Head of the Estonian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and co-rapporteur for the monitoring of Turkey Marianne Mikko together with her colleague from the PACE Nigel Evans (UK) made a statement in which they emphasised the need to lift state of emergency in Turkey.
“The impressive turnout in the early presidential and parliamentary elections held on 24 June 2018 in Turkey (88 %) and the diversity of parties in parliament are clear signs of the Turkish people’s attachment to pluralistic democracy. Such a pluralist democracy must be firmly anchored in the unrestricted exercise of fundamental freedoms, full respect for the rule of law and inclusive policies. We therefore believe it is high time the Turkish authorities, as a first step, lift the state of emergency and live up to promises and calls made during the election campaign,” the statement says.
The ad hoc committee of the Parliamentary Assembly that observed the elections will soon present its assessment of the election campaign and voting day. “As co-rapporteurs, we continue to stand ready to engage in a genuine dialogue with the Turkish authorities to address the challenges posed by the new presidential system, as highlighted by the Venice Commission. We are also ready to discuss other crucial issues, like the independence of the media and the judiciary, as well as the immediate release of politicians, journalists, and human rights defenders in pre-trial detention, including the former HDP candidate to the presidential elections Mr Demirtas,” the statement of the PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey emphasises.
On 26 June 2018 the PACE Monitoring Committee released an information note prepared by the rapporteurs following their visit to Istanbul and Ankara on 28–30 March 2018.
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