Ayse Acar Basaran, an HDP deputy and spokesperson for the party’s Women’s Council, noted the detention of leading women’s rights activists is taking place as Ankara lawmakers debate withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention , which was designed to combat violence against women.
In a statement Tuesday, HDP representatives said the ongoing detentions were undermining democratic principles and amounted to “ political genocide .”
The news comes after HDP members and supporters held nationwide marches last month against the ongoing detention and replacement of elected party officials with state-appointed trustees.
“The decisions by [Turkey’s] Ministry of the Interior are based on state of emergency-rooted legislation, which allows for replacement of elected mayors by government officials,” the Commission stated.
The events take place amid Turkish military operations against PKK militants in northern Iraq.