CHP Policy Proposals: Turkey’s New Constitution

New Constitution

A NEW CONSTITUTION BASED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY

• A new constitution securing and expanding the scope of all liberties shall be enacted.

• We shall draft the new Constitution, in consultation with all segments of the society, using contemporary examples as our inspiration. We shall strive to have the new text passed by a parliament where the 10% qualifying hurdle has not distorted representation.

• To provide for a free public debate before the Constitution, we shall revise several articles in the Political Parties Act and the Turkish Penal Code to conform to universal norms.

• The new Constitution will be a social contract that ties the legitimacy of the state to its duty to defend and advance human rights; as well as enshrining judicial independence, basic liberties and rights and the welfare state.

kkilicdaroglu2• The concept of constitutional citizenship will be added to the new Constitution, to make sure that all citizens can exercise their political rights without impediments.

• The core principles of the new Constitution will be

-Liberalism and pluralism
-Equality and social justice
-Participatory democracy
-The primacy of human rights and dignity
-The exercise of all human rights is the norm, restrictions are the exception
-A strengthened parliamentary system
-A state of law and order respecting the separation of powers
-Checks and balances to prevent overextension and abuse of government power
-Complete control of the TMF by the civilian authority
-Explicitly bans on all discrimination
-Respect for international law
-Gender equality

 

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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