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Local EU Statement on Secretary General of Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland's visit in Turkey

Strasbourg, 21/02/2018 - 17:42, UNIQUE ID: 180221_7
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The EU reiterates its call on Turkey to further deepen and strengthen its cooperation with the Council of Europe.

The EU welcomes the recent visit by Secretary General Jagland to Ankara and the continued dialogue with Turkey.

As the Secretary General stressed, it is of utmost importance that the cases of all the people affected by the state of emergency measures in Turkey are dealt with in compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The Inquiry Commission, established with the assistance of the Council of Europe, should have sufficient resources allocated in order to act as an effective remedy.

Moreover, the independence and impartiality of the judiciary are central elements to the rule of law. Non-implementation of court decisions risks undermining the rule of law and casts doubts about the existence of an effective legal remedy. Any alleged wrongdoing or crime should be subject to due process and the right of every individual to a fair trial needs to be respected.

The EU reiterates its call on Turkey to further deepen and strengthen its cooperation with the Council of Europe.

As Secretary General Jagland said in his speech in Ankara: "We need unity and concerted action to preserve our system in the interests of the people of our continent. We cannot do this without Turkey."

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