Turkey rejects international condemnation of HDP shutdown case | News from the Kurds
The Foreign Ministry denounces an “intervention” in response to criticism from the EU and the United States on the decision to close the pro-Kurdish HDP.
Turkey said international criticism of a prosecutor’s case aimed at shutting down a pro-Kurdish opposition party amounted to interference in the Turkish justice system and called for respect for an ongoing judicial process.
The business to be prohibited the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) on alleged links to Kurdish fighters is the culmination of a years-long crackdown on the third party in parliament.
The Turkish decision also marks the rebirth of Turkey’s long history of banning political parties, including pro-Kurdish parties.
“Everyone has to wait for the decision of the Constitutional Court in this process. Commenting on an ongoing judicial process is tantamount to intervening in the judicial system, ”the Turkish Foreign Ministry said.
The Foreign Office statement was an apparent response to the United States and the European Union, which had criticized the move.
The US State Department has said that the dissolution of the HDP undermines democracy in Turkey.
“We are monitoring … the launch of efforts to dissolve the People’s Democratic Party, a move that would unduly reverse the will of Turkish voters, further undermine democracy in Turkey and deny millions of Turkish citizens the representation they have chosen,” State Department spokesman Ned said. Price said in a statement.
“Without any excuse (moving) towards the end of pluralism. What reaction does Turkey now expect from the European Union? A positive agenda? Said Nacho Sanchez Amor, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey, which is a candidate for EU membership, although membership negotiations have been stalled for years.
Wednesday’s deal to shut down the party came the same day Turkey’s parliament stripped a prominent HDP MP of his parliamentary status.
Supreme Court prosecutor Bekir Sahin, who lodged a complaint, alleged that the HDP “was acting in concert with terrorists from the PKK and affiliated organizations, acting as an extension of these organizations”.
He added that such activity threatened to “destroy the indivisibility between state and people,” according to the Anadolu news agency.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long portrayed the HDP as the political front of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
Devlet Bahceli, leader of the far-right Nationalist Movement (MHP) party allied with Erdogan, welcomed this decision: “The HDP is a criminal organization disguised under a political cloak. It is a historical and moral duty that it be closed and never reopened under another name.
The HDP, which won 11.7% of the vote in the 2018 parliamentary elections and has 55 seats in the 600-member parliament, accused Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party of shaping politics by the through the courts. He denies any connection with the fighters.
The party condemned the indictment as a “blow to democracy” and called on its supporters to resist.
“We call on all democratic forces, social and political opposition and our people to join in a common struggle against this political coup,” he said in a statement.
The PKK has fought an anti-state rebellion in predominantly Kurdish southeastern Turkey since 1984. Over 40,000 people are believed to have been killed in the conflict.