• Syrian refugee crisis: Turkey must open border for humanitarian aid to Syrian Kurdistan

    17.04.2014, Jürgen Klute, Alda Sousa | "In Syrian Kurdistan in the north of the country the violence has been limited to an extent and people there have set up a basic democratic structure. As a result many refugees have fled there. We need to break isolation of this region, which sits on the Turkish border, so as to get aid through. We appeal to the Turkish government to open its borders for humanitarian aid."
  • MEPs call to enable Syrian minorities to acess humanitarian aid

    17.04.2014, European Parliament | "The European Parliament strongly condemns the recent attacks against certain religious and ethnic communities in Syria, notably the Christians, Armenians and Kurds, and calls on all the parties involved to stop all actions aimed at inciting interethnic and interconfessional conflict; stresses that all actors involved in the conflict have a duty to protect all the different minorities present in the country."
  • Inhuman conditions in Turkish prisons: Call to release 544 ill prisoners

    09.04.2014 | At present there are 544 prisoners critically ill in Turkish prisons according to reports of the Human Rights Association İnsan Hakları Derneği (IHD) and Türkiye Insan Haklari Vakfi (TIHV). 163 of them are in life-threating conditions. The Minister of Justice recently stated that 2300 prisoners had died in the last 13 years.Dear Prime Minister R.T. Erdoğan, dear Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ, as a first step we ask you to take all possible measures to ensure the release of all critically ill prisoners in Turkey.
  • Ortadoğu için büyük şans

    08.03.2014, YÖ Politika | Avrupa’daki akademisyenler, Rojava’nın Cizîrê, Efrîn ve Kobanê kantonlarında ilan edilen Demokratik Özerkliğin Or- tadoğu’nun özgürlüğü ve Suriye’nin demokratikleşmesi için bir şans olduğunu belirterek, destek verilmesini istedi.
  • Peace efforts in Syria must not exlude Kurds

    23.01.2014 | We support the peace efforts initiated towards ending the war in Syria. This war has been going on for almost three years, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people, the displacement of millions more and the destruction of the country. To achieve an end to this conflict, we hope that the Geneva II Conference to be held on 22 January 2014 will result in a peaceful and permanent solution.
  • Turkey accession: local self-government and decentralisation on the agenda

    04.11.2013, Jürgen Klute | Ahead of the new round of EU-Turkey accession talks that kick off tomorrow, GUE/NGL MEP and Coordinator of the EU-Kurdistan friendship group Jürgen Klute has commented: "After three years of stagnation, the re-opening of EU accession negotiations with Turkey is good news. EU citizens of Turkish and Kurdish origin have been waiting a long time to see Turkey as an integral part of the European Union. While friendly relations with EU governments are positive for Turkey, they are no substitute for fully-fledged and sustainable political integration to the European Union."
  • GUE/NGL Türkiye’nin AB üyelik müzakerelerinde açılan yeni başlığı memnuniyetle karşılıyor: yerel özerklik ve ademi merkeziyetçilik gündemde.

    04.11.2013, Jürgen Klute | "3 yıllık aradan sonra, Türkiye'nin Avrupa Briliği üyeliği ile ilgili tartışmalar bu hafta yeni bir döneme giriyor. Bu iyi bir haber; çünkü Avrupa'da yaşayan Türk ve Kürt kökenli AB vatatndaşları, Tükiye'nin Avrupa toplumunun bir parcasi olmasını istiyorlar. Türkiye'nin tek tek Avrupa ülkeleriyle olan dostluğu, bu ülkenin Avrupa Birliği ile kalıcı bir entegrasyonun yerine geçebilecek bir seçenek değildir."
  • EU set to put Kurdish issue higher on agenda

    05.02.2013, HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS | “The European Parliament is observing the newly started peace process in Turkey and welcomes the initiative,” Jürgen Klute, a member of the Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left in the European Parliament, told the Hürriyet Daily News on the phone yesterday.
  • EU more eager to criticize than appreciate?

    17.12.2012, Interview - Questions: ÖZGÜN ÖZÇER, TARAF | I think such a reaction is regrettable, ever more since the responsibility of the Constitution Commission is very big. The European Union wishes to foster the respect of human rights in its neighbourhood and it opens the door to countries that live the values of democracy and freedom. We also experience a crisis of democracy in a number of new Member States, namely Hungary, and I can imagine that the Commission is drawing lessons for the future accession process.
  • Turkey not set to receive increase in European Union funds

    05.05.2012, TODAY'S ZAMAN | The European Union announced on Friday it will not be able to meet Turkey's demand for an increase in funds aimed to help the country align itself with EU standards. A delegation consisting of nine members of the European Parliament's Committee on Budgets visited Turkey from May 2-4, 2012.
  • Des eurodéputés demandent aux Kurdes en grève de la faim de cesser leur mouvement

    18.04.2012, LE PARISIEN | "Nous soutenons votre demande par rapport à M. Öcalan, qui est à l'isolement depuis des mois: il a le droit de voir ses avocats et sa famille", a notamment déclaré Jürgen Klute, coordinateur de la question kurde au Parlement européen, sur le parvis de l'église Saint-Maurice à Strasbourg où sont rassemblés les grévistes de la faim.
  • Kurdish Friendship Group in European Parliament

    15.06.2010 | The EU's ( European Parliament's ) Kurdish Friendship Association, which is trying to be established with the efforts ofthe Kurdish Diaspora and their friends in Europe, is declaring its establishment now. Brussels, June 15, (AKNews) A group of German, French , English , Dutch, Belgian and Denmark's ...
  • Chances to lose in Turkish democratization process

    28.04.2010 | Turkey and its possible accession to the European Union have been, for many years, in the focus of emotionalized and controversial debates. It is not surprising that, as Europeans, we are normally more concerned about consequences we expect for the European project, rather than outcome that might follow for the citizens in Turkey ...
  • Belgium gives dangerous signals to Turkish government

    17.03.2010 | German GUE/NGL MEP Jürgen Klute on the ongoing detention of two former MPs from Turkey, Remzi Kartal and Zubeyir Aydar, both arrested during a Belgian police raid on March 4th: "In a coordinated action with Italian and French governments, Belgian police raided 25 addresses, including Kurdish broadcasting channel Roj TV ...
  • EU governments' backward steps on Kurdish question

    10.03.2010 | In recent weeks the Belgian, Italian and French authorities have carried out raids on Kurdish journalists working for the broadcaster Roj TV and political activists for the newly founded Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). In a press conference held today, GUE/NGL MEP Jürgen Klute expressed his outrage at recent acts of repression committed by EU governments against Kurdish journalists and political activists ...
  • Klute: The Situation of Tekel Workers Does Not Fit With the EU Conditions

    06.02.2010 | It has been the 54th day since the Turkish State Liquor and Tobacco Monopoly (Tekel) workers got in action to use their personal rights switching to another public sector.A support came from Jürgen Klute, a German member of the Group of the United Left (GUE/NGL) in the European Parliament who made a visit to Turkey ...
  • Election Fraud Uncovered – Repression From Kurdish Representatives Must End

    28.12.2009 | In the past few days, Turkish police have arrested over 30 Kurdish politicians. Several of which are democratically elected Mayors and members of Parliament. Jürgen Klute, a member of the party executive committee speaks on the matter (MdEP): The campaign of Turkish authorities reached a new dimension ...