31 March 2017
11,000 new apartments are built by the Housing Development Administration of Turkey in the city of Sirnak which was damaged during the PKK’s urban terror in 2015.
23 February 2017
Citizens who suffered from terror attacks in Cizre, Silopi and İdil districts of the southeastern city of Sirnak are paid 323 million Turkish liras in relief.
04 January 2017
The project aiming to reconstruct the historic Sur district of the city of Diyarbakir according to its own historical texture starts off officially with a sod-turning ceremony. The area was heavily damaged in the attacks of the PKK terror organization.
27 October 2016
Environment and Urban Planning Minister Mehmet Ozhaseki declares that 5,442 citizens, who were forced to abandon their homes because of the actions of the PKK terror organization in city centers, were paid more than 30 million Turkish liras worth of rent aid.
05 September 2016
The investment and encouragement plan for cities which were most badly affected by terrorism in 2015 and 2016 was announced by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. This includes matters such as the reconstruction of Diyarbakir, Sirnak, Hakkari and Mardin, and the establishment of youth and sports centers in the region.
22 February 2016
Traffic signs in the city of Diyarbakir are now in two languages. The metropolitan municipality of Diyarbakir hangs bilingual traffic signs in Turkish and Kurdish on the highways in newly built residential areas.
04 November 2015
The first PhD Kurdish program opens at Dicle University. Five students, one from Iraqi Kurdish Region, are enrolled.
06 June 2015
For the first time a vice president of a political party, Arif Sevinc, delivers an electoral propaganda speech in Kurdish on state channel TRT1.
07 March 2015
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says: “Nobody is giving special favors to others. We are giving equal rights to the people in the region that we have given to 78 million people. We are simply compensating for the negligence and mistakes over the years.”
08 November 2014
Sirnak Municipal Council announces that the names of 12 neighborhoods and two squares will be changed into Kurdish.
28 October 2014
The name, colors and the logo of Turkish football club Diyarbakir Buyuksehir Belediyespor were changed in an extraordinary congress. The club was named Amedspor and yellow was added to its colors, which were green and red previously.
17 August 2014
Restraints obstructing Kurdish language courses are lifted.
17 December 2013
A new signboard which read “Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality” in Kurdish was hung on the municipal building of the city of Diyarbakir alongside the Turkish signboard.
30 November 2013
To date, 187,861 people from 28,384 households were returned to 14 eastern and southeastern cities as part of the “Back to Village and Rehabilitation Project” (Köye Dönüş ve Rehabilitasyon Projesi) and over 170 million Turkish liras were spent on this project until 2013.
08 October 2013
The national student oath entailing a heavily nationalist character like “how happy is the one who says I am a Turk” was abolished.
30 September 2013
Then-Prime Minister Erdogan declares that the 85-year-long ban on the letters Q, W and X will be lifted.
12 September 2013
3 billion TL (1,484,500,000 dollars) is allocated to people harmed in the fight against terrorism as compensation.
01 September 2013
The state news agency, Anadolu Agency, added the Soranî and Kurmanci dialects of Kurdish in addition to the Turkish language.
09 May 2013
The Parliament Research Commission, which was established to conduct research for the peace process, holds its first meeting.
01 April 2012
Pro-Kurdish writers’, poets’ and artists’ names are given to schools.
01 January 2012
Compulsory classes on National Security Education that was taught for 33 years, is removed from the curriculum of secondary education.
01 January 2012
The teachers in religious schools (madrasas) in southeastern Turkey are given official status as religious officials.
23 September 2011
A Kurdish Language and Literature department opens in the Mardin Artuklu University. The Director of Living Languages Institute Prof. Dr. Yildirim comments in these words: “It is good news that a language which has been assimilated, humiliated, ignored and denied for many years will have an undergraduate program as well as a graduate program”.
03 July 2011
The Department of Kurdish Language and Literature opens within the Institute of Living Languages in Turkey at Bingol University
05 January 2011
The Department of Kurdish Language and Literature opens in Mus Alparslan University. The department started accepting students in 2012 and still continues providing education for undergraduate, MA and PhD students.
01 December 2010
Leading Kurdish books are printed by the Culture and Tourism Ministry. Restraints for staging Kurdish plays are lifted. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism published the famous “Mem u Zîn” by Kurdish poet Ahmed-i Hanî.
08 April 2010
Election propaganda is delivered in languages other than Turkish after the law proposal was enacted in parliament. On 6 June 2015, Vice Chairman of pro-Kurdish HAK-PAR Arif Sevinc gives his electoral speech in Kurdish on the state channel TRT for the first time in country’s history.
20 February 2010
Then-Prime Minister Erdogan meets 62 artists and intellectuals in order to explain the democratic process and ask for their support. He asks the intellectuals to help heal Turkey’s bleeding wound by building bridges between different communities within the society.
10 December 2009
The Institute of Living Languages in Turkey (Türkiye’de Yaşayan Diller Enstitüsü) was established as part of Mardin Artuklu University. Popularly known as the “Kurdology Institute,” the institute filled an important vacancy in this realm by producing 769 experts towards the end of 2015.
14 November 2009
Private radio and television channels are allowed to broadcast in multiple languages other than Turkish, including Kurdish, for 24 hours a day.
07 October 2009
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism decided to provide financial support for a movie, “Two Languages One Suitcase,” that involved many Kurdish dialogues for the first time.
15 June 2009
Prisoners and their visitors are allowed to speak in their mother tongue.
06 June 2009
The first Kurdish play is staged in the state theatre. “Rese Seve” is staged by Destar Theatre, which was founded by Berfin Zenderlioglu and Mirza Metin in the city of Van.
15 April 2009
For the first time in the history of Turkey, governorship of the city of Diyarbakir opens a call center that gives service in Kurdish and Zaza languages in addition to Turkish.
12 January 2009
With a new citizenship law, individuals who were denationalized in the past, are given the opportunity to regain their citizenships.
01 January 2009
A state channel named TRT Kurdi is founded and goes on air 24/7. The slogan “Em di bin eynî esmanî da ne” (We all are under the same sky) is used in its publicity campaign. The channel is broadcasted in both the Zaza language and the Kurmanci and Soranî dialects of Kurdish.
12 August 2005
Then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir that “denying mistakes which have been made in the past is not what strong states should do.” “The Kurdish problem does not belong to a certain part of this society alone, but to all of it. It is also my problem,” he said.
30 January 2004
The State Security Courts that ran throughout the state of emergency era are abolished.
09 January 2004
An hour-long program in the Kurdish language is broadcasted on the state channel TRT 3 for the first time in the history of the Republic of Turkey.
01 January 2003
Regulations for opening private courses in order to learn different languages and dialects are enacted.
01 January 2003
Giving names in different languages other than Turkish is authorized.
30 November 2002
AKP lifts the state of emergency in Turkey’s southeastern region. Therefore the 15-year-long state of emergency is completely lifted.
01 January 2002
Broadcasting in different languages and dialects is authorized based on the EU harmonization package.