Turkey’s main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (CHP) faction has submitted a bill to the parliament, which offers to provide Turkish citizenship to the heirs of those exiled from the country starting from 1914 and those deprived of citizenship because of some reason, Ermenihaber.am reports, quoting haberaktuel.com.
If the bill passes, citizenship will be granted to Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians who lost their homeland during the genocide, as well as their heirs (up to the fourth generation).
The bill also applies to Armenians, Greeks and Jews that suffered as a result of the massacre in Istanbul on September 6-7, 1955, also as their heirs.
Should the bill turn into law, the Armenian Genocide survivors and their generations can apply for Turkish citizenship if they present the following documents: passports of the time, church protocols, protocols of the minority organizations, Ottoman documents, documents from the countries of residence, which prove they arrived from Turkey.
A similar bill was submitted by the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), but was rejected by the Turkish Parliament.