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Parliamentary questions
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22 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005893-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Demetris Papadakis (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — European Court of Human Rights ruling on Demirtaş
 Answer in writing 

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the detention of Selahattin Demirtaş, one of the leaders of the pro-Kurdish HDP party in Turkey, since November 2016, is illegal and has no foundation in law and that Demirtaş must be released immediately.

In its ruling, the Court mentions that the continuing pre-trial detention of Demirtaş violates freedom of expression, as the persecuted politician was in essence unable to participate in the elections in June 2018 in Turkey.

On the other hand, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, replies that the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights are not binding, thus scorning the rule of law.

The rulings of the ECHR, however, are binding and mandatory for the countries that, like Turkey, have signed the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Given that, as the Court notes, the continuation of Mr Demirtaş’s detention aims at silencing pluralism and curtailing the freedom of political dialogue, which lies at the centre of a democratic society, will the High Representative say:
1. Is she aware of the Turkish President’s statement?
2. What action does she intend to take to ensure that Demirtaş is immediately released from prison, as provided for in the ECHR ruling?
Original language of question: EL 
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