Visiting Research Fellow in the Defense Studies Department, King's College
Labour and Co-operative Party Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England
Member of the European Parliament
After the July 15 coup attempt in 2016, the Turkish government immediately declared a three month state of emergency and began to govern the country by emergency decrees. Since then, the state of emergency has been extended regularly, at three-month intervals, and now the country is in a perpetual state of emergency.
Around a year ago Nils Muižnieks, The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, travelled to Istanbul, Ankara and Diyarbakir focusing on situation of human rights and freedom. After the visit, he penned down a memorandum that reflected upon his visit. In the memorandum, he underlined and further warned that “The space for democratic debate in Turkey has shrunk alarmingly following increased judicial harassment of large strata of society, including journalists, members of parliament, academics and ordinary citizens, and government action which has reduced pluralism and led to self-censorship…” A year after this memorandum, in its recent report on Turkey, Amnesty International underlines that “An ongoing state of emergency set a backdrop for violations of human rights. Dissent was ruthlessly suppressed, with journalists, political activists and human rights defenders among those targeted.”
Taking these points into consideration, Turkey Institute is organising a panel discussion with experts and observers of human rights in Turkey and therefore we would be very much happy to have you in this panel discussion.
The event is kindly hosted by Fabian Hamilton, Labour Member of Parliament for Leeds North East, Shadow Minister for Peace & Disarmament.