New constitution must be cleansed of ethnic references

Bar association presidents in the Eastern and Southeastern regions of Turkey stated the new constitution should be objective and should not include ethnic, religious, ideological or cultural references.

New constitution must be cleansed of ethnic references

World Bulletin/News Desk

The presidents of bar associations in the Eastern and Southeastern regions of Turkey, who convened in a meeting in Diyarbakır province on Sunday, have highlighted that the new constitution should not include ethnic, religious, ideological or cultural references.

Bar association presidents of Diyarbakır, Adıyaman, Ağrı, Batman, Bingöl, Bitlis, Hakkâri, Kars, Mardin, Muş, Şanlıurfa, Şırnak and Van came together in a meeting in Diyarbakır to discuss the process of preparing a new constitution and to share their comments and suggestions.

The press statement on behalf of all bar presidents was made by Diyarbakır Bar Association President Tahir Elçi following the meeting.

Pointing to the Turkish community's diversity in ethnicity, religion, language and culture, Elçi stated that social life has been tried to be standardized with a one ethnic, religious, linguistic and cultural identity for many years in the country; adding: “All the socio-cultural problems or conflicts, in particular the longstanding Kurdish question, are the result of this mentality and wrong policy. … Apart from the Turkish language, which is the official language of the Turkish Republic, the other languages should also be included in the constitution. … The definition of citizenship to be included in the new constitution must not highlight any particular ethnicity or any ethnic reference and concepts. The right to receive education in mother tongue should be taken under guarantee in the constitution.”

Elçi also stated the new constitution should be objective and should not promote any particular religion as there are a wide range of faiths represented across the country.

 

Last Mod: 29 Nisan 2013, 11:10
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