The Growing Kurdish Problem

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Kurds are not stuck to solely the PKK and KDP within the nation state, as they do have other political parties that either support the Kurds in their strife for rights, or are represented by Kurdish leadership. The Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP, is a political party represented by the Kurds. In addition to their belief and stance in favor of the rights of Kurdish citizens, they are focused on the overall equality of the country. This is expressed through their aim of the recognition of the Armenian genocide in Turkey as well as their support of homosexual marriage, the latter of which is strenuously frowned upon in cultures and societies dominated by the religion of Islam. The BDP seeks the embracement of a multi-cultural libertarian country of peace. In contrast to the PKK, a sect who seemingly is solely concerned with their own ethnicity’s discrimination, the BDP seeks to reject all forms of discrimination. A political party focused on peace for everyone, the BDP aims for a democratic and free society. However, much like the PKK, they do view that the country of Turkey is the homeland of both the Turks and the Kurds, and that in order to solve the Kurdish Problem there must be a recognition of those historical roots that leads to healthy and non-discriminatory coexistence in this mutual homeland. In strong contrast with the AKP, and the Kemalist principles that has plagued the nation state over the last several decades, the BDP believes that the population is entitled to build whatever identities they would like and be responsible for the laws of the country, as long as the laws correlate to an overarching law of peace and active participation of respect for all citizens. With this, there is a removal of favoritism on a pa...

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