Emine Ayna

Turkish politician
Emine Ayna
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born1 July 1968
Dicle, Diyarbakır
Parent(s)Günay and Osman Ayna

Emine Ayna, (1 July 1968, Dicle, Diyarbakir, Turkey) is Turkish Kurd politician[1][2] She was a member of the former Democratic Society Party (DTP). She joined the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), after the Constitutional Court banned DTP on 11 December 2009.

Life and career

Emine Ayna was born in Dicle in 1968, to mother Günay and father Osman. She is a niece of Ömer Ayna, one of ten victims of the Kızıldere Operation (30 March 1972).[3] She is a high school graduate and founder of the Rainbow Women's Association. In 2007, she stood as an independent candidate within the Thousand Hopes alliance in the Turkish parliamentary elections,[4] receiving 15.57% of the vote in Mardin and entering the Turkish Parliament.[5]

On 20 July 2008, she was elected to the DTP leadership, sharing this position with Ahmet Türk. She also became Chair of the DTP Parliamentary Group, when Ahmet Türk resigned. She is widely viewed as a hardliner in demanding Kurdish cultural and political rights.[6]

In June 2011 she was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, for making terrorist propaganda for a speech she held at a Newroz celebration in Siirt in 2007. It was stated that at the celebration she wore clothes featuring symbols of an illegal organization and that there were shown posters with the leaders of an illegal organization.[7]

In 2009, she stated that she could not speak Kurdish.[8]

External links

  • Interview with Emine Ayna, June 2009


  1. ^ "DTP'li Ayna: 'Kürt olmasının ölçüsü DTP'dir'" (in Turkish). Milliyet. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ Kuzu, Durukan (28 December 2015). "The politics of identity, recognition and multiculturalism: the Kurds in Turkey" (PDF). Nations and Nationalism. 22 (1): 123–142. doi:10.1111/nana.12139. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  3. ^ Veli Yılmaz, Emirle gelen idam kararı, Tümzamanlaryayıncılık, 1992, p. 33, (in Turkish)
  4. ^ Zengin, Nilüfer (30 January 2007). "Meet Our Women Parliamentarians". Bianet. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  5. ^ "DPB former Co-President Emine Ayna Released". Bianet. 24 March 2017.
  6. ^ "A HAWK AND A DOVE SHARE THE DTP LEADERSHIP". Jamestown. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  7. ^ "10-Month Prison Sentence for Kurdish Politician Ayna". Bianet. 17 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Aslı Aydıntaşbaş - DTP dikkat etmeli - AKŞAM - Türkiyenin Haber Sitesi - Son Dakika Haberleri - Güncel haberler". Aksam.com.tr. 2009-09-28. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2010-09-08.

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