EU & Human Rights Defenders discuss the situation in Turkey under the State of Emergency introduced in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt of 15/07

Representatives of the EU Delegation and EU Member States met with human rights defenders and experts on 16 August 2016 in the framework of the EU Local Strategy for Human Rights Defenders.
The meeting focused on the legal consequences emanating from the State of Emergency and the challenges faced by human rights defenders, civil society organisations, and some other groups of the society.
In the aftermath of the 15/07 failed coup attempt human rights defenders and civil society organisations reported about cases of violations of human rights, cases of torture and maltreatment, arbitrary detentions, and about other challenges to the fundamental rights.
It was stressed during the meeting that it is important that Turkey’s international human rights obligations are fully respected also under the State of Emergency.
The EU and the EU MS will continue monitoring the situation and will raise any possible concerns in this regard with the Turkey’s authorities.

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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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