PM Erdoğan defends the death penalty

The recent statement of the Prime Minister has constituted an indication to reintroduce capital punishment. We hope EU will play an effective role to prevent such a development to take place. The text of the statement is as follows:

Prime Minister Erdogan said during AKP’s annual meeting on 3rd of November 2012:

“A death penalty was given to a terrorist chief who had caused the death for tens of thousands of people. However, this country abolished the death penalty due to the pressure from some well-known circles. He is now staying in İmralı as a result of the abolition of the death penalty. In public surveys, a lot of people say that death penalty should be reintroduced”

The above mentioned statement contains explicit criticism of the abolition of death penalty and manifests a desire to reintroduce it. This is in clear contradiction with what he had said in 2002. He had then stated that “death penalty should be abolished and we are ready
to support the Government.”

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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