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 CHAK: Condemn the Turkish election authority political ruling against Hatip Dicle!

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CHAK: Condemn the Turkish election authority political ruling against Hatip Dicle!  29.6.2011   
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June 29, 2011

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 (2009.12.24-2011.06.13). 
              

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 Dicle.

Best Regards
Kurdish Council in Sweden

Kurdish Institute in Stockholm
The National Association Young Kurd/Sweden
Kurdocide Watch-CHAK
Mesopotamian Democracy and the Transformation Party
Peace Council in Europe (Turkey)/Representative of Sweden
Initiative for Peace in Kurdistan
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