February 20, 2017
Pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) has applied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) for the continuing unlawful imprisonment of the party’s co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ.
The application filed to the ECtHR has underlined the failure of the Constitutional Court as an appeal body to carry out an investigation, so the top court’s inertia has necessitated the application to the ECtHR.
It is stated in the application file that the imprisonment of the co-chairs of the HDP constitutes a violation of the right to freedom and security, freedom of speech and the right to free elections as protected by both Turkey’s Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Pro-Kurdish HDP is the third largest political party of Turkey in terms of votes received in the last general election.