The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) stripped pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) Siirt deputy Besime Konca of her parliamentary status on Tuesday.
Konca was convicted of making propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization and sentenced to 2.5 years in jail over the past year. She was released on judicial supervision in late July 2017.
The government has recently intensified pressure against the Kurdish minority in the country. While Kurdish majority cities were turned upside down with consecutive military attacks, hundreds of Kurdish politicians were jailed. Hundreds of academics, teachers were also rounded up over broadened terror charges.
HDP deputies Figen Yüksekdağ, Nursel Aydoğan, Faysal Sarıyıldız and Tuğba Hezer Öztürk were earlier stripped of their parliamentary status.
The number of HDP deputies in the parliament dropped from 59 to 54 with Konca’s removal.
The following nine HDP deputies are currently being held behind bars: Selahattin Demirtaş, Figen Yüksekdağ, İdris Baluken, Selma Irmak, Gülser Yıldırım, Ferhat Encü, Abdullah Zeydan, Çağlar Demirel and Burcu Çelik.