From behind the walls of his prison, here is the Twit­ter mag­a­zine Sela­hat­tin put on the boil. Don’t ask us to show you the kettle.

1- All of the Earth­’s lan­guages are beau­ti­ful and pre­cious; it is very impor­tant to ful­ly adopt our own, and fur­ther the pro­gres­sion of for­bid­den lan­guages at risk of dis­ap­pear­ing. Kur­dish is one of those languages.

2- For this rea­son, I find the Kur­dish Lan­guage Work­shop in Diyarbakır pre­cious and impor­tant. I am con­vinced every­one should take active mea­sures so that the results flow­ing from this work­shop be seri­ous­ly fol­lowed and put into practice.

3- Dur­ing the state of emer­gency, sev­er­al media, tele­vi­sion sta­tions, radios, news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines, web­sites, kinder­gartens, schools and insti­tutes work­ing with and in Kur­dish were shut down. Nev­er mind the fact that Kur­dish could become a lan­guage in which to study, an offi­cial lan­guage and one used social­ly, repres­sion is piti­less for the sim­ple act of approach­ing it and of peo­ple pro­tect­ing their moth­er tongue with their lim­it­ed means.

4- The hurt­ful, unimag­in­able and crazy pro­hi­bi­tions on lan­guages must be lift­ed. We are under­go­ing a peri­od in which every­one should ful­ly prac­tice his or her mater­nal language.

5- The fact that the dom­i­nant lan­guages encir­cle our dai­ly lives through their means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, com­put­ers and tech­nol­o­gy means that, in Turkey, where the Kur­dish lan­guage is dis­crim­i­nat­ed against, it is los­ing ground. This fact must be reit­er­at­ed publicly.

6- The deng­bêj (Kur­dish bards) have played a very impor­tant role in the pro­tec­tion and trans­mis­sion of Kur­dish. Our dear Ömer Günes and Ibrahim Sahin led to the meet­ing of two of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of this his­tor­i­cal tra­di­tion, Reşo and Şakiro (no, not Shaki­ra!) in a mag­nif­i­cent work. Thanks to you both.

7- Despite all the pro­hi­bi­tions and hur­dles, a music mag­a­zine by the name of Ziryab has start­ed pub­li­ca­tion. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s a fine ini­tia­tive. Con­grat­u­la­tions and my best wishes.

8- There is also Dilop, a magazine on art, culture and literature. I follow it and recommend it.

9- You don’t need to be Eng­lish to learn Eng­lish, nor do you need to be a Turk to learn Turk­ish. You don’t need to be Kur­dish to learn the lan­guage either. For any lan­guage, all you need is to be human.

10- I don’t rec­om­mend learn­ing Kur­dish only to Kurds who don’t know their moth­er tongue. We live togeth­er and will con­tin­ue to live togeth­er. So let’s respect each oth­er’s lan­guage, and learn it.This won’t keep us from being togeth­er, on the con­trary, it will make us more beau­ti­ful and stronger.

11- Let’s have a brief musi­cal break. A mag­nif­i­cent performance.


12- Mean­while, I remind you of the books writ­ten by my bud­dies, who keep on writ­ing and cre­at­ing in jail. If you haven’t read them yet…

13–  You can send me infor­ma­tion on ini­tia­tives that you find impor­tant, such as con­fer­ences, round tables, so that I can relay. But, we do not relay wed­dings, and cir­cum­ci­sion celebrations 🙂

13- Vous pou­vez me trans­met­tre les infor­ma­tions sur les ini­tia­tives que vous trou­vez impor­tantes, comme des con­férences, tables ron­des, pour que je puisse relay­er. Mais, nous ne relayons pas les mariages, fiançailles, et fêtes de circoncision 🙂 

14- This week our main top­ic was mater­nal languages.Let’s close off today by lis­ten­ing to a deng­bêj. I await your sug­ges­tions for next week. Hap­py Mawlid.
From the cold walls of the prison, we send you our warmest greetings…

Addi­tion: We have just learned that “For the Euro­pean Human Rights Tri­bunal, the jail­ing of the Kur­dish leader and Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date “sti­fles plu­ral­ism”.  It has “ordered” to free him. What means does the Court have to exert pres­sure in this direc­tion? This excel­lent news rais­es many ques­tions since the recent sum­mits of the four­somes. A sto­ry to be continued.

A peti­tion has been launched in response to the Turk­ish Pres­i­den­t’s refusal to con­form to the Court’s deci­sion, as he should by virtue of the inter­na­tion­al com­mit­ments to which he is a signatory.

Turquie • Un lun­di avec Sela­hat­tin sur Twit­ter… Cliquez pour lire

Translation by Renée Lucie Bourges
Traduction Kedistan. Vous pouvez utiliser, partager les articles et les traductions de Kedistan en précisant la source et en ajoutant un lien afin de respecter le travail des auteur(e)s et traductrices/teurs. Merci.
Çeviri Kedistan. Kedistan’ın tüm yayınlarını, yazar ve çevirmenlerin emeğine saygı göstererek, kaynak ve link vererek paylaşabilirisiniz. Teşekkürler.
Ji kerema xwere dema hun nivîsên Kedistanê parve dikin, ji bo rêzgirtina maf û keda nivîskar û wergêr, lînk û navê malperê wek çavkanî diyar bikin. Spas.
You may use and share Kedistan’s articles and translations, specifying the source and adding a link in order to respect the writer(s) and translator(s) work. Thank you.
Por respeto hacia la labor de las autoras y traductoras, puedes utilizar y compartir los artículos y las traducciones de Kedistan citando la fuente y añadiendo el enlace. Gracias.
KEDISTAN on EmailKEDISTAN on FacebookKEDISTAN on TwitterKEDISTAN on Youtube
Le petit mag­a­zine qui ne se laisse pas caress­er dans le sens du poil.