Swedish-Kurds Arrested in Turkey
Two Kurdish activists with dual Turkish-Swedish citizenship risk up to three years in jail over a press statement denouncing a military build-up.
A prosecutor in the mainly Kurdish region of southeastern Turkey has accused the two of spreading propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.
The two are members of a Kurdish cultural association banned last month because its statutes called for the use in its activities of the Kurdish language, which is illegal under Turkish law.
The statement claimed that a recent military build-up in the southeast targeted the ”entire Kurdish people.”
The news comes as Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on an official visit to Turkey.