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EU Critical Of Turkey’s Crackdown On Academics


The European Union said the steps taken against the Turkish academics who signed a declaration regarding events in the Southeast of Turkey are an extremely worrying development. They are no longer detained, but the procedures against them are ongoing.

“While reaffirming our strongest condemnation of all forms of terrorist attacks, including by the PKK, and the attack on the police headquarters in Cinar on 14 January, we restate that the fight against terrorism must fully respect obligations under international law, including human rights and humanitarian law. Freedom of expression must be upheld, in line with the Copenhagen political criteria; an intimidating climate goes against this,” the European Union’s External Action Office said in a statement.

“We expect Turkey ensures that its legislation is implemented in a manner which is in line with European standards enshrined in the European Convention for Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights,” the statement continued/

The EU said it reiterates its strong belief that the Kurdish peace process remains the only way to solve a conflict that continues to claim far too many lives, and remains ready to support all efforts in this direction.

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One thought on “EU Critical Of Turkey’s Crackdown On Academics

  • January 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Detention and criminal prosecution procedures for ‘insulting the dignity of the State’ and ‘treason’ have been part of Turkish law, and implemented from time to time for many years. So, it should be no surprise to an EU that has been silent about such abuses in the past. Furthermore, Turkey’s has leveraged its position in NATO and the US as a shield against criticism by the EU. Now, maybe something will be done to rein in Erdogan, but I wouldn’t count on it.


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