they must stop all this. Otherwise, the rug will be pulled from under their feet.”


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Posted 26 December 2017 - 09:47 AM

Garo needs to listen to Sevan and leave that hellhole! I'm extremely worried for his life, there is no such thing as democracy in Turkey even if the Western countries see it as the role model for the Muslim world when in reality the Muslim world don't see Turkey as their role model.

Panorama, Armenia

Dec 25 2017
Nişanyan’s cautiousness over Paylan’s case realistic, turkologist says

The current Turkish authorities are capable of anything, since they showed that they can apply punitive measures and repression neglecting the opinion of the international community and even the positions of their allies, an Armenian turkologist said on Monday, referring to Turkish-Armenian intellectual Sevan Nişanyan’s call to Garo Paylan to immediately leave the country.

Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish Parliament representing the opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP) warned on Wednesday that he has received intelligence about assassination plots targeting Turkish citizens living in Europe, among them Armenians, Alevis, Kurds, opposition politicians, intellectuals and reporters, who have left Turkey.

“This Turkey-based structure mobilized certain people to carry out these assassinations,” he warned.

In an interview with Panorama.am, Ruben Safrastyan, Director of the National Academy’s Institute of Oriental Studies, noted that having suffered at the hands of the Turkish authorities, Sevan Nişanyan gives such an advice to Paylan, clearing understanding who they are dealing with. “Thus, his cautiousness over Paylan’s case is quite realistic. The threat is real. Knowing that Paylan was Hrant Dink's junior colleague and continues to uphold his courageous principles, I find it hard to say whether he will follow Nişanyan’s advice. Anyways, we are dealing with a very courageous Armenian [political] figure, who could use a little bit of wariness,” he said.

Ruben Safrastyan highlighted the Turkish authorities will target any figure, who dares to voice about any faulty phenomenon in that country.

Turkish-Armenian intellectual, travel writer, entrepreneur, and researcher Sevan Nişanyan, who escaped prison and fled Turkey on July 14, 2017, has commented on Paylan’s assassination warnings, adding they deserve a special attention and study.

“If I were in Garo’s place, I would immediately leave the country,” he wrote on Twitter, adding by releasing such information Paylan also puts himself at risk.




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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:40 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Jan 12 2018
Garo Paylan testifies at Ankara Prosecutor’s Office over assassination warnings

Garo Paylan, an Armenian member of the Turkish parliament representing the opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP), has testified at the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in connection with his statement over assassination plots, Ermenihaber reported.

Speaking at a press meeting in the Turkish parliament on December 20, Paylan said he had received intelligence about assassination plots targeting Turkish intellectuals and public figures living in Europe, among them Armenians who have left Turkey.

“There is Hrant Dink’s case in Turkey. He was my friend. He was constantly under target at that time. I wanted him to leave Turkey but he didn’t and was killed,” Paylan told reporters after leaving the prosecutor’s office.

“At present, some people, including Can Dündar (the former editor-in-chief of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet), as well as several HDP figures are also targeted by press. We received intelligence from Germany about plans of assassination against those people. I made a statement after receiving the information,” he said.


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