Adar Press

The deputy for the opposition HDP in Turkey, Umar Faruk Cırcıolu, who is considered one of the most vocal defenders of human rights in Turkey, considered what is happening in the country a farce.

 The MP, whose membership was revoked a week ago in Parliament, confirmed that he appealed to the Supreme Constitutional Court the decision to drop his representation, due to a ruling against him related to a post on social media.

"This is my only hope. The Constitutional Court can put an end to this farce," he told reporters outside the court’s headquarters in Ankara on Tuesday.

He also added, "There is a decision taken here to ignore the constitution," calling on the Speaker of the Turkish Parliament, Mustafa Sentop, to resign.

Cırcırlulu has often highlighted human rights violations, such as physical searches of prisoners and the disappearance of people since the failed coup against Erdogan in 2016.

After dropping his membership in Parliament last Wednesday, the deputy refused to leave and slept in the building until Sunday, when he was briefly arrested before being released.

Last month, an appeals court confirmed the verdict against him, based on a tweet dating back to 2016, before his election.

While the European Union and the United States expressed their concerns about what happened with the deputy and the danger of banning the HDP.

It is noteworthy that the Peoples Party is the second largest opposition party in Turkey, but it faces the risk of being banned since a public prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to close it last week.

Translation: Adar Press.

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