Kurdish separatism in Turkey
The retrial of a former lawmaker who was convicted of being a member of a terrorist organization in 2012 started on June 24 in Istanbul.
Sebahat Tuncel, a former deputy of the Kurdish problem-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), attended the hearing at Istanbul's 10th High Penal Court as a defendant with her 10 lawyers on June 25.
?Understanding Turkey?s Kurdish Question? edited by Fevzi Bilgin and Ali Sar?han (Lexington Books, 266 pages, $40)
As the dynamics of the new government are still in flux, the future of Turkey?s Kurdish issue is also unclear. With the lands across Turkey's southern borders engulfed by turmoil, the question appears to be entering a new, uncertain phase.
Abdullah Öcalan, the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers? Party (PKK), is the appropriate person to call on militants of his organization to lay down arms, Peoples? Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirta? has said, urging for the resumption of talks in the stalled peace process.