Ayhan Bilgen

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Ayhan Bilgen
Ayhan Bilgen, Bedia Özgökçe Ertan, Sezai Temelli, Hülya Alökmen Uyanık ve Adnan Selçuk Mızrakçı. 7 Nisan 2019 Diyarbakır toplantısı.jpg
Ayhan Bilgen (1st from the right) with fellow HDP politicians
Member of Parliament
In office
June 2015 – June 2018
Mayor of Kars
Assumed office
31 March 2019
Personal details
BornSarıkamıs, Kars

Ayhan Bilgen (born 1970, Sarıkamış, Kars)[1] is a journalist and politician from the Peoples' Democratic Party. He currently serves as the current mayor of Kars.[2]

In 2006 he was engaged in the Turkish Human Rights association Mazlumder in which activity he opposed the new Anti-Terror bill by the Turkish Government as it limited the freedom of expression.[3] In 2011 the newspaper he was the editor in chief of, Günlük, was closed by the Turkish authorities[4] due to suspected support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).[5] He was elected to the Turkish parliament for Kars as a representative for the HDP in the general election of June 2015,[6] and again the snap elections of November 2015.[7] He supported the defense of Kobani against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Kobani and was prosecuted for taking part in manifestations in October 2014[8] during the Siege of Kobani. He was arrested in spring 2017 and released in September of the same year.[8] During his parliamentary career he advocated for Human Rights, Kurdish rights and the protection of the environment.[9] In the local elections of March 2019 he was elected the Mayor of Kars.[10] In May 2020, after several Municipalities won by the HDP were put under the authority of state appointed trustees, Bilgen received the support from dozens of human rights organization.[2]


  1. ^ "Ayhan Bilgen Kimdir ? - Ayhan Bilgen Hayatı ve Biyografisi". www.haberler.com. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  2. ^ a b "122 Institutions Express Support for Kars Co-Mayors Bilgen and Alaca". Bianet. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  3. ^ "New Anti-Terror Bill Incites More Violence". Bianet. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  4. ^ "itemid":%5b"001-116134"%5d} "CASE OF GÜDENOĞLU AND OTHERS v. TURKEY". European Court of Human Rights. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  5. ^ ""Günlük" newspaper banned over alleged "terrorist propaganda"". IFEX. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  6. ^ Şafak, Yeni (2020-05-17). "Kars Election Result 2015 - General Election 2015". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  7. ^ Şafak, Yeni (2020-05-17). "Kars Election Result 2015 - November 2015 General Election". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  8. ^ a b "Arrested HDP MP Bilgen To Be Released Pending Trial". Bianet. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  9. ^ "HDP Delegation Not Allowed into Dersim". Bianet. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  10. ^ Şafak, Yeni (2020-05-17). "Kars Election Results – March 31 2019 Kars Local Election results". Yeni Şafak (in Turkish). Retrieved 2020-05-17.