Mithat Sancar, the co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has met with religious leaders and scholars in Ankara, Turkey.
Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition party, the HDP, plans to organise meetings and events until June as part of the “Justice for All” campaign, which was launched on 8 February.
As part of the campaign, HDP co-chair Sancar met with Muslim religious leaders at the HDP headquarters in Ankara, and released a statement for the press before the meeting.
‘Our biggest search is for justice’
“Our biggest search is for justice. A facet of justice is to make sure that diverse groups coexist together equally”, said Sancar.
“If you impose a single belief on people by force you will create a system of injustice. ISIS-like mentalities wanted to do that. They tried to make people believe in a single interpretation of a single belief. Monism brings with it the conflict. The antidote to the conflict is pluralism. It is to defend the equal co-existence of diverse groups”.
‘Islam and Justice’ meeting to be held on 25 March
Sancar also stated that the HDP struggles so that diverse groups can live equally in Turkey. “We might make some mistakes, some inadequacies, but we have a strong belief and our belief is sincere. Our purpose is to create a path of justice that we can all walk on equally”, he said.
“We try to express and learn the importance of the understanding of democratic Islam on all occasions. What we are heading towards is our great justice meeting on 25 March. We call this a meeting of ‘Islam and Justice'”.
Sancar stressed the importance of the search for justice in the struggle for peace that his party trites to lead in Turkey.
“To strengthen justice means making progress towards peace”, he said. “Oppression, prohibitions, violence cannot solve social problems. In this regard, the struggle for justice requires the solutions to social problems through dialogue, negotiation, agreement. It is a struggle for peace at the same time”.