Julie speaks on deterioration of democracy in Turkey

During the most recent European Parliament plenary, Julie spoke about Turkey's rapid slide towards authoritarianism.   Continue reading

Julie takes part in the Third EU-Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) Delegation to Imrali

On the 16th to 19th of February, Julie took part in the Third EU-Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) Delegation to Imrali prison in Turkey, with the aim of meeting with NGOs, civil society organisations, and prisoners, including the Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.   Continue reading

Situation in Turkey Continues to Deteriorate

This is an article published in Labour Briefing Turkey is a country in the throes of unrelenting upheaval. The country’s democratic institutions are being dismantled, and President Erdogan’s government is intent on replacing them with an authoritarian, illiberal order. In the meantime, terrorist attacks by Daesh (ISIS), the PKK and other organisations continue to claim the lives of innocent people, and deadly Turkish attacks on Kurdish communities in the south of the country go almost entirely unreported.   Continue reading

Julie barred from visiting jailed Turkish HDP MP Leyla Birlik

Leyla Birlik is one of 10 HDP deputies who have been imprisoned by the Turkish state in the last 3 weeks following the brutal crackdown on political opposition. Leyla is a democratically elected MP representing Sirnak in Southern Turkey. She was elected on November 1st 2015 when HDP won 59 seats exceeding the necessary threshold to enter the Turkish parliament.   Continue reading

European Parliament Urges Turkey to release all journalists and end suppression

The European Parliament has adopted a reoslution on the situation of journalists in Turkey, and the re-opening of all media outlets thathave been closed in recent emergency measures.   Continue reading

Julie speaks out on Turkey and Kurdistan

Following a fact-finding visit to Diyarbakir, in the Kurdish regions of southern Turkey, Julie gave a speech in the European Parliament's Plenary session, to highlight the need for EU action on human rights in Turkey, and particualrly the situation of journalists and the media.   Continue reading

Freedom, Democracy & Media Under Attack - Erdogan's Turkey

These are difficult times for human rights defenders around the world, and those who work to promote freedom of expression in the European neighbourhood. Whether it is the coup in Turkey, government crackdowns and conflict across the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia, far-right governments in Poland and Hungary, or the rise of the populist far-right in Western-Europe, these are tough times for all those fighting for democratic values. In the face of all this, we must pull together, and stand up for democracy, tolerance, and human rights as best we can.      Continue reading