Faysal Sarıyıldız

Faysal Sarıyildiz (born 10 April 1975, Cizre)[1] is a politician of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and a former Member of Parliament representing the Sırnak Province.

Faysal Sarıyildiz
Assembly Member
for Şırnak
In office
Parliamentary groupPeace and Democracy Party
In office
June 2015 – November 2015
Parliamentary groupPeoples' Democratic Party
In office
November 2015 – September 2017
Parliamentary groupPeoples' Democratic Party
Personal details
Born (1975-04-10) 10 April 1975 (age 46)
Alma materHarran University

Education and early lifeEdit

He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Harran in the province of Sanliurfa,[1] and reported for the Kurdish newspapers Ülkede Gündem and Özgür Bakış.[2] He was arrested in April 2009 and prosecuted for being a member of the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK).[3]

Political careerEdit

He was elected to parliament in June 2011[4] as an independent supported by the Labour, Democracy and Freedom Bloc, but was denied to assume his post as the court ruled the parliamentary immunity does not apply in his case.[5] In January 2014, after a court decided the imprisonment their imprisonment violated their human rights, since they were elected as MPs, he was released from prison together with Selma Irmak, Gülser Yıldırım, Kemal Aktas and Ibrahim Ayhan. Following they delivered their oath in parliament.[6] He was re-elected as an MP representing Şırnak in the General elections of June 2015[7] and the snap elections of November 2015,[8] then for the HDP. Sarıyıldiz was defending the wounded during the curfew in Cizre in the winter of 2015-16 and called the UN for help.[9] In April 2016 he left Turkey for exile and Turkey issued an arrest warrant for him.[10]

In exileEdit

While in exile he was further on involved in the defense of Kurdish rights,[11] and also kept being an MP for the Turkish Parliament. On the 7 September 2017 he and Tuğba Hezer Öztürk, were both relieved from her duties in parliament by the vote of the majority of the parliamentarians. The next day the Constitutional Court confirmed their dismissal.[12] On 5 June 2017, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced that 130 people who are outside the country while being suspected of militant links will lose their citizenship unless they return to Turkey within three months and meet government standards. Amongst the 130 people figured also Faysal Sarıyildız.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Faysal Sarıyıldız Kimdir ? - Faysal Sarıyıldız Hayatı ve Biyografisi". www.haberler.com. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  2. ^ Métayer, André. "Libération de cinq députés kurdes détenus depuis 2009 et 2010. Hatip Dicle reste en prison". Agence Bretagne Presse (in French). Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  3. ^ "Human rights of parliamentarians: 193rd Governing Council session". archive.ipu.org. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  4. ^ "ŞIRNAK 2011 GENEL SEÇİM SONUÇLARI". secim.haberler.com. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  5. ^ "Independent Deputies Stay in Prison". Bianet. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Turkey's pro-Kurdish MPs sworn in after freed from prison". Reuters. 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  7. ^ "ŞIRNAK 2015 GENEL SEÇİM SONUÇLARI". secim.haberler.com. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  8. ^ "ŞIRNAK SEÇİM SONUÇLARI - 1 KASIM 2015 GENEL SEÇİM SONUÇLARI". secim.haberler.com. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  9. ^ "Sarıyıldız calls for UN action for dozens trapped in Cizre basement". ANF News. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  10. ^ "Exiled Kurdish MPs fight for lost homeland". Ahval. Retrieved 2020-03-20.
  11. ^ "Sarıyıldız speaks in the UN: "We do not accept your silence"". ANF News. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Constitutional Court Rejects Appeal of Decision to Relieve HDP MPs of MP Duties". Bianet. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  13. ^ Turkey plans to strip 'fugitives' of citizenship, including Gulen: ministry Reuters, 5 June 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2020