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Joan Ryan MP calls on UK government to monitor human rights situation in Turkey

 

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Joan Ryan MP has urged the UK government to take further steps to monitor the human rights situation in Turkey, as reports emerge of attacks taking place upon Alevi and Kurdish citizens following the attempted military coup.

I’ve written to Theresa May to express my serious concern about reports of mistreatment and abuse perpetrated against Alevis, Kurds and those who are in detention in Turkey, following the attempted coup.

You can read my letter my clicking here.

It is so important that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Turkey’s citizens are protected and upheld.

Following President Erdogan’s decision to impose a state of emergency, and to suspend temporarily some of the provisions within the European Convention on Human Rights, the UK Government and others have a responsibility to ensure that Turkey adheres to its international human rights obligations.

As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Alevis, and as a proud representative of a large Alevi, Kurdish and Turkish community in Enfield North, I will be watching developments in Turkey very closely and will continue to support all efforts to ensure, peace, democracy and the rule of law in the country.

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