Joan Ryan MP has secured a 90 minute debate in Parliament to discuss the political and human rights situation in Turkey.
I am pleased to have secured a Westminster Hall debate on Thursday 9th March, to discuss the political and human rights situation in Turkey.
It has been over four and a half years since MPs have had a full debate in Parliament on issues relating to Turkey and so much has happened during that time.
Since the attempted coup last July, more than 10,000 people have been detained and over 100,000 people from the army, education sector, legal sector and civil service are reported to have been suspended or dismissed from their jobs. Greater restrictions have been imposed upon the right of assembly and the freedom of expression, including the targeting of media outlets and journalists. There have also been deeply concerning and widespread reports of human rights violations perpetrated against the minority Kurdish and Alevi communities. All of these issues, as well as the significance of the UK-Turkey bilateral relationship, will no doubt be discussed by MPs on the day.
It is clear that there is a deep level of interest and concern amongst parliamentarians regarding the current situation in Turkey and I am pleased that MPs from all sides of the House of Commons have supported my debate application.
This debate will provide an important opportunity for Members of Parliament to consider the aftermath of last year’s attempted coup and the forthcoming national referendum in April on the new, draft constitution - the result of which could provide sweeping new powers to the Turkish President.
It will also allow MPs to reaffirm their strong support for democracy, the rule of law and human rights in the country and to question the UK Government on how they will seek to promote these values in our important relationship with Turkey.