Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 220

Human rights in Turkey: the acquittal of the Gezi Park protesters and Osman Kavala

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 febbraio 2020

Statement by leading MEPs on EU-Turkey relations following Tuesday’s acquittal by a Turkish court of nine of Istanbul’s detained Gezi Park protesters, including cultural patron Osman Kavala.“We welcome today’s important and positive decision by a Turkish court to acquit the defendants of the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, including cultural patron and philanthropist Osman Kavala. We also welcome the announcement that arrest warrants will be lifted for seven other defendants being tried. However, difficult issues remain. This decisive moment must now be followed up by meaningful steps in restoring the rule of law and the further credibility of the Turkish justice system”.The statement was co-signed by the Chair of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights Maria Arena (S&D, BE), the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens/EFA, DE) and the European Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur on Turkey Nacho Sánchez Amor (S&D, ES).
Members of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights also discussed the worsening situation of artists, journalists, academics and lawyers in Turkey, on Tuesday morning. During the meeting, they took stock of the latest developments with regard to the human rights situation in the country, including of the notorious Büyükada trial, which will have its final trial hearing at the Istanbul Palace of Justice on Wednesday morning. This case concerns eleven Turkish lawyers who have been detained for allegedly assisting a terrorist organisation and for being members of such an organisation.During the debate, MEPs also restated that they strongly condemn the use of the Turkish justice system for political purposes, discussed the situation of academia and journalists, and addressed the ongoing repression against several of the members of the famous Turkish Yorum music group, known for their political song writing, which have had terrorism-related charges brought forward against them.

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