“The PRESIDENT: Thank you. I call Mr Kürkçü, who will speak on behalf of the Group of the Unified European Left.
Mr KÜRKÇÜ (Turkey): I draw the Assemblys attention to the ongoing conflict and unacceptable human rights violations in Turkeys south-eastern districts, which are mostly inhabited by Kurdish people. In those districts and provinces, a new wave of violence has erupted after the suspension of peace talks between the PKK leader Öcalan and the Turkish Government, which was advised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe during the 2013 discussion of the progress report on Turkey. Continue reading
We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the detention in custody of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, Editor in Chief and Ankara correspondent of the newspaper Cumhuriyet. They are now in prison accused of publishing reports concerning the supply of weapons by the Turkish government’s intelligence agency to groups in Syria. This development once again throws light on the current situation in Turkey:
In order to raise awareness for the massacre at Lice and support its people, HDP Co-Chairs Sebahat Tuncel and Ertuğrul Kürkçü moved the weekly Parliamentary Group meeting to Diyarbakır. Accompanied by a large delegation, they addressed the citizens on top of a hill close to the Duru Gendarmerie Station, where two citizens were massacred. The group meeting was held with HDP deputies, HDP Vice Co-Chairs, members of the HDP Central Executive Committee and MPs, representatives of the HDK-HDP constituent organizations, administrators at province and district levels, Co-Chairs of district municipalities, members of the Peace Mothers Assembly, and numerous citizens, including the young continuing their struggle against outpost (kalekol) constructions and military operations for the past 18 days.