On Friday, September 30th, Garo Paylan will be participating in a community town hall discussion titled “Recent Developments in Turkey and the Armenian Community”. Mr. Paylan is a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and is a deputy of the Turkish Parliament representing the third district in Istanbul. The discussion will be held at Soorp Khatch Armenian Church- Arabian Hall
(4906 Flint Drive, Bethesda, MD 20816) and will begin at 7:30 PM. The event is being presented by the
Armenian Relief Society “Satenig” Chapter.
Prior to his election, Mr. Paylan served on the central committee of HDP and in 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 toward minorities, the rights of the Armenian and Kurdish communities in Turkey, Turkish-Armenian reconciliation, and the Hrant Dink murder case. Mr. Paylan’s family hails from Malatya. He has served in the Turkish Parliament since 2015.