The Human Rights Officer has written a letter to Mr. Schulz, President of the European Parliament on 18 March 2016, with copies to the Presidents of the Council and the Commission respectively to draw their attention to the break down of the rule of law in Turkey.

To read the letter click here.
In his letter he refers to two other letters:

  • The first letter is from Mr Ceren Uysal, Advocate, which was received on 16 March 2016 and which describes the repressive measures taken by the Turkish authorities against academics who signed a petition on 10 January 2016 demanding inter alia that the state “abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region” and that “the state lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage.”
  • The second comprises a Statement from the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights dated 17 March 2016 which reports that on 16 March 2016, the police raided the houses of lawyers in Istanbul and arrested others without reasons being given.

No reply has been received from Mr. Schulz or from either of the two other presidents either.