CHP Secretary General Bihlun Tamayligil Defends HEPP Victims

Bihlun Tamayligil

With most of the judiciary firmly under AKP’s thumb, Turkey is rapidly becoming the country in Kafka’s nightmarish novels. CHP is the only party that is putting up a principled resistance against the politicization of the judiciary and its increasing propensity to become a tool for totalitarian control.

CHP Secretary General Mrs. Bihlun Tamayligil defended 17 year old Ms Leyla Yalcinkaya, currently charged with nine years in a sham trial for protesting against the construction of a HEPP that would destroy her village and her way of life. “With each passing day, Turkey is distancing itself from the rule of law. The latest and most tragic evidence for that are the charges against 17 year old Leyla Çetinkaya for protesting against the HEPP in Tortum, Erzurum. She is charged with 9 years.”

She is not the only one, for the grand crime of protesting peacefully, many women from the village including 86 year old “Grandma Nafiye” have been dragged on the ground, detained and mistreated. Ms Leyla Çetinkaya was slapped a gag order forbidding her to speak with her grandma and the rest of her family.

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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