Turkish parliament receives 71 enquiry reports against HDP deputies since July

The Turkish parliament, which returned from its summer recess on Tuesday, has received since July 75 enquiry reports to lift the immunity of lawmakers, 71 of which are about 40 deputies of the predominantly Kurdish Poople’s Democratic Party (HDP), Duvar news site reported.

The enquiry reports are the first stage in a process to lift immunity from members of Turkey’s Grand National Assembly, allowing them to prosecuted.

There are three enquiries against Sezai Temelli, the co-chair of the HDP, and two against Pervin Buldan, the party’s other co-chair, Duvar said. 

The Turkish parliament approved constitutional changes allowing politicians’ immunity to be lifted in 2016, a year after the HDP became the first pro-Kurdish party to break Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold and enter parliament. 

The parliament received enquiry reports on 138 lawmakers when the new legislation was confirmed in May 2016, and 23 HDP lawmakers, including the party’s former co-chairs Selahattin Demirtaş and Figen Yüksekdağ, were arrested in November the same year.