EU & Human Rights Defenders discuss the situation under the State of Emergency introduced in the aftermath of the 15/07 coup attempt on 23 January 2017EU & Human Rights Defenders discuss the situation under the State of Emergency introduced in the aftermath of the 15/07 coup attempt on 23 January 2017
Representatives of the EU Delegation and EU Member States met with Human Rights Defenders on 23 January 2017 in the framework of the EU Local Strategy for Human Rights Defenders.
The meeting as a follow up of previous discussions in this format, focused on legal and administrative measures of the State of Emergency, and their impact on Human Rights Defenders, civil society organisations, academics, journalists, civil servants and other professional groups.
Human Rights Defenders and civil society organisations shared their concerns about deterioration of working conditions of HRDs in Turkey, and shrinking space for civil society. They also deplored massive expulsions from the public institutions and continued detentions and arrests, limitations to the access to lawyers, closure of some of the rights based NGOs, and other challenges to fundamental rights. The provisions of the recent decree-laws published on 23 January 2017, in particular the establishing of a new committee for examination of actions taken during the State of Emergency as a domestic remedy was discussed at length.
The EU and EU Member States will continue following closely developments in Turkey. They will also continue observing court cases regarding HRDs, journalists, academics, trade unionists et al. Ongoing work on additional measures and actions to support the HRDs in Turkey, in line with EU and UN Guidelines were also discussed.
For more info on EU Guidelines see the EU Delegation website link : http://www.avrupa.info.tr/eu-and-human-rights.html