Head of the Estonian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Marianne Mikko today starts a working visit to Turkey as a rapporteur of the PACE Monitoring Committee. She plans to meet high-ranking politicians and representatives of the media and non-governmental organisations, and to assess the progress made in implementing the PACE resolutions.
According to Mikko, the purpose of the visit is to gather information from different sources about the developments in Turkey following the failed coup attempt on 15 July last year. “The report that is being prepared will devote special attention to observing the principles of media freedom, freedom of expression and the rule of law. It is also necessary to ascertain what is the current situation regarding the preparation of the new Constitution, how the work of democratic organisations is guaranteed and what is the situation in South-East Turkey,” Mikko said.
PACE co-rapporteurs for monitoring of Turkey Marianne Mikko and Ingebjørg Godskesen will meet with Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Tuğrul Türkeş and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and also Ministers of Internal Affairs, Education and Justice, and the Ombudsman, judges and prosecutors. They will also have meetings with members of the Turkish parliament, and representatives of local authorities, media and NGOs.
During the fact-finding visit to Ankara and Istanbul, which will last from 8 January to 14 January, the rapporteurs of the PACE Monitoring Committee will monitor the situation in Turkey in regard to ensuring democracy, rule of law and human rights, and assess the developments in Turkey in implementing the resolutions of the PACE.
Further information: Marianne Mikko, +372 5646 3614
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