MEPs to condemn civilian deaths in Afrin and crackdown on press freedom in Turkey 

Turkey’s military assault on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin (Syria) is likely to be condemned on Tuesday. MEPs are also set to denounce hundreds of arrests by the Turkish government in an attempt to censor criticism over its military operation.

The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on 29 January that Turkey had detained 311 people in the previous 10 days for "spreading terrorist propaganda" on social media. Detainees include politicians, journalists and activists who have called for peace and condemned the Turkish government’s military offensive in the northwest Syrian enclave of Afrin.

These arrests are part of a wider crackdown on press freedom in Turkey since the failed military coup of July 2016, MEPs will point out in a debate with EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, on Tuesday late afternoon and in a resolution to be voted on Thursday

Following on from this debate, MEPs are likely to condemn the Turkish air and ground offensive against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, which caused the deaths of many civilians.

Procedure Code: 2018/2527(RSP)

Debates: Tuesday, 6 February

Vote: Thursday, 8 February (human rights in Turkey)

Procedures: Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy