SODEV Presented the “Human Rights Democracy, Peace and Solidarity Award to Selahattin Demirtaş

’Human Rights Democracy, Peace and Solidarity Award given by the Social Democracy Foundation (SODEV) to the former chairman of HDP, who was detained in Edirne. Selahattin Demirtaş, wife Başak Demirtaş received the award on behalf of her husband.

Demirtas sent a message from prison, “Bright, blue days are close,” he said.

HDP Co-Chairperson Pervin Buldan, Demirtaş’s wife Başak Demirtaş, HDP Group Vice President Saruhan Oluç, HDP Deputy Filiz Kerestecioğlu, HDP İstanbul Provincial Organization Elif Bulut, Kadıköy Mayor Şerdil Dara Odabaşı, Republican People’s Party (CHP) Deputy Sezgin Tanrikulu, Revolutionary Trade Union Confederation (DISK) Chairman Arzu Çerkezoğlu and many guests attended.

Speaking at the ceremony SODEV Chairman Ertan Aksoy, said that they were happy to have given this award to Demirtas who paid a price for the development of peace and democracy in the country.

“He has challengedi. He has been detained for over 3 years. Selahattin Demirtaş, who was detained and imprisoned on 2 November 2016 with the opportunity of extraordinary situation caused by the unsuccessful coup attempt on July 15, 2016, took the systematic violation of the fundamental constitutional rights due to these political captivity. and that the attitudes in favor of freedoms strengthen the values ​​mentioned in the name of the SODEV Award. We cannot give this award to him because he is not with us. We will give  to his wife Başak Demirtaş. ”

Selahattin Demirtaş sent a message from the prison to the award ceremony

The message was read by the Selahattin Demirtas wife during award ceremony.

Demirtas said:

“Hi friends, author Ali Gür, in his novel, Tavanarası‘ Loneliness is not alone. As long as you know that you are dreaming and longing, you will only long for it, not loneliness ’. I’m just longing for millions of friends like you, not loneliness. And I greet you all with the warmth of this longing. Hello, good people, good friends. This year’s award of SODEV has given me  it means more than support and solidarity for me. The key words of such chaotic periods in which society as a whole is moaning under heavy pressure in a circle are ‘hope’ and ‘courage. What separates hope and courage from empty dreams and self-righteousness is the practice of filling these concepts, the will and power to action. ”

Every intellectual, politician, writer or intellectual who has a sense of responsibility should put his hand under the stone ”

None of us can sit down and watch the situation while fear and pessimism are becoming a common and chronic spirit while the society in which we are a member is trying to be nurtured with hunger, poverty, injustice, war, torture policies. Every intellectual, politician, writer or intellectual who has a sense of responsibility has a duty to lead society by putting his hand under the stone. Especially when people call us all, we cannot sit on one side and wait for the result. We are urgently and urgently obliged to build the democracy bloc. We have to unite in the principles of minimum democracy, to carry out an effective struggle against the current administration understanding and to embrace the possibility of an alternative government. ”

We must come together around democracy with all our differences

“A new constitution, democratic parliamentary system, strong local governments, the law of political parties and the election threshold, democracy, media independence, freedom of expression, peaceful solution to the Kurdish problem, independent judiciary, autonomous universities, merit-based bureaucracy appointments, freedom of belief and a large democracy bloc should be established in which all political and civil organizations can take part in the main topics such as secularism, production-based economy and justice in income distribution, respect for ecology and environment, egalitarian and egalitarian approach to women’s identity, guaranteeing the right to organize and demonstration in every aspect. My dear friends,  I don’t have the chance to bring these issues far enough to fit into a message of an award ceremony. But I will not pass without expressing that, the oppressed people of Turkey, the other, democracy advocates, republican values ​​which depend on for, if nowadays can not stand never together unless they come together, one can not live. If the persecution has already exceeded the limits of tolerance, if we cannot come together around democracy with all our differences, my concern is that hope and courage will be replaced by empty dreams and fear. ”

“Do not lynch me and my friends with the support of media spokespersons.

In this period when the spokesmen of the government continued to lynch me and my friends with the support of the pro-media, this solidarity from our friends is very valuable ”

“I wholeheartedly believe in democratic unity, and I have great hope that we will succeed. For this reason, all my friends, including myself, will continue to make every effort and take the initiative. Please do not lose hope and courage. Because hope is the ability to see even in pitch darkness. Beloved souls, beautiful friends, this is the meaning of this year’s award for SODEV for me and I am sure this is exactly for our people. This award is a powerful message for growing hope, living together, fighting together, managing together. I want you to know that I carry these feelings as well as the dignity of receiving an award from a reputable organization that has signed valuable works in the field of democracy, human rights and peace. This award also increased my responsibilities. Aware of this, I will continue the struggle for democracy and human rights with more enthusiasm and morale. Especially in this period when the spokesmen of the ruling party continue to scribble and lynch me and my friends with lies, slanders and lynch with the support of the media, this solidarity from our friends is very valuable. Despite all the attrition, destruction and discreditation campaigns, I will continue to struggle without taking a single step back.

I believe that a beautiful future is very close. Of course, palaces and reigns will collapse ”

As Shakespeare said in Hamlet, from Polonius’ words, “Avoid fighting. But if you are in a fight, the opposite side is avoiding you.” My dear friends, my friends who are in the room or not, make sure that the bright, blue days are close. As Sadi Shirazi said,  Those who put rotten foundations in your palace will destroy it while you are doing it ’. I believe a beautiful future is imminent. The palace and the reigns will collapse. While addressing you with these thoughts and feelings, especially the valuable members of the award jury, SODEV founders and executives, my dear President Ertan Aksoy for their efforts in the struggle for democracy, human rights and peace, I also received the award separately for their gratitude. thank you. In this challenging but beautiful journey, we all want to be clear, I send you heartful greetings and love. Wishing to meet in freedom. ”

After reading the message, Baş Human Rights Democracy, Peace and Solidarity Award ”was given to Başak Demirtaş on behalf of Selahattin Demirtaş.