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HDP slams German foreign ministry for aligning it with PKK

  2021-03-31  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party shout slogans, holding HDP and Turkish flags at a rally in Istanbul, March 24, 2019. Photo: EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) blasted German foreign ministry in a letter for aligning it with the Kurdistan Workers’ party (HDP)  as Turkey’s prosecutor general has filed a lawsuit seeking to ban the third largest party in the country.

On March 18, the German foreign ministry called on Turkey “to comply with the most stringent democratic and rule-of-law standards” and HDP “to clearly distance itself from the PKK” following the expulsion of HDP lawmaker Omer Faruk from the Turkish parliament and a filing seeking the banning of the party. 

In a letter sent to the German ministry by HDP Co-Chairs Pervin Buldan and Mithat Sancar, it charged that the German ministry had “used the same discourse which the AKP-MHP coalition frequently used for the purpose of criminalizing the HDP and making the political field dysfunctional.”

“This form of expression contradicts the values of the European Union and the Council of Europe, especially political organization and freedom of expression,” the HDP said, calling on the German ministry for information “regarding the concrete and legal bases that will enable them to make this call.”

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

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.

On March 18, the day when Faruq was stripped of his seat, the Turkish chief prosecutor general filed an indictment with the country’s constitutional court seeking to ban the HDP. 
It has 55 seats in the 600-member parliament.

Turkey's western allies including the EU and US have condemned the moves. 

Turkish authorities have imprisoned or unseated several HDP lawmakers, mayors and officials in recent year, fueling concerns about the state of human rights situation in Turkey.

The pressures on HDP come at a delicate time for the country as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a plan to strengthen rights to a fair trial and freedom of expression, but his critics say it is just a public relations façade.

Turkey has a history of prohibiting the Kurdish opposition parties. 

(Zhyan English)