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China/European Parliament: Human rights: Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Tibet

January 19, 2018

 

  • DRC must hold presidential and legislative elections in 2018
  • Nigerian authorities must increase their efforts to stop ethnic and religious violence
  • Chinese government must release detained human rights activists

MEPs call for elections in Democratic Republic of Congo, condemn violence in Nigeria and urge China to release human rights activists.

China must release human rights activists

The Chinese government must release blogger Wu Gan, pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che, Tibetan language rights advocate Tashi Wangchuk, Tibetan monk Choekyi, and all those who are being detained for their human rights work, say MEPs. Pending their release, they add, they must not subjected to torture or ill-treatment and must have access to family and lawyers of their choice.

MEPs call for an investigation into allegations that interrogators have used torture to force the confession of human rights lawyer Xie Yang, who was convicted on 26 December 2017 but exempted from criminal penalties after pleading guilty to subversion charges.

https://www.cnbcafrica.com/apo/2018/01/19/human-rights-democratic-republic-of-congo-nigeria-and-tibet/

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-parliaments-42668452

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201801190006.aspx

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/01/20/2003686086

http://chinachristiandaily.com/2018-01-20/society/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-disbarred_6644.html

http://unpo.org/article/20578

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/case-history-xie-yang

https://africanmanager.com/le-parlement-europeen-epingle-la-rdc-le-nigeria-et-la-chine/ (FRANCAIS)

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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)