STRASBOURG – The European Parliament condemns new violations of human rights and the further erosion of the rule of law in Turkey. The rejects include the arrests of Turkish academics, journalists, activists, doctors, and citizens who critique expressed on the Turkish military operation in the Northern Syrian region of Afrin.
Ankara defends the offensive with an appeal to self-defense and counter-terrorism. The parliamentarians call on the European Commission and the member states on the misuse of anti-terrorism legislation in the Turkish government. Also they condemn the seizure of fifty christian churches, monasteries and cemeteries in the Southern Turkish region of Mardin.
Turkey-the parliament’s rapporteur Kati Piri (Dutch Labour party) is very concerned about the silence of critics, the tens of thousands of “unjustified” dismissals and arrests since the foiled coup of 2016. The state of emergency can justify repression, according to her, “no way.”
Piri wants the EU loudly and clearly pronounces on the violation of human rights. That is, however, sensitive, partly because of the vluchtelingendeal that the EU with Turkey has closed and the role that NATO-ally plays in the fight against terrorism.
Europe had the Turks earlier visumliberalisatie in prospect if all 72 conditions are met. One of those conditions is adjustment of the antiterrorismewetten. Turkey claimed this week now to meet the conditions. EU commissioner Frans Timmermans discussed that this week with the Turkish ambassador to the EU.
About the outcome wanted a commissiewoordvoerder announcements. “The next step is Varna,” he said referring to a summit on 26 march in the Bulgarian coastal town. The Turkish president, Erdogan, EU president Donald Tusk and commission president Juncker and Bulgarian president Borissov, they then gathered together to talk about the relationship and the developments in Turkey.