The European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD), and German Green political party Alliance ‘90/The Greens, have called on Turkish citizens living in Europe to vote for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey’s June 7 general election.
The EAFJD announced their support for HDP with a statement on their website on May 18, saying that the HDP is based on the shared values and approaches on many issues of mutual interests.
The HDP is the only main opposition party of Turkey which pledged to recognise the 1915 events as an “Armenian genocide.”
“We consider the HDP to be a progressive force in Turkey, actively struggling for peoples’ rights in their vernacular and with respect to their cultural, religious beliefs and backgroung,” said the EAFJD.
The Greens of Germany also called on Turkish citizens to vote for the HDP for “a Turkey guaranteeing the democratic rights of all citizens, freedom of religion, an open and free civil society.”
Pointing out the Turkish Green Party, which was established in 2012, would take part in this election and also support the HDP with all its capacity. The Greens said the presence of the HDP in the parliament would offer a good chance to improve social conditions in Turkey.
Even though gay-marriage is not a hot topic in Turkey, the HDP pledged in its election manifesto to allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, being the only significant leftist party which advocates gay rights.
The Greens are also one of the most important supporters of gay-marriage in Germany, defending that the state should allow gay partners to jointly adopt children.
Gay-marriage is forbidden in Germany, despite three parties (SPD, Die Linke and The Greens) in the German parliament pledging to legalise it.