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Turkey/Europe: EP’s Pittella calls on Turkey to release all political prisoners immediately

May 13, 2017

EP’s Pittella calls on Turkey to release all political prisoners immediately

President of the European Parliament’s Socialists & Democrats Group Gianni Pittella on Friday said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is closing the door to Europe, calling on him to immediately release all political prisoners.

Paying a two-day visit to Ankara, Pittella attended the trial of pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples’ Party (HDP) Co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, met with the other leading figures in the HDP and spoke with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu.

Calling 100 cases launched against Demirtaş by Turkish authorities “not acceptable” in his statement following meetings in Ankara, Pittella said: “This repression of political opposition is happening alongside the mass imprisonment of journalists, judges, academics and soldiers, without charges and without any possibility of appeal.”

“We call on President Erdoğan to release Demirtas and all political prisoners immediately,” the S&D Group president said.

Recalling that the Socialists & Democrats have been the strongest supporters of Turkey’s European future and remain perhaps the last ones, Pittella underlined: “We still support this future. However, President Erdogan is making it impossible by turning Turkey into an increasingly authoritarian country. We are clear — Erdoğan is closing the door to Europe. For us democracy and human rights come first. ”

https://turkeypurge.com/eps-pittella-calls-on-turkey-to-release-all-political-prisoners-immediately

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/european-lawmaker-visits-turkey-hunger-strikers-960686635

https://turkeypurge.com/turkey-purge-in-past-15-days-1257-detained-264-jailed-over-coup-charges

http://www.dw.com/tr/avrupal%C4%B1-parlamenterden-g%C3%BClmen-ve-%C3%B6zak%C3%A7aya-destek/a-38822547 (TURKCE)

http://www.corriere.it/esteri/17_maggio_12/missione-turca-socialisti-europei-scandagliare-rischio-regime-d4546432-36e9-11e7-91e3-ae024e503e5d.shtml (ITALIANO)

https://www.tah.de/afpnewssingle.html?&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=442066&cHash=1fa407516077a6809571fe88064bb97a (DEUTSCH)

http://www.elsevier.nl/buitenland/achtergrond/2017/05/socialistische-fractie-houdt-optie-van-turkse-toetreding-open-502721/ (NEDERLANDS)

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Turkey/Europe: Arrested Turkish judge nominated for human rights prize by European colleagues

May 3, 2017

Arrested Turkish judge nominated for human rights prize by European colleagues

Germany-based Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL) has nominated Murat Arslan, the last chairman of Turkey’s Judges and Prosecutors Association (YARSAV) for the 2017 Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize.

Under arrest since Oct 26, 2016 over his alleged links to the Gulen movement, Arslan acted as the chair of YARSAV until it was shut down as part of the post-coup crackdown on July 23, 2016.

The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.

“During his mandates, Murat Arslan has had a fearless and courageous intervention in Turkish society, denouncing all the abuses that were increasingly being made by the Executive and Legislative Powers against the rights of citizens and the independence of the Judicial Power. His constant intervention in social media, newspapers and institutional forums was never stopped by the growing menaces that the Turkish Government was directing to all those who defied the hegemonic power of President Erdogan, that was threatening Turkish society,” a statement by MEDEL said on Apr 28, 2017.

“Murat Arslan is now more than an individual person fighting for a democratic Turkey, in which Human Rights are promoted. He has become a symbol of all those that do not surrender and, even risking their own lives, fight for Human Rights and still believe that Turkish citizens have the right to live free and in a democratic State,” the statement further stated.

https://turkeypurge.com/arrested-turkish-judge-awarded-with-human-rights-prize-by-european-colleagues

http://stockholmcf.org/medel-presents-judge-arslan-as-nominee-for-vaclav-havel-human-rights-prize/

http://ufilter.blogspot.fr/2017/05/2017-vaclav-havel-human-rights-prize-to.html?view=flipcard

http://www.medelnet.eu/