Co-chair Monica Frassoni comments on the Turkish authorities’ arrest of Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, and other human rights activists:
“A new red line has been crossed by President Erdogan’s government, which has a brutal history of violating human rights by jailing activists, journalists and opposition politicians. All this with the quiet complacency of the European Union, which still continues to finance his authoritarian aspirations through the EU-Turkey deal on refugees.
“The arrest of Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, comes less than a month after the arrest of Taner Kılıç, Chair of the same organisation. It is yet another violent blow against civil society and against anyone who opposes or criticises the government.
“We demand the Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners who are currently being detained.
“We also support the call of the European Parliament to suspend all accession and trade talks with Turkey, to make it clear to President Erdogan that there can be no open door to a government that proceeds with the violent repression of dissent and opposition.
“We stand together with and support the civil society movements and parties who are struggling to bring Turkey back among the democracies of this world.”
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