The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has made a legislative proposal in Parliament to establish peace and legally guarantee all previous and future peace talks regarding the Kurdish question. Named the ‘Societal Peace and Negotiation Law,’ the proposal states that the recent period of conflict has led to great losses and pains and requests a full return to negotiations and the ‘Resolution Process’ of the Kurdish question.
Proposed by HDP Deputy Chairs’ Çağlar Demirel and Idris Baluken to the Parliament Presidency, the legislative proposal’s preamble contains examples from countries where similar issues to the Kurdish question were experienced.
Most critical moments in Turkey’s history…
Highlighting the missed opportunities for peace during the past 30 years of conflict because of the state’s disregard for the fundamental rights of the Kurdish people, the preamble says, “In 2013 the hope for peace in Turkey had reached its zenith. On 28 February 2015 at the Dolmabahce Palace, the representatives of our (HDP) party, representative of the government and state officials convened with the full knowledge of President Erdogan and Mr. Abdullah Öcalan to declare the agreement we had reached. This was one of the most critical moments in the political history of Turkey.”
Let’s extinguish this fire
The preamble also emphasises that following an end to the process on 5 April 2015, the isolation of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan was aggravated, leading to an intensification of the conflict, which has meant unimaginable losses and pains. “If politics does not extinguish the fire that is raging on with a full return to the Resolution Process and negotiations then unfortunately the suffering and pain is going to continue,” reads the preamble.
The process must be taken under guarantee
The proposal also states that it is only possible to protect the peace process with a legal document and other confidence building measures and continues, “If this proposal is accepted and becomes law it is also necessary for all anti-democratic regulations and laws to be lifted and end so that obstacles in the way of peace can be cleared. In this context the abolition of the Anti Terror Law and the Internal Security Law, reduction of the election threshold, democratic changes in the Turkish Penal Code, Criminal Court Law, Policing Law (PVSK) and the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations (2911), the lifting of reservations on international agreements Turkey has signed and an end to the village guard system will mean important steps have been taken on the road to peace.”
The Monitoring Committee…
The preamble also proposes the removal of nationalist and discriminatory expressions in written law and calls for new regulations regarding language rights, before going on to read, “the inclusion of a Monitoring Committee in meetings between Mr. Öcalan and the state will guarantee the security of these meetings.”
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