On January 20, Marietje Schaake spoke in the plenary about the situation in the South East of Turkey. Marietje Schaake (ALDE) – Madam President, the deal on migration that Mr Timmermans rushed through at the most unfortunate moment seems to be the reason why the very dangerous situation in the south-east of Turkey is being met with deafening silence from the EU and its Member States, and that must end. Many topics other than migration need to be addressed – human rights and the rule of law and, crucially, the EU must call on the AKP Government to return to the peace negotiating table with the PKK, and they should end the disproportionate collateral damage on civilians. Terrorism can never be justified and the democratic path for the Kurdish people in Turkey is the key alternative that must be given room, and when academics call for an end to violence that is their freedom. It is essential for the EU to find in Turkey a reliable partner as a candidate Member State, as a NATO partner, and as an active member of the coalition against ISIS. That should be the priority of targets. Let us make sure and be cautious that counter-terrorism is not used as an excuse to restrict the freedoms and rights of people in Turkey altogether.
See also on Turkey:
2015Media (Euronews: The Network) – Are refugees or civil rights the priority in Turkey? 26-10 Media (France24, Talking Europe) – The EU and Turkey: Who needs whom more? 20-10 Blog (Project Syndicate) – Talking Tough to Turkey 23-10 Letter to President Juncker and High Representative Mogherini concerning the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan 12-10 Written Questions on halting the broadcast of tv channels in Turkey