Who did what during the Reconciliation Process?
During the Reconciliation Process, the government without legal regulations, until today, took 160 positive steps in the Imrali negotiations, leading the way to very important developments. It is not possible to write all of these, but I am listing, without comment, the most important steps that were taken from 2002 until now.
The steps the government took from 2002-2015
The State of Emergency practice was lifted.
The death penalty was completely removed.
The barriers for citizens to give their children Kurdish names were lifted.
It was made more difficult to shut down political parties.
The ban on Kurdish broadcasts was lifted.
It was allowed for Kurdish courses to be taken.
The opportunity was given to broadcast in different languages and dialects.
It was permitted for commercials to be done in different languages and dialects.
TRT 6 Television began 24-hour Kurdish broadcasting.
Private television and radio establishments were permitted for 24 -hour Kurdish broadcasting.
It enabled universities to open different languages departments, institutions, sections and electives. Kurdish language arts sections were established.
Kurdology libraries were permitted to be established.
The decision was made to support cultural activity in different languages. Kurdish films were supported.
Prisoners and sentenced people were allowed to meet with their close ones in their mother tongues.
It enabled services for citizens who do not know Turkish in call centers.
In important regions, Kurdish expansion workshops were organized.
Accommodation units were given back their prior names.
It enabled political propaganda to be conducted in different languages.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism publish some important works in Kurdish.
The use of plateaus and meadows was enabled; the return to villages began.
Kurdish, for the first time, took place in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey catalog.
“Survey of Right to Live Infringements to Extent of Incidents in Terror and Violence Sub-Commission” was formed.
A commission to investigate what happened in the Diyarbakir Prison was established.
It was allowed for Kurdish theater plays to be staged.
A Kurdish music album was released.
The opportunity for local clergyman to be hired by the government was given.
Lawyers and delegations were allowed to meet with Abdullah Öcalan in Imrali.
The Wise Men Committee was formed and worked throughout the entire nation.
The decision was made to form the Reconciliation Process Committee.
The Tür Dil Foundation published a Turkish-Kurdish dictionary.
Anadolu Agency began Kurdish publication.
The Reconciliation Process Bill was legalized.
The Reconciliation Process was added to the government’s program schedule.
Regulations were made on all laws pertaining to democratization and the Reconciliation Process.
What the PKK/HDP have done in 2002-2015
A ceasefire was declared.
A limited number of militants left the country.
Events that had a negative effect on the Reconciliation Process from 2002-2015
As a result of the PKK’s Dağlıca attack, 12 soldiers were martyred.
Eighteen people lost their lives in Güngören, Istanbul as a result of a bomb thrown by the PKK.
Fifteen soldiers became martyrs as a result of the PKK’s attack on Şemdinli Aktütün Police Station.
While a group of 34 PKK members surrendered in Habur, showing off led to negative effects.
The Oslo negotiations were leaked to the media.
The PKK conducted armed attacks in the Silvan, Reşadiye, Yüksekova and Diyarbakır regions.
Three important figures lost their lives in the Paris assassination.
Imrali leaked official records.
Brigandage and street protests happened in Lice for a long time.
The PKK announced that it stopped retreating.
Images of Öcalan’s interrogations were leaked.
Democratic autonomy arguments caused tensions.
Insistence on Kurdish schools caused tensions to rise.
HDP called the public to the streets with the reason of Kobani.
Fifty-two citizens lost their lives during the October 6-7 Kobani events.
This commentary is originally published on Yeni Şafak on Mar 25, 2015.
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