Selahattin Demirtaş

Turkish FM rebukes ECHR's Demirtaş ruling

The European Court of Human Rights' (ECHR) ruling calling on Turkey to release Selahattin Demirtaş, the former co-chair of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) who has been in prison for over two years on terrorism charges, is not legal but a politically-motivated one, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said, vowing the Turkish government will object to the decision.

Jailed presidential candidate of HDP makes landmark pre-recorded election speech from prison

Selahattin Demirtaş, the jailed presidential candidate of the Kurdish issue-focused Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), made his campaign speech on the state broadcaster TRT on June 17 from prison, marking a first in Turkey and the world's political history. 

HDP applies to election board for Demirtaş's participation in rallies

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) on June 14 applied to the Supreme Board of Elections (YSK) and the Justice Ministry for permission to allow the presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtaş hold election rallies in Istanbul, the western province of İzmir, and the southeastern provinces of Gaziatep and Mardin.