Newsletter June 2022

Dear Sir or Madam,
Please find below our monthly newsletter. 
Kind regards Kariane Westrheim EUTCC Chairperson 

Statement by S&D on the progress report prepared by MEP Nacho Sánchez Amor, the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Turkey The S&D urges Ankara to end its authoritarian drift and stop accommodating Russia. Turkey should instead align with the EU sanctions imposed against the Kremlin. 
https://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/no-grounds-resuming-accession-negotiations-ankara

Press conference on the situation of political prisoners in Turkey in the Geneva Press clubSpeakers: Lawyers for Freedom R. Ergül, Asrın Law Office R. Sarıca & Permanent Representative to the UN, American Association of Jurists G. Fattorini 
https://twitter.com/genevapressclub/status/1536982517571407873?t=oat5n_8ZcbKBpTKq4vb0kg&s=19

Eren Keskin, co-chair of Human Rights Association on paramilitary forces in the Kurdish majority areas of Turkey“These paramilitary structures are free to do anything while civil society considered to be terrorists.” 
http://mezopotamyaajansi35.com/en/ALL-NEWS/content/view/175192

Briefing by World Organisation Against Torture Authorities in Turkey use anti-terror laws as a weapon against human rights work, criminalizing thousands of peaceful activists. 
https://www.omct.org/en/resources/reports/turkey-the-instrumentalization-of-the-counter-terrorism-legislation-and-policies-and-their-impact-on-hrds

World Refugee DayThe number of refugees around the world has surpassed 100 million. On World Refugee Day, the EUTCC remains committed to democratisation in the Middle East and Turkey. A political solution to the Kurdish question is an essential factor here. 


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