To whom it may concern:
We hereby would like to attract the attention of the international community, human rights institutions and bodies to the extremely grave situation in the besieged town of Nusaybin, which has been under round-the-clock curfew for over 77 days. Continue reading
After the voting through of a temporary amendment to the Turkish constitution, the prosecution of Members of Parliament can now be fast tracked. Previously any prosecution of a member of parliament required a lengthy process culminating in a vote in parliament itself. After the change, any indictments currently lodged with parliament will be processed immediately and MPs right to appeal to the constitutional court has also been removed.
Please find the letter of our Co-Chairs Ms. Figen Yüksekdağ and Mr Selahattin Demirtaş to the UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki Moon below on the occasion of the First World Humanitarian Summit on Friday, the very day their parliamentary immunity was lifted.
His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General, United Nations
United Nations Headquarters
New York City, NY, USA Continue reading
As of today, deliberate, unethical, fabricated news appeared in several media organs about Faysal SARIYILDIZ, our Şırnak MP, and Tuğba HEZER ÖZTÜRK, our Van MP.
Mr. Sarıyıldız and Mrs. Hezer Öztürk were commissioned by our party and have been in European countries since some time. They are tasked with sharing information on massacres and rights violations in Cizre. Continue reading
The Party of European Socialists is deeply concerned about the upcoming vote at the Parliament General Assembly in Turkey to lift the immunity of the members of the Turkish Parliament.
We consider the measure to be a new attempt to crack down on the opposition and as directly targeting the HDP party, which an associated member of the PES. Continue reading
Mr. Kamuran Yüksek, co-Chair of Democratic Regions Party (DBP) has been arrested after an unlawful process of detention. Yüksek’s arrest on frivolous grounds citing speeches he made at party and public meetings, in other words because he expressed his thoughts and ideas is nothing but politically targeted policy of intimidation. Continue reading
Please find the letter of our co-chairs Figen Yüksekdağ and Selahattin Demirtaş below regarding the lifting parliamentary immunities in Turkey to various institutions representatives including President of the European Parliament Mr. Martin Schulz, President of PACE Mr. Pedro Agramunt, Parliamentary Group Cahirs of EP and PACE, President of Senate of France Mr. M. Gérard Larcher, President of National Assembly of France Mr. Claude Bartolone, President of Senate of Italy Mr. Pietro Grasso, President of Senate of Belgium Ms. Christine Defraigne, President of the Representatives Assembly of Netherland Ms. Khadija Arib, President of Senate of Spain Mr. Pío García-Escudero Márquez, President of Swedish Parliament Mr. Urban Ahlin, President of National Council of Austria Ms. Doris Bures, President of National Council of Switzerland Ms. Christa Markwalder, President of Parliament of Norway Mr. Olemic Thommessen and President of Parliament of Finland Ms. Maria Lohela.