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Pro-Kurdish party banned in Turkey

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A pro-Kurdish political party in Turkey has been banned over accusations of having links to PKK separatist rebels.

The Constitutional Court voted unanimously to ban the Democratic Society Party after it found it guilty of cooperating with the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers’ Party. The ruling comes despite a warning from the European Union that outlawing the DTP would violate Kurdish rights. Observers also say the court’s verdict could undermine efforts to end a long-running conflict with the rebels. The ruling imposes a five-year ban from politics on 37 members of the DTP.