ISTANBUL — The Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its far-right allies in the Turkish Parliament agreed to pass a resolution submitted on Friday that would ban the word “Kurdistan” to be used by lawmakers in Parliament.
According to the resolution passed by AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), members of parliament would not be allowed to use the word “Kurdistan” in any sense, during the parliamentary sessions.
The newly adopted bill also bans the use of terms such as “genocide” in relation to the 1915 extermination and deportation of Armenians by the Ottomans.
Also the word “massacre” is forbidden when referring to the numerous military campaigns against the Kurdish population against the Kurdish population in Turkey, since the beginning of the 20th century.
However, the official websites of the Turkish Presidency, Prime Ministry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the government funded Anadolu Agency, refer to the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, as “The Kurdish Regional Administration of Iraq”.
The Democratic People’s Party left the hall in protest. Examples of punishments include suspension from parliamentary sessions and a deduction of salary.
Armenian member of Turkish Parliament Garo Palyan of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) called the bill “A nationalist.”