Defend Human Rights in Turkey
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I wish to express my concern regarding the rights and freedoms of people in Turkey, as the government continues an exceptional crackdown on any form of dissent following the failed coup attempt of 15th July 2016.
At a time of great fear and uncertainty the government must not trample over people’s rights in the pursuit of justice. Abuses that took place during the attempted coup must be investigated and perpetrators brought to justice, but human rights must be upheld, not disregarded, during this process.
I ask that the EU Parliament work to lobby the Turkish government and insist that they live up to their obligations under international law, which the State of Emergency does not override.
Specifically, please call upon the Turkish Authorities to;
Respect human rights as they carry out investigations, releasing people where there is no evidence of criminal acts and granting fair trials where there is.
Recognise that the prohibition of torture is absolute and can never be compromised or suspended. Faced with allegations of torture, grant independent monitors access to detainees in all facilities, and ensure that all detainees have regular access to lawyers and family members.
Accept that the state of emergency must not be used as an excuse to crack down on peaceful dissenting voices or for widespread purges in civil society, media, the judiciary, education and other sections of society.
End censorship of the media simply for criticising government policy. This is unlawful, even in a state of emergency.
Uphold workers’ rights to challenge their suspensions or dismissals, in fair and transparent procedures.
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