—Tolga Şirin, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Marmara University, Turkey.
Turkish politics involves a graveyard of political parties, which have been dissolved since the Republic’s early years. Unfortunately, the world record in this regard probably belongs to Turkey, where the courts have, so far, dissolved at least twenty-four political parties with communist, Islamist, or pro-Kurdish tendencies.
Some of these cases were brought to the European Court of Human Rights (from now on the ‘ECtHR’), who found a violation of freedom of association in all but one of them. Therefore, the legislature performed many legal and constitutional amendments between 2001-2010 to solve this issue. Nowadays, as communism is no longer a danger and an Islamist party is in power for a long time in Turkey, one could think that Turkey has no longer a problem on this matter. However, the last development regarding the opening of a new dissolution Jewel Hiphop Neo-Classic Stainless Steel Cufflinks with Etched L against the Peoples’ Democratic Party (hereinafter ‘HDP’) showed that the sword of Damocles still hangs over essentially pro-Kurdish political parties’ heads.
In this brief blog post, I will try to remark the legal possibilities in the HDP case before the Turkish Constitutional Court (after this, the ‘TCC’) without focusing on the political background of the case.Read the rest of this entry…