EU & Human Rights Defenders discuss the situation under the State of Emergency introduced in the aftermath of the 15/07 coup attempt on 21 June 2017EU & Human Rights Defenders discuss the situation under the State of Emergency introduced in the aftermath of the 15/07 coup attempt on 21 June 2017
Representatives of the EU Delegation and EU Member States met with Human Rights Defenders on 21 June 2017 in the framework of the EU Local Strategy for Human Rights Defenders.
The meeting was organised as a follow up to previous discussions held in this format, focused on State of Emergency legal and administrative measures and their impact on Human Rights Defenders, civil society organisations, academics, journalists, civil servants and other professional groups. The aftermath of the April Constitutional Referendum and the recent ECtHR inadmissibility judgement on Gökhan Köksal v Turkey concerning the expulsions from public service by State of Emergency Decrees, as well as domestic remedies to such expulsions, were among the topics discussed at the meeting.
Human Rights Defenders and civil society organisations shared their concerns about further deterioration of their working conditions in Turkey, including judiciary measures applied against them more frequently, and shrinking space for civil society action. During the meeting the implications of continuing massive expulsions from the public institutions, universities, as well as continued detentions and arrests, and other challenges to fundamental rights were discussed in detail. The diplomats of the EU Delegation and EU Member States took note of the allegations of torture and enforced disappearances, and reports by the Human Rights Defenders on the limitations to freedom of expression, media and freedom of association.
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 observing court cases regarding Human Rights Defenders, journalists, academics, trade unionists et al. Additional measures and actions to support Human Rights Defenders in Turkey, in line with EU and UN Guidelines; will feature on the agenda of the next meetings.
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