Thursday, January 21, 2010

Banned pro-Kurdish DTP appeals to European court


Brussels - Former members of the banned pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP) have filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights reports Today’s Zaman.

According to the Kurdish politicians the Constitutional Court is not impartial since it was established by a constitution drafted by the military junta that took over the government on Sept. 12, 1980.

Former DTP and current Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) Şırnak Deputy Hasip Kaplan submitted the petition to the court yesterday, the pro-Kurdish Fırat news agency reported.

The petition filed by former DTP members stresses that the Constitutional Court cannot be impartial as it is a remnant of the Sept. 12 coup. “This is in clear violation of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the right to a fair trial,” the petition reads.

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