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Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır MP Garo Paylan, against whom two summaries of proceedings were filed for violating the article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), has submitted a parliamentary question directed at Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül.
“With the 2008 amendments on the article 301, which is one of the most important offenders of the Hrant Dink murder, opening an investigation for violating the article is subjected to the permission of the Minister of Justice.
“This amendment prevented the arbitrary use of the article 301 only for a short time. In the recent period, the Minister of Justice unquestioningly grants permissions for investigations.”
Paylan has asked the following questions to the Minister:
Turkish Penal Code (TCK) Article no. 301
A person who publicly degrades Turkish Nation, State of the Republic of Turkey, Grand National Assembly of Turkey the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the judicial bodies of the State shall be sentenced a penalty of imprisonment for a term of six months to two years. A person who publicly degrades the military or security organisations shall be sentenced according to the provision set out in paragraph one. The expression of an opinion for the purpose of criticism does not constitute an offence.
Diyarbakır MP Paylan has said in the parliamentary question, “The article 301 has long been objected for having an essence that prevents freedoms of thought and expression and being against democratization and human rights” and added,
“The article 301 and previous articles that were equivalent to the article 301 have been used by the political power in a way that provide a basis for hate crimes.” (PT/VK)