Turkey: Kurdish party challenges ban order


Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) on Jan. 16 asked the Turkish Constitutional Court to postpone its decision on a government request to ban the party until after the upcoming general elections, planned for June. Co-leader of the HDP, Mithat Sancar, told reporters: “The Constitutional Court should stop all proceedings on this case. The authorities want to use this case against the HDP as a tool to threaten us.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government accuses the HDP of having ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is banned in Turkey. The HDP won 12% of the vote in a 2018 general election and holds 56 of parliament’s 579 seats. (Kurdistan24)

On Jan. 5, upon a request from the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Constitutional Court temporarily blocked the payment of treasury funds to the HDP on the basis of supposed ties to the PKK. (HDP)

HDP leaders have been criminally prosecuted on charges of PKK “terror propaganda.”

Image: HDP