URGENT APPEAL to the UK Government to Defend Democracy in Turkey

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Prime Minister Theresa May

We, the undersigned, call on you to take decisive measures against the slide into dictatorship in Turkey. We demand that there is no more appeasement of the government of President Erdogan.

The arrests of democratically elected MPs, of journalists, the sacking of thousands of public servants, the closure of media outlets and NGOs are an attack on freedom of speech and of association and on democracy itself. These acts must be condemned before it is too late.

We demand that you use your best endeavours in the Council of Europe and in United Nations’ to ensure that prompt action is taken to halt the ongoing political coup taking place in their member state, Turkey.

We further demand that you call for the EU-Turkey accession process to be frozen pending (some indication) a clear commitment from Turkey that there will be a reversal of attacks on democracy, clamping down on civil and political rights, the shutting down of political organisations and the arrests of hundreds of thousands of people;

We call on the UK government to make it absolutely clear to President Erdogan that his suspension of democracy and repression of democratic political opposition must cease immediately and call on you to push for all the necessary measures to ensure that full democracy and civil rights are restored in Turkey, including:

1. suspend all military and economic cooperation with the administration in Ankara;
2. call for the release of all elected politicians, MPs and mayors of the HDP and other parties, who have been detained in the present clampdown, and to reinstate them to the posts to which they were legitimately elected;
3. signal opposition by withdrawing embassy staff from the country to demonstrate clearly that the present authoritarian politics of Erdogan are totally unacceptable;
4. to make it clear to Turkey’s leaders that their current course poses a great danger to their own country by making it a pariah state, weakening its longstanding alliances and eroding its economic prosperity



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