EU & Human Rights Defenders discuss the situation under the State of Emergency introduced in the aftermath of the 15/07 coup attempt on 3 March 2017

EU & Human Rights Defenders discuss the situation under the State of Emergency introduced in the aftermath of the 15/07 coup attempt on 3 March 2017

Press Release

Representatives of the EU Delegation and EU Member States met with Human Rights Defenders on 3 March 2017 in the framework of the EU Local Strategy for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs).

The meeting, as a follow up of previous discussions in this format, focused on legal and administrative measures of the State of Emergency, their impact on Human Rights Defenders, civil society organisations, academics, journalists, civil servants and other professional groups. One of the topics was the contents of the constitutional amendments and prevailing environment before the referendum, and security of campaigning and voting processes.

Human Rights Defenders and civil society organisations shared their concerns at the deterioration of working conditions of HRDs in Turkey, and further shrinking space for civil society. The implications of continuing dismissals from the public institutions, universities, continued detentions and arrests, limitations to the access to lawyers, closure of some of the rights based NGOs, and other challenges to fundamental rights were discussed in detail. Possible domestic remedies, the new committee to deal with applicants who claim wrongdoings, and their effectiveness were discussed.

The importance of holding such meetings at regular intervals was acknowledged. The EU and EU Member States will continue following closely developments in Turkey. They will also continue following court cases regarding HRDs, journalists, academics, trade unionists et al. On-going work on additional measures and actions to support the HRDs in Turkey, in line with EU and UN Guidelines were also raised.

For more info on EU Guidelines see the EU Delegation website link http://www.avrupa.info.tr/eu-and-human-rights.html