Speech on behalf of the HDP at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Our Izmir MP Ertuğrul Kürkçü has been attending the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Today Kürkçü gave a speech regarding the report titled “State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights”:

Mr. President and Dear Colleagues,

I would like to express my appreciation for Mr. Raphael Comte for his outspoken and firmly evidenced report on the ongoing Emergency Case rule in Turkey which has lost all relevancy with and legitimacy if it had any for the attempted coup of 15 July 2016.

Parliamentary opposition parties HDP -my party-and main opposition CHP had voted against declaration of a state of emergency at the date, and staunchly opposed derogations from Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights which we believed would award the Erdoğan regime with the power and opportunity to undermine all democratic institutions and erode remnants of the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary in particular. I would like to recall Erdoğan’s summarization of the meaning of the 15 July failed coup: “This is a gift from the God for us!”

We should admit that Erdoğan and his allies worked hard to deserve this “gift”. It is still unclear where, and when and how and by what means Erdoğan and his aides were informed of the coup preparations and how and through which mechanisms they decided to react the coup. According to analysts, witnesses, documents leaked from the prosecutors’ offices, and inconsistencies of the Erdoğan’s personal narrative of the attempted coup, Erdoğan regime was well informed of the coup preparations which they initially and informally related to the Gülen Sect’s expected reaction against the liquidation of pro-Gülen army officials, judges and police officers. It is highly symptomatic in this sense that, 2 thousand 735 judges were sacked from office 16 July early morning. How come the government could have targeted thousands of judges for a military coup attempt they claim they were unaware until it started to operate? It is also highly symptomatic that, the AKP majority have barred the Parliamentary inquiry commission question all major responsible political and military personalities in order to lay out an impartial narrative of the coup and of the roles played by major actors: The Gülen movement, Erdoğan and his Party, the Army, the Police, the Judiciary, etc.

Thus, the emergency case rule in Turkey, appears not only as a reaction by the government against an abortive coup but it is an expected and engineered state of affairs; a leverage to be exploited in order to lay down the foundations of an emergency case state.

The Assembly should take note that, last week emergency case rule in Turkey is prolonged for a seventh three-month period.  During these 18 months Turkish government has used the draconian powers granted under the emergency case rule for bypassing the parliament and issuing decrees for every purpose: From education to tourism, from prison regulations to export regulations! Under emergency case rule Turkey has been transformed into an emergency case state.

The Assembly should take note of it and keep its eyes on Turkey during the 24 June elections where the faith of the country would be decided.

24 April 2018