European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on ongoing human rights cases in Turkey

Bruxelles, 26/10/2017 - 10:44, UNIQUE ID: 171026_7
Statements by the Spokesperson

Statement by the Spokesperson on ongoing human rights cases in Turkey

The release on bail of those arrested in Büyükada Island in July, among them Amnesty International’s Turkey Director, is encouraging news. As their trial as well as investigations and trials of many journalists, academics, human rights defenders and other civil society activists continue, further positive steps are needed to uphold fundamental rights and freedoms in Turkey and address the serious issues in the areas of rule of law.

The recent detention of Osman Kavala, Chairman of Anadolu Kültür, a trusted interlocutor and advocate of sound EU-Turkey relations, is the latest among worrying cases that need a very swift resolution on the basis of the principle of presumption of innocence and the application of pre-trial detention in line with the European Convention on Human Rights.  

 

 

 

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