SOSGaroPaylan (English version)
Dec 19, 2016 — We need to ensure the protection of Garo Paylan, a deputy in the Turkish parliament of Armenian origin!
Garo Paylan, member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), has been subject to death threats, by sources linked to the Erdogan Administration.
Many HDP officials have been arrested by Turkish authorities, notably co-chairmen Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag. On December 12th another spree of mass arrestations were orchestrated by the Erdogan government: two deputies of the HDP` Caglar Demirel and Besime Konca along with 200 party members were put behind bars.
The threat on the security of Garo Paylan has never been bigger. After defending his arrested co-members of the HDP and calling for Democracy in front of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the deputy of Armenian descent faced numerous hate speeches on social media, authored by the members of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Ergodan administration. This week, the president of the AKP admitted to diffusing edited photos of Garo Paylan on social media with the sole intention of promoting public hatred from the Turkish nationalist party toward the Armenian deputy.
These threats against Garo Paylan should no longer be taken lightly. Let’s not forget that similar developments, which started in 2000, led to the assassination on January 19th 2007 of Turkish author of Armenian origin` Hrant Dink.
We demand that French government officials and their EU counterparts follow the latest escalations in Turkey with utmost attention and understand the full implications thereof.
Without a firm and sensible reaction from Western leaders, nothing will stop Erdogan’s quest in eliminating the only opposition party in Turkey. The situation is escalating every day, with new apprehensions of journalists, authors and politicians accused on their public stances towards demanding more justice and the respect of human and minority rights in Turkey. The situation is worsening every week. How dramatic of an escalation is the West really waiting for to recognize the dire gravity of the conditions in Turkey?
We don’t accept that Hrant Dink’s fate be also reserved to Garo Paylan! We urge our officials to publicly condemn these atrocities and put all their means to action to ensure the security of the Armenian deputy, and to guarantee his democratic right to represent the Turkish opinion in the national assembly during his mandate.
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