Sebahat Tuncel

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Sebahat Tuncel
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Honorary President of the Peoples' Democratic Party
Assumed office
22 June 2014
Serving with Ertuğrul Kürkçü
Chairpersons Figen Yüksekdağ
Selahattin Demirtaş
Preceded by Position established
Chairwoman of the Peoples' Democratic Party
In office
27 October 2013 – 22 June 2014
Chairman Ertuğrul Kürkçü
Preceded by Fatma Gök
Succeeded by Figen Yüksekdağ
Spokeswoman of the Peoples' Democratic Congress
Assumed office
16 October 2011
Spokesman Ertuğrul Kürkçü
Preceded by Position established
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
22 July 2007
Constituency İstanbul (III) (2007)
İstanbul (I) (2011)
Personal details
Born (1975-07-05) 5 July 1975 (age 42)
Yazıhan, Malatya Province, Turkey
Political party People's Democracy Party
Democratic People's Party
Democratic Society Party
Peace and Democracy Party
Peoples' Democratic Party
Other political
Peoples' Democratic Congress (HDK)
Alma mater Mersin University

Sebahat Tuncel (born 5 July 1975) is a Kurdish politician, women’s rights advocate, former nurse and member of Parliament in Turkey.[1]

She was born in Yazıhan and studied cartography and land surveying in Mersin University, before beginning her political career through the Women’s Branch of the Party of People’s Democracy (HADEP) in 1998. She is currently vice co-chairperson and Istanbul deputy of the Democratic Society Party (DTP), which she helped to found. She has also worked with international organizations such as UNDP and Amnesty International.[2] She went on trial for a membership in the PKK in 2006, accused of making frequent trips to PKK camps in northern Iraq, and was subsequently imprisoned. She ran for the parliamentary elections from prison and after winning a seat in Istanbul with 93,000 votes,[3] was released from custody in July 2007.[4] She is the youngest woman to serve in the Turkish Parliament and the first person in Turkish history to be elected to parliament from prison.


  1. ^ "Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi 23. Dönem Milletvekili". Grand National Assembly of Turkey. 2007. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  2. ^ The Relations Between the US, the Kurds, and Turkey, Sebahat Tuncel, Watson Institute, Brown University, Feb. 2008
  3. ^ Row erupts over jailed Turkey MP, BBC, July 2007.
  4. ^ The Kurdish Struggle in Turkey: An interview with Sebahat Tuncel, MP Archived 2009-04-06 at, Jake Hess, ZNet, June 2008.