EU commission calls for release of lawmakers, end to isolation in Turkish prisons

EUTCC 12th conference in January 2016. (File photo)

The European Union Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) has appealed to Turkey to release imprisoned opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers.

In a statement on Friday, the EUTCC, which is formed of members of the EU Parliament, Council of Europe and academics, said there could be no democratisation in Turkey without a resolution to the Kurdish question, reported Turkish-language daily Ozgurlukcu Demokrasi.

The group also said it supported Turkey’s re-monitoring by the Council of Europe and highlighted that Ankara needed to be pressured to abide by European norms, human rights agreements and standards.

The EUTCC’s statement concluded by calling for an end to the isolation imposed on Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan and said the Kurdish leader’s prevention of access to lawyers for more than five years was a serious violation of the country’s constitution.