People's Labor Party
|Leader||Ahmet Fehmi Işıklar|
|Founded||June 7, 1990|
|Banned||July 14, 1993|
|Split from||Social Democratic Populist Party|
|Succeeded by||Freedom and Democracy Party|
Freedom and Equality Party
People's Labor Party or People's Work Party (Turkish: Halkın Emek Partisi, HEP) was a pro-Kurdish political party in Turkey. It was founded on 7 June 1990 by seven members of the Turkish Grand National Assembly expelled from the Social Democratic Populist Party (SHP). HEP was led by Ahmet Fehmi Işıklar.It first viewed itself as a party for the whole of Turkey. In June 1991 its president Işıklar declared on its first party congress that several circles tried to brand the party as a Kurdish party, and since the party is a party of the suppressed, and with in this frame work, they are proud of being called a Kurdish party. Some days later he reiterated that they were not uncomfortable with being called a Kurdish Party since it was the Kurds, whose rights were most infringed. After this declaration, several of the Turkish founding members resigned. For the elections of 1991 it formed an alliance with the SHP of Erdal Inönü. The HEP was involved in peace negotiations with the PKK. On 16 April 1993 chairman Ahmet Türk and five other MP traveled to the PKK in Lebanon, demanding a prolongation of the cease fire declared by the PKK before. Due to the overt promotion of Kurdish cultural and political rights the party was banned by the Constitutional Court in July 1993. The party was succeeded by the Democracy Party (DEP) established in May 1993.
Vedat Aydın, the Diyarbakır branch chairman of HEP, was found dead on a road near Malatya on 7 July 1991, two days after armed men had taken him from his home in Diyarbakır. His wife, Sükran Aydın states that her husband’s murder was a turning point and that there was a sudden increase in the number of unsolved murders in Turkey's southeastern region following his death. She says that JİTEM, a clandestine unit within the Turkish Gendarmerie, was responsible for his murder.
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Şükran Aydın: a clandestine unit within the gendarmerie is responsible for the murder.[permanent dead link]
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