Does Erdogan’s Peace Process Conflict With Rule of Law?

Turkish gendarmes stand guard outside the courthouse in Silivri near Istanbul March 11, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Legally speaking, said Ersan Sen, a professor and well-known expert on criminal law, the government-led process aiming to end the armed Kurdish movement that since 1984 has cost heavily in blood and treasure to the nation and left at least 40,000 dead “ought to be dealt with under the Turkish parliament’s roof. Any act or perception that runs to the contrary simply suggests that ‘we are the government, therefore we hold the power, and whatever we say should be regarded as correct. That violates the checks-and-balances system in the existing parliamentary order.”

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