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CHAK: Condemn the Turkish election
authority political ruling against Hatip Dicle!
Stockholm June 26, 2011
Condemn the Turkish election authority political
ruling against Hatip Dicle!
Only three days before Turkey entered into a general
election in. 9th June 2011, Hatip Dicle was
sentenced, former DEP (Kurdish Party) politician and
chairman of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK),
to one year and eight months in prison for a speech
he made on 23rd October 2007. In his political
speeches where Dicle said: "This truce has become
invalid. As long as the military does not stop with
their operations, we will make use of self-defense.
"Prosecution deemed then that the speech was
"propaganda for an illegal organization".
Dicle lawyer claimed on June 10th that the Turkish
electoral authority's decision to not to let Dicle
stand for Parliament was judicial unlawful because
of, that he had served his sentence
According to the election
authority, there was then no legal barrier to any
person to stand for election to the Turkish
Parliament. Dicle candidates thus to Parliament as
an independent candidate for the Democracy block
from Diyarbakir and was elected to the Turkish
Parliament with 77 709 votes.
On 21st June 2011 took the election authority a
strange decision and placed veto against Dicle
member entry to Parliament. A decision that is
contrary to Turkish law according to Dicle lawyer
since he had already received their legal election
certificate by the election authority. Current law
in Turkey forbids Electoral Council to veto against
any candidate who has already achieved a seat in the
parliament through a democratic vote.
The ruling party (AKP) approved in haste election
authority incorrect decisions by taking side with
the Election Authority and stated that "The Election
Authority has according to Turkish law the right to
vote down anyone i.e. prevent Dicle to take his seat
in Parliament”. This is wrong, in reality it is the
Turkish Parliament who has the right to decide to
vote away Dicle parliamentary seat and can refer to
that he served a prison sentence incorrectly. What
is suppose to happen then is that Dicle constituency
needs to be redone according to the law,www.ekurd.netwhich
means re-election in the Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.
This is not the case but the government has through
various strange "games" made the Dicle votes fall to
the ruling party AKP.
BDP sees the election authority’s decision as an
undemocratic and illegal act and a conspiracy of the
ruling party to achieve the 330 seats in Parliament.
This is to get a majority and be able to make
changes to the Turkish constitution without the need
to cooperate with the opposition.
The Turkish election authority's actions can not be
interpreted other than as a political decision,
which not only puts a spoke in the wheel of a
democratic and peaceful solution to the Kurdish
issue, but also jeopardizes the democratic process
initiated in the country.
We appeal to all democratic and progressive forces
in Sweden to support us and call on Turkey to
withdraw its illegal and specific political ruling
against our democratically elected candidate Hatip
Kurdish Council in Sweden
Kurdish Institute in Stockholm
The National Association Young Kurd/Sweden
Mesopotamian Democracy and the Transformation Party
Peace Council in Europe (Turkey)/Representative of
Initiative for Peace in Kurdistan
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