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Published On: Tue, Apr 18th, 2017

Belgian Lawmaker Hendrik Bogaert: No Turkish referendum on deathpenalty on European territory, It’s beyond ethical boundries

nsnbc : Hendrik Bogaert, a Flemish Christian lawmaker in Belgium, used his Twitter account to unequivocally oppose any possible future Turkish referendum on the reintroduction of the death penalty in EU member states.

Erdogan pushing for the reintroduction of the death penalty. On the day of the "mystery coup" last summer.

Erdogan pushing for the reintroduction of the death penalty. Only days after the “military mystery coup” last summer.

Bogaert earlier proposed the removal of dual nationality for Belgians who also hold Turkish passport. Bobaert said:

“As a European I am in favour of protecting liberties, including freedom of opinion and association, but we are also responsible for the actions that we do not take: it’s criminal negligence. We talk about European values, norms and principles and then we see proposals for referendums that are in complete contradiction to respect for human life. I believe Europe cannot allow this. … Everybody must decide for themselves where the border lies. For me freedom of expression isn’t absolute. First we’ll have to discuss the matter in Belgium and then appeal to the EU.”

Bogaert stressed that democracy is a very precious but also a very fragile political system and added that it at times, as a system contains something that is masochistic in itself. He added “In the 1930’s we saw what this can lead to”. Bogaert called on the Turkish community saying:

“I am appealing to the Turkish community here to which we owe a lot not to take part. Europe should ban it and not take part in something that conflicts with what it stands for.”

Bogaert does not stand alone with his concerns. Earlier Belgian foreign minister Reynders stated that Mr Erdogan’s first declaration on the death penalty represented a red line. If Erdogan introduces the death penalty accession talks with the EU will be frozen he predicted.

On days after the still largely unexplained military coup on July 15, 2016 President R. Tayyip Erdogan held a flaming speech, arousing the people and stressed that he would not hesitate to reintroduce the death penalty of the people asked for it. Considering the sweeping powers he will be given under the new executive presidential system Erdogan will have largely unchecked powers and may want to override the people or use his administration’s stranglehold on media to manipulate “popular outcries for the reintroduction of the death penalty” against, for example, “terrorists”, such as leftist legislators who were arrested under alleged terrorism charges.

F/AK – nsnbc 18.04.2017

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