European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the continuous detention of human rights defenders in Turkey

Bruxelles, 07/06/2018 - 11:44, UNIQUE ID: 180607_12
Statements by the Spokesperson

Statement by the Spokesperson on the continuous detention of human rights defenders in Turkey

Taner Kılıҫ, the Head of Amnesty International in Turkey, was detained a year ago. Mr. Kiliç is a lawyer and human rights defender and like him, many other human rights defenders such as Osman Kavala, as well as journalists, members of Parliament, judges, prosecutors, and academics remain in detention.

 

The authorities in Turkey - a EU candidate country and member of the Council of Europe - need to ensure the right to fair trail, a legal process, on the basis of the principle of presumption of innocence and in line with the European Convention of Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. 

 

Concrete and lasting improvements in the area of rule of law, independent judiciary and fundamental freedoms remain essential for the development of EU – Turkey bilateral relations.