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Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party MP criticised main opposition for rejecting PACE resolution

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party MP criticised main opposition for rejecting PACE resolution

Xeber24.net – Ahval

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Hişyar Özsoy criticised the main opposition party who voted against a PACE resolution condemning Turkey’s treatment of opposition.

On Jan. 25, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on the worsening situation of opposition politicians in Turkey with 72 votes in favour, and 28 votes against, while eight members were absent. Among those who voted against the measure were members of the Turkish opposition, Republican People’s Party (CHP).

The assembly criticised a serious of issues on Turkey such as restrictions on freedom of expression and the media, the detention and imprisonment of opposition parliamentarians, former parliamentarians and local elected representatives, anti-terror law and election threshold.

“Is the definition of terrorism problematic in Turkey? Yes. It (the resolution) says the election threshold to be reduced, are you against it? Do you want the deputies to be in prison? Does not CHP want the reform of the judiciary? When we look at the content, we don’t understand what they are opposed to it. Ask CHP (deputies) one by one that which of these articles they reject, “none” they would answer,” Özsoy said.

The four representatives of Turkey’s main opposition CHP, who voted against the resolution of the PACE, the parliamentary arm of the 47-nation Council of Europe, are Ahmet Ünal Çeviköz, Yunus Emre, Selin Sayek Böke, and Haluk Koç.

Özsoy told Ahval that the report presented at the PACE was written by the committee’s rapporteur on Turkey, not by HDP deputies.

“There is a CHP representative in the Monitoring Committee, Haluk Koç. Unfortunately, they (CHP) didn’t even bother to make a suggestion. Well, they could. We moved for the amendment of two articles,” Özsoy said, “They did not work on the report, voted against in some way. I think their nationalist reflexes have recurred.”

The PACE called on Turkish authorities to respect freedom of expression, association and assembly. The assembly criticised Turkey over restrictions on freedom of expression and the media, the detention and imprisonment of opposition parliamentarians, former parliamentarians and local elected representatives.

Özsoy said CHP did not even protect the rights of its jailed deputy Eren Erdem.

“We have really expected that CHP would discuss it with a parliamentary question. They did not protect their deputy.”

Erdem was jailed in June 2018 ahead of his September trial, just days after losing his parliamentary seat with CHP in elections on 24 June. He was charged with aiding the group blamed for the 2016 attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Recently, he was released on Jan. 7.

Özsoy also said Turkey has been in the monitoring process for two years but there is no improvement in the context of democracy.

“There is a serious problem on democratic and political life in Turkey,” he said, adding that the authorities had maintained the state of emergency.

“You cannot get anywhere if you describe half of the society as a terrorist,” he said.

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