Turkey: denial of the right to vote and to be elected

The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Representation in Europe has shared a brief summary of the report "THE TRUSTEE REGIME IN TURKEY", a 35-page document released on 20 November by the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Headquarters in Ankara.

One of the most repressed rights is the right to elect and be elected: this is shown mainly in the usurpation of town halls administered by the Democratic Regions Party (DBP, the regional component of the HDP), where elected officials were removed from office and jailed.

The HDP Representation office in Europe provides a summary of the report and highlights the main issues, such as:

  • 24 Municipalities where trustees were appointed
  • 14 Co-mayors detained
  • More than 6,500 HDP officials and members imprisoned for their political engagement
  • 150 journalists jailed

"So this is the 17th year of the AKP Government. The Parliament is under AKP control. All the Ministries are working as if they are part of Erdogan’s palace, his own employees so to say. The Justice System belongs to the Government. 90% of the Media belongs to them. NGOs, military they are all directly controlled by Erdogan" (Can Dündar, Journalist)