Bedia Özgökçe Ertan
Bedia Özgökçe Ertan
|Member of the Grand National Assembly|
1 November 2015 – 10 April 2019
|Constituency||Van (Nov 2015, 2018)|
|Mayor of Van|
March 2019 – 19 August 2019
|Born||6 January 1975|
|Alma mater||Dokuz Eylül University|
Bedia Özgökçe Ertan (born 6 January 1975 in Van) is a lawyer and a politician from the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a former member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and the former Mayor of Van.
Education and professional career
After her graduation from the Law Faculty of the Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, she began to be involved as a defender of human rights at the Van branch of the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD) and also the Van Bar Association.
In the local elections of 2004 she was elected to the council of Van and represented the Democratic Peoples' Party (DEHAP). In the parliamentarian elections of November 2015, she was elected as a Member of Parliament for Van representing the HDP. She opposes war and was charged of "disseminating terror propaganda" for social media posts which opposed to the Turkish military operation in Afrin, Syria in March 2018. In the parliamentarian elections of June 2018 she was re-elected as an Member of Parliament for Van representing the HDP. During her political career she was charged seven times with making propaganda for a terrorist organization, but was not sentenced for it. She was elected a board member of the Progressive Alliance, an association of socialist and social democratic parties in November 2019.
Mayor of Van
In the local election of March 2019, Özgökçe Ertan was elected Mayor of Van. She was dismissed as the Mayor of Van by the Ministry of the Interior on 19 August 2019. The same day the Mayors of Diyarbakir, Adnan Selçuk Mizrakli and the mayor of Mardin, Ahmet Türk were also dismissed. Protests against the decision arose, which were suppressed by the Turkish police with the use of water cannons. In October 2019 it was known that a judge accepted an indictment for Özgökçe Ertan, and that she was prosecuted for being a "member of an armed terror organization". She is facing a prison term of 30 years.
After her dismissal, Parliamentary Group of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left in the European Parliament condemned the treatment of the Kurdish mayors by the Government of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In November 2020, it was reported that she was now living in exile in Greece and that Frank Mentrup, the Mayor of Karlsruhe, supported her emigration to Germany as Turkey invalidated her Turkish passport.
She is married and has three children.
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