Posted February 13, 2019 06:09:48The Turkish government has been accused of trying to block Kurdish voices and artists from the country’s new, largely female-led parliament.
A new ruling from Turkey’s top court on February 9 has banned Kurdish artists from working in the country for two years.
Kurdish activists and Kurdish-language media outlets have been banned from public spaces, such as museums, cinemas and public events.
The government says the new law is needed to protect national security and the rights of Kurds and their allies.
A spokesperson for the prime minister’s office said the government will appeal the ruling.
“This is an important step forward in protecting the rights and freedoms of Kurds,” he said in a statement.
The ruling is in response to the government’s attempts to censor Kurdish voices, said the spokesperson, Erdal Gül.
The government has long called for Kurdish representation in Turkey’s parliamentary and executive institutions.
Kurdish parties and civil society groups say they have been discriminated against.
Turkey has one of the world’s most restrictive constitutions, with a minimum age of 18 and an age limit of 60 for men and 50 for women.
Turkey has been at the forefront of the international push for the rights to free expression, which have been restricted in the past.