The Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law

Dissent in an Age of Populism: Sustaining Political Opposition after Turkey’s 2017 Referendum

A discussion with Garo Paylan, founding member of Peoples' Democratic Party.

Garo Paylan is a founding member of Peoples' Democratic Party and is a deputy representing the 3rd district in Istanbul. Mr. Paylan is also a member of Turkey’s Armenian community and has long been an activist on human rights, Kurdish and Armenian issues. Previous to joining the parliament, Mr. Paylan served in the central committee of HDP and also served on the management of Armenian schools in Istanbul. He has long promoted bilingual education and minority rights in Turkey and has been actively engaged in raising awareness on discrimination towards minorities, the rights of the Armenian community in Turkey, Turkish-Armenian reconciliation and especially on Hrant Dink murder case. Mr. Paylan is from a family originally from Malatya and is one of the three Armenian deputies in the Turkish parliament.


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Sponsors: The Promise Institute for Human Rights; Center for Near Eastern Studies; Richard Hovannisian Chair in Modern Armenian History