Bring back Democracy in Turkey

YES and IUSY show their deepest concern about the political and democratic situation in Turkey, strongly condemning the discretionary arrests of the HDP leaders, Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yüksekdag and a dozen other opposition MPs in Turkey, asking for their immediate release. Together, we appeal to the elimination of violence in the region and appeal to a non-escalation in the conflict.

The recent events in the country, with the increasing arrests of journalists, academic people and other individuals related to any kind of opposition to the Turkish Government, are a sign of an ever increasing authoritarian ruling force by the AKP supported Government. We urge Turkey to abide by international law and to respect the rule of Law. The intentions of reinstating the death penalty, the imposed censorship on social media, the repression of free press and the lack of respect for the independence of the judiciary system pose a clear threat to the democratic regime in Turkey and cannot be accepted by the international community. Also, YES and IUSY condemns the terror attack in Diyarbakır, where 9 people were killed in response to these arrests. We remind that violence cannot be an answer and civil war is not an option in Turkey.

It is time for the Turkish Government to respect the rules of democracy, which includes respecting the rights of the Kurdish people, the right of political association and opposition and freedom of speech press and association.

We urge the European Union and the international community to take a stand on the unlawful arrests of the HDP leaders, to pressure Turkey to comply with the established standards of the rule of law, by going back on the recent agreements regarding refugees and using all of their normative power through the political, economic, and diplomatic means at their disposal to successfully achieve this important step.

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