24 July 2012 /TODAY'S ZAMAN
Republican People's Party (CHP) Tunceli deputy Hüseyin Aygün filed a lawsuit against Parliament after his request for a cemevi, an Alevi house of worship, in the parliamentary building was rejected, the Anatolia news agency reported on Tuesday.
Aygün stated in the petition he submitted to the Tunceli Court of 1st Instance that he had requested that space for a cemevi be provided inside the parliamentary building.
Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek's comments regarding Alevism were also mentioned in the petition. “Alevism is not a separate religion but a development that originated in Islam and a cultural treasure that emerged during the course of Islamic history, and Islam's places of worship are mosques,” Çiçek had said.
Aygün has requested the court annul the decision to reject the request for a cemevi inside the parliamentary building.