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Turkey’s top court accepts indictment filed for HDP closure

  2021-06-21  | 
 Zhyan News Network
People wave pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) flags during a gathering to celebrate Newroz, which marks the arrival of spring and the new year, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 24, 2019. - REUTERS/Kemal Aslan
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Turkey’s Constitutional Court (AYM) on Monday (June 21) accepted an indictment filed by the country’s top prosecutor general seeking the closure of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and ban several of its politicians. 

Bekir Şahin, the Turkish chief public prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals , refilled an indictment earlier this month and sent it to the Constitutional Court, demanding the closure of the party, freezing its bank account and a political ban on nearly 500 party members, according to state media Anadolu Agency (AA).  

In early Match, Turkey’s Court of Appeal launched an inquiry against the HDP and referred it to the Constitutional Court later, but the top court returned the indictment citing shortcomings.

Turkish authorities accuse HDP of links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an outlawed armed opposition group that has started an armed struggle since 1984, calling for Kurds’ cultural rights in Turkey. It is labeled as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the US. 

Turkey has a history of prohibiting the Kurdish opposition parties.

The HDP was founded in 2021 and is viewed as a substitute to now-banned Democratic Society Party (DTP) which was founded in 2005.  It denies any links to the PKK.

Turkish authorities have imprisoned or unseated several HDP lawmakers, mayors and officials including former Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas in recent years since the failed coup in 2016, fueling concerns about the state of human rights situation in Turkey.

Turkey has come under fire by the European countries and the United States for the declining state of human rights and the freedom of expression 

(Zhyan English)