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    Assalamu alaikum, Euro court backs Turkey Islamist ban http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_1466000/1466160.stm Turkey did not violate human
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      Assalamu'alaikum,

      Euro court backs Turkey Islamist ban

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_1466000/1466160.stm

      Turkey did not violate human rights when it banned an Islamist political
      party in 1998, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

      The Welfare Party had the largest number of seats in the Turkish
      parliament when it was shut down, and its leader, Necmettin Erbakan, was a
      former prime minister.

      The party took its case to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming
      that its rights to freedom of assembly and association had been violated.

      But human rights judges in Strasbourg decided by four votes to three that
      the ban had not violated the European Convention on Human Rights.

      The decision comes only a month after Turkey's highest court also banned
      the Welfare Party's de facto successor, the Virtue Party, saying it had
      become a focus of anti-secular activities.

      The court said the Welfare Party ban could "reasonably be considered to
      meet a pressing social need for the protection of democratic society", as
      the party had declared its intention to introduce Islamic law.

      "They had also left in doubt their position regarding recourse to force in
      order to come to power, and more particularly to retain power," the
      judgement added.

      The party's political programme had been at odds with the Convention on
      Human Rights, the judges said, and Turkey had acted reasonably to prevent
      it being implemented.

      Third ban

      The decision to ban the party in 1998 for unconstitutional behaviour
      prompted international criticism that Turkey was acting undemocratically.

      It was the third time a party led by Mr Erbakan had been banned: the
      National Order Party was banned in 1971 after a military coup, and the
      National Salvation Party was shut down in 1980 - also after a coup.

      Sensitive issue

      When the Welfare Party was banned, it was accused by Turkey's powerful
      military of secretly planning to introduce Islamic rule.

      In the previous election in December 1995, it had taken more than 20% of
      the vote.

      Turkey's human rights record is a particularly sensitive issue, as it
      attempts to join the European Union.

      As well as concern over its political bans, the country has faced strong
      criticism over its treatment of its Kurdish minority.

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