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Parliamentary question - E-000410/2019(ASW)Parliamentary question

Joint answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the European Commission
Written questions: E-000410/19 , P-001291/19


The Commission is following the situation of Member of Parliament Leyla Güven and other hunger strikers with concern and appeals for them to put an end to the hunger strike.

In its latest 2018 Annual Report on Turkey[1], the Commission has taken note of the serious concerns about the virtual absence of contacts between prisoners and the outside world in the Imralı special detention facility as expressed by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) during its April 2016 visit to the facility.

The Commission has also repeatedly called upon Turkey to authorise the publication of all pending CPT reports and to address the CPT’s concerns and recommendations, in line with its stated zero tolerance policy on torture and European standards against isolation.

As an EU candidate country and as member state of the Council of Europe, the Commission expects Turkey to apply the highest democratic standards and practices, including the rule of law and the respect for human rights.

The Commission has raised, and will continue to raise, its serious concerns about shortcomings in these crucial areas for EU accession at all levels of its continuous engagement with the Turkish authorities and did so most recently during the EU-Turkey Association Council of 15 March 2019 in Brussels.

The Commission will continue to follow the issue closely and will reflect its monitoring in the 2019 Annual Report on Turkey. PKK remains on the EU list of persons, groups and entities involved in acts of terrorism.

Last updated: 25 April 2019
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