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Written Questions on Turkey detaining 3,000 refugees after EU deal

On December 14, Marietje Schaake submitted the following Parliamentary Written Questions to the European Commission concerning the detention of about 3,000 migrants and refugees in Turkey. Author: Marietje Schaake Subject: Turkey detaining 3,000 refugees after EU deal Almost 3,000 migrants and refugees have been detained in the northwestern province of Çanakkale in Turkey by the Turkish Coast Guard between 1 and 4 december 2015. The detentions are seen as a direct response of Turkey to improve the security of its borders after the EU-Turkey deal, and they represent the result of one of Turkey´s largest single mass arrest of refugees and migrants in recent months. There have been no reports about the creation of new detention facilities to detain these people. In the past the European Court of Human Rights has ruled on multiple occasions that the conditions for migrants in detention violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 1. Is the Commission aware of the conditions in which these migrants and refugees are being held, and is it aware about complaints of overcrowding, lack of sanitation, food and other basic services? 2. How has the Commission reacted to Turkey regarding this operation in light of the EU-Turkey deal and the EU-Turkey joint action plan? 3. Has Turkey set a maximum time of detention for those that were rounded up in this operation? WQ-turkey-refugees

See also on Turkey:

10-12 Letter to European Commission President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans on the deal between the EU and Turkey

02-12 Media (Carnegie Europe) – Judy Asks: Is the EU Selling Out to Turkey?

01-12 Schaake responds to ruling ECHR Turkey

30-11 Media (New York Times) – E.U. Offers Turkey 3 Billion Euros to Stem Migrant Flow

10-11 MEP: Undermining of Turkish rule of law and freedom of expression are big concern for Europe

29-10 Media (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 01-09 Written Questions on press freedom in Turkey 08-06 MEP: Turkish election results offer opportunity to improve EU-Turkey relations 21-05 MEP: Turkey must reverse authoritarian trend to remain a key EU partner 20-05 Plenary debate on the 2014 Progress Report on Turkey 22-04 MEPs: We must defend all those standing on the front-line for free speech in Turkey 07-04 Media (CNN) – Schaake: Turkey internet blockade is bad for business 06-04 Media (Bloomberg) – Facebook, Twitter to Appeal as Turkey Blocks Social Media 31-03 MEP responds to acquittal 236 suspects in Balyoz/Sledgehammer case