Parliament’s Constitution Conciliation Commission has been unable to agree on a draft related to the definition of citizenship, with each political party insisting on its own definition. Except for the MHP statement, which restricts citizenship to Turks (which is an ethno-racial term and could easily be used to exclude non-Turks, non-Muslims, non-Turkish speakers, etc), the others look like they are not too far apart. Or am I just missing some of the angels on the head of a pin?
According to Hurriyet, the proposals are as follows:
AKP: “Everybody who is bound by the state by the bind of citizenship is a citizen of the Republic of Turkey. The child of a mother or father who is the citizen of the Republic of Turkey has citizenship from birth. Citizenship is gained through the fulfilling of conditions cited by the law and is only lost in situations cited by the law.”
CHP: “For everybody, Turkish citizenship means being a citizen of the Republic of Turkey on the basis of equality regardless of language, religion, gender, ethnic origin, or similar reasons.”
MHP: “Everybody bound by the Turkish state by the bind of citizenship is Turkish. The child of a Turkish father or a Turkish mother is a Turk. Citizenship is a fundamental right.”
BDP: “In gaining, using and losing citizenship of Turkey; language, religion, race, ethnic origin, culture, gender, sexual orientation and similar differences cannot be taken into consideration.”