Belgium’s Court of Cessation ruled on Wednesday that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is not a terrorist organization, ending proceedings launched in 2008 against a number of individuals and institutions linked to the group.
The Belgian government said it nevertheless continues to regard the PKK as a terrorist group.
Thirty-six people and entities linked to the PKK have been tried by Belgian federal prosecutors since 2008 for allegedly recruiting young Kurds in Belgium and other European countries and taking them to combat training camps, according to Euronews.
Wednesday’s ruling confirmed the Brussels Court of Appeal’s March 8, 2019 decision that the PKK is not a terrorist organization.
The PKK is an armed group which has fought a decades’ long insurgency against the Turkish state for greater Kurdish political and cultural rights in Turkey, which is home to a substantial Kurdish minority.
In addition to Turkey, the United States, the European Union, and Canada consider the PKK a terrorist organization.