Adnan Selçuk Mizrakli

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Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı (born in Siverek, 1963) is a Kurdish politician of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) and former member of the Gran National Assembly of Turkey and Mayor of Diyarbakir.


When Mızraklı was three years old his family moved to Eskişehir due to his father's work. He attended the primary and secondary school in Eskişehir. After completing his studies at the faculty of medicine he began working as a doctor in Diyarbakir in 1991. He worked as a surgeon and was involved in the Medical Chamber. He was also active in te Democratic Society Congress (DTK) since 2000.[1] In the General Elections of the 25 June 2018 he was elected to represent Diyarbakir as an MP.[2] In the Municipal election of the 31 March 2019 he was elected as Mayor of Diyarbakir with 62.93% of the votes.[3] He became well known amongst the opposition as he made public a luxury suite in Diyarbakir Municipality which was built before he took office.[4] Due to political pressure, he was dismissed as the Mayor of Diyarbakir on 19 August 2019.[5] The population of Diyarbakir protested for weeks against this decision.[6]


Mızraklı was detained on the 21 October 2019 and charged with being a member of terror organization.[7] He had a second trial hearing in February 2020 and is one of 23 elected mayors currently in detention in Turkey who are charged with commiting terrorist offences.[8] Human Rights Watch stated that "the evidence in an indictment against him does not support the charge that he was involved with terrorism or committed crimes."[9]


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  2. ^ "Diyarbakır Seçim Sonuçları - 24 Haziran 2018 Genel Seçimleri". Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  3. ^ "Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı Diyarbakır Büyükşehir Belediye Seçim Sonuçları - Adnan Selçuk Mızraklı Seçim Sonuçları". (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  4. ^ "Sacked Turkish mayors hit back over 'political' move". The National. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  5. ^ "Turkey ousts three Kurdish mayors for suspected militant links, launches security operation". Reuters. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  6. ^ "Protests Continue Against Mayor Dismissals". Bianet. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  7. ^ "3 HDP Diyarbakır Co-Mayors Detained". Bianet. 21 October 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  8. ^ van Wilgenburg, Wladimir. "HRW: Turkey intensifying attack on pro-Kurdish party by removing mayors". Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  9. ^ Avenue, Human Rights Watch | 350 Fifth; York, 34th Floor | New; t, NY 10118-3299 USA | (2020-02-07). "Turkey: Kurdish Mayors' Removal Violates Voters' Rights". Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 2020-02-14.