EU & Human Rights Defenders discuss the situation under the State of Emergency

Ankara, 3 November 2016
Press Release

Representatives of the EU Delegation and EU Member States met with Human Rights Defenders on 2 November 2016 in the framework of the EU Local Strategy for Human Rights Defenders.

The meeting focused on legal and administrative consequences of the State of Emergency on the professional environment of Human Rights Defenders, and other challenges faced by civil society organisations, academics, journalists, teachers, health personnel and other professional groups.

Human Rights Defenders and civil society organisations shared their concerns about deterioration of working conditions, their economic situation, in particular in cases of expulsions from the public institutions. In addition to that, problems with access to lawyers, increasing limitations to the right to defence, and absence of legal remedies as well as violations of human rights, including alleged cases of torture were discussed in detail.

The EU and its Member States will continue to follow developments and will raise possible concerns in this regard with the Turkish authorities. The EU and EU MS will continue observing court cases of HRDs, journalists, academics, trade unionists et al. As a result of further consultations, additional measures and actions to support the HRDs in Turkey, in line with EU and UN Guidelines, will be considered.

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